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Adam G. Gasner

Criminal defense Attorney at San Francisco, CA

5.0   92 reviews
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  • Licensed for 25 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1999
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    Active No misconduct found

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About Adam

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    The Law Office of Adam G. Gasner is a full service criminal defense law firm. I provide aggressive and sophisticated representation to people and corporations under criminal investigation or charged with a crime. The primary goal of my law office is to have all charges against my clients dismissed. I treat each client as I would expect to be treated -- in a professional and confidential manner.

THE TOP-RATED AND BEST REVIEWED CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEY IN SAN FRANCISCO.

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. 

Awards

AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating

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Location

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

Reviews

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Posted by Mary | July 27, 2010
The best lawyer in California
Adam's courage, integrity and love of the law caused the dismissal of felony drug charges against our son. This was not an easy case with our son's prior convictions. Through out the process Adam communicated clearly and respectfully, anticipating the psychological storms that exist in this process. Anyone lucky enough to have Adam Gasner as their attorney can rest assured they will get the best possible outcome.
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Posted by anonymous | March 13, 2012
Professional, efficient, and results-driven
Adam responded to all of my questions in a timely manner. His experience, knowledge, and relationships in the San Francisco community helped to achieve the best possible resolution of my legal matter. Highly recommend.
Posted by John | May 27, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Experienced, straight shooter, Adams will tell like it is
Adam was recommended to me from a friend when I got into some legal troubles with the state of CA. At 28 years old my life turned upside down, uncertainty and doubt of how my future would turn out was not favorable. But to turn a bad situation better Adam's extensive knowledge and experience help break down the best options I had. His honesty helped save me time and money from going to a trial. That would have been more costly and had an more unfavorable outcome. Ultimately, with Adams guidance I took the plea bargain, since it seem like the best option for my future. Fast forward to a decade later because of Adams knowledge and the previous plea bargain I was able to expunge my criminal record. That second chance lift a lot of burden off my shoulder and made me feel like a new person able to pursue more employment opportunities and provide a better quality of living for my family.
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Posted by Tom | April 27, 2024
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Got back to me very quickly on a weekend with really good advise.
I am currently dealing with a very sudden and unfortunate charge and Mr, Gasner was able to guide me through what will be my first time appearing in court. He eased some of my stress by preparing me for what is to come. I will be reaching out to him if I need further help depending on how serious this case might be. He's straight and to the point and very clear when explaining the arduous court systems. A big help.
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Posted by Jason | April 22, 2024
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| Hired Attorney
A serious and responsible lawyer
Adam is a very professional, conscientious and responsible lawyer, and he makes a comprehensive analysis of my case. Finally my case was dismissed! By the way Adam helped me to sealed the record for me, Enable me to find myself again and return to a normal life! quick response , highly recommend. And his assistant John is helpful and reliable! thank you Adam and John!
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Posted by anonymous | August 5, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
The Best Criminal Defense Lawyer in the Bay Area
Adam expertly helped me navigate a very difficult situation. His decades of experience and calm, professional attitude got me the best possible outcome. Seeing Adam's interaction prosecutors and other defense attorneys, I could clearly see he is widely respected by the community. Overall, hiring Adam was one of the decisions of my life.
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Posted by anonymous | June 18, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Highly recommended
I'm grateful every day that I chose Adam to represent me. From my first phone consultation with him (after a few calls with other attorneys that left me unimpressed), it was clear that he was who I wanted to represent me. He took the time to really explain the process. It wasn't always what I wanted to hear, but he was candid and reassuring. For the 10 months I worked with him - ending in a very favorable result - I felt confident in his strategy and skills, and I felt supported. I also appreciated his terrific assistant John, who was always available and always kept me apprised of exactly what was happening in my case. Adam's experience and relationships in the court were absolutely critical at every hearing. He inspired my confidence each step of the way and I recommend him wholeheartedly as a truly exceptional advocate.
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Posted by Janese | March 17, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Lawyer Review
Adam Gasner saved me from a conviction that would have been severely damaging to my life and the lives of my family. With his smart and steady approach in dealing with all the obstacles presented by the court system, the inconsistencies in attorneys prosecuting the case, and with the variables in the different judges in how they viewed my circumstances, he helped me overcome a potential felony conviction. He handled my case by working closely with me and my husband to prepare, always listening carefully, and always with attention and respect.  He worked with my extended family to prepare a mitigation folder in my defense and then used it wisely and strategically to help overturn the charge. Adam Gasner is generous and kind yet knowledgeable and tough in his approach to preparing his cases, maneuvering through the system, and reaching the best possible outcome for his clients. His legal assistant, John Thomas, is helpful, reliable, and easy to work with. Seek out www.gasnerlaw.com! 
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Posted by anonymous | March 17, 2023
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Adam is an expert with a heart
i consulted with Adam on two different occasions. he is much more helpful than the attorney i hired and gave me the right directions and great referrals. i highly value his expertise. each time after i gained clarify on my cases and was ready to proceed in the right direction, i asked him to send me an invoice for his time spent helping me, he would tell me not to worry about it. the best i can do is to write a review so that people know about him. as some of us may know, not every attorney is as great as Adam. i have literally spent thousands of dollars on a case that was never filed, with another attorney that i hired. she is not an expert in the area, but she has been "helping" me through the years. she would rather the outcome for the money even if she has no expertise in the area. if you need consultation or to hire an attorney for criminal defense, try Adam. i hope you will be satisfied.
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Posted by anonymous | May 17, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Break Glass In Case of Emergency
