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Adam G. Gasner

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GASNER CRIMINAL LAW is directed and managed by San Francisco native Adam G. Gasner.  Mr. Gasner is board certified by the California State Bar as a specialist in criminal law – a distinction held by fewer than 400 of the more that 250,000 practicing lawyers in the State of California. 

Mr. Gasner holds an AV Preeminent® rating defense from Marindale-Hubbell.  This rating signifies that Adam Gasner's peers rank him at the highest level of professional excellence for legal knowledge, communication skills and ethical standards.  He also currently serves as the president and officer of the board of the Criminal Trial Lawyers Association of Northern California.

Mr. Gasner is appointed by the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California pursuant to the Criminal Justice Act (CJA) to represent individuals charged in northern California federal courts.  He is also qualified by the Bar Association of San Francisco to accept appointments in serious felony cases in San Francisco Superior Court. 

Prior to founding GASNER CRIMINAL LAW, Mr. Gasner was a criminal law research attorney for the Superior Court of Contra Costa County and a criminal defense attorney at the Levine Law Firm, where he studied under and conducted serious felony jury trials with renowned criminal defense trial attorney Hugh Anthony Levine.  He was also a judicial law clerk for the Hon. Alvin D. Schlessinger at the New York Supreme Court and a certified law intern for the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office.  Prior to that, Mr. Gasner was a law clerk at the San Francisco law firm of Steinhart & Falconer (now DLA Piper.)

Adam G. Gasner’s criminal law experience and knowledge of the local court system provide his clients with results-oriented defense against the accusations of the government. Adam G. Gasner works closely with a team of criminal defense lawyers, investigators and expert witnesses to provide sophisticated and aggressive representation to clients in the San Francisco bay-area, though out California and in federal courts nationwide.

At GASNER CRIMINAL LAW our clients are treated with professionalism and compassion.  All cases are confidential. 


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Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 100%



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  • Aaron Reuben Bortel

    Adam Gasner is hands down one of the top criminal defense lawyers in Northern California. He can handle any type of Criminal case and has won cases in every San Francisco Bay Area county. Do not hire a criminal defense lawyer until you've talked with Adam Gasner. His knowledge of the law and how to win a case are top of the field.


    Aaron Bortel DUI and DWI Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Hugh Anthony Levine

    Adam G. Gasner is an aggressive and skilled trial lawyer and negotiator. As an attorney who has worked with Adam, I can say with certainty that if he takes your case you will be well served by a lawyer who knows the law, knows the system and knows how to get the very best results for his clients. On many occasions I have brought Adam into a case to assist me because of his exceptional skills.


    Hugh Levine Criminal defense Attorney
    Relationship: Supervised lawyer

Contact info


Law Chambers Building
345 Franklin Street
San Francisco, CA, 94102-4427


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-Hubbell2016
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal LawState Bar of California, Board of Legal Specialization2015
The 2014 President's AwardCalifornia DUI Lawyers Association2014
Criminal Justice Act (CJA) Federal Trial Court Appointment PanelUnited States District Court for the Northern District of California2013
Serious felony trial appointment panelBar Association of San Francisco2011
Felony trial appointment panelBar Association of San Francisco2005
Misdemeanor appeals appointment panelBar Association of San Francisco2000
Misdemeanor trial appointment panelBar Association of San Francisco2000
Honor Code CommitteeUniversity of San Francisco, School of Law1997
President pre-law societyBoston University1992
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Founding PartnerThe Law Office of Adam G. Gasner2003 - Present
Criminal Law Research Attorneythe Superior Court of Contra Costa County2001 - 2002
Criminal Defense Trial AttorneyThe Levine Law Firm1999 - 2001
Certified Law Internthe San Francisco District Attorney's Office1996 - 1997
Judical Law Clerkthe New York Supreme Court1996 - 1996
Law Clerkthe San Francisco law firm of Steinhart & Falconer, LLP1993 - 1994
Association namePosition nameDuration
Criminal Trial Lawyers Association of Northern CaliforniaPresident2014 - Present
Federal Bar AssociationMember2013 - Present
San Mateo County Bar AssociationMember2001 - Present
California DUI Lawyers AssociationMember2000 - Present
Bar Association of San FranciscoMember2000 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember1999 - Present
California Attorneys for Criminal JusticeMember1999 - Present
The State Bar of CaliforniaMember1999 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
People v. Andrew Z.Case dismissed - First deegree murder case dismissed after 9 month investigation and negotiation with the head of homocide at the San Francisco DA's office resulted in the release of the defendant from all charges.
People v. T.C.Probationary sentence in a $200,000.00 embezzlement case from a multi million dollar federally regulated private company.
People v. Chris F.Felony narcotics trial not guilty all counts
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Publication nameTitleDate
Defense Strategies for Drug Crimes (Inside the Minds)A New Tactic for Fighting the War on Drugs2012
National College for DUI DefenseDefending DUI Charges in Federal Court2011
University of San Francisco Maritime Law JournalAssociate Survey & Index Editor1997
Harvard Journal of Law and TechnologyLaser Bones (Research Assistant to Author)1996
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of San Francisco School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1997
Boston UniversityEnglishBA - Bachelor of Arts1992
Lick-Wilmerding High SchoolN/ADiploma1988
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
KALW - on air panel discussion on Your Legal Rights radio programCurrent issues in immigration and criminal law2016
Every 15 MinutesThe dangers of underage drinking and driving2015
Conference on the use of expanded plea bargaining proceduresPlea Bargaining2015
The Thiel FoundationIn the eyes of the law; what entrepeneurs need to know to stay out of trouble2014
San Francisco Trial Lawyers AssociationVoire-Dire: Strategies for Jury Selection2014
KTVU - Channel 2 news on air interviewThe use of social media in investigating and defending criminal cases2014
California DUI Lawyers AssociationElectronic case management for lawyers2014
Bar Association of San Francisco Criminal Law & Investigations SectionWhat to know before your first trial; addressing common mistakes of new attorneys2013
Know Your Rights 2012: A Youth Advocacy Conference in Honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.Negotiating for your rights2012
Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Approved ConferenceFederal Court Practice; Bench Trials in The United States District Court for the Northern DIstrict of California.2011
Annual All Day CDLA SeminarTrial Tactics: Should Defendants Testify on Their Own Behalf?2010
Annual All Day CDLA SeminarAdvanced Negotiation Strategy in Criminal Cases.2009