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Gaurav S Bali

Criminal defense Attorney at Oakland, CA

4.9   38 reviews
  • Licensed for 12 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2011
    Active No misconduct found

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My desire to practice law began after I graduated from UC Berkeley. While traveling in Europe after graduating, I discovered an innate desire to help less fortunate people. The experiences overseas helped me focus my career on social goals and leveling the playing field for those who needed someone to fight for their rights. I have fulfilled that vision by volunteering at legal clinics throughout the bay area early in my career.

During law school, I worked full time at law firms. It was through this work experience that I gained knowledge in a variety of practice areas. Due to my exposure in many areas of law, I was able to open my own practice immediately after obtaining my California state bar license. Now, I litigate cases in Family Law, Criminal Law and Civil Law.

The delicate balance of giving my time to the community and building a strong clientele base has proven to those who use my services that whether or not there is a financial incentive in my work, the quality is never compromised. I am proud to have provided zealous representation across all economic classes and look forward to helping you resolve your legal issues.


Bali Law Offices
420 3rd Street
Ste 200
Oakland, CA, 94607
Bali Law Offices
533 Airport Blvd.
Suite 395
Burlingame, CA, 94010
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4.9 / 5.0
  38 customer reviews
Posted by Serene | February 17, 2024
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| Hired Attorney
Highly recommended
I highly recommend Gaurav Bali. He provides personalized representation and communicates directly for a more efficient and accurate working relationship. When you’re going through something difficult the most important thing is that your case is being handled professionally and as a priority, so you don’t feel like you’re just a “case” being handled from afar by front office staff. Gaurav gets the job done, listens and takes your case seriously. I would highly recommend hiring him.
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Posted by Brian | January 17, 2024
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| Hired Attorney
Gaurav Bali. Call him. The BEST.
Gaurav Bali is the best. Professional, patient, caring, and a straight shooter. Gaurav is incredible when it comes to navigating through the legal/court system. My son was given another chance to become a productive law abiding member of society due to Gaurav's meticulous, relentless, 'never give up' attitude that enabled my son to successfully navigate through numerous complicated cases. No matter what the circumstances, Gaurav will give you the best opportunity to achieve the best possible outcome. Call him today, you can't afford not to!
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Posted by Cameron | June 6, 2022
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Brilliant & Empathetic
Gaurav Bali is a brilliant legal mind who can handle your case. My Family Court case was complicated and emotionally draining. It was really reassuring to have Mr. Bali there to guide me through the process. I would describe Mr. Bali as : Confident, professional, with true equanimity. If I need legal assistance in the future, this is who I will be going to.
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Posted by Gautam | May 19, 2022
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Best Attorney in the World
Facing the prospect of gaining a felony conviction and spending jail time I was faced with a serious crisis in my life. I was breaking down in tears and extremely stressed out. I was thankfully saved by Gaurav Bali who managed to get me diversion in a situation and case that other attorneys didn't want to touch to get involved with. Thank You Gaurav Bali from the bottom of my
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Posted by Aaron | March 26, 2020
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Very knowledgeable in various facets
I hired Gaurav for THREE different cases over the last 7 years. He proved that no matter what the situation, he is able to get the job done in a timely and efficient manner. Gaurav is extremely professional and arrived early for all of my court hearings which is something I am very picky about because I like to be prepared anytime we are appearing before a Judge .
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Posted by Amelia | March 16, 2020
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I cannot recommend Gaurav enough. I think he must be one of the finest attorneys in the world!
Attorney Gaurav Bali was recommended to me by one of his former law school classmates for my family law case. His classmate said to me, “I know the best attorney for your case, I have worked with him and I know he is great at resolving complicated disputes and cases.” At the time I received this recommendation/referral, I had already been entrenched in family court litigation for over a year with another attorney. The issues were complicated and were not limited to child custody, real state, child support, spousal support, and restraining orders. My previous attorney tried to negotiate with my ex-husband's attorney but the negotiations never took us anywhere and the previous attorney was not listening to me about what I wanted. I felt that my previous attorney did not understand how to maneuver various legal angles that would benefit me. My ex-husband was telling falsehoods to put the attorneys and other people against me. At that time, I was raising my three-year-old son. I was trying to maintain a job and had already moved out of our house with my son to a room at a friend’s house. I was losing at all fronts, just because I couldn’t defend myself quickly enough from all the allegations against me. I couldn’t believe my previous attorney could not defend me at all. Then I made a change, and fortunately, Gaurav was willing to work on my case after the