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Curtis L. Briggs

Criminal defense Attorney at San Francisco, CA

5.0   12 reviews
  • Licensed for 11 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2012
    Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Curtis

Learn Curtis’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    Homicide, narcotics, organized crime, first time offenders, professional license protection, violence, etc.

    12 years, 50 cases

  2. Federal crime
    Racketeering, conspiracy, stolen goods, money laundering, extortion.q

  3. Civil rights
    Police misconduct.

    12 years, 5 cases

  4. Election campaigns and political law
    Political accountability and open government advocate.

I am dedicated to providing aggressive legal advocacy in a client centered environment.  I am a passionate and committed lawyer but I also come from a strong customer service background.  Having gone through my own ups and downs when I was younger I understand how intimidating the legal process can be and I understand how vulnerable my clients feel when they are faced with challenging legal problems.  


I will give you the best legal defense possible and I will do so in a non-judgmental and informative enviroment.  My goal is to put you in the best position possible so that you can move forward with your lfie and ultimately put your legal problems far behind you.

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Briggs Law San Francisco, Inc.
Pier 5 Law Offices
506 Broadway Street
San Francisco, CA, 94133

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Posted by Tracy | May 28, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Another attorney referred me to Mr.Briggs,and he was wonderful. He knew what he was doing. And stayed on top of things for us. I would recommend him any day of the week. Thank you so much!!
Posted by anonymous | June 21, 2014
Genuine, Strait shooter, with big guns and great instincts on where and when to shoot them...
Our eviction case pushed Curt & his co-counsel team to their limits in every way, & they pulled through w/ flying colors. Our case, while practically over in our favor, instead of being a normally 1 month long UD, still lingers on after ~8 months not because of Curt, but because our opponent was ruled to be one of the most mean/obstructive Landlord attorneys out there, w/ over 20 years experience, & have an endless dirty playbook they launch against tenants which puts them at the top of the list of infamous, notorious Landlord attorneys- they are also a high volume Landlord side firm w/ HUGE resources & they do everything possible to bury & overwhelm their opponent, to run up costs & force missed response deadlines. For the first 4 mo, just to keep up w/ them, Curt had to dedicate his complete resources to our case (virtually shutting down his legal practice). Curt was able to get each of their mean legal tactic stricken down, & then, icing on the cake, got the judge to slap them w/ one of the largest (if not the largest) sanctions (penalties, like contempt of court) ever for their mean/obstructive behavior. Judges almost never give much sanctions, so Curt (& team) winning us that monster one was no small feat. I was present at many of his most important court motion hearings in our case, and closely read through the endless court hearing and deposition transcripts, digesting his responses, counter arguments, & lines of questioning. I could go on endlessly about all the twists & turns that he had to overcome, but suffice it to say that given our case has pushed all the boundaries of UD law/process, he has demonstrated himself to me to be an extremely competent, legally knowledgeable, adept, tenacious, & caring lawyer (& person). He has great instincts w/ the SF civil Judges, depositions, and real-time litigation strategy. W/ Judges, he’s actually very respectful, takes allot of abuse, rides the line to stay on their good side and builds a solid history and rapport. In depos, he’s got amazing instincts. His instincts to discover criminal/foul play in physical evidence were also very impressive. I was also amazed at how he can dig into and own all the endless facts of our extremely complex case. Most all other attorneys would just gloss it over, and ignore/miss key (even hidden) evidence. He also great on client communications stuff, and is very open to client input & guidance when helpful, yet is always polite and frank when it is not. He is extremely respectful, and has almost zero ego/elitist trips of most lawyers. No games or angles… he’s a strait shooter! He knows his court procedure pretty well, and is a tenacious fighter. When it comes to fighting the most notorious landlord firms, he only takes clients that are willing (and able) to go all the way to jury trial, and we wanted a firm that had effectively scrapped w/ them before, and could handle jury trial. I had interviewed literally dozens of top notch attorneys (most billing $300 - $450/hr, and many were obvious rip offs, looking to take as much $ as possible, and don’t care about results), and even the most experienced in SF UD cases (e.g., 15-20+ yrs exp) had only gone to jury trial once, and the rest had no jury trial experience, just doing some bench trials, which is no good for the bogus nuisance UD case maliciously slapped on us. He has close co-counsel associates who fill in gaps where his is practice not as strong. In our case, he teamed up w/ Marc Branco to shore up UD law practice. So, that combined w/ his jury trial experience (and their hunger to kick their butt), is what sold me on their ‘dynamic duo’ to go up against them. His criminal law experience was very pertinent to our very (fact driven) nuisance UD case, and he’s adept at picking apart (hostile) witnesses an triangulating to converge on favorable facts to the case. So, in sum, I can vouch that Curt (& team) are very competent re UD legal practice, highly ethical, they get results.
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Posted by Wellington | September 18, 2013
Wellington Smith
Mr. Briggs kept me informed with all up dates and is a knowledgeable man on what he do! If you are looking for a Trustworthy person, he is a great lawyer of choice!
Posted by Jeffrey | July 24, 2013
My "Go-To" Attorney
