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I am an attorney at the Law Offices of Dennis J. Luca.  My practice focuses on all aspects of family and criminal law, including case evaluation, alternative and early dispute resolution, formal discovery, motion work, trial, post-trial and appellate matters.  I am admitted to practice law in all California Superior and Appellate Courts and am admitted in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California.


In the arena of family law, I have been involved in every type of family law issue imaginable.  I have litigated restraining orders, custody and visitation, spousal support, child support, complex issues of property division, reimbursement claims, separate property claims, validity of pre and post nuptial agreements, etc.  I have participated in trials covering all of the issues presented in family Court.  I also serve as a volunteer arbitrator and mediator for the Court.  I have a very good working relationship with local Judges, Court staff and even opposing attorneys. 


In my criminal law practice, I have worked both misdemeanor and felony cases.  I have represented litigants charged with everything from misdemeanor domestic violence, driving under the influence, suspended license, etc. to more serious matters such as felony battery, assault, grand theft, rape, molestation and drug cases.  I have significant trial experience and motion practice.  I have litigated numerous dismissal motions, motions to suppress and various post trial motions under constitutional law.


I pride myself on four key aspects that I believe are essential to becoming a good attorney.  First, I take extra care to make sure I am always available to my clients.  Whether it is adjusting my work schedule to come in on the weekend to meet with my clients or returning phone calls within twenty-four hours, I understand that nothing is more frustrating than not being able to reach your own attorney.  Second, I make sure to involve my client each and every step in his or her case.  Under my watch, no client is “left in the dark” about what is happening with regard to his or her legal rights.  Third, I make sure my clients are informed about the status of their case at all times.  I send detailed correspondence about every development and Court appearance in a case to my client immediately.  Finally, and in my opinion, most importantly, I am completely open and honest with my clients.  I refuse to embellish their chances of success or failure.  With me, you will get nothing but the truth from beginning to end.


In my time off, I enjoy running, snowboarding, playing softball, mountain biking and traveling.  At the conclusion of my law career, I hope to one day return to Santa Clara University School of Law as a professor to teach criminal procedure and trial techniques to law students.


Practice areas


  1. Divorce: 45%
    10 years, 750 cases
  2. Criminal Defense: 40%
    10 years, 650 cases
  3. Prenuptials: 10%
    10 years, 200 cases
  4. Uncontested Divorce: 5%
    10 years, 150 cases



Hourly ($325-360/hour), Fixed (sometimes), Free consultation (45 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Nicole Fraser

    I have worked with numerous defense attorneys over the years and David is a clear stand-out. David is an outstanding aggressive criminal defense attorney. He knowledgeably litigates the case for the best possible scenario for his client.


    Nicole Fraser Child custody Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Steven Paul Cohn

    I endorse this lawyer.Mr. Luca has been recommended among my own clients, and I have made a number of past referrals to him with terrific results reported back to me. I continue to feel comfortable sending this capable attorney those in need of his skilled insight and advocacy. Besides being very good in a courtroom setting, he really is a nice guy, while fully able to bear down in a challenging cross examination. I highly regard this talented attorney.


    Steven Cohn Employment and labor Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Law Offices of Dennis J. Luca

1252 Park Avenue
San Jose, CA, 95126


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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Honors Moot Court Runner-Up for Best Oral ArgumentSanta Clara University School of Law2004
Witkin Award for Academic Excellence in EvidenceSanta Clara University School of Law2004
Witkin Award for Academic Excellence in Constitutional LawSanta Clara University School of Law2004
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyLaw Offices of Dennis J. Luca2005 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Federal Court; Northern District of CAAdmitted Attorney2007 - Present
Santa Clara County Bar AssociationMember2005 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2005 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
People v. L.P.Not Guilty Verdict/Lesser Crime
People v. A.R.Not Guilty Verdict
D.S. & D.H.Move-Away to Minnesota Granted
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Santa Clara University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2005
University of California - Santa BarbaraEconomics with Accounting MinorBA - Bachelor of Arts2001
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Santa Clara County Bar Association Continuing EducationUnderstanding Criminal Law and Domestic Violence Prosecutions as they Relate to Family Law2007