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Amanda Kathleen Moran

Sex crime Attorney at Fresno, CA

5.0   10 reviews

also known as Moran Law Firm

  • Licensed for 7 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2016
    Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Amanda

Learn Amanda’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Sex crime

  2. Appeals
    Writs & Appeals- Habeas Corpus Petitions, Writs of Mandamus, and Criminal Appeals, with successful court opinions from the Fifth District Court of Appeal.

  3. Domestic violence

  4. Criminal defense
    Exclusively Criminal Defense: Homicide, Special Circumstances Homicide, Capital Cases, Domestic Violence, Violent Crimes, Juvenile Defense, Fraud, DUI, Robbery, Assault, Gang Related Charges.

  5. DUI and DWI

  6. Expungement

  7. Federal crime

  8. Violent crime

  9. White collar crime



 I practice criminal law almost exclusively, and truly love my job! I am a passionate advocate for my clients, and I believe that every person charged with a crime deserves to have an attorney that they can trust. I value integrity in my representation above all else, and fight to protect my client’s Federal and State Constitutional rights at all stages of the criminal proceedings! The only way our Criminal Justice System will work effectively, is for Criminal Defense Attorneys to fight for their clients and to hold the Government and Law Enforcement accountable-which is what we do here at The Moran Law Firm!

I have worked on all tyeps of criminal cases from simple misdemeanor trials to complex death penalty cases! I am presently handeling many high-profile homicides, violent sex crime matters, and have served as the second chair attorney on a death penalty case. I have written and argued successful Appeals and Writs of Mandamus with the Fresno Superior Court, the Fifth District Court of Appeal, and Petitions for Writ of Certiorari to the California Supreme Court. I love the courtroom, I respect my clients, and I fight hard at all stages of the criminal proceedings. I've had serious felony cases dismissed on the day of trial! I have obtained successful jury verdicts for my clients in felony and misdemeanor cases, as well as obtained fair and reasonable plea agreements for those who wish to settle their matters outside of the courtroom.
I handle almost all types of criminal cases; however, the majority of my practice is devoted to sex crimes, violent crimes against the person, attempted homicide and homicides with special circumstances. I work with a team of Private Investigators, Forensic Experts, Certified Law Clerks, Paralegals and Attorneys to ensure that each case receives the individualized attention that it needs!

I recently attended the 2019 National Criminal Defense College, a prestigious training program in Rhode Island, focused on developing my advanced Criminal Defense Trial Skills. I have also received specialized training at the 2017 and 2018, Capital Defense Training Conference in San Diego, California; the 2016 Post-Conviction Appeals Conference in San Francisco, California; The 2017 Colorado Method Capital Jury Selection Training in Boulder, Colorado; the 2017 Santa Clara Death Penalty College, and the 2018 Advanced Cross-Examination Training in San Francisco. I strive to stay educated and updated on the most current legal principles, and appreciate the opportunity to learn from some of the greatest legal defense minds of our time.




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Moran Law Firm, Attorneys At Law
1330 "L" Street, Suite A
Fresno, CA, 93721-1728