Curtis is a consummate professional. I have called upon his services on matters ranging from general legal advice to contract review to landlord / tenant disputes. He has always remained extremely knowledgeable, thorough yet efficient and respectful when conducting business with myself and others. As is such, I feel no need to rely on assistance from any other attorney in the future. Should the need arise, I will always seek Curtis as my #1 choice for representation with complete confidence. I strongly recommend you do as well.
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Posted by ELI | July 16, 2013
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Posted by francisco | July 15, 2013
great attorney
In June I recieved an unlawful detainer complaint. I WAS DESPARATE TO FIND LEGAL HELP. I spoke with different attorneys but none of them seemed to be helpful and they seemed to be lost.finally I found a great yound attorney,name Curtis Briggs, he is honest and most important he is smart.His hourly rate was reasonable compared to many attorneys who just take your money and do not actually do anything. I called Curtis and made an appointment. I made the right choice an hired him as councel . He explained all my options. very smart,and great sense of humor. He took the time to explain in detail. He started preparing for an aggressive trial defense and when we went to trial He forced my landlord to drop the case. He would not even negotiate because I was willing to fight to the end over principle. We did win and I thank God I foung Mr.briggs
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Posted by Robert | July 12, 2013
"Great leader, an attorney you want by your side"
I had never been through the legal system before, so when I contacted Curtis Briggs I didn't even know what questions to be asking. He knew the right steps to take after I explained my situation and he led me in the right direction to ensure the least amount of legal consequences. Curtis explained everything in a manner I could fully understand. He not only made my legal situation understandable, but told me what I needed to provide myself to help my case move along in a timely manner. To this day, I wouldnt be where I am if it were not for Mr. Briggs and his legal advice. Now everything has been promptly put behind me in my past so I can comfortably move forward to the future.
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Posted by Stephen | July 8, 2013
Stress relief
I enlisted Curtis for a criminal matter and couldn't have been more impressed with the experience. He kept me informed and helped me prepare. Despite my own expectations that the matter was going to be less severe, Curt was thankfully prepared for the worst-case scenario with adept legal arguments and evidence that I hadn't even thought of as relevant. Because of him, what was a stressful and annoying burden on my shoulders became immediately more manageable and eventually ended with a favorable result. I would not hesitate to refer Curt to anyone who needed representation.
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Posted by anonymous | July 7, 2013
Professional, results driven and meticulous.
Curtis Briggs, has been the most understanding, patient, and professional attorney I have ever worked with. I have recommended him to family and friends alike. He represented my father and helped him clear up his criminal record. He had previous felonies dropped to misdemeanors and helped friends with current legal troubles. I know that whatever may happen in the future Curtis Briggs will be the first person I contact when and if I need legal advice. Furthermore, Mr Briggs has a great network of attorneys at his disposal and has no problem finding you sound legal advice if in fact he cannot personally represent you. For example my cousin was in need of a family law attorney and Curtis went above and beyond to find a trustworthy attorney to handle her case. I cannot begin to express how appreciative I am of his hard work and dedication to every detail in the case he has helped my family and friends in.
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Posted by anonymous | July 1, 2013
Highly recommend.
Amazing! I cannot say enough good things about Curtis Briggs! He worked diligently and kept me informed of my case. He is a terrific listener and has only the best interests for his clients. He explored my legal options thoroughly. Its great to have representation that is strong and knowledgeable in law on my side. I highly recommend Curtis Briggs !
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Posted by anonymous | July 1, 2013
Reliable and Professional
I used to be a young man that seemed to get in a lot of trouble, as I got older I have tried to learn from my mistakes and lead by example. Although, I have change my life around, there was always this cloud lingering over my head, restricting me from moving on. That was my charges I had gotten when I was a young man. Finally getting the courage to go and seek an attorney, I was recommended to Curtis L. Briggs by a close friend. I met with Curtis he was helpful and professional. He explained how he was going to help me with my case, he was knowledgeable and very pro active. Curtis helped me achieve my full potential and provided me with the legal representation needed to move forward with my life.I would absolutely recommend him for anyone who has been through the same thing as me.
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Posted by Melinda | June 28, 2013
Curtis Briggs ---
Curtis is extremely knowledgeable and trustworthy I was in a bad living situation and was referred to him through a friend, he helped me every step of the way and went above and beyond, I was going to give up and felt hopeless and he assured me and in the end it all went exactly how we discussed. I have already referred him to anyone seeking legal help. Curt is someone you want on your side!!!
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  • Hourly Rates $ 325-350 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 9.5 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney/Owner
  • Briggs Law San Francisco, Inc.
  • 2012 - Present
  • Law Clerk
  • San Francisco Public Defender's Office, Felonies Division
  • 2009 - 2012


  • Golden Gate University School of Law
  • Juris Doctorate
  • 2011

Sample of Legal Cases

  • U.S. v. Chow aka Shrimp Boy
  • New Trial Motion Pending
  • Confidential
  • To discuss my cases contact me directly.


