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Pezhman Pakneshan graduated with honors from UCLA and the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Mr. Pakneshan also received a Certificate of Study in Business and Public Policy from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He is a member in good standing with the State Bar of California.


Since receiving his law degree, Mr. Pakneshan has focused his practice on criminal and DUI law. Upon graduating from law school, he worked as a Deputy District Attorney. As a prosecutor, he successfully prosecuted thousands of misdemeanor and felony criminal and DUI cases and tried numerous jury trials. During that time, Mr. Pakneshan grew to understand the strengths and weaknesses of the prosecution of criminal and DUI charges.


As a prosecutor, Mr. Pakneshan handled over 1,000 DUI cases. Now, he specializes in DUI defense. Over the years, he has received extensive training by the California Department of Justice, Bureau of Forensic Services, in all aspects of DUI cases. That extensive training included alcohol extrapolation studies, as well as EPAS and Intoxilyzer analysis. He has also received extensive training and has experience handling DUI cases involving prescription medications and illegal drugs.


As a criminal defense attorney, Mr. Pakneshan specializes in virtually every area of criminal law ranging from misdemeanors to serious felonies.


Mr. Pakneshan's intricate knowledge of the criminal justice system affords his clients with unique "inside information" and gives him the advantage in defending criminal matters. Knowing how the prosecutor thinks gives him the opportunity to develop an effective defense designed to counter the government's strategy.


Mr. Pakneshan is also one of California’s foremost authorities on how to clear (expunge) criminal convictions. He is committed to helping people who have been unfairly saddled with a criminal record to expunge or seal their record.


Languages spoken: Spanish, English

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Practice areas


  1. DUI & DWI: 55%
    12 years, 1 thousand cases
  2. Criminal Defense: 20%
    12 years, 1 thousand cases
  3. Domestic Violence: 20%
    12 years, 1 thousand cases
  4. Expungement: 5%
    12 years, 1 thousand cases



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The Pakneshan Firm

One Market Street
Spear Tower, Suite 3600
San Francisco, CA, 94105

Th Pakneshan Firm

1300 Clay Street, Suite 600
Oakland, CA, 94612

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1255 Treat Boulevard, Suite 300
Walnut Creek, CA, 94597

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4040 Civic Center Drive, Suite 200
San Rafael, CA, 94903

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2033 Gateway Place, 5th Floor
San Jose, CA, 95110

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131 Stony Cir #500
Santa Rosa, CA, 95401

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2225 E Bayshore Rd #200
Palo Alto, CA, 94303

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1900 S Norfolk St #350
San Mateo, CA, 94403

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770 L St #950
Sacramento, CA, 95814

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1652 W Texas St #248
Fairfield, CA, 94533



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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top 100 Trial Lawyers (selected for membership)The National Trial Lawyers2014
Award for Exemplary Public ServiceUniversity of Pennsylvania Law School2003
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
N/AThe Pakneshan Firm2007 - Present
Deputy District AttorneySonoma County District Attorney's Office2004 - 2007
InternPhiladelphia District Attorney's Office2002 - 2002
InternConsumer Bankruptcy Assistance Project2001 - 2001
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Bar AssociationMember2012 - Present
Penn Law Northern California Alumni SocietyFounding Member2011 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaMember2004 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Solano County DUI CaseDistrict Attorney reduced charges to wet reckless. DMV refusal suspension hearing dismissed. Client avoided license suspension. Client needed license to drive to work and could not accept a license suspension for even one day.
DUI CaseCharges Reduced to Wet-Reckless
Alameda County Felony MatterDismissed
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Pennsylvania Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor2003
University of California - Los AngelesInternational Development StudiesBA - Bachelor of Arts1998
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Managerial Decision Making PresentationPolice Search & Seizure2003