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Before residing in Humboldt County, Benjamin Okin was raised in the surfside town of Pacifica, California in the San Francisco Bay Area.


Mr. Okin attended UCLA and graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Social American History. He continued his education at Golden Gate University School of Law (GGU), known for its nationally acclaimed trial advocacy and litigation program. Mr. Okin excelled in Criminal Procedure One and Criminal Procedure Two, receiving top scores for his entire class. Mr. Okin has also been recognized for his exceptional legal brief writing skills, earning the highest score in Appellate Advocacy and was selected for the GGU Litigation Team. Mr. Okin graduated with honors near the top of his class in 1999.


Mr. Okin is certified in Litigation, Mediation and has studied International Criminal Justice. He worked with the Contra Costa Alternate Defender's Office, Marin County District Attorney's Office, and the San Francisco Board of Supervisors before accepting a position with the Humboldt County District Attorney's Office. While at the DA Office, Mr. Okin built a reputation as a strong prosecutor who balanced justice with compassion. It's been said "When Ben makes a fair offer, take it -- or you'll be picking a jury and sentencing your client later".


After leaving the District Attorney's Office Mr. Okin decided to bring his legal skills, solid reputation, and formidable advocacy abilities to the private sector. He has served as a defense attorney for over ten years as Senior Defense Counsel at two major private firms as well as two years as Chief Conflict Counsel. As a successful former prosecutor and current defense attorney, Mr. Okin has a distinct advantage as he can properly construct and deconstruct a case.


Mr. Okin is a skilled negotiator and trial attorney who is known for his professionalism and effectiveness behind the scenes and in court. He has successfully tried to jury cases from quadruple homicides, to medical marijuana defense, to DUIs and everything in between. DAs know that Mr. Okin will go to trial on your behalf often leading to better offers to avoid the uncertainty of trial.


Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 100%
    16 years, 20 thousand cases



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  • Benjamin Henry Mainzer

    Ben is an experienced and competent lawyer with a firm reputation as an honest advocate. I would without hesitation refer to Ben clients requiring criminal defense.


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    Being the prosecuting attorney to a handful of Ben's clients was a pleasure. Ben is an outstanding advocate for his clients and is a true professional.


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Contact info

Law Offices of Manny Daskal & Benjamin Okin

309 O Street
Eureka, CA, 95501


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Litigation CertificateGolden Gate University School of Law1999
Mediation CertifiedGolden Gate University School of Law1999
Highest Score - Written Appellate BriefGolden Gate University School of Law1998
Juris Prudence - Criminal ProcedureGolden Gate University School of Law1998
Honor StudentUCLA1994
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Criminal Defense LitigatorThe Law Offices of Manny Daskal & Benjamin Okin2012 - Present
Senior Trial AttorneyRJC & Associates2004 - 2012
Senior Criminal Defense AttorneyLaw Offices of MD2002 - 2004
Legal InternContra Costa County Office Of The Public Defender1999 - 1999
Assistant Teacher - Criminal LitigationGolden Gate University School Of Law1999 - 1999
Prosecuting AttorneyHumboldt County District Attorney's Office1999 - 2002
Legal Research for Law ProfessorGolden Gate University School Of Law1998 - 1998
Legal InternMarin County District Attorney's Office1997 - 1997
Legal InternSan Francisco Board of Supervisors1997 - 1997
Association namePosition nameDuration
DUI Litigation Attorney's NetworkMember2014 - Present
Association of Federal Defense AttorneysMember2014 - Present
American Bar Association Criminal Justice Discussion GroupMember2014 - Present
J-Boy Lawyers GroupPresident2011 - Present
California Bar AssociationMember1999 - Present
9th Circuit Court of AppealsMember1999 - Present
California Public Defenders AssociationMemberN/A
Humboldt Roller DerbySponsorN/A
California DUI Lawyers AssociationAssociate MemberN/A
ASCEND Wilderness ExperienceBoard Member2005 - 2007
National Association of Trial Attorneys (Young Board Members)Board Member2002 - 2003
GGU Law School Homeless LuncheonCo-Chair1998 - 1999
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
People v. E.M.Jury Trial - Not Guilty on All Counts.
People v. S.S.Jury Trial. Deadlocked Jury Voted 10-2 Favoring Acquittal. Case Dismissed by Prosecutor Before Re-trial.
People v. C.B.Jury Trial. Jury Agreed on All Counts with Mr. Okin. Not Guilty on All Four Counts of Murder & All Four Counts Vehicular Manslaughter With Gross Negligence. Sentence reduced to 6 year 8 months. Time served in Fire Camp at one-third time.
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Golden Gate University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1999
University of California - Los AngelesSocial American HistoryBA - Bachelor of Arts1994
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Ganjier Spring Kickoff EventMarijuana Law in California Approaching 20162015

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