I have been a lawyer for over 20 years, passing the California bar exam in June 1993. I opened up my own law practice spealizing in personal injury plantiff ligitation taking on large insurance companies who refused to pay out settlements to the little guy. Also, I began to handle some criminal law cases winning a major felony case that led me into becoming a public defender. I was hired by the Yolo County Public Defender's office and was there for 10 years. I moved up the ranks becoming a senior felony public defender handling major felony cases such as homicide and three strikes cases. After 10 years, I decided I needed a break and went over to Italy and taught law at the University of Parma, Italy.
Coming back from Italy, I was immediately hired by Monterey County Public Defender's office to handle misdemeanor cases. I eventually became the misdemeanor team supervisor and then was promoted to team leader for the domestic violence court where I handled most of the more complicated cases in that court.
Languages spoken: Spanish
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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Best attorney of 2007||Barry Nelton||2007|
|"One of the Best"||Yolo County Public Defender’s Award||2007|
|Best in Trial||James Egar Award||2001|
|Excellence in Trial||Bobby Evans Award||1998|
|Owner||Law Office of John Klopfenstein||1993 - Present|
|Deputy Public Defender||Monterey County Public Defender's Office||2008 - 2012|
|Professor||University of Parma||2007 - 2008|
|Deputy Public Defender||Yolo County Public Defender's Office||1997 - 2007|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|California Attorneys for Criminal Justice||Member||1997 - Present|
|California Public Defenders Association||Member||1997 - Present|
|Federal Bar Association||Member||1993 - 1993|
|University of California - Los Angeles||N/A||Post-graduate litigation certificate||1998|
|Thomas Jefferson School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1993|
|University of Washington||History||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1978|