  • Bar Association of San Francisco
  • N/A

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Cantonese
  • Vietnamese

Honors and Awards

  • Outstanding Volunteer in Public Service Award
  • Bar Association of San Francisco
  • 2015
  • Outstanding Volunteer in Public Service Award
  • Bar Association of San Francisco
  • 2014
  • Outstanding Volunteer in Public Service Award
  • Bar Association of San Francisco
  • 2013
  • Witkin Award for Excellence in Legal Writing
  • Golden Gate University School of Law
  • 2012
  • Academic Excellence in Criminal Law
  • Golden Gate University School of Law
  • 2011
  • CALI Award for Excellence in Criminal Litigation
  • Golden Gate University School of Law
  • 2011
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Speaking Engagements

  • Criminal justice course
  • Public Corruption
  • 2016
  • Community Event
  • African-Americans and the San Francisco Jury Pool
  • 2013
  • Community Event
  • Voting Rights for Ex-felons
  • 2013
  • Guest Lecturer
  • Sociology of Deviance
  • 2008
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Attorney endorsements

Received (23)
Given (28)
Endorse Curtis
Unknown Attorney | Mar 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"An excellent lawyer who treats clients with patience, care, understanding, and utmost professionalism - an even better person and I wholeheartedly recommend for future services."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Curtis is an incredible lawyer. He is committed, fearless, passionate, articulate, and brilliant. If Curtis believes in you then you CANNOT find someone who will fight harder to protect your rights."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"When it comes to criminal defense, Curtis is one of the most passionate attorneys I have ever met. It is apparent to anyone who has ever spoken with him, how much he cares about the rights of clients, and how hard he will work to ensure they are defended as diligently as possible."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Curtis since our days in law school. We have kept in touch since then, trading bits of knowledge and advice on cases. He is a courtroom gladiator who wants nothing more than to stick it to the man on behalf of his clients, no matter the size of the fight."
Unknown Attorney | May 14
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer for his dedication to the community."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Curtis. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Landlord or tenant Attorney | Apr 18
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"It is obvious Curtis cares about his clients' issues and matters. Curtis is also willing to go to the wall for a client as well as very able, and very open, to working out reasonable solutions for both parties. I say all of this as an opposing counsel on a matter."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Briggs is a great criminal defense attorney. He works very hard for his clients and does not take no for an answer. He is at the top of my list for criminal defense referrals."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Briggs is the embodiment of the Zealous Advocate. His fearless approach is well balanced with a pragmatic application of criminal defense strategy, procedure, and case management. Along with his legal knowledge and courtroom skills, Mr. Briggs brings an innate humanistic view point to his cases that in totality sets him far above peers in his field. He is a formidable legal practitioner from the standpoint of both opposing counsel and his clients. I wholeheartedly, highly recommend Mr. Briggs to anyone in need of legal representation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"If I ever needed a lawyer, I would call Curtis Briggs. Curtis is effective because he is passionate about helping others and is relentless as an advocate. Curtis is an excellent attorney and a genuine person. I would recommend Attorney Curtis Briggs to anybody looking for legal advise."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Curtis is an inteligent legal professional. He is an extremely competent criminal defense attorney and has the trial results to support this."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 18
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"As a prosecutor, I had several cases with Mr. Briggs. He is passionate, fights hard for his clients, and well respected by judges and among his peers."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I not only endorse Curtis as a lawyer, but also as a person. His drive and passion for the law will make sure that all his clients are well taken care of. Curtis is a lawyer that I would go to bat with any day of the week, any time of day."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Skilled and passionate advocate! I admire this attorney for his tremendous work ethic, knowledge and dedication."
Litigation Attorney | Aug 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Curtis is a hard working and grounded attorney. He faces challenges head on and always has a realistic yet creative solution to every problem I have seen him handle. I personally rely on Curtis in my own personal affairs because I respect his opinion and perspective. His personality and sense of humor puts people at ease even in the most stressful of situations. I recommend Curtis in any situation or opportunity that presents itself."
Unknown Attorney | Aug 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Curt has the perfect combination of charisma and compassion. He zealously represents his clients with his passion and relentless work ethic. Curt is the consummate professional."
Landlord or tenant Attorney | Jul 17
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Briggs is an extremely intelligent and creative attorney. He cares about his clients and is proficient in numerous areas of law."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 14
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Curtis is consistently employing new and creative tactics to help his clients receive the best outcome possible. He is extremely hard working, driven, and connects with his clients. I have always enjoyed collaborating with Curtis and I have grown as a lawyer by gaining his input on some of my own cases."
Landlord or tenant Attorney | Jul 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Curtis is a passionate and aggressive attorney who fights for his clients with a commitment to achieving their goals. He has a substantial amount of trial experience and is not intimidated by the prospect of taking a case all the way through trial. I would recommend his services to anyone seeking sound advice, and zealous representation in their landlord tenant matter."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Curtis is my go-to referral for criminal defense matters. He's always been available to answer informal inquiries and take on formal representation. In each experience I've had with him, Curtis has been professional, friendly, and incredibly qualified, and I've heard the same from those clients I've sent his way."
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