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James Farragher Campbell

DUI and DWI Attorney at San Francisco, CA

5.0   5 reviews
  • Licensed for 48 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1975
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Campbell & DeMetrick
4 Embarcadero Center.
Suite 1400
San Francisco, CA, 94111

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Posted by Brandi | October 1, 2016
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I will forever be grateful.
I owe my future to James Campbell. Like a lot of people, I was wary of lawyers and asked many questions, both about specifics of my situation and legal regulations. He was very patient with me and quickly earned my respect and confidence that I had found the best man for the job. He fought so hard for me for over a year, and I absolutely believe that no one could have done a better job. What was also important to me was that he believed in my side of the story, and believed in me. I was facing criminal charges that could have destroyed my career and my family. I absolutely owe my future to this man. He looked at the situation from every possible angle and fought for me. It was a very unusual case for a DUI and we took it to trial. As a result of his experience, knowledge, expertise, and dedication, I was aquitted of all charges. I cannot express how grateful I am to this man for giving me my life back. I do not reside in California and I used this website to first locate Mr. Campbell. If you are in need of a lawyer, I absolutely believe that there is none better. He is an amazing person as well as a fantastic lawyer.
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Posted by Mira | June 6, 2015
Superlative: Surpassing all others. Supreme. Of very high quality. Excellence. This definition, word describes: James F Campbell, Esq. I was in need of legal assistance. I was not in a position for redo's or second chances. I had to make the right decisions immediately, to reclaim my good name and reputation. I was wanting an attorney of the highest caliber, morals, ethics, experience, professionalism. I found all of these and more in Attorney Campbell. With the highest of accolades I am recommending his law firm.
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Posted by Anne | May 19, 2013
The legal eagle that saved my nest!
Mr.Campbell assisted me in the past mos.with a very serious case. Criminal charges were brought against me and my life was about to be destroyed. Thank you for all his years of experience and complete dedication to my case and in result of that we had a very positive outcome. The legal guidance and dedication that was delivered on my case was so superior and beyond what I thought could ever be achieved. Thank you Mr. Campbell and all your team for saving my reputation. career and ultimately my life. Words cannot express my gratitude!
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Posted by Glenn | May 14, 2013
When you need things done right, go to the best.
Lets me start by saying that about 8 years ago I received a dui. At that time I didn't get legal counsel. I just did everything I was suppose to do and put it all behind me. Until recently because of my unfortunate lack of good judgement I drank and decided to drive again and received a second DUI while crossing over the Bay bridge. Let me tell you, CHP does not play around.... And neither does Mr Campbell. First and foremost I put all my faith in God and God led me to Mr Campbell. I was looking at jail time, community service, almost 2 years of Dui classes , fines, ignition interlock device (which cost lots of money also to get installed) and so on. I blew a 0.12. Mr campbell worked on the case and it was dropped down to a wet and reckless. WOW!!! The outcome of the case was a miracle, and I walked away with my dignity overcoming this. Thank you God Thank you Mr campbell
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Posted by Gregory | August 17, 2010
Excellent Representation
James Campbell's knowledge is priceless. His experience with the details of the process gave me the desired results for my case. (I wish to keep details confidential.)


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Work Experience

  • Senior Partner
  • Campbell & DeMetrick
  • 1975 - Present


  • Lincoln Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1975


  • American Board of Criminal Lawyers
  • President
  • 2007 - 2007
  • National College of DUI Defense
  • Dean
  • 1999 - 2000

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers in California
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2010
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers in California
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2009
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers in California
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2008
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers in California
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2007
  • Life Time Achievement Award
  • National College for DUI Defense
  • 2005
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  • Hofstra Law Review Vol 36, No. 2
  • Ethical Concerns in Grooming the Criminal Defendant for the Witness Stand
  • 2007
  • DWI Journal, Vol.16, No. 12
  • A September 11th Adjustment in DUI Defense
  • 2001
  • DWI Journal, Vol 16, No. 4
  • Getting Inside the Jurors' Head: A Guide to Effective Voir Dire
  • 2001
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Working with the Insurance Company in a Vehicular Homicide Case
  • 2000
  • Verdict (National Coalition of Concerned Legal Professionals
  • The Vienna Convention: Aid for Foreign Nationals
  • 1999
  • DWI Law & Science Journal
  • Tracing the Path of Ethyl Alcohol
  • 1994
  • Matthew Bender
  • Criminal Defense Techniques: The Preliminary Hearing
  • 1988
  • Matthew Bender
  • Defense of Speeding, Reckless Driving and Vehicular Homicide
  • 1984
  • Melvin Belli, Vol 5, Section 70.31
  • Modern Trial: Closing Arguments - Use of Demonstrative Evidence
  • 1982
  • CACJ FORUM Magazine, Vol 6, No.4
  • Suspended Animation: Defending Probation Revocation
  • 1979
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Speaking Engagements

  • Summer Session
  • Persuading Through Professionalism
  • 2015
  • American Inns of Court
  • Expert Witness In The Modern Trial
  • 2012
  • Winter Session
  • Don't Let The Case Get The Better Of You
  • 2011
  • State Bar of California, Litigation Section
  • How to Develope and Implement Your Trial Theme
  • 2011
  • Winter Session
  • Digging Deeper: The Role of a Private Investigator
  • 2006
  • Summer Session
  • Advanced Cross Examination
  • 2003
  • The Big Apple Seminar
  • Handling Vehicular Homicide Cases
  • 2001
  • Monterey Seminar
  • Defending the Vehicular Homicide Case
  • 2001
  • 14th Annual on Aggressive Defense of the Impaired Driver
  • Debunking the States Expert
  • 2001
  • Winter Session
  • DUI Defense From Start to Finish
  • 1999
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Attorney endorsements

Received (6)
Given (1)
Endorse James
DUI and DWI Attorney | Aug 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. James is a lawyer I refer cases to from my Bakersfield clients."
DUI and DWI Attorney | May 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"James has more experience than most other attorneys, this counts when it comes to DUI defense."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jan 05
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Nov 26
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have been privileged to work with James Campbell for twenty years.We were two of the Founding Regents of The National College for DUI Defense,the preeminent origanization for educating over 1300 Attorney's from the United States ,and now from countries around the world. James is a noted author and much sought after speaker in the DUI defense field,and I have referred clients to him with outstanding results . I can give no higher endorsement than that I will now for my friend James Campbell ."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Aug 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I had the chance to meet Attorney James Campbell when he was presenting at Harvard Law School on DUI Defense in July 2013. His knowledge, experience and passion for DUI law and defense left a lasting impression on me. It is without hesitation I endorse Attorney Campbell for anyone facing DUI charges."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Oct 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Campbell is a founding member of the most prestigious National College for DUI defense and a first class DUI defense attorney. Exceptional attorneys like Mr. Campbell set the standard for DUI defense nation wide and is probably the most experienced and respected attorney in his field (still actively practicing) in the entire state of California. We younger DUI attorneys owe our practice to foundational work and continuing training efforts of a limited few DUI lawyers and Mr. Campbell is truly a member of this elite group."
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San Francisco DUI and DWI Lawyer James Farragher Campbell
James Farragher Campbell
DUI and DWI Attorney
San Francisco, CA
Licensed for 48 years
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