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Lucy Stearns McAllister

Licensing Attorney at San Jose, CA

4.5   30 reviews

About Lucy

Learn Lucy’s areas of practice.

3
Practice areas
  1. Licensing
    75%
    Undefeated defense attorney for individuals with licensing board accusations and investigations for professional license issues. All industry licensure categories including Contractors, Doctors, Nurses, Dentists, Cosmetologists, Security Guards, Psychologists and professions related to Insurance, Real Estate, Teachers, Automotive Sales, Medicine, Veterinary Care, Behavioral Sciences, Accountants, Funeral Directors, Architects, Pharmacists, and Security & Investigative Professions.

    35 years, 4,000 cases

  2. Criminal defense
    20%
    Successful criminal defense attorney handling full range of criminal charges including DUI, Domestic Violence, Sex Charges, Strikes Charges, Theft & Fraud, Assault & Battery, Drug Charges, Juvenile Law, Criminal Records Dismissal. Experienced trial lawyer with judicial experience. Over 100 Superior Court trials.

    35 years, 8,500 cases

  3. Domestic violence
    5%
    Experienced criminal attorney defending those accused of domestic violence. Family law, criminal law expert, knowledgeable about victims rights, retraining orders, keeping custody of your kids, staying out of jail.

    35 years, 2,000 cases

Lucy S. McAllister is a highly successful and experienced Administrative Law and Criminal Law defense attorney with a proven track record. She has over 30 years experience as both a practicing attorney and judge with an extensive trackrecord in criminal defense, licensing and administrative law.


Trial Experience & Achievements

Over 250 Superior Court trials. 

Judicial Experience

Lucy is knowledgeable about how judges are likely to respond to your case because she has been a judge herself:

  * Small claims Court Judge Pro Tem
  * Municipal Court Judge Pro Tem: Mediation and Arbitrations
  * Santa Clara County Fee Arbitrator

California Bar Admission

State Bar of California # 133295

Legal Education

Santa Clara University School of Law, J.D., May 1987

Teaching

University of San Francisco Law School, Summer Trial Advocacy Program

The Law Offices of Lucy McAllister are located at:

201 Spear Street, Suite 1100
San Francisco, CA 94105
Toll Free: (877) 280-9944
Phone: (415) 939-9396
E: [email protected]

255 North Market Street Suite 100
San Jose, CA 95110
Toll Free: (877) 280-9944
Phone: (408) 947-5946
E: [email protected]

 

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Licensed for 34 years
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 1988
Updated 08/06/2022

