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Brian Gurwitz, a former Senior Deputy District Attorney in Orange County, prosecuted criminal cases for nearly 13 years before entering private practice in 2007.   As a prosecutor, he played a key role in many of the most contentious, high-profile cases in the County's history.


This expertise is invaluable to the clients who retain Mr. Gurwitz to represent them when they are accused of criminal wrongdoing.  He understands how police and prosecutors think, and he anticipates the tactics they will use against his clients in pursuit of a conviction.  He is keenly familiar with how the criminal justice system operates in Orange County, and how to maximize his clients' opportunities to obtain the best results possible.  


Equally important, Mr. Gurwitz represents his clients with a high degree of both compassion and dedication.  He is absolutely committed to the fearless protection of their interests during an exceedingly difficult time in their lives.  


Contact info

The Law Office of Brian Gurwitz, APC

1422 Edinger Avenue
Suite 100
Tustin, CA, 92780

Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 100%
    21 years



Fixed (always), Free consultation (60 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

20 total 

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  • Michael Laurence Fell

    Brian is one of the brightest attorneys I have ever had the privilege of knowing. Not only is he committed to staying current on the law, but he has a real passion for the practice of criminal defense and most importantly, a loyalty to his clients. Brian is a real maverick, not afraid to protect the rights of this clients, even if it means standing up to authority with a vengeance. He is a skilled advocate with a wonderful sense of humor. I would highly recommend Mr. Gurwitz to anyone who wants a tough defender with a strong sense of compassion and commitment.


    Michael Fell Criminal defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Scott Kenneth Petersen

    Brian and I worked together in the Orange County District Attorney's Office. Even as a new prosecutor, Brian quickly developed a reputation as a "lawyer's lawyer." Many lawyers in our office would call Brian to help them with difficult and novel legal issues. As he gained experience, Brian's abilities were called on more and more frequently and in some of the highest-profile cases handled by the Office. Further, Brian was known as a person of uncompromising ethics and the highest integrity. In addition, Brian is personable and well-liked by both his colleagues and opponents. He is an effective, dedicated and hard-working attorney and I would recommend his services without qualification.


