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Glenn Michael Katon

Civil rights Attorney at Oakland, CA

5.0   3 reviews
  • State Years
    California - CA 12 years
    New York - NY 30 years
    Florida - FL 20 years
    Texas - TX 28 years
  • Licensed for 12 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2012
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 30 years
    State NY
    Acquired 1993
    Due to Register within 30 Days of Birthday No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 20 years
    State FL
    Acquired 2003
    Administrative - Not Authorized to Practice No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 28 years
    State TX
    Acquired 1995
    Inactive No misconduct found

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

About Glenn

Learn Glenn’s areas of practice.

Practice area
  1. Civil rights
    Police misconduct, free speech, religious freedom, and other civil rights matters.

Glenn Katon is a trial lawyer with over 20 years of experience, including more than 15 trials and numerous appeals. He practiced commercial litigation for 14 years, followed by nine years in civil rights and civil liberties. 

Glenn has handled cases involving police practices, racial and religious profiling, religious freedom, national security, and immigrants' rights. He also has significant experience with public speaking and media relations, and has been quoted on civil rights law in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Newsweek, and St. Petersburg Times, among other publications.

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385 Grand Ave
Suite 200
Oakland, CA, 94610

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Posted by Stephen | December 7, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Expeditious, effective, and politely engaging on a tenants rights case
Mr. Katon was a breath of fresh air, after my innocent son was dragged into a dispute between his landlord and a third party. Lawyers in this dispute were unmindful and disrespectful of my son's rights and obligations as a tenant. Mr Katon stepped in, communicated respectfully to all parties, and received quick acknowledgement of the tenants' rights.
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Posted by Julie | December 7, 2017
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| Consulted Attorney
excellent, highly responsive lawyer
I HIGHLY recommend Glenn Katon. Friends of mine needed a lawyer for an urgent, upsetting matter in Los Angeles. I found Glenn, and remained involved throughout the matter. Glenn responded immediately, was very reassuring, and resolved the issue with lightning speed. We were all very impressed.
Posted by Farhaj | April 20, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Glenn is fantastic
I was Glenn Katon's client for over three years. He led the legal team in a landmark civil rights case. He has the uncanny ability to make the most complex constitutional arguments easy to understand. He points out how large complex legal issues are relatable in day to day life. He gave his clients updates on what was happeneing by conference calls, emails, letters or text and personal meetings. He filled me in on what was next and what I should expect, and addressed any questions a community member or coplantiff had openly and honestly. Glenn was approachable, kind, direct, affable and driven. I whole heartedly recommend Glenn Katon to anyone needing his legal services. His very presence in Court will give you comfort in knowing 'equal justice under the law' is right around the corner thanks to Katon and those like him who continue to fight for the little guy.
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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Contingency 1%-40%


AVVO RATING 9.6 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Legal Director
  • Muslim Advocates
  • 2012 - 2016
  • Senior Attorney
  • American Civil Liberties Union of Florida
  • 2006 - 2011
  • Shareholder
  • Bush Ross, P.A
  • 2002 - 2006
  • Trial Attorney
  • U.S. Department Of Justice
  • 1997 - 2002
  • Associate
  • Locke Lord Bissell & Liddell, LLP
  • 1995 - 1997
  • Judicial Law Clerk
  • Hon. Terry R. Means
  • 1993 - 1995
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  • St John's University School of Law
  • 1992

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Hassan v. City of New York, 804 F.3d 277 (3d Cir. 2015)
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit held that plaintiffs stated viable constitutional claims, reversing District Court dismissal.
  • First Vagabonds Church of God v. City of Orlando, 638 F.3d 756 (11th Cir. 2011) (en banc)
  • District court found Orlando ordinance unconstitutional. Reversed on appeal.


  • Earl Warren American Inn of Court
  • Master
  • 2017 - Present
  • San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • National Police Accountability Project
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Vice Chair
  • 2004 - 2017
  • Tampa Bay American Inn of Court
  • Barrister
  • 2003 - 2006
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Outstanding Attorney
  • U.S. Department of Justice
  • 2001


Speaking Engagements

  • National Security vs. National Responsibility: Attempts to Block the Resettlement of Syrian Refugees
  • Human Rights
  • 2016
  • Racial Profiling - Community Impacts of an Imperfect Law Enforcement Strategy
  • Civil Rights
  • 2015
  • Civil Rights, Civil Liberties, and Countering Violent Extremism
  • Civil Rights
  • 2015
  • Balancing Civil Rights and National Security in the Post 9/11 World
  • Civil Rights
  • 2013
  • American Civil Liberties Union National Staff Conference
  • Civil Rights
  • 2011
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Attorney endorsements

Received (4)
Given (2)
Endorse Glenn
Unknown Attorney | Dec 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Civil rights Attorney | Jan 25
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Civil rights Attorney | Jan 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Glenn is a very capable and effective civil rights lawyer with a genuine passion for helping underprivileged people. He has a great deal of expertise in litigation. I had an opportunity to speak with him about a case in which I served (and serve) as class counsel in federal court in New York. He gave me some useful feedback. I was impressed with his knowledge and experience in litigation. He was a faithful member of the American Bar Association SIL International Human Rights Committee during my term as co-chair and he made valuable contributions to the work of that committee."
Civil rights Attorney | Jul 20
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Glenn has long been a passionate and effective advocate on behalf of civil rights. I endorse Glenn Katon."
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Oakland Civil rights Lawyer Glenn Michael Katon
Glenn Michael Katon
Civil rights Attorney
Oakland, CA
Licensed for 30 years
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