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

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The Law Offices of Lucy S. McAllister
255 North Market Street
Suite 100
San Jose, CA, 95110
The Law Offices of Lucy S. McAllister
201 Spear Street, Suite 1100
San Francisco, CA, 94105
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4.5 / 5.0
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Posted by anonymous | August 7, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Thank you Lucy & Staff!
We are extremely grateful to have found Lucy McAllister. As novices in navigating the criminal justice system, Lucy calmly guided us through the scary process. She and her talented team directed us in acquiring all the information required to build a strong defense. The COVID-19 pandemic significantly slowed down the entire process and created extra hurdles for everyone, but Lucy and her staff patiently and diligently guided us through every hurdle. In the end, Lucy and her staff helped get my mother’s case dismissed with no marks on her criminal record. I would proudly recommend the Law Offices of Lucy McAllister to anyone seeking a criminal lawyer.
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Posted by S.M.N. | February 25, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommend!!!!
Ms. McAllister represented me in a false accusation case against my license that was extremely complex and involved one of the top healthcare systems in the U.S. Her tenacity and eagerness to seek the truth, not only cleared my name, but had the entire accusation withdrawn as if it never happened. She collaborated with my union attorney and both were able to work together to get the truth out and have this completely withdrawn. I am truly grateful to have had such and amazing support system that always believed in me, and fought to get the facts. Ms. McAllister had a great rapport with the others involved in my case and was relentless in her pursuit to help me clear my name. This has been one of the hardest times in mine and my family’s life, and I will be forever grateful to her for helping me to be able to close this chapter and continue doing what I love, remembering the truth always comes out, but having an amazing attorney on your side to help is priceless!
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Posted by anonymous | October 27, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Case dismissed and license awarded.
If I could give 10 stars I would. I’ve been working with Lucy for over a year now and her professionalism has always been top notch. Her and her team (Sheena in particular) made a rock solid case for me in regards to my license and we ended up getting the board to drop their case completely and award me my license. She fought hard for me and put in a lot of hours to ensure that justice was done. Thank you Lucy and Sheena!
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Posted by anonymous | June 2, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommend this Attorney
Ms McAllister helped me with a disclosure to the BRN of a DUI. I highly recommend her services. She and her associates answered calls and returned messages quickly (always within a day or two). They were very supportive throughout the process and the final disclosure/rehabilitation evidence that she and her associates put together looks very official and professional. This is the lawyer you want by your side when communicating with the BRN! I will not hesitate to contact her office in the future for guidance and advice if any further questions arise about my case.
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Posted by anonymous | April 22, 2021
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Awesome Lawyer
I came to Lucy with a DUI case where I needed her to represent me in the criminal case and the case for my nursing license. I was very worried I would end up with a DUI and my nursing license would be taken away. She assured me she would do the best she can to fight both my criminal case and license case to get the best possible outcome. In the end she reduced the DUI to a wet and reckless and my nursing license was never taken away and my record with the BRN is still in good standing. Lucy and the office personnel were always great and very helpful when I called with questions or concerns. I highly recommend this attorney as she was very professional and helpful. 10 out of 10!
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Posted by anonymous | September 11, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
disclosure to BBS
The law offices of Lucy McAllister helped me to navigate through the process of disclosing a criminal conviction to my Professional Board. This office was responsive to my many questions and answered each one with patience and clarity. This office reassured me and provided comfort while going through my criminal case. I could not have got through this without Attorney McAllister and her team. Because of them, I was able to get the best possible outcome in my case. I hope I don’t need this service again, however, if I do I trust in them to provide the best legal service possible.
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Posted by anonymous | January 8, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Thank you Lucy!
I hired Lucy to help me going through BRN investigation cause my hospital administrator retaliated against me due to I spoke out in the meeting . Lucy knowledgable and trustworthy and guided me . She very smart and confident . And sure she knew what she talking . The staffs in the office very nice too .Thank you again Lucy!
Posted by anonymous | November 1, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Professional, and Compassionate
My sister, was concerned about the outcome of my court case, and whether or not I would be restricted in my right to practice as a therapist. She found Lucy McAllister, online and I am so thankful. Lucy was professional, caring, and compassionate. She knew exactly what was needed, and when. I not only was able to continue to practice, I received that information within 1 week of turning in the paperwork to her office. Both Lucy and her staff, are excellent, and professional. I would recommend her if you need assistance, because I wouldn't have been able to have taken care of this alone. I am thankful.
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Posted by Greg | August 6, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
I could not be happier!
Lucy McAllister and her team are amazing. They fought for me tooth and nail. They listened to me and gave me every tool to help me fight along side them to prove my innocence. I could not ask for a better lawyer, team, or outcome. Thank you for everything Lucy!
Posted by Don Gerold Pascual | March 13, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent service by Atty. McAllister.
I could not pass this opportunity of giving my positive feedback on the excellent service that attorney. Lucy McAllister’s Law group has provided me. From the beginning, it already occurred to me that their expertise will have positive impact in the outcome of my case. Atty. McAllister took in my DUI case (1st offender) back in May of 2017. She has an army of very professional and dedicated staff who have shown legal expertise and experience in handling my case which produced positive response from the Board of Nursing. I could not believe what the outcome was for my case, it was really beyond my expectation. Bottom line is, Atty. McAllister was able to prove to the Board my situation being an isolated case and that disciplinary action was not necessary. Atty. McAlllister has demonstrated her expert ability to present truth and consequence in my case, and I have learned a lot from my experience being their client. I have never doubted them from beginning to last. I am very thankful for having found them, I sincerely recommend Atty. McAllister to be your defense person even to the most complicated of cases.
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Posted by Rachael | June 19, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Compassionately dedicated
I hired Lucy to fix a problem that I created for myself. It is hard to admit that is true. Lucy is so thorough , so intelligent , so kind and most of all so dedicated to making me feel safe. I can hold my head up high again because of the superb representation . I just want you to know Lucy , that unkind review looks fake from one of your jealous competitors that I had to sign my real name . Keep on Fighting Lucy ! People like me need you! Rachael A.
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Posted by Michael | June 16, 2015
A caring, compassionate lawyer with integrity