mess my previous attorney made. Gaurav gave a new beginning to my case and a different perspective that was long overdue. The first meeting with Gaurav, he quickly made me separate the emotional part of the divorce to focus on the facts. After listening to my story and the outcome I wanted, he said, “We will do what is right and the truth shall prevail.” At that moment I knew he was the right attorney for my defense. Over time, Gaurav addressed one issue at a time with the judge; and basically, he turned every aspect of my case to a favorable outcome. Later, as my case continued unfolding, another time Gaurav said, “This case is not done until we get this right for you!” This is how resilient Gaurav is as an attorney. My case lasted two and half years and it ended in a way that I feel was the perfect result for me. I got the best possible outcome - I bought out my ex-husband's interest in our home, he moved out, and now I am a homeowner! (The buy-out of my ex-husband's interest in the family home was very complicated and while I was discouraged and frustrated with the refinancing process, Gaurav pushed me to the finish line). I cannot recommend Gaurav enough. I think he must be one of the finest attorneys in the world! All the best!
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Posted by Nitin K | March 8, 2020
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He didn't let me down one bit and I am finally divorced!!
I hired Mr. Bali for my DV and family law case. He litigated every issue, was well prepared, and helped me defeat the false allegations made by my former spouse. The DV case was eventually dismissed after a mistrial. Mr. Bali spent considerable time and effort in my family law case. Based on his hard work, I got 50% custody (joint legal and physical custody) of my son and divorce got finalized as. I have referred Mr. Bali to family and friends, and those that have needed him have not been disappointed. He is the best in his field, and would take care of all representation in a professional manner,
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Posted by anonymous | March 6, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Gaurav is results oriented and keeps his clients best interest top of mind
Gaurav's help was priceless in my Child Custody case. Gaurav took the time to explain every legal ramification and helped me understand how to navigate through the family law system. With his expertise, I now have joint custody of my daughter with 60% timeshare. It is rare but Yes, I am a father who has MAJORITY of custody with my daughter. Once we settle the custody aspect , he also assisted me in setting child support BELOW the guideline amount. I have recommended him to my close friends for family law and they have all been very happy with his services.
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Posted by Lynda | October 1, 2019
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Efficient, Honest, and Straightforward.
During this most stressful time in my life, Mr. Bali restored hope and composure in my life by providing services that were the most appropriate for my situation. What I admired most was how straightforward he was with me and prepared me to have a thick skin.
Posted by N. P. S. | July 17, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Empathy, diligence, reliability, compassion - Gaurav is the best at what he does
Unfortunately, I found myself with a second DUI offense last year, and considering the implications of such an arrest, I knew I had to find someone who I could relate to, who could understand my circumstance, and be willing to coach me through the entire process of moving through this case. Gaurav Bali is an incredible lawyer, and at every stage, he was patient in explaining to me the various intricacies of the case that I would need to consider. The result of the case was far better than I could imagine, and I was able to avoid some serious, life-changing consequences. The outcome of this and his coaching really allowed me to not only learn my lesson, but make significant positive changes in my lifelike getting sober, not letting circumstance dictate my attitude, and keeping my head up during tough times. I owe much of this to the incredible support and help Gaurav provided me during a dark time. I cannot recommend Gaurav highly enough.
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Posted by anonymous | October 25, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Great service and excellent lawyer
Hired Gaurav for my son who was facing potential multiple misdemenear charges and Gaurav was very responsive and had excellent knowledge regarding all the legal aspects of the case. His charges were reasonable and I would not hesitate for a moment to recommend him to others . Hiring a competent , honest and hardworking lawyer is the most important decision one can make when facing legal challenges and Gaurav is a lawyer that has these qualities and some one you can count on to best represent you
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Posted by Edward | March 29, 2017
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| Consulted Attorney
Gaurav Bali is the man for the case
Gaurav Bali. is the man for the job. He's a very good listener and got my case dismissed after a suppression motion. He took the time to gather evidence went to the scene, took pics, etc. Thanks a lot,,,,
Posted by Tisha | January 20, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Heaven Sent
Gaurav was able to see me through a trial with one weeks notice! My original attorney had a schedule conflict and was able to bring Mr. Bali in to fill in for him. Words can not explain the gratitude I have for Gaurav! He was very easy to talk to, very understanding, and showed me nothing but Love! His ability to dig deep and get to the bottom of the situation at hand is remarkable! I really enjoyed working with him and would definitely recommend him to others! In his closing argument he said something that I heard a lot from my mom growing up and that is "money is the root to all evil"! This statement is so true and I had to learn the hard way! Thank you again, and again!
