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Kevin Peter Rooney

Criminal defense Attorney at Fresno, CA

5.0   9 reviews

also known as Kevin P. Rooney, Kevin Rooney

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  • Licensed for 41 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1983
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Kevin

Learn Kevin’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    All aspects of criminal defense - government investigations, administrative/professional proceedings, trial and appellate courts. Tulare County Deputy District Attorney, 1983-1988. Presented over 100 state and federal jury trials.

    41 years

  2. Federal crime
    U. S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District California, Fresno 1990-2018. Chief, Narcotics & Violent Crime, 2008-18. Reviewed and approved all indictments, plea dispositions, and wiretaps. Evaluated commutation and pardon applications.

    34 years

  3. Appeals
    Extensive criminal appeals experience before the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

    34 years


I am a Fresno based federal and state criminal defense and government investigations attorney.  I provide the highest level of service for my clients. 

I understand how federal and state prosecutors think - how they decide whether or not to file a criminal charge and what persuades them to decline filing, dismiss a case, or reduce the charges.  I know how to challenge the admissibility of evidence (suppression motions)  and how to present a criminal case to a jury or Judge.  My experience includes over 100 criminal jury trials.

For ten years I was the Chief of the Violent Crime and Narcotics Unit for the United States Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of California, Fresno.  My review and approval was needed for every wiretap, grand jury indictment, and plea bargain.  I evaluated every petition for commutation or pardon relating to a drug or violent crime conviction.  I personally prosecuted hundreds of federal criminal cases including conspiracy, drug and marijuana offenses, tax, money laundering, fraud, civil rights, firearms, assault, offenses by federal correctional officers and inmates, and offenses on federal land including Yosemite National Park and Sequoia Kings Canyon National Park.  I also have extensive experience in presenting cases to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

My experience also includes five years as a state court prosecutor with the Tulare County District Attorney’s Office.  The jury trials I presented ranged from driving under the influence through burglary, robbery, sexual assault, and murder. I have used the California Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) to suppress digital evidence obtained when law enforcement searched a cell phone. A client's felony case was recently dismissed becasue we successfully moved for Mental Health Diversion (Penal Code ) and my client successfully completed her mental health program.

Facing a government investigation or criminal charges is stressful and involves serious potential consequences.  If you find yourself in the unfortunate position of being investigated or charged with a criminal offense, I look forward to the opportunity to speak with you.


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Hammerschmidt Law Corporation
2445 Capitol Street, Suite 150
Fresno, CA, 93721


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Posted by Leonard marella | December 21, 2022
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Kevin Rooney attorney
Kevin did a job my first attorney couldnt do ...witch was fight for my life that was about to be over .that was going to take some footwork ..all I could say is I've had multiple attorneys through out my life .and not one I could compare with Kevin ...Kevin wont blow smoke and will get the job done no matter what it will take ..I had a tuff case looking at life that .he was able to get my case thrown out. Do to his motions he filled can for sure count on him to have your back ...he's smart ,and cares about you and your was a blessing to have Kevin buy my side in the courts .I'm home now thanks to him
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Posted by Angie | October 31, 2022
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The Best Criminal Defense Attorney
Kevin Rooney saved my career, my family, and my freedom. Having never been in trouble with the law, the felony charges I faced were overwhelming and intimidating. I had no idea how the court system worked or the steps I needed to take to wake up from this nightmare I found myself in. Kevin was easy to talk to and very attentive. He practices law with compassion and integrity, always returning my calls, explaining everything in detail, and breaking down the law and the process in a way I could understand. Kevin had sound advice for my case and was very attentive; additionally, he empathized with the effects this charge held over my personal and professional life and the ramifications therein. Finally, working as a team, Kevin strategized my case in a manner that allowed the courts to close my case expeditiously. As a result of his knowledge and efficiency, no charges were filed against me, and Kevin was able to get the arrested changed to a detention. Words cannot express my gratitude for Kevin Rooney and the staff at Hammerschmidt Law. All I can say is: Thank you, you saved my life.
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Posted by Paul | September 13, 2022
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Life Changer
My family and I are extremely grateful to have found Kevin Rooney – we feel like he saved my life! I had an incident at Yosemite and so we needed an attorney with Federal experience. Mr. Rooney was patient in explaining the process to me; walked me through all the intricacies of the legal system; but most importantly fought on my behalf the entire time. We cannot express in words how happy we are with Mr. Rooney and his team, and we could not have wished for a better outcome. In federal matters, you really need a team and someone on your side that goes beyond all expectations – you need someone like Kevin Rooney.
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Posted by anonymous | June 5, 2021
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Mr.Rooney took my case after I explained situation with federal gov. rangers. I was pulled over by rangers for no real reason other than boredom due to covid. They said I was in a closed area of National Park, I was not. They found a little pot, being federal gov. I got into trouble. Mr. Rooney took case and WON! He made me feel comfortable, he is very personable. I would recommend him to anyone that is in need of a good federal lawyer! Thank You Mr.Rooney
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Posted by anonymous | January 16, 2020
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Couldn’t be happier!!!
Without going into much detail I previously hired Kevin P. Rooney - Pre trial and my final resolution was a dismissal! As the title says I couldn’t be happier! I truly believe without his representation I would be given different much different circumstances and definitely disciplinary actions. Thank you Kevin!
Posted by Courtney | October 23, 2019
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Beyond amazing
Obviously if your in need of a lawyer, you are experiencing alot of stress as well as your family. Kevin was amazing at clarifying the details of your case and possible outcomes; Allowing you to make the best decision for your circumstances. He made himself available to answer all my inquiries and calm my nerves. I honestly did not expect such one on one treatment through the entire process. He even touches base with me through the probation process. He literally gave mine and my families life back. I plan on using kevin in the future for the expungement process. I highly recommend kevin if you are looking for a lawyer.
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Posted by Matthew | March 21, 2019
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Great attorney
I was cited for a 3rd dui. I was referred to Mr. Rooney by a family friend who is also an attorney. Upon speaking with Mr. Rooney he immediately made me feel at easy and comfortable with my unfortunate situation. He took the time to explain all aspects of the case, defense, and possible outcomes. I was always able to get ahold of him, and when not he was very prompt in returning my calls/emails. He was able to reduce my 3rd dui to a wet and reckless with no community service or DUI classes. I would highly reccomend Mr. Rooney.
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Posted by Jose | December 5, 2018
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Jose - Bay Area
My husband and I evaluate Attorney Kevin Rooney’s services as outstanding because they meet all the outlooks that a client can expect: high quality of services, efficiency, amiability, professionalism, knowledge, dedication to the case, timeline met, respectful and punctual. He is the kind of professional that makes you feel confident that even there is a risk in the process there is a high probability to obtain a favorable result from the court. Attorney Rooney takes advantage of technology to develop his work, as well as, he uses traditional communication. He explains you every step of the process, gives you the timeframe of each phase which makes you feel hopeful and confident that everything will be solved in your favor. With Mr. Rooney you will not only feel represented, but you have an excellent Lawyer to obtain justice for you. Attorney Kevin Rooney solved my case in less than 60 days.
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Posted by anonymous | June 22, 2018
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Kevin was great from beginning to end. It was very comforting to be represented by a Lawyer that will fight hard for your case, and do the job as many times is required to get the best outcome. Extremely professional, lots of experience and knowledgeable. Very easy to work with and willing to adjust to your schedule. Always willing to explain me patiently the processes and with a beautiful smile and the most optimistic and positive attitude. I am so thankful that I was represented by him. I knew I was represented by one of the best and most competitives Attorneys of Fresno, and the outcome obviously and successfully proved it. I highly recommend him!.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Of Counsel
  • Hammerschmidt Law Corporation
  • 2018 - Present
  • Adjunct Professor
  • Fresno City College
  • 2005 - 2009
  • Chief, Narcotics and Violent Crime Unit
  • United States Attorney's Office, Eastern District of California, Fresno
  • 1990 - 2018
  • Attorney
  • Ramsey, Morrison & Wallis
  • 1988 - 1990
  • Deputy District Attorney
  • Tulare County District Attorney's Office
  • 1983 - 1988
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  • Emory University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1980
  • Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1980

