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Lisa Kay McCamey

Criminal defense Attorney at Santa Cruz, CA

5.0   7 reviews

also known as Law Offices of Lisa K. McCamey, P.C.

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About Lisa

Learn Lisa’s areas of practice.

Practice area
  1. Criminal defense
    Highly experienced in all types of criminal cases; from minor misdemeanors to major felony offenses.

    31 years, 1,000 cases

Attorney Lisa McCamey has handled a wide range of cases including murder, attempted murder, three strikes cases, gang crimes, child molestation, rape/sexual assault, robbery, burglary, domestic violence, drug crimes, theft offenses, and juvenile cases. Ms. McCamey has practiced criminal law exclusively since 1993. She is licensed in California and Washington D.C., and has tried cases in California, New York, Arizona, and Colorado.

Lisa McCamey understands the fear and confusion associated with arrest and prosecution. She is committed to helping her clients (and their families) understand the judicial process and prepare a strong defense strategy.

Ms. McCamey founded her Santa Cruz criminal law office in 2007 and her San Jose office in 2011 and now focuses primarily on California state criminal law.

Licensed for 29 years
State DC
Status Good Standing
Acquired 2004
Updated 06/08/2022
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 1993
Updated 12/02/2022
State NY
Status Suspended
Acquired 2004
Updated 11/17/2022

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

Contact Lisa

Law Offices of Lisa K. McCamey, P.C.
331 Soquel Avenue
Suite 209
Santa Cruz, CA, 95062


5.0 / 5.0
  7 customer reviews
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Posted by anonymous | June 20, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly Experienced Criminal Defense Attorney
I was fortunate to find and have Lisa represent me.. i admit, i was scared about my future but she calmed my anxiety, straight away, and her professionalism and experience that reassured me i had the best person representing me from the start.. Its her way of listening first, to understand the “why”.. why did this happen and why are u in this predicament.. based on that she pulled together her best legal team to follow thru on discovery.. words i never heard before or understood until my court case visits and through the months long process she kept me calm.. and focused.. im forever grateful to Lisa and her legal team for getting me beyond those incredibly worrying times.. So if i can in any way assure u that Lisa will fight for u in every way well this is it.. most caring person too that I’ve met in a long time.. Legal decisions are difficult so again im so happy to have had Lisa represent me with mine!
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Posted by anonymous | February 22, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best in the business
Lisa and her team took me seriously from the moment I walked in the door. She was very knowledgeable and made everything clear and easy to understand. I was extremely lucky to be able to use her as my representation in court. She definitely knows her way around the system.
Posted by Carrie | October 10, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Attorney
Lisa if a fantastic attorney. She was incredibly professional, knew the in's and out's of our county court system, and most importantly defended my case with success.
Posted by Luis | May 28, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Thank you Lisa
Lisa was of great help, she definitely helped us understand what we needed to know in terms of the legal process. She was always super caring and made us feel safe. (This comes From someone who has trust issues, do the math) :)
Posted by Eric I. | February 5, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Lawyer
I hired Lisa when I was in a great deal of trouble. My future was in her hands and she did a great job considering the circumstances in was in. My case was as serious as it gets. She did not let the crooked Santa Cruz DA's and cops take advantage of me. I hired her as a private attorney and I'm lucky I did. I felt like she was my friend, not just my lawyer. Thanks Lisa!
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Posted by Justyn | July 10, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
The best there is!
My family was in a situation that needed a lawyer, and a good one. We found Lisa and could not have been more pleased with her work. She listened to what happened. She did her homework on the case and kept us apprised of any new information she got. We were never left in the dark. We did not feel like just another number, we felt heard and that our case mattered. She fought hard for my family and we won. Thank you Lisa!
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Posted by Juan | December 4, 2009
Keep me informed and fought hard for me in my case.
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  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check


AVVO RATING 9.2 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • President
  • Law Offices of Lisa K. McCamey, a Professional Corporation
  • 2005 - 2019
  • Public Defender
  • New York County Legal Aid
  • 2003 - 2005
  • Public Defender
  • Santa Cruz County Public Defender
  • 2000 - 2003
  • Public Defender
  • Wallraff & Associates Alternate Public Defender Office
  • 1998 - 2000
  • Public Defender
  • Stanislaus County Public Defender
  • 1996 - 1998
  • Public Defender
  • Contra County Public Defender
  • 1995 - 1996
  • Public Defender
  • Santa Barbara County Public Defender
  • 1994 - 1995
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  • Golden Gate University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1993
  • University of California - Santa Barbara
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1986


  • Santa Cruz County Criminal Defense Bar Association
  • President
  • 2014 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2019
  • Trial Lawyer of the Year
  • Santa Clara County Independent Defenders Office
  • 2017

Attorney endorsements

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Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I strongly endorse this lawyer's work. She is passionate, experienced and dedicated to the defense of her clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Lisa is an excellent criminal defense attorney. She is extremely knowledgeable and experienced in all aspects of criminal defense. If you want excellent representation, as well as patience and compassion, give her a call."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Lisa for over 25 years and seen her work first hand. She is an excellent criminal defense attorney, who works extremely hard to get the best result for her clients. She is knowledgeable, experienced and well respected. I highly recommend Lisa McCamey."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I've worked alongside Lisa here in Santa Cruz for many years. She is well-respected, and for good reason. She is client-oriented, can litigate up a storm, and is friendly to boot. I've referred many a client, and they've all been pleased."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Lisa McCamey and her work since the late nineties. She is an aggressive advocate for her clients with a ton of courtroom experience. I endorse her work."
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Santa Cruz Criminal defense Lawyer Lisa Kay McCamey
Lisa Kay McCamey
Criminal defense Attorney
Santa Cruz, CA
Licensed for 29 years