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I began my legal career in San Diego where I practiced criminal law, civil litigation, and personal injury.  After a very successful practice there for 17 years, my family and I moved to Fresno, California, in 1995.  Since that time, I have practiced exclusively criminal law. I was the Chief Defense Attorney for a 17 attorney criminal defense law firm that handled 3-4,000 felony cases a year. I left that firm to associate and partner with a very successful criminal law practitioner where I am continuing my commitment help protect the Constitutional rights of my clients.  


I estimate that I have conducted over 200 jury trials - everything from DUIs, drug cases, sex cases, domestic violence, assaults, "three-strikes," dozens of cases involving criminal street gangs, gun/deadly weapons, drive-by shootings, robberies, attempted murders, and murders, including special circumstance murder cases.  I have received many outright Not Guilty verdicts for my clients in all of these types of cases, including several murder cases - at one time between 2005-2007, the jury found my clients Not Guilty in four separate cases in a row.  I have handled all kinds of criminal and related criminal proceedings, from violation of probation and parole hearings, DMV hearings, writs & appeals, and many other types of proceedings in the criminal process.


I have practiced all over California, in both state and Federal Court. I am qualified as a death penalty lawyer and am on the special circumstances/death penalty panel of attorneys in Fresno, California, where I am regularly appointed to special circumstances/death penalty murder cases by the Fresno County Superior Court.


One of my greatest pleasures over my long career has been to teach and train young lawyers and law students.  Most of them have gone on to be successful lawyers in their own right, and have triumphantly represented their own clients in an honest and professional way.  I have been involved in many community organizations, taught classes at the local law school, been a Mock Trial Attorney Judge and team coach, served as Judge Pro-Tempore for the Fresno County Superior Court, given many seminars to other attorneys, and started an organization for criminal defense lawyers to share useful information among themselves. 


Above all, I enjoy helping reunite my clients and their families during and after dealing with perhaps the most difficult time in their lives, going through the challenging criminal process with them.  This is particularly true where alcohol or substance abuse issues have ripped formerly close and loving families apart.  I have saved the many letters of appreciation from clients and their families to whom I have been fortunate enough to have been of service. It is most gratifying for me to see them get back together, overcome their difficulties and live happy and fulfilled lives.  Helping people is, after all, what being a good lawyer is all about. 


I like going to football and baseball games, fishing, surfing, and going to Hawai where I can get caught up on my reading list and swim in the warm waters of the Pacific. I love sharing the lives of my two children, and spending time with Andrea, my wife of over 30 years.

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Languages spoken: English, Spanish

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Licensed

  1. Federal Crime: 30%
    38 years, 3 thousand cases
  2. Violent Crime: 30%
    38 years, 3 thousand cases
  3. DUI & DWI: 25%
    38 years, 3 thousand cases
  4. Criminal Defense: 15%
    38 years, 3 thousand cases

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  • Elizabeth A. Thomasian

    I had the pleasure of working for Mark Broughton as his law clerk at Hammerschmidt Broughton Law Corporation. Not only does he care about the person accused of a crime, but also that persons family and friends. He is very much aware that the criminal process has an impact on the entire family and works hard to communicate with all parties. Mark is a very compassionate, knowledgeable attorney, who is not afraid to push the envelope.

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HAMMERSCHMIDT BROUGHTON LAW CORPORATION

2445 Capitol Street
Suite 150
Fresno, CA, 93721-2242

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License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
CAActive197805/24/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
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Awards
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Northern California2016
Super LawyerNorthern California Super Lawyers2015
Top 100 Trial LawyersThe National Trial Lawyers2014
Super LawyerNorthern California Super Lawyers2013
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2013
Super LawyerNorthern California Super Lawyers2012
Criminal LawState Bar of California - Certified Specialist2012
AV RatedMartndale-Hubbell2012
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2011
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Attorney/PartnerHAMMERSCHMIDT BROUGHTON LAW CORPORATION2010 - Present
California Mock Trial ProgramConstitutional Rights Foundation2010 - 2010
Judge Pro TemFreson County Superior Court2003 - 2003
Judge Pro TemFresno County Superior Court2000 - 2000
Chief Defense AttorneyCiummo & Associates1995 - 2010
Associations
Association namePosition nameDuration
Fresno County Bar Association, Criminal Law SectionChairman2014 - Present
Fresno County Criminal Defense Bar AssociationCo-Founder, past Co-Chair2009 - Present
Fresno County Bar Association, Criminal Law SectionN/AN/A
Fresno County Bar Association, Criminal Law SectionCo-chair2012 - 2014
Leadership FresnoChamber of Commerce2011 - 2012
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
People v. Stevie BMisdemeanor, community service, probation terminated early
People v. Andrew MFelon in Possession of Firearm Dismissed!
People v. Joe OCase reversed on appeal and dismissed!
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Publications
Publication nameTitleDate
Inside the Minds (Aspatore Books)Utilizing Forensic Science in Criminal Cases2015
Inside the Minds (Aspatore Books)Homicide Defense Strategies: Leading Lawyers on Understanding Homicide Cases and Developing Effective Defense Techniques2014
Inside the Minds (Aspatore Books)Defending DUI Vehicular Homicide Cases2012
Education
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Western State University College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1977
University of California - San DiegoSociology, MusicBA - Bachelor of Arts1973
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Trial PracticeClosing Arguments2012
Trial PracticeCross Examination and Closing Arguments2011
Voir Dire, Opening Statements, Closing ArgumentsTrial Practice2010
MCLE Spring SeminarFelony Sentencing2010
Got MCLE?Trial Preparation2010