For most people, having to hire an attorney is usually a very negative experience. It can be expensive, emotionally draining, and humbling. Lucy McAllister and her team really exceeded all of my expectations and helped my family really get through a very trying and emotional time. Throughout my dealings with Lucy, I found her to be extremely knowledgable, resourceful, honest, and very responsive to me and my family's needs. She was always able to explain the complexity of our situation and predict what would happen next. She always made us aware of our options and made us feel like we were in the driver's seat. She was always available to talk on the phone, and it was not uncommon to get an email from her at 10 PM on a Saturday night in response to a last minute question. She really understood our situation and personally helped me cope with the immense stress by offering good advice, and by showing care, compassion, and concern. She always was honest and forthright in all of our conversations. When I noticed a billing error on one of the statements due to a miscommunication, she immediately corrected it personally. I highly recommend. Lucy. She and her staff always treated us with care, respect, and integrity. Without her help, we would have never been able to negotiate the difficulties of our personal situation and come away with the outcome she was able to help us acheive.
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Posted by Irene | May 26, 2015
Lucy Defended Us!
Lucy McAllister has been there for our family during a very trying time. We retained her services for about a year and a half during which time she demonstrated herself to be a rare combination of a shrewd no-nonsense lawyer and a compassionate, family-oriented individual. When our family was under attack due to the non-typical behavior of our toddler autistic son, Lucy defended us ardently and took our case personally. She understands the system and has the experience to know how to handle the complexities of the case as well as the foresight to predict how the case could develop. She is very thorough and preemptively collected from us an arsenal of evidence. She used it to build a very comprehensive multi faceted defense and was able to uncover hard evidence to successfully challenge the false accusations. She gave back to our family a sense of justice. We recommend Lucy and her assistant Melody to anyone who wants a good effective attorney with a concern for family and a sense of integrity.
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Posted by Susan | April 4, 2015
An Excellent Criminal Attorney
Lucy is the kind of attorney that you would be if you had to defend a love one and you had the qualifications to be one. She’s attentive to her clients and to the case at hand. You will find that she is always on task. One must remember that dangerous things come in small packages, like nitroglycerin. She may be diminutive in stature but she is a force to be reckoned with. She fights the good fight with clever wit, determination, and with her extensive knowledge of criminal law. She did an excellent job of explaining the steps in the process and setting our expectations during the course of our case. We were never surprised or taken off guard with her guidance. I am very pleased with her work. I would highly recommend her if you need an criminal law attorney.
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Posted by Linda | September 2, 2014
Back in the Swing of things
My family and I Own, manage and operate a thriving business in upscale San Francisco. Recently I was put in the predicament of having to shut down my 10 year operation due to the fact that my license was about to be revoked, for what we believed to be a competitor wanting to fuse us out of the market share, however we contacted Lucy who after 14 days of going back and forth on our behalf was able to keep us in business. I really believe that it was her and not circumstance. She fought hard for us!! Thank you Lucy. BTW- Lucy worked 14 days and still gave us pricing based on her expected 5 day commitment.
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Posted by Taylor C. | August 27, 2014
AMAZING Licensing Defense Attorney
I received an Accusation on my Pharmacy license. The Board wanted to revoke my license. Lucy was so supportive during this stressful time in my life. I was so scared of losing my license, my livelihood. I am thankful that my case ultimately settled and I got to keep my license. I recommend Lucy McAllister if you want someone to fight for your professional license.
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Posted by Roger Stowe | August 25, 2014
Lucy Mcallister and her team are miracle workers
When I first spoke with Lucy Mcallister over the phone I knew in my heart she is the ONE, who will WIN my husband case. After being railroad for over a year from another lawyer, I am so glad that we made the right decision to hire Lucy. My husband's case was set for trial, in just five months Lucy was able to work on my husband's case and WON. I was very satisfied with Lucy's QUICK, SKILLED, KNOWLEDGE, COMPASSIONATE and most of all TOUGH. I will never forget the date of August 17, 2012, this is the date that Lucy WON my husband's case for us, for the last year and half my husband and I was able to have to good night sleep. I will recommend Lucy and her staff to anyone who needs a GOOD LAWYER.
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Posted by Kim Michael | August 17, 2014
Thank you to Lucy and her Crew
I wanted to start by introducing my situation, I had already gone through the Administration process and about to have my license probated by the courts and probably going to loose my business altogether. Not only was I ashamed and disheartened but I was very much exhausted and had completely given into the despair and guilt. I had heard of petitions to file for modifications in the past, but these were a lost cause and pretty much a relic of someones cruel joke on the real world. However My Disciplinary order had no effect on Lucy or her team. They went to work and told me to sit back and enjoy the show (I did not have to move a muscle) these gals took it to them and not only did I receive a modification, we found so many errors and mistakes that the professional licensing board had to reinstate my license altogether. AMAZING!!!!!! Thank you Lucy for everything
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Posted by Michael | August 13, 2014
Way to take them down Lucy!!!!
Lucy knocked the front door off my DA's lil paper pushing shack, Lucy told me from the beginning that she felt good about this case, and she devastated the courts with a victory for the Irish! with very little funds to take this thing to trial, I needed a way out before I hit the box and lucy not only kept me from meeting the judge eye to eye she actually got them to toss the case on a technicality that I did not even know existed until they were removing the cuffs LMAO you killed it Girl, Stay down my little TKO machine!
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Posted by Juan | August 10, 2014
Compassionate Attorney, honest and sincere. Highly recommend!
I was going through a very difficult time in my life recently and Lucy made it as stress-free as she could. My divorce case was probably as complex as it gets -- with restraining order, property, and child custody issues. She was calm, explained all of my options, and did not pressure me in anyway. Lucy was also very thorough and meticulous about the facts of my case. This was the kind of lawyer that I needed through my nasty and complicated divorce. Lucy was easy to talk to, easy to understand, and very concise with her advice. She understood that divorce battles can get costly, but she tried to minimize the cost however she could. She was professional, responsive, aggressive, and worth every penny. I really felt like I was getting a bargain because I know that I would not have been able to handle this case on my own. I would recommend Lucy to anyone that I know. Lucy, thank you for fighting for me and being my voice. You are a lifesaver.
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AVVO RATING 9.8 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • President
  • Law Offices of Lucy S. Mccalister
  • 1994 - Present
  • Fee Arbitrator
  • Santa Clara County Superior Court Arbitrator
  • 2004 - 2007
  • Judge Pro Tem
  • Small Claims Court
  • 2002 - 2006
  • ESQ
  • Stearns law group
  • 1995 - 1997
  • Summer Trial Advocacy Program
  • University Of San Francisco Law School
  • 1995 - 1996
  • Judge Pro Tem
  • Municipal Court Of California
  • 1992 - 2002
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Education

