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. 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.