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Posted by Ramona | February 12, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Top Lawyer
My good Lord knows if I were able to give Attorney Amanda Moran a trophy & more than 5 stars I would do so She is a Great & Caring Attorney along with her staff may God Bless All Today & Always I Recommend Amanda Moran.
Posted by anonymous | November 29, 2019
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| Consulted Attorney
kind and compassionate
We have a difficult case, complex, Amanda understood he scope immediately. she is on time, she communicates to make sure we all understand times and purpose of meetings. Amanda kept business on a business level while making us feel entirely comfortable. she is smart and motivated.
Posted by Anaya | July 25, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Not only a great Attorney but also a truly great person
Amanda Moran truly stood out to us , when we were looking for a criminal defense attorney up in Fresno . She went beyond what I had expected and clearly is a great attorney as well as a really great person! Her response time in getting back to us was quick and made us feel comfortable in the awful situation that was over 14 yrs old. She fought hard for me and now I can move forward with my life!
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Posted by Steven | July 10, 2019
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She fought for my freedom and words will never be enough to show how grateful I am Moran and her team!
If anyone is going through a really hard situation and you're fighting for your freedom I really recommend you to call Moran Law Firm. My Attorney Amanda Moran, her team, and their private investigator went above and beyond to make sure I continue to be a free man today, and fought for me to make sure I would be there for my family! I can never thank them enough, they fought for my freedom every step of the way. They were always available to answer any questions and explain everything to me in a way I could understand. They worked with my schedule and financial difficulties and gave me a very reasonable payment plan. I will always be grateful with all of them. Moran has a big heart and they genuinely care about their clients and their families. They treated my entire family with the upmost respect! I highly recommend Amanda moran and her team, trust me, they will fight for you because they truly care about helping people and not just making a profit. Do not hesitate to call them!
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Posted by anonymous | February 28, 2019
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Truly Blessed
Words cannot explain how truly thankful my family is for having a firm like this represent us. Moran law firm helped us throughout the whole process. from helping us understand the next step to getting us the best possible outcome. We had so many questions about the legal process that they took there time answering and explaining each one to us. We highly recommend them. They are great people. They truly love what they do and are there to help.Thank You so much Amanda and Janay for everything you have done for us.
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Posted by Penny | October 19, 2018
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Best ever!
Amanda has been an amazing person to deal with! No one chooses to take legal action, but she and her staff have been kind, considerate, and sympathetic. More than that, she has been completely honest in what we can and cannot expect and where we need to go. Honest, hard working, and always in your corner! Love this law firm!!!
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Posted by Maria | August 10, 2018
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Words cannot explain the gratitude I have for Amanda Moran
August 6, 2018, is the moment my partner got his life back! Let’s back track 7 months, when I was just a chicken with my head cut off. My bf of 5 years had been accused of some horrific, god awful accusations and was put in jail. I, without doubt knew he wasn’t capable of doing such things, so I hired a lawyer . Let me tell you, this lawyer is like no other! Her compassion and her understanding just made me feel like , hey every thing is going to be all right . She fought for us with the best of her ability. Words can’t explain the gratitude that I have for Amanda Moran and her amazing team who were there for us every step up the way with their kindness , their compassion ,and their hard work. Thank you guys., a million times thank you! You guys brought our family back together.
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Posted by Omar | August 1, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Extremely satisfied!
It’s been about 3 months that my case was resolved and I’ve been waiting to find the right words to choose when it comes to speaking about Amanda Moran. After 3 months, I figured out there is nothing I can say to describe my true appreciation for Amanda! Amanda was amazing!!! She is a 100% fighter! Amanda was right by my side through it all and made me feel comfortable and confident of her abilities; although, she may say I was extremely nervous! But who wouldn’t be! Being on defense side of the court system was an entirely new thing to me. That is where Amanda came in and made me feel that everything would be ok! We had an extremely “determined” district attorney (no names mentioned) who took everything very personal and just would not take no for an answer! Well let’s just say that through Amanda’s will and determination to win, she was able to finally shut this DA down (she actually stomped away in anger) and I was able to move on with my life! I am extremely happy to have chosen Mrs. Moran as my attorney! She is a true fighter and I do believe anyone would be happy and satisfied to have her on their side should you need these types of services. Thank you again Amanda! You were amazing!!!!
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Posted by anonymous | October 5, 2017
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Fierce defense attorney who belived in me and wasn't afraid to fight for me
I was charged with felonies for something that I did not do. I hired Attorney Moran and her firm to represent me. I had been with the public defender in the beginning of my case but he didn't listen to me, or spend any time working on my case. After the preliminary court date where they had an officer testify, I knew I had to hire a private attorney because me public defender didn't do anything, he didn't even know all of the things that had actually happened. I was so worried that I was going to go to prison for something I didn't do. My public defender kept trying to get me to take a deal. I told him no, I wasn't going to plead guilty to something I didn't do. I was told to meet with a few attorneys before I hired one, so I met with like four or five. I felt like they all just were going to tell me to take a deal and that's what my public defender was already doing. Mr. Mugridge met with me first, and then I worked with Amanda for most of my case. I hired them because they didn't just jump to pushing me to take a deal. They said if I wanted to take the case to trial, they would fight hard for me. They understood why I didn't want to take a deal when I didn't do the things the DA was trying to say I did. They did an investigation, and really took the time to understand what actually happened. Amanda did most of the work on my case, and she was so on top of things. Amanda knew all of the details of my case, and was so good at arguing against what the DA said. Having a private attorney was so different from the public defender, because I actually felt like she was on my side. Before I hired them, I got so nervous every time I had to go to court. But I felt really confident with them as my defense attorneys because I knew that they were fighting for me. Even as we had our first day of trial the DA tried to get me to take a deal, but I refused. Amanda did the first part, the opening to the jury. She was fierce. I knew Amanda had my back. During the trial she continued to explain what was happening and why. They were both really good, but I feel like Amanda helped tell my story because she took the time to know me. During the trial, sometimes the DA would look so upset at how hard they were fighting for me. I guess the DA is used to the public defender who doesn't do anything. But they didn't cut her any slack. When the jury was making their decision, I was really nervous but I also had a feeling they would find me innocent. My sisters watched my trial and they said Amanda was awesome especially when I was on the stand. I had to wait like a day for the jury, but I had no doubt that my attorneys were the best in fresno. The jury found me not guilty of all felony and misdemeanor cases. I actually cried, because final the truth came out. The DA didn't even shake my attorneys hands which was so unprofessional. She was mad. If I had stayed with my public defender I would probably be in prison, or taken a deal. But they belived in me, and they fought hard for my rights and they protected me. There are a lot of lawyers around and it is such an important decision. Do your homework because the right attorney made a difference for me. I would hire Amanda again and recommend her to anyone who needs an attorney.
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Posted by Danny | June 20, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Highly recommend Amanda Moran
I don't usually write reviews, but I wanted to share my positive experience with anyone looking for a stand-up quality attorney. After meeting with both Amanda and David Mugridge, I decided to hire the firm. I worked with Amanda, who was so great. I had a case that seemed simple to me, but ended up being complicated and required a ton of work, and we had to go back to court so many time. What I really appreciated is that Amanda gave me the time I/my case needed, even when I completely freaked out and just needed reassurance about things. She came highly recxomended, but I was afraid that she might be too quiet when I first met her. However, she's a bulldog in court and really fought hard for me with the District Atorney. I had planed to have a trial, but Amanda and her investigator were able to uncover information that got me a great deal. I am more than happy with Amanda, and the people in her office are really helpful too. I am finally able to move forward with my life.
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Work Experience