  • Santa Clara University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1987
  • State University of New York
  • Undergraduate
  • 1984

Legal Cases

  • Family
  • I received joint custody & will receive child support & spousal support

Associations

  • Public Interest Clearinghouse
  • Board of Directors
  • 2017 - Present
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Associate Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • San Francisco County Bar Association
  • Associate Member
  • 1994 - Present
  • San Mateo County Bar Association
  • Associate Member
  • 1990 - Present
  • Santa Clara County Bar Association
  • Associate Member
  • 1988 - Present
  • San Francisco SummerFest Dance Festival
  • Director
  • N/A
  • Los Gatos
  • Art Commissioner
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Peer Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • Certified Specialist - Criminal Law
  • State Bar of California
  • 2017
  • Top Lawyers in California
  • The Legal Network
  • 2015
  • Top Lawyers in California
  • The Legal Network
  • 2014
  • Top Lawyers in California
  • The Legal Network
  • 2013
  • Top Lawyers in California
  • American Lawyer Media
  • 2013
  • Lawyers weekly law award
  • International Council of Commercial Arbitration (ICCA)
  • 2004
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Attorney endorsements

Received (14)
Given (1)
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have worked with Lucy several times and made several appearances for her. She's a very thorough, diligent, and tough defense attorney."
Family Attorney | Feb 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. i have watched Lucy in court advocate for her clients. I am impressed by her courtroom presence, knowledge of the facts and legal issues, and professional demeanor."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Lucy McAllister is a hardworking attorney who is very well respected within the criminal defense community. She is highly experienced and you are in good hands if you are one of her clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Lucy McAllister is a talented, aggressive, and passionate litigator. I have referred her on family law and criminal matters and she is also skilled in helping licensed professionals defend against suspension or revocation proceedings. She maintains a current and deep comprehension of controlling legal authority and she will tirelessly research to find a solution. Whether representing someone of means or representing someone without, Lucy attacks each case with the same amount of vigor. Without reservation, I highly recommend Lucy."
Family Attorney | Feb 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 05
Relationship: Friend
"Lucy is conscientious, dedicated and smart. She advocates tirelessly for her clients and gets great results. I highly recommend her."
Licensing Attorney | Feb 05
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have worked with Lucy on several matters, and I've referred my clients to her for various matters. She is confident, knowledgeable, savvy, and a "straight shooter". I would not hesitate to work alongside Lucy, and will continue to refer people to her."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Lucy is a knowledgeable and experienced attorney who takes a practical approach and gets good results. Lucy is my "go to" criminal lawyer"
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Lucy is passionate and tenacious about achieving the best legal outcomes for her clients, particularly in a stacked system. She is a valuable weapon for anyone accused of having committed crimes. The more serious the allegations, the greater the reasons to have Lucy on your side."
Licensing Attorney | Feb 02
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I have worked with Lucy for almost 4 years. Lucy is a thorough and passionate advocate. She serves her clients with skill and enthusiasm. It is a pleasure to work with Lucy."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Lucy is a fine experienced attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 01
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Sep 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Aug 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I wholeheartedly endorse this lawyer. A brilliant attorney, highly respected in the legal community."
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San Jose Licensing Lawyer Lucy Stearns McAllister
Lucy Stearns McAllister
Licensing Attorney
San Jose, CA
Licensed for 34 years