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Neil Patrick Hallinan

Criminal defense Attorney at San Francisco, CA

5.0   9 reviews
  • Licensed for 16 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2007
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NEIL HALLINAN, a third-generation trial attorney in the San Francisco Bay Area, is the founder and lead attorney at the Hallinan Law Firm, with offices in San Francisco and Oakland. Prior to founding the firm, Mr. Hallinan spent a decade as a public defender, most notably in Oakland, CA where he secured complete victories on a range of cases from murder and 3-strikes prosecutions to low level misdemeanors, including hundreds of DUI cases, more than fifteen of which he tried to verdict.

In his career, Mr. Hallinan has tried more than forty-five trials to verdict and conducted the defense in hundreds of preliminary hearings, in several different counties in Northern California. Since the establishment of the Hallinan Law Firm, Mr. Hallinan has taken on cases in San Francisco, Alameda, Marin, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Contra Costa, Solano, Sacramento, and Santa Cruz Counties, and has represented witnesses in federal and state court prosecutions.

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Posted by Shawna | February 20, 2021
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Neil hands down is the BEST. I was very skeptical of lawyers and being it was my first criminal case I was scared of what the outcome would be. Neil tells you like it is and doesnt leave room for confusion. He is thorough and honest. He knows what he is doing and can be trusted. I have referred Neil to friends and family because I know they will be in good hands. Thank you for all you do Neil.
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Posted by Drew | September 19, 2020
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Money well Spent
I was charged for unlawful possession of a firearm in San Francisco Ca. Mr. Hallinan was always willing to take my case to trial if that would have gotten us a better result, but he new it would likely result in a conviction. So Mr. Hallinan spent a lot of time with me, listening to me about probation conditions that I did not like. Mr. Hallinan masterfully negotiated a deal that avoided every condition I wanted to avoid. But most amazing of all, somehow Mr. Hallinan negotiated to have two pistols returned to me, that the police had confiscated. Mr. Hallinan was patient, thorough, strategic, respectful, and that is why I recommend him to anybody needing an attorney. MONEY WELL SPENT.
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Posted by Tyler | August 31, 2020
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The best representation anyone could ask for
I was arrested during a work run based on false accusations from a man who had some road rage against me. I decided to hire Neil Hallinan to represent me. When he took control of my case, I never had to go to court, he hired an investigator to interview all of the witnesses, and he got the case dismissed after only two court dates. He also managed to get the police to return all of my property they had confiscated. He was thorough, kept me up to speed as the case developed, and he was aggressive: he prepared my case from the outset as though he was preparing to win at trial, and that probably caught the DA off guard. I would highly recommend the Hallinan Law Firm to anybody seeking a criminal defense attorney.
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Posted by Lydia | August 30, 2020
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Amazing Service
I have recommended Neil to two separate people I care about, each of whom was for attempted murder in separate cases.  He was aggressive and really fought for them.  He was very prepared at their preliminary hearings, which really devastated the DA’s case each time.  So any time I know someone who needs a solid criminal defense, I ALWAYS send them to Neil.
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Posted by Liz | August 29, 2020
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Capable, Caring Attorney
Neil represented us in our pursuit of a restraining order. He was very crafty, strategic, and thorough in his representation of our case. As the hearing date approached, we were anxious. Neil put aside the necessary time to make sure he and we were well-prepared. In the hearing, he had a firm grasp and command of the evidence and the courtroom during his examinations. Neil is a polished inquisitor with a champion courtroom demeanor. He is well-connected in the legal community and partners well with his resources, such as private investigators and other attorneys. In fact, I recommend Neil to anybody looking for a committed, compassionate, talented lawyer.
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Posted by Daniel | February 11, 2020
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I hired Neal to defend me in a case. He was able to get all changes dropped for me. I was also facing a probation violation of which he was able to talk the DA down considerably. Had it not been in Marin County, the probation violation would have been thrown out. Heal is a great lawyer that I would recommend to everyone who needs one.
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Posted by Paul K | January 21, 2020
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If you need a Lawyer, Neil Hallinan is the one you want!
Neil Hallinan was the best choice I could've made for my representation. He kept me aware of every possible outcome and advised me to make the right choices which in turn got me the best verdict I could've hoped for. If you need an attorney, I highly recommend Neil Hallinan.
Posted by anonymous | November 24, 2019
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An Excelent Attorney
Mr. Hallinan was a constant professional, he remained in constant communication with me throughout the court process. Mr. Hallinan explained to me the positives and the negatives regarding my case. He exceeded my expectations for the outcome of my case. I viewed my experience regarding his representation as excellent and money well spent.
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Posted by shawna | November 21, 2019
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Words will fail me trying to express my appreciation for Neil. He is honest & genuine. He helped me every step of the way & I am extremely grateful. I would highly recommend Neil.
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AVVO RATING 8.5 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Attorney at Law
  • The Hallinan Law Firm
  • 2018 - Present
  • Attorney at Law
  • The Alameda County Public Defender's Office
  • 2011 - 2018
  • Trial Attorney
  • The Sacramento County Public Defender’s Office
  • 2008 - 2011
  • Attorney at Law
  • Law Office of Neil Hallinan
  • 2007 - 2008
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  • Golden Gate University, School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2006
  • University of Oregon
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2000