Sample of Legal Cases

  • United States v. L. M.
  • Federal indictment dismissed. Client immediately released from custody.
  • Investigation J.Z.
  • No charges filed. Investigation closed.
  • United States v. M.C.
  • Faced 25 - 30 years in BoP. After defense work, received 3 & 1/2 years (42 months).
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  • Federal Bar Association (San Joaquin chapter)
  • Member
  • 2020 - Present
  • KMJ News Talk Radio
  • Legal Analyst
  • 2020 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2019 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • Fresno County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2021
  • Outstanding Performance
  • Drug Enforcement Administration
  • 2018
  • Outstanding Service
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • 2018

Speaking Engagements

  • Leadership Fresno Class 34 Law Day
  • Defending federal and state criminal investigations and charges
  • 2018
  • Criminal Trial Advocacy Course
  • Instructor: Trial Skills
  • 2016
  • Constitution Week
  • Civil Liberty Issues In Federal Criminal Law
  • 2016
  • CLE
  • Federal Criminal Law
  • 2016
  • Annual training - Yosemite National Park & Sequoia Kings Canyon National Park
  • Federal Law Enforcement Officer Training
  • 2016
  • Annual Training
  • Federal Correctional Officer Legal Training
  • 2015
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Attorney endorsements

Received (7)
Given (11)
Endorse Kevin
Federal crime Attorney | Feb 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Kevin has more than 35 years of experience as a litigator, most of it in federal court. He can be trusted to effectively represent anyone facing criminal charges or an investigation by governmental authorities."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I whole heartedly endorse Kevin Rooney as he knows the ins and outs of criminal law. He is experienced in both federal and state court. He is hard working, intelligent, and handles matters with the utmost professionalism."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 29
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Kevin has been a mentor for the last 2 1/2 years and I have worked closely with him on numerous cases in both state and federal court. He is passionate, experienced, knowledgeable, professional, and empathetic to his clients needs."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Kevin is a very experienced attorney. I routinely refer cases to his firm and every client has been very happy with the service they receive."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Kevin Rooney is an experienced trial attorney who understands criminal law in both federal and state court. I worked with Kevin at the U.S. Attorney's Office where he was the Chief of our Section. I must say Kevin's ability to understand trial and pick apart the government's case is excellent. Kevin is a star lawyer in my book."
Federal crime Attorney | Apr 13
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I worked with (against) Kevin on several cases, when he was a Chief at the US Attorney's office. Kevin is a seasoned trial attorney who will, without doubt, bring to bear his unique insight into the prosecution of federal matters and the benefit of the respect he earned from judges in representing his clients. I endorse this lawyer."
Federal crime Attorney | Mar 30
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. Kevin recently joined the firm recently "of counsel" after serving a combined 32 years of experience as a state court prosecutor and federal prosecutor. He brings a wealth of knowledge and skill to the firm, especially in the area of federal criminal matters."
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