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Former New York City Prosecutor Will Defend You. 

When I graduated law school in 1998, I began working for the Kings County District Attorney’s Office (that is Brooklyn).  I worked there for six years on a wide range of cases.  They included petty crime to large scale narcotics investigations involving extensive violence and gang activity. 

When I left the District Attorney’s Office, I represented physicians throughout New York City, Long Island and Westchester County.  These were medical malpractice cases where the doctors were being sued. 

Though it paid much more, I did not enjoy my four years in civil litigation.  All that I did was for the ‘money’ – my client was an insurance company, my boss wanted a set number of billable hours each month, and the plaintiffs’ attorneys only wanted a large settlement.  I missed criminal law.  I missed working for an individual’s interests.  I wanted to focue on that again so, when I returned to southern California, I decided to focus on criminal law. 

If you have been arrested, call me.  I will fight for you.


Practice areas


  1. DUI & DWI: 50%
    14 years
  2. Criminal Defense: 50%
    14 years



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  • Frederick Prescott Hayes

    James Gandy is a prior prosecutor. He has the experience necessary to assist in defense of criminal charges, especially DUI allegations.


    Frederick Hayes Real estate Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

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    I consulted James on a number of criminal cases. His experience as a former prosecutor and seasoned defense attorney contributed great insight when evaluating the merits, potential defenses, and general concerns of my litigation matters. He is a well-informed attorney and I highly recommend his counsel.


    Russell Araya
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

500 State College Boulevard, Suite # 1100
Orange, CA, 92868


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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PrincipalLaw Office of James Gandy2008 - Present
AssociateEllenberg & Rigby, LLP2004 - 2007
Assistant District AttorneyKings County District Attorney's Office1998 - 2004
Association namePosition nameDuration
Orange County Bar Associationmember2008 - Present
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Fordham University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1998
California State University, FullertonHistoryBA - Bachelor of Arts1994