Legal Cases

  • People v. Cori W., San Francisco 17013584
  • Assault Discharged at Preliminary Hearing; Vandalism Charge Dismissed at Trial.
  • People v. Lamonte E., San Mateo NM440326A and Alameda 19-CR-003113
  • Both Cases Dismissed
  • People v. Jose H., San Mateo 18-NF-013356B
  • Potential Life Sentence Avoided with a Misdemeanor Plea with no Jail Time
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  • Criminal Trial Lawyers Association of Northern California
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • California Attorneys for Criminal Justice
  • Board Member
  • 2013 - 2014

Languages Spoken

  • English

Speaking Engagements

  • Presentation Criminal Protection Orders
  • Criminal Protective Orders
  • 2014

Attorney endorsements

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Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 29
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Neil Hallinan will take on the toughest of criminal cases and deliver outstanding results. I consider myself privileged to have worked as co-counsel with him and seen him in action before judges and jurors. Neil is eloquent. He is charming. He has nerves of steel. He will find a way to win if anyone can."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Neil is an exceptional criminal defense attorney with a track record of winning cases in trial. He is tireless in his defense of people accused or under investigation by law enforcement. I have personally observed his process of working up and investigating criminal cases and can say with certainty that his client's are well represented. I highly recommend Neil to anyone seeking representation in bay area criminal courts."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 06
Relationship: Friend
"I am privileged to have known Neil Hallinan since his boyhood, as well as his grandfather Vincent Hallinan and his father Patrick Hallinan, both of whom stood on the pinnacle of criminal defense in California's state and federal courts. Now as the third generation of stalwart courtroom warriors, Neil Hallinan shares their DNA and their acumen in the field of criminal defense, and he does so in the same building at the same desk where they worked their mastery in this challenging arena. He embodies the same qualities that his grandfather and father deployed so successfully on behalf of their clients: superior intellect, engaging personality, tremendous work ethic, honesty and realism, and a never flagging quest for justice. When a client retains Neil Hallinan he or she will ally not only with a superlative lawyer but also with a lawyer whose roots in criminal justice trace back for over a century."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Neil Hallinan is an incredible defense attorney, an expert in trials, and sophisticated in obtaining the best plea deals possible. I often refer him cases, and when I do, I know that the client will be well taken care of. I whole heartedly endorse Neil Hallinan. If you need a defense attorney in a difficult case, look no further."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Neil Hallinan is a highly skilled aggressive criminal defense trial attorney. He is passionate in his obligation to protect his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 21
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Neil is a great, local attorney because he cares about his clients as people/humans not as income, he has dozens and dozens of jury trials under his belt = vast experience, and he is passionate about justice. To me it's a no brainer: Neil is one of the best criminal defense lawyers I know and I've been working in criminal defense since 2004."
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San Francisco Criminal defense Lawyer Neil Patrick Hallinan
Neil Patrick Hallinan
Criminal defense Attorney
San Francisco, CA
Licensed for 16 years