Adam stepped in to replace my initial attorney from another firm who was employing an extremely passive approach and had me convinced the best outcome was going to be an extremely punitive settlement with life altering consequences for a charge I was not guilty of. Every attorney I consulted with said it would be extremely difficult to defend my case especially with a DA that has a reputation for being aggressive and unsympathetic to my kind of cases. By the time I contacted Adam I had lost all hope, but during our consultation he spent the time to discuss a few strategies to mount an aggressive defense including planning to go to a jury trial. At this point, I was convinced Adam was a highly talented and tactical litigator. He delivered. My case was dismissed just before pre-trial hearings got underway, which not long ago was nothing more than a remote possibility. My only regret is that I didn't find him from the very beginning. Adam is undoubtedly the attorney you call when you are in an emergency situation that requires top-tier legal representation. My family and I will be forever grateful to him.
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Posted by anonymous | April 23, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Positive Experience, Positive Outcome
I had a terrific experience working with Adam and his team. He was incredibly attentive, warm in nature, very knowledgeable and understanding, and he took the time to explain everything to me until I understood fully. I deeply appreciated how honest he was about the details, potential outcomes, and even his own expertise in my case. I found him to be trustworthy and he had a good follow through. I felt legally protected and that he was giving me sound advice and instructions. Because of Adam, I was successful in my situation, had a positive experience, and have a good path going forward. I strongly recommend Adam for whatever your legal needs may be.
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Posted by anonymous | March 25, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Excellent Attorney
Adam Gasner helped me with a DUI consultation, and he was absolutely incredible. He was straight-forward, reassuring, patient and extremely thoughtful. I spoke to a number of attorneys at that time, and he was the most professional and and engaged. He always took me through options, pros and cons, and gave me incredible confidence. I will only call him if I ever need defense services again.
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Posted by Priscila | February 24, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Thank you
Adam Gasner in an Angel! He made such great impact in our lives from the moment we met him. He is an amazing person and very professional. Definitely knows what he is doing and how to handle our case! His pal John Thomas always made sure we were kept in the loop of all communication and updates. It has been a pleasure working with Gasner Criminal Law and will recommend to anyone who's looking for trusting, reliable, and committed attorney. Thank you for your tremendous support!
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Posted by Daniel | November 27, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best-in-Class Criminal Attorney
Adam is the best criminal attorney out there. He’s smart, strategic, professional and honest. He has always been available during difficult times and has helped me navigate through court systems delivering very favorable outcomes in multiple situations. He’s more than just an attorney but also a friend and is very personable and understanding. If you’re considering criminal attorneys in the Bay Area, don’t think twice and call Adam immediately. Whether it’s a minor offense or a serious charge, he will help you every step of the way and you will be amazed with the outcome.
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Posted by Trey | April 15, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Best Lawyer in town.
I had a great experience using A. Gasner as my attorney through a very messy and embarrassing incident. Even though we couldn't get it dropped or disposed we got a felony arrest reduced to a misdemeanor that all parties could agree on. I have alot of respect for him. I was treated with respect and dignity. He took a mess and made a masterpiece. He went above and beyond the call of duty. Completely unwinding and rewinding the incident into a lesser more accurate charge. I know we could of beat it at trial. I'm just not much of a gambler and couldn't risk jury trial. He would of gladly fought it. I just decided to take, the deal, instead. Clear and concise representation. Paid one time. Honored to leave this review. I would recommend him for anything to anyone. Thank you, Gasner Criminal Law from the bottom of my heart.
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Posted by anonymous | March 2, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Extradition case from UK (Wire/bank)
We had a complicated case of extradition from UK to USA. We needed a good attorney who understood our case and give us best advice possible (with regards to wire/bank/credit card fraud cases). I found Adam Gasner online and from there on our case became a lot clearer and resolvable. From the moment I contacted to the end result, Adam have been very informative and attentive. He was always on hand to answer any queries/worries we had. We were very very happy with the outcome of our case and finally my husband has reunited with us. He represented my husband really well (I don't think anyone could have done it better), he put forward all points of the case with our benefit in mind. He kept us informed throughout of the case. We have been very lucky to have found Adam, he is a blessing in disguise. Thank you Adam for all your hard work. You truly deserve all the stars.
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Posted by anonymous | March 1, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Recommendation
My son recently need legal counsel for a questionable charge. I contacted Adam the next morning and his service was indisputable in regard to being sensitive and listening. Although there were no commitments of a favorable outcome, i can say he was thorough in discussing costs and possibilities of the outcome without overpromising. I recommend Adam and his firm highly.
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Posted by Richard | February 7, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Richard Gelman, PhD
Adam did a great job in resolving my daughters case which led to all charges being dismissed. He legal skill are excellent as are his interpersonal skills. He communicated well with all courtroom personnel especially the DA which i think was instrumental in the judgment. He is a very good communicator and easy to talk with. He is both intelligent and “smart” as well. While his practice is busy he always returned phone calls in a timely manner. I strongly recommend him as a person and as an attorney!
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Posted by Sergey | August 27, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best Criminal Lawyer in The Bay!
Adam was great! Patient and thorough in his approach. He was a pro in the process of defending my case, one where I was facing very serious false accusations. At the end... FULLY DISMISSED! Justice was served in some very tough inner-works of the complicated case where initially it looked as there was no hope for it. I would recommend to first try avoiding the court system, but if it's too late for that and you are here reading this, there's NO BETTER MAN TO DEFEND YOU than Adam Gasner! AND John (his Paralegal) is awesome as well!
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Posted by anonymous | June 6, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Best attorney in town
Adam was so patient to listen my case and provided free consultation. That was so accurate and helped to handle the case better. He also recommended to follow up with him if I need any assistance further.
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Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Founding Partner
  • The Law Office of Adam G. Gasner
  • 2003 - Present
  • Criminal Law Research Attorney
  • the Superior Court of Contra Costa County
  • 2001 - 2002
  • Criminal Defense Trial Attorney
  • The Levine Law Firm
  • 1999 - 2001
  • Certified Law Intern
  • the San Francisco District Attorney's Office
  • 1996 - 1997
  • Judical Law Clerk
  • the New York Supreme Court
  • 1996 - 1996
  • Law Clerk
  • the San Francisco law firm of Steinhart & Falconer, LLP
  • 1993 - 1994
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Education