  • Managing Partner
  • Moran Law Firm, Attorneys At Law
  • 2018 - Present
  • Managing Partner
  • Mugridge Moran LLP, Attorneys At Law
  • 2017 - 2018
  • Attorney
  • Mugridge Law Firm
  • 2016 - 2017
  • Certified Law Clerk
  • Mugridge Law Firm
  • 2014 - 2016
  • Summer Law Clerk
  • Fresno County District Attorney's Office
  • 2014 - 2014
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  • Roger Williams University School of Law
  • 2019 Trial Practice Institute
  • 2019
  • San Joaquin College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2016
  • California State University, Fresno
  • N/A

Sample of Legal Cases

  • People v. Rex Garcia
  • Full Reversal on Appeal
  • U.S. V. David Bruce II
  • Still waiting on the Appellate Court to render its Opinion
  • People v. Kyrone Haygood
  • Motion for New Trial pending
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  • Central California Appellate Pannel
  • Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • Fresno County Women Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • Fresno County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • Fresno County Young Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • California Attorneys for Criminal Justice
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2020
  • Norther California Young Lawyers
  • Northern California Super Lawyers
  • 2019
  • 10 Best Attorneys, Criminal Law for California
  • American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys
  • 2018
  • Top 40 Under 40 Criminal Defense Attorneys in California
  • Association of American Trial Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Wiley W. Manuel Pro Bono Service Award
  • State Bar of California, Board of Trustees
  • 2018
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Speaking Engagements

  • CART
  • Juvenile Justice Program
  • 2019
  • Law School 99
  • Operating a Law Firm
  • 2018
  • Operation Protect and Defend
  • High School Constiution and Civics discourse
  • 2017

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Unknown Attorney | Aug 13
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"Amanda Moran is an absolute pitbull in the court room. She is respectful to the Court and District Attorneys but remains steadfast in her defense of her clients. She is calm yet powerful. Even before she utters a word, she commands the courtroom. She is always prepared, articulate, and persuasive. She should absolutely be considered to represent you or a loved one."
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