|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Certified Criminal Law Specialist||State Bar of California||1998|
|Senior Deputy District Attorney||Fresno County District Attorney's Office||1988 - 2012|
|Univ of California Berkeley||N/A||undergraduate||N/A|
|Golden Gate Univ SOL||N/A||law||N/A|
Posted by anonymous
Burton Francis Esq. represented me in a very complex hi-stakes legal matter that had both civil and criminal components. His representation at all times was thoroughly and refreshingly honest and compassionate. This is a man who cares about people and who is more interested in truth and justice than billable hours. Mr. Francis has served a long career as a prosecutor working with some of the worst cases one might ever see and consequently he has a nose for the truth and a passion for the right to have it heard. He fought long and hard for me and was up against formidable opposing counsel. In the courtroom he is a consummate professional and his blending of the art and science of law is true genius. When falsely accused we often panic and we can become depressed and find it difficult to think things through. Burton Francis was the calm in the storm for me, helping me to assemble the appropriately intricate facts and details that were necessary to defend the allegations. He is an intellectual who thinks outside the box and who was always a few steps ahead of me and everyone else. Despite limited finances and the emotional trauma that I was suffering, he never pressured me to settle the case and betray my innocence for a shorter less costly option. Indeed he never lost sight of the big picture and he refused to be bullied by the opposition.
Mr. Francis never made me any promises other than to aggressively present my honest and robust defense which he did.
We prevailed thanks to his dogged determination and experience. And throughout it all he was an absolute gentleman who treated me with respect and who always listened to me.
I owe my life to this man, and if you need representation and have a chance to get help from Mr. Francis, don’t think twice. Thank you Mr. Francis, words cannot express nor money adequately compensate you for the difference you have made in my life. I will be forever grateful to you and I stand 100% behind this statement.
Michael Mazzoni, Workers compensation Attorney
Relationship: Worked together on matter
I had the great opportunity to be able to work with Mr. Francis on numerous criminal defense cases, and during my time I spent with Mr. Francis, I can honestly say that if you are facing any type of criminal charges, Mr. Francis should be your choice. He is down-to-earth, approachable, and relates well to his clients. He views criminal charges as a declaration of war against his client, and fights zealously to defend against them. As a former prosecutor, he knows the ins and outs of the criminal justice system. With both perspectives (that of a prosecutor and a defense attorney), he is always thinking of how to preempt the other side's argument. He is a step ahead of any opponent in court, and a master of cross-examination. His oratory skills are superior to any of those I have observed in court, and his creativity in court, coupled with his extensive knowledge of the law, make for a formidable force against any prosecutor trying to convict his clients. I highly endorse Burton.