  • University of San Francisco School of Law
  • Juris Doctor
  • 1997
  • Boston University
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • 1992
  • Lick-Wilmerding High School
  • Diploma
  • 1988

Sample of Legal Cases

  • 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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Associations

  • Criminal Trial Lawyers Association of Northern California
  • President
  • 2014 - Present
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • San Mateo County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2001 - Present
  • California DUI Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • Bar Association of San Francisco
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 1999 - Present
  • California Attorneys for Criminal Justice
  • Member
  • 1999 - Present
  • The State Bar of California
  • Member
  • 1999 - Present
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Honors and Awards

  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Law
  • State Bar of California, Board of Legal Specialization
  • 2015
  • The 2014 President's Award
  • California DUI Lawyers Association
  • 2014
  • Criminal Justice Act (CJA) Federal Trial Court Appointment Panel
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of California
  • 2013
  • Serious felony trial appointment panel
  • Bar Association of San Francisco
  • 2011
  • Felony trial appointment panel
  • Bar Association of San Francisco
  • 2005
  • Misdemeanor trial appointment panel
  • Bar Association of San Francisco
  • 2000
  • Misdemeanor appeals appointment panel
  • Bar Association of San Francisco
  • 2000
  • Honor Code Committee
  • University of San Francisco, School of Law
  • 1997
  • President pre-law society
  • Boston University
  • 1992
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Publications