    Scott Petersen Real estate Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2015
Top OC Criminal Defense AttorneysOC Metro Magazine2012
AV "Preeminent" Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2011
Certified Criminal Law SpecialistCalifornia State Bar Board of Legal Specialization2011
Recognized as One of the Top Five Defense Attorneys in OCOC Metro Magazine2011
Best Defense Attorney of 2010OC Weekly's "Best Of OC" Edition2010
Outstanding Service and Commitment AwardRecording Industry Association of America2008
2005 Orange County Public Safety AwardOrange County District Attorney and Orange County Sheriff2005
Pursuit of Justice AwardAssociation of Deputy District Attorneys2005
CommendationCalifornia Legislature2005
CommendationCalifornia Law Revision Commission2003
Certificate of Completion, Advanced Appellate Advocacy ProgramNDAA National Advocacy Center (Columbia, South Carolina)1998
American Jurisprudence AwardLawyers Cooperative Publishing1994
Law degree awarded "With Distinction"McGeorge School of Law1994
Moot Court Awards for Brief Writing and Oral AdvocacyMcGeorge School of Law1994
Trial Competition Team AwardSan Diego Defense Lawyers Association1993
Undergraduate degree awarded "cum laude"Loyola Marymount University1990
Student Senator of the YearLoyola Marymount University1990
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerThe Law Office of Brian Gurwitz, APC2009 - Present
Western Regional CounselRIAA (Recording Industry Association of America)2008 - 2009
Litigation AssociatePillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP2007 - 2008
Deputy District AttorneyOrange County District Attorney's Office1994 - 2007
Association namePosition nameDuration
Orange County Bar FoundationFellow2010 - Present
Orange County Jewish Bar AssociationTreasurer2010 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2009 - Present
California Attorneys for Criminal JusticeMember2009 - Present
California Public Defenders AssociationMember2009 - Present
Temple Beth SholomBoard of Directors2009 - Present
Orange County Criminal Defense Bar AssociationMember2009 - Present
Orange County Bar AssociationMember1994 - Present
New York City Bar AssociationJudge of National Moot Court Competition2012 - 2012
California High Technology Crime CommitteeRecording Industry's Representative2008 - 2010
California Law Revision CommissionSentencing Law Consultant2002 - 2002
California District Attorneys AssociationMember of Publications Committee2000 - 2003
California District Attorneys AssociationMember of Legislative Committee2000 - 2007
California District Attorneys AssociationMember of Appellate Committee2000 - 2006
Constitutional Rights FoundationJudge and Coach for Mock Trial Program1998 - 2001
Association of Orange County Deputy District Attorneys - Civic Action CommitteeBoard Member1997 - 2000
Whittier Law SchoolMock Trial and Moot Court Judge1997 - 1999
Orange County Deputy District AttorneysMember1994 - 2007
Robert A. Banyard American Inn of CourtMember1994 - 1997
McGeorge School of LawMember, Trial Competition Team1993 - 1994
Pacific Law JournalComment Editor1992 - 1993
Loyola Marymount UniversityStudent Senate1989 - 1990
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
People v. Gregory Haidl, et al.Defendants convicted. (Prosecuted case.)
People v. George JaramilloDefendant convicted. (Prosecuted case.)
People v. Alyssa GeorgieClient declared factually innocent
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Publication nameTitleDate
The Journal for the Advancement of Criminal JusticeHas the three Strikes Law Been Properly Implemented Since Its Enactment or Has It Been Abused?2007
The Los Angeles TimesResign, Sheriff Carona2007
California District Attorney's Association - Statewide Legal GuideRecusal Monograph (Editor)2004
California District Attorney's Association – White PaperProsecutors' Perspective on California's Three Strikes Law – A 10 Year Retrospective2004
California District Attorneys Association - Statewide Legal GuideImplementing Proposition 36 - The Substance Abuse and Crime Prevention Act of 20002001
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
McGeorge School of Law, University of the PacificN/AJD - Juris Doctor1994
California State University, SacramentoExecutive Fellows ProgramN/A1991
Loyola Marymount UniversityN/AOther - Bachelors1990
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Orange County Criminal Defense Bar AssociationModerator - Bankruptcy Options for the Criminal Defendant: A Practical Approach2014
Orange County Criminal Defense Bar AssociationProposition 47: What to Expect and How it Applies2014
South Orange County Bar AssociationCriminal Law Legal Update2013
Orange County Criminal Defense Bar AssociationUS Supreme Court Review and Predictions2013
Orange County Criminal Defense Bar AssociationWinning Strategies in Defending Domestic Violence Cases with Parallel Proceedings in the Family Law Courts2013
North Orange County Bar Association Continuing Education DinnerMcNeely v. Missouri Update2013
Sicily Continuing Legal Education SeminarPreserving the Record for Criminal Appeals2012
Sicily Continuing Legal Education SeminarSubstance Abuse for Lawyers2012
Several Panel Discussions with Criminal Law Judges and OC Sheriff Dept. OfficialsRealignment: California's New Sentencing Law2011
Stemming the Tide of Media PiracyMusic Piracy Enforcement: What is Working, What is Not.2010
Whittier Law School Career EventCareers in Intellectual Property Rights Enforcement2009
Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors HearingTestimony in Support of Anti-Piracy Legislation2008
Idaho Prosecuting Attorneys Association Summer ConferenceHow to Prosecute Music Piracy Cases2008
California Legislature, Public Safety Committees (Senate and Assembly)Testimony in Support of Legislation2006
Association for Criminal Justice ResearchPerspective of the Prosecutor on Three Strike Reform2006
Legal Issues in Felony Prosecutions (California District Attorneys Association)Jury Instructions in Criminal Cases2005
USC Annenberg Institute for Justice and JournalismForum: Three Strikes and Mandatory Minimums2004
The John and Ken Show (KFI 640)Proposition 66/The Three Strikes Law2004
The Bill Handel Show (KFI 640)Proposition 66/The Three Strikes Law2004
KUCIThree Strikes Debate Against the Hon. Jim Gray, Orange County Superior Court Judge2004
KPCC 89.3 Public RadioProposition 66 (Three Strikes) Debate2004
Orange County District Attorney's MCLE EventUnderstanding Proposition 36 – California's New Drug Treatment Laws2002
Orange County Narcotic Officers AssociationProposition 36 - California's New Drug Treatment Law2001
Do's and Don'ts of Courtroom TestimonyOrange County Sheriff's Department2001
Discovery Law Seminar (California District Attorneys Association)The Peace Officers' Bill of Rights2001