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Donald Lawrence Lipmanson

Criminal defense Attorney at Sebastopol, CA

5.0   3 reviews
  • Licensed for 27 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1995
    Active No misconduct found

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Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    Defending clients against felony and misdemeanor criminal charges, especially cultivation and transportation of marijuana plus asset forfeiture and civil abatement proceedings. Also DUI cases, including DMV hearings.

    28 years, 500 cases

  2. Appeals
    Direct appeals and habeas corpus writs in CA and federal 9th Circuit, with reversal of conviction based on unlawful search in People v. Stewart (2003) 113 Cal.App.4th 242, and increased protections against involuntary pretrial drugging in Benson v. Terhune, 304 F.3d 874 (9th Cir. 2002). Member, First District Court of Appeal (CA) indigent appeals panel.

    27 years, 75 cases

  3. Violent crime
    Defending against charges of armed assault, robbery and homicide. Many such cases are over-charged, so I focus on organizing a proper investigation early in the case.

    28 years, 50 cases

  4. Federal crime
    Defending against marijuana and firearms charges in the Northern District of CA.

    22 years, 5 cases

I care about my clients as people.  Besides aiming to win them an acquittal or the best possible settlement , I work with each client to help minimize the stress one feels when facing criminal charges or having had one's property seized and held by the government.  I hugely respect our Bill of Rights, whose wise principles are reinforced every time I can convince a judge that law enforcement violated the Fourth or Fifth Amendment by unlawfully searching or improperly questioning my clients.

Besides practicing law, I love tennis, hiking and backpacking (preferably in the company of dogs).  Protecting the world's remaining wild places and creatures is a long-standing passion, which has led me to pro bono legal defense of people arrested during environmental protests in Humboldt and Mendocino counties and to serve six years as a Mendocino County planning commissioner.

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Donald Lawrence Lipmanson
101 Morris Street, Ste. 213
Sebastopol, CA, 95472


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Posted by Keith Bacon | December 21, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly recommended!!
I was facing a 8+ year sentence. He was able to help reduce it to a 150 day sentence. He also got my camera back and had it waitting for me when i finished my sentence! I've been recommending him to everyone. A. lawyer that is on your side! Thank You Mr. Lipmanson!! Mr. B
Posted by Adam | February 23, 2012
LIberty For You Is What You'll Get
Liberty For You is what the license plate on his Prius reads, and I believe it's his motivating factor above all others. Don is a generous and intelligent man, with whom I put my faith in, and was extremely pleased with the outcome. Don is intelligent and respectfull, two qualities I think are very important for a good attorney. I highly recommend him.
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Posted by Shawna & Damien | August 19, 2011
GREAT !!! WE WON !!!!
We are forever indebted to Don. He brought an expert witness(retired CHP) who was outstanding as well ! He filed a motion for suppression of evidence as my fiancé was pulled over for a vehicle violation for failure to use his blinker. He was able to prove that this was an unlawful pull over and arrest as the officer was profiling. He got the officer to admit this on the stand !!! All charges were dropped as the evidence had to be thrown out. He was caught with 8 lbs of marijuana and got off scott free. He was facing atleast 1 yr in jail and up to 5 yrs. If you are in need of criminal defense lawyer he is your man.
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  • Free Consultation 45 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check


AVVO RATING 7.5 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • 5th district Planning Commissioner
  • County of Mendocino
  • 2000 - 2006


  • John F Kennedy Univ SOL
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1995
  • Princeton University
  • MA - Masters
  • 1969
  • New York Univ
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1967

Legal Cases

  • People vs. Rickey Renick (Mendocino County)
  • Misdemeanor conviction, time served
  • People vs. Aubrey Karcey (Mendocino County)
  • Misdemeanor possession of marijuana
  • People vs. Bruce Campbell
  • Charges dismissed
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  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • California Attorneys for Criminal Justice
  • Member
  • 1996 - 2010

Languages Spoken

  • French
  • Spanish


  • CACJ FORUM Magazine
  • Doping and Due Process: The 9th Circuit Addresses Involuntary Drugging
  • 2003

Attorney endorsements

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Given (1)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have worked with Don on many cases for over ten years now. I enjoy working with him and together we have gotten some very good results for our clients. I often refer clients to Don and I plan to continue doing so. Don speaks Spanish which is a huge asset to his practice."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. I worked alongside Don in a case in which our clients were charged with cultivation and possession of approximately 1,000 marijuana plants. Due in large part to Don's efforts, after a hearing that lasted several hours of several days, the cases were dismissed after a judge granted our motions to suppress evidence."
Criminal defense
Sebastopol Criminal defense Lawyer Donald Lawrence Lipmanson
Donald Lawrence Lipmanson
Criminal defense Attorney
Sebastopol, CA
Licensed for 27 years
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