  • Defense Strategies for Drug Crimes (Inside the Minds)
  • A New Tactic for Fighting the War on Drugs
  • 2012
  • National College for DUI Defense
  • Defending DUI Charges in Federal Court
  • 2011
  • University of San Francisco Maritime Law Journal
  • Associate Survey & Index Editor
  • 1997
  • Harvard Journal of Law and Technology
  • Laser Bones (Research Assistant to Author)
  • 1996
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Speaking Engagements

  • The use of plea bargaining
  • Expanding the use of plea bargaining; interest based v. position based bargaining
  • 2016
  • Bureau of Narcotics
  • The use of adminstrative law in criminal law proceedings
  • 2016
  • Conference on the use of expanded plea bargaining procedures
  • Plea Bargaining
  • 2015
  • The Thiel Foundation
  • In the eyes of the law; what entrepeneurs need to know to stay out of trouble
  • 2014
  • San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association
  • Voire-Dire: Strategies for Jury Selection
  • 2014
  • California DUI Lawyers Association
  • Electronic case management for lawyers
  • 2014
  • Bar Association of San Francisco Criminal Law & Investigations Section
  • What to know before your first trial; addressing common mistakes of new attorneys
  • 2013
  • Know Your Rights 2012: A Youth Advocacy Conference in Honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Negotiating for your rights
  • 2012
  • Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Approved Conference
  • Federal Court Practice; Bench Trials in The United States District Court for the Northern DIstrict of California.
  • 2011
  • Annual All Day CDLA Seminar
  • Trial Tactics: Should Defendants Testify on Their Own Behalf?
  • 2010
  • Annual All Day CDLA Seminar
  • Advanced Negotiation Strategy in Criminal Cases.
  • 2009
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (20)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"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."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 04
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"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."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 20
Relationship: Friend
"Adam is a phenomenal attorney who knows the ins and outs all kinds of situations a criminal case may present. One of the best in the business and a great person."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 12
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Adam is one of the best lawyers in the Bay Area. Highly intelligent and committed to helping his clients through tough times. Experience pays!"
Unknown Attorney | Dec 21
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Preeminent Criminal Defense."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 02
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I worked with Adam on several matters which I referred to him, and found him to a highly competent attorney with an intimate knowledge of the San Francisco courts. I also found his staff to be courteous and professional."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Adam. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 18
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"As a prosecutor, I had a number of cases with Mr. Gasner. He was always diligent and fought very hard for every client."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Adam Gasner is a highly respected lawyer in the San Francisco Bay Area. I have had the pleasure of hearing him speak in the past and he has a great deal to teach his fellow lawyers. I happily endorse him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Adam is what you want in a criminal defense attorney - he's smart, tough and knowledgable in his field. More importantly, he has a winning personality with juries, judges and district attorneys. I would not hesitate to recommend his services for the most serious criminal matters."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 10
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Adam Gasner is one of the best criminal defense attorneys I've worked with. I often go to him for advice on complicated legal matters because he always knows the answer to my questions and accurately predicts how the court will react to the charges. He is the easiest person to talk to and I can always depend on him to help save me time and money."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Nov 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Adam is the BEST. Federal court is a different animal -- you need someone who is experienced and knows the players. Adam is well versed in all the nuances of federal law and is well respected by US Attorney's, judge's and local members of the bar. I endorse him without hesitation for criminal defense in federal court."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer.Adam is just a first class top attorney. You can be assured he will reporesent his clients in every way possible and come out a winneer. Marshall Schulman"
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Adam is an excellent criminal defense lawyer. He is intelligent hardworking, and trustworthy. Most importantly, he is an effective advocate for his clients. Adam has obtained exceptional results at trial and has a great reputation in the legal community."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jun 02
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have known Adam Gasner for many years now and he is one of the top DUI and DMV lawyers in San Francisco area. Adam has great expertise in DUI defense law and works hard to defend his clients; he is extremely knowledgeable and is dedicated to fighting for his clients’ best interest. Mr. Gasner is a tremendous asset to both the DUI Defense Bar and to his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Adam Gasner is the lawyer that new attorneys go to for answers and to learn. His passionate representation of his clients is only eclipsed by the thoughtful, intelligent advocacy presented on his clients behalf. I highly recommend this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Adam is a skilled criminal defense attorney and asset to the legal community."
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