I will fight for you and guide you through this dangerous and potentially devastating process.Know the law and the facts. Investigate. Most importantly, know the client whom I represent.
I have been a criminal defense attorney since 1981, having graduated from USF Law School in 1980 and passing the bar exam in that same year. I worked 5 years in the Santa Clara County Public Defender's Office from February 1981 to August 1985. I opened my office with long-time friend and partner, Glenn Sugihara in August of 1985. Thus, my phone number has always been (408) 998-1985.
My office is located at 161 Jackson Street, Suite 200, San Jose, California in the heart of downtown San Jose in what is called, "Japantown." Japantown has historical significance for the Japanese-American community. It is the location of Japanese Buddhist Temple and of the Japanese Methodist Church both locate on 5th Street near Jackson Street, the Issei Memorial Building, Japanese-American Cultural Center and Museum and many fine Japanese Restaurants, Professional businesses and shops.
I practice criminal defense primarily in the State Courts of California; "everything from DUIs to homicides." Please watch the video above. My practice is very "client-centered." That means, that it is important to me to get to know my clients so that I can represent each client as an individual. Therefore, I have a team of investigators, private therapists and often refer my clients to drug and alcohol treatment programs. I helped to start AMICUS HOUSE residential drug and alcohol treatment program, which is the premier drug and alcohol program in Santa Clara County and which always receives the highest ratings by the Courts and by the District Attorney's Drug Program Oversight committee.
I was the first attorney to produce an Animated Forensic Reconstruction of a shooting based upon the bullet paths to help to establish that the shooting was in self-defense, leading to the aquittal of my client in the case of California versus Shanandoha Garcia 1997. The video was featured on a television program, Tech Now with Bay Area News Reporter, Scott McGrew. Shanandoha has gone on to lead a very happy life, following his 3 year incarceration awaiting jury trial. He is currently employed by the U.S. Department of Defense. He is married with 2 children.
Perhaps my greatest legacy are the former clients who, like Shanandoha, have gone on to graduate from local colleges and universities, some who have even received Master's degrees. A few others have become recognized local artists. And many are active members of our community and role models for younger generations to come.
I have always balanced my stressful criminal law practice with my love of music and am currently in four bands. I also ran for Superior Court Judge in 1996 and lost despite having the support of almost the entire Santa Clara County Superior Court Bench.
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Few lawyers fit the title "counselor" as well as Steven Nakano. My personal experience with Mr. Nakano is that he will gladly and enthusiastically spend the time and effort to help and support you. For me, Mr. Nakano was a mentor when I was first beginning my career in criminal law not so long ago. He is a pillar of the criminal defense community and you could not ask for a more dedicated or experienced lawyer to represent you.
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Unsung Hero Award||Santa Clara County Bar Association||2002|
|Solo Practitioner||Steven H. Nakano||1997 - 2013|
|Managing Partner||Nakano, Sugihara and Bocanegra||1988 - 1997|
|Managing Partner||Nakano and Sugihara||1985 - 1989|
|Deputy Public Defender||Santa Clara County Public Defender's Office||1981 - 1985|
|Special Investigator||Joint Legislative Audit Committee||1980 - 1981|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Asian Pacific Bar Association of Silicon Valley||Past President||1982 - Present|
|People versus G Salinas (ficticious name)||dismissal|
|People versus Wendell Leroy||Dismissed|
|People versus Shanandoha Garcia||Defendant, Shanandoha found not guilty|
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|CAPITAL CASE SEMINAR 2005||CREATING AND USING FORENSIC ANIMATION AS DEMONSTRATIVE EVIDENCE IN TRIAL: PEOPLE V. SHANANDOHA GARCIA||2005|
|U of San Francisco SOL||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1980|
|Univ of California Berkeley||Political Science||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1977|
|Los Altos High School||SBA President||Diploma||1973|
|The Forensic Investigation of Homicide||The Introduction of Crime Scene Reenactments as Demonstrative Evidence||2008|
|2005 Capital Case Defense Seminar||Creating and Using Forensic Animation as Demonstrative Evidence in Trial||2005|
|Treatment Provider's Conference||Law as a Spiritual Practice||2003|
|Santa Clara County Paralegal Association||crime, addiction and child molest||1996|