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Posted by Jason | December 30, 2015
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Simply The Best!
After spending way too much money on other attorneys that were incompetent I met Gaurav Bali and retained his services. The difference has been like night and day from my previous legal representation. Gaurav is focused on creating positive outcomes in difficult situations while fighting vigorously to protect your rights. Methodical, knowledgeable, reliable, and always goes the extra mile to do the best possible job. For anyone that wants or needs quality legal representation I highly recommend Gaurav Bali as one of the best in the business.
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Posted by Rajinder Bhasin | March 19, 2015
Best Laywer
We found Gavrav Bali when we had no where to go. He met us & after the meeting we knew that we are in safe hands of a trust worthy person who gave us emotional support as we'll. He took care of every detail in the court & we are very pleased in the manner he took care of our case. We will for sure recommend him to our friends & filly members. He is the best for us!
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Posted by ADCW | February 21, 2015
A great attorney
Mr. Gaurav was a recommendation from another exemplary attorney in SF. He is highly responsive, respectful, generous, easy going, smart, intuitive and works with you to get things worked out in the best manner possible. My brother was (is) going through an incredibly stressful divorce. Mr. Bali has made the process much easier to manage. We felt like we were (are) in good hands. In particular, if you are a man and dealing with separation/divorce, he is a great asset to have on your team.
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Posted by Peggy | February 17, 2015
A lawyer who is both professional and a pleasure to work with.
I have worked with Gaurav Bali, Attorney at Law, on two separate cases and have been very pleased with his professionalism, his accurate explanations of the laws that applied to these cases, his clear suggestions on how best to move forward for the best outcome and his success in getting expected outcomes. In the first case he represented my niece in drug charges and in the second case my grand daughter in a motor vehicle accident. Further, I referred a good friend to Gaurav for his representation of her as she filed for divorce and custody settlement in regard to her daughters. When her case was completed she thanked me profusely for having referred her to such an excellent lawyer. I have nothing but praise for Gaurav and am pleased to recommend him to others who are in need of legal assistance.
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Posted by anonymous | February 11, 2015
Good lawyer and very knowledgeable
I used Mr Bali as my lawyer when I was picked up for a warrant for not completing SWP. He was able to get me out of custody and back into SWP to finish my sentence. He is very knowledgeable and friendly. Also he is fairly priced compared to most lawyers. I would defiantly use his services again.
Posted by JamilMattar | February 5, 2015
Incredibly Helpful!
I was referred to Gaurav by a good friend of mine. This is the first time being in a situation where I was looking to hire a lawyer for my case and I had no idea what to expect. I met with several other lawyers before speaking to Mr. Bali and he was by far the most helpful! He gave me a free consultation and gave me so much advice and information with dealing with my situation. All the other lawyers i spoke to didn't seem to care about me, just about my money and want you to hire them right away. Gaurav is genuinely interested in your well being and wants to help because he cares. This guy tells it to you like it is and I really appreciate that. I was really comfortable after speaking to him and I feel like I can always speak to him whenever i need help/advice in the future. Really glad I was able to meet this guy and have confidence that I got someone now that will have my back in any situation.
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Posted by M Delgado | January 23, 2015
Very thorough and by the book....
Even though my daughter's case was not that complicated, Mr. Bali took no shortcuts and left no stone unturned. He was fair and very honest and kept us apprised of our case every step of the way. Thanks for representing us. :)))
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Payment methods
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AVVO RATING 6.9 (Good)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Bali Law Offices
  • 2011 - Present


  • Lincoln Law School of San Jose
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • N/A
  • University of California - Berkeley
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • N/A

Sample of Legal Cases

  • People v. D*
  • Not Guilty
  • People v. F******
  • Not Guilty
  • People v. W***
  • Case Dismissed


  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Alameda County Bar Association
  • Court Appointed Attorney
  • 2011 - Present
  • Alameda County Bar Association
  • Guardianship Clinic Volunteer
  • 2011 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Hindi

Honors and Awards

  • Academic Excellence - Evidence
  • Dean of LLS
  • 2012

Speaking Engagements

  • Family Law / Landlord & Tenant Issues
  • Real Estate & Family Law
  • 2013

Attorney endorsements

Received (3)
Given (1)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Bali clearly cares deeply about his clients and making sure they get the best representation possible!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Mr. Bali for a number of years. I have referred criminal law cases to him, and have heard him praised for his work on behalf of his clients. Mr. Bali represents his clients with knowledge, vigor and passion, and has their best interest in mind at all times representing them."
Family Attorney | Aug 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have been consistently impressed with Guarav's professionalism and dedication to his clients."