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David R. Wiksell is a highly experienced and aggressive criminal defense trial lawyer who consistently earns outstanding results for his clients. From homicide and attempted murder to drug charges and first time DUI, he has been successful in helping his clients overcome the toughest odds. There are very few charges that attorney David R. Wiksell has not defended against. In fact, if you can be arrested or cited for it, he has most likely defended against it.


Mr. Wiksell has received numerous awards and accolades throughout his academic and professional career. After graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Law and Society from the University of California at Santa Barbara in just three years from the date of his high school graduation, he received a scholarship to attend law school at the University of Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, right here in Sacramento.


Mr. Wiksell became one of the most decorated students to ever graduate from McGeorge School of Law. Many of these awards were based on his talents in the courtroom – winning Trial Advocacy competitions against some of the best schools in the nation. By the end of his time at McGeorge, Mr. Wiksell was named the American Board of Trial Advocates (“ABOTA”) Student Trial Advocate of the Year. He graduated near the top of his class with Great Distinction, and was named the Outstanding Graduating Senior for his class based on his outstanding academic achievements.


Additionally, Mr. Wiksell was inducted into the national Order of the Coif, and the national Order of Barristers for exhibiting excellence in courtroom advocacy. It is his courtroom talent and skills that give Mr. Wiksell’s clients the edge when they are being prosecuted.


Both during and after law school, Mr. Wiksell worked to gain the necessary experience to fully complement his trial abilities. Mr. Wiksell worked for the Federal Public Defender’s Office handling all aspects of defending clients faced with federal criminal charges. Mr. Wiksell then moved to a private firm, working primarily as a criminal defense attorney in Placer County. This firm received hundreds of conflict appointed cases from the county, and Mr. Wiksell was the lead attorney to handle all conflict appointed matters and trials.


During his time handling these cases, Mr. Wiksell represented every type of criminal charge including homicide, attempted murder, robbery, kidnapping, carjacking, assault, drug possession and sale, domestic violence, theft, weapons possession, and gang crimes. Additionally, Mr. Wiksell has represented hundreds of clients charged with Driving Under the Influence (DUI) in both Placer and Sacramento County.


Mr. Wiksell’s trial skills became so recognized that he was asked to return to McGeorge School of Law as an Adjunct Professor in order to teach and coach a Trial Advocacy Mock Trial Team. In just his first year in the position, Mr. Wiksell’s team won a National Trial Advocacy competition, the same competition that he had previously won as a student.


Mr. Wiksell now runs his firm with a focus on using all his knowledge and skills to successfully defend his clients. When you or your loved one hires Mr. Wiksell, he will personally handle your case – not some inexperienced associate.


Call the Law Offices of David R. Wiksell now at 916.721.2132 to protect your rights and your future.


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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Outstanding Graduating Senior AwardMcGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific2010
Student Trial Advocate of the YearAmerican Board of Trial Advocates2010
Elected MemberOrder of the Coif2010
Elected MemberOrder of Barristers2010
Elected MemberRoger Traynor Honor Society2010
National Trial CompetitionRegional Champion2010
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Criminal Defense AttorneyLaw Offices of David R. Wiksell2014 - Present
Criminal Defense AttorneyBalcom & Associates2012 - 2014
Adjunct Professor/Mock Trial CoachMcGeorge School Of Law, University Of The Pacific2011 - 2013
AttorneyDesmond, Nolan, Livaich & Cunningham2011 - 2012
Certified Student AttorneyOffice of the Federal Public Defender, Eastern District of California2009 - 2010
Certified Student AttorneyBalcom & Associates2008 - 2010
Association namePosition nameDuration
Sacramento County Bar AssociationN/A2011 - Present
Order of the CoifElected Member2010 - Present
Order of BarristersElected Member2010 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
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Publication nameTitleDate
McGeorge Law ReviewChapter 119: Bump Keys Break into the Penal Code2009
McGeorge Law ReviewChapter 49: No Jail for Victims of Domestic Violence2009
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
McGeorge School of Law, University of the PacificLawJD - Juris Doctor2010
University of California - Santa BarbaraLaw & SocietyBA - Bachelor of Arts2007