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Paula Kay Canny

Criminal defense Attorney at Burlingame, CA

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  • State Years
    Hawaii - HI 7 years
    California - CA 43 years
  • Licensed for 7 years
    State HI
    Acquired 2016
    Status
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 43 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1980
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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ALTHOUGH NOT EVERY CASE PROVIDES THE OPPORTUNITY TO CLEAR AN ACCUSED PERSON OF CHARGES, OUR FIRM SEARCHES RELENTLESSLY FOR ANY ELEMENTS THAT MIGHT HELP US FAVORABLY RESOLVE EACH CASE WE UNDERTAKE.

Paula Canny is one of the premier criminal defense lawyers in California. She practices criminal defense law in all county courts within the state of California. Although her area of particular expertise is California State Court Practice she also practices Federal Criminal defense.

Paula is committed to effective and aggressive representation of her clients. She is intimately familiar with all aspects of criminal procedure. In making the effort to know the clients behind the cases coupled with her years of experience and hard work Paula is able to yield positive results for her clients.

Paula’s reputation as being effective at all stages of the criminal prosecution process puts her in high demand. She knows when a case should be settled and she can reach a fair and equitable resolution. She knows how to try a case to jury having won many jury trials, including the first three strike trial in San Mateo some ten plus years ago.

Paula handles all types of criminal cases from misdemeanors to felonies, property crimes and drug cases, to crimes of violence, including assault, battery, domestic violence, robbery, murder, arson, and three strike cases. Traffic cases include drunk driving, DUI, manslaughter, reckless driving and all Department of Motor Vehicles hearings and driver’s license matters.

In that regard Paula has great expertise in substance abuse issues and alternative and creative sentencing resolutions. She is active in the San Mateo County Drug Court team and has worked hard for years to walk her talk that drug abuse is wrongly characterized as a criminal law problem. Paula is staunch opponent of the death penalty.

Paula has expanded the work of her firm to include personal injury litigation as well as probate litigation. All of the skills and experience she brings in criminal trials she now brings to her Civil Cases. She has brought other attorneys into her office to work under her guidance and direction.

Paula consults with other lawyers regarding strategy and trial preparation and practice for both criminal and civil cases. She has tried civil cases for civil practioners who wanted an experienced litigator.

Paula’s commitment is to effective and aggressive representation. She is a frequent commentator on Bay Area News Programs as well as National News, both cable and Network on high profile cases.

Paula has represented people from all walks of life accused of all manners of illegal conduct. Some of her clients are famous and some are not. But regardless of stature or accusation Paula’s commitment to a client is fierce. That is what makes her such an effective lawyer.

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Posted by Philip | January 16, 2023
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| Consulted Attorney
her brother rocks too!
I spoke to Paul Canny who offered me incredible advice- without knowing me nor my case, he took time to look up all the details and came up with great strategies to go forward. He really puts a lot of effort into what he does and he is very, very skilled. My highest recommendation!
Posted by Stephanie | December 15, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
A Rockstar Lawyer
I never a a need to an attorney until about 15years ago. Paula was not only direct, bold and fierce in my criminal defense, she was understanding, knew the law and fought for me like no one else. I can honestly say I would not be the person I am to without her knowledge, persistence,and drive. She changed my life for better and will never be able to thank her enough..
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Posted by ANDREW | September 24, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
PAULA IS THE BEST FOR SF, SAN MATEO, AND SANTA CLARA COUNTIES
I FIRST HIRED PAULA BACK IN 1993 AND WE HAVE USED HER FOR SMALL CASES AND BIG CASES EVER SINCE. SHE HAS ALWAYS COME THROUGH AS SHE WAS ALWAYS PROTECTIVE OF US MUCH LIKE A BIG SISTER WOULD BE (ESPECIALLY WHEN OUR RIGHTS WERE SO CLEARLY VIOLATED). SHE MAKES PEOPLE CRY ON THE STAND FROM HER RELENTLESS CROSS-EXAMINATIONS AND SHE CAN BE LIKE A PITBULL..ONCE SHE LATCHES ON..SHE WILL NOT LET GO. AND IF YOU OWE HER MONEY FOR HER SERVICES...YOU SURE AS HELL BETTER PAY HER.
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Posted by Rob | June 6, 2015
Amazing
Paula and Justin are amazing. Kept me informed every step of the way. Got me a Wet Reckless when my test was almost twice the legal limit of .08. They left no stone unturned. Amazing. I recommend them without reservation
Posted by Ben | May 31, 2015
" Wonder Woman"
This woman works tirelessly in representing you & knows the court system inside & out!... She has literally saved my life! Best of the best hands down!

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Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Law Offices of Paula Canny
  • 1985 - Present
  • Deputy District Attorney
  • San Mateo County District Attorney's Office
  • 1982 - 1984
  • Deputy District Attorney
  • Ventura County District Attorney's Office
  • 1981 - 1982
  • Associate
  • Wald, Knoll & Chapman
  • 1980 - 1981
  • Law Clerk
  • State Of California Public Defender
  • 1978 - 1980
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Education

  • University of San Francisco School of Law
  • JD
  • 1980

Associations

  • Women Defenders
  • Board of Directors
  • N/A

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Northern California Honoree
  • California Super Lawyers
  • 2020
  • Top Woman Attorneys in Northern California
  • San Francisco Magazine
  • 2020
  • 10 Best
  • American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys
  • 2020
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2020
  • Featured Attorney
  • Lawyers of Distinction
  • 2020
  • Super Lawyer
  • California Super Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Featured Attorney
  • Lawyers of Distinction
  • 2019
  • 10 Best
  • American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys
  • 2019
  • Top 10 Criminal Law Attorney
  • Attorney and Practice Magazine
  • 2019
  • 10 Best
  • American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys
  • 2018
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Top 10 Nationally
  • Lawyers of Distinction
  • 2018
  • Top 10 Attorney
  • Attorney and Practice Magazine
  • 2018
  • 10 Best
  • American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys
  • 2017
  • Top 10% Criminal Defense in the USA
  • Lawyers of Distinction
  • 2017
  • 10 Best for Client Satisfaction
  • American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys
  • 2017
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2017
  • 10 Best for Client Satisfaction
  • American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys
  • 2016
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Burlingame Criminal defense Lawyer Paula Kay Canny
Paula Kay Canny
Criminal defense Attorney
Burlingame, CA
Licensed for 43 years
Virtual consultation available