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Tahj Emmanuel Gomes

DUI and DWI Attorney at Chico, CA

5.0   12 reviews

also known as Tahj Gomes

  • Licensed for 24 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1999
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Tahj

Learn Tahj’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. DUI and DWI
    50%

    8 years, 200 cases

  2. Criminal defense
    25%
    Criminal defense practice since 2011, including felonies, misdemeanors, violent crimes, domestic violence, burglary, battery, etc. Includes one full year as contract attorney for a busy public defender, and multiple jury and bench trials.

  3. Litigation
    10%
    Civil Litigation practice involving complex litigation, including but not limited to 12 years of medical malpractice cases.

    24 years, 200 cases

  4. Appeals
    3%
    Long standing appellate practice has included appeals in appellate department of county superior courts, California intermediate courts of appeal, and Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

    24 years, 8 cases

  5. Contracts and agreements
    3%
    Excellent drafting skills & experience. Agreements include memoranda of understanding, business contracts, distribution agreements, web site agreements, non disclosure agreements, privacy policies, settlements, government contracts, and many others.

    24 years, 200 cases

  6. Domestic violence
    3%
    DV and DVTRO cases

  7. Expungement
    3%
    Expungements

  8. Violent crime
    3%
    Violent crimes

Mr. Gomes was raised in Siskiyou County, California.  He graduated from California State University, Chico with a degree in Political Science in 1996, and obtained his Juris Doctorate and certificates in Public Interest and High Technology Law from Santa Clara University School of Law in 1999. During law school he interned in and directed the Consumer Law Program at the East San Jose Community Law Center, worked in the legal department at Computer Curriculum Corporation, and externed for the Hon. Patricia V. Trumbull at the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, in San Jose. After law school Mr. Gomes worked for three years at Bergeson & Eliopoulos in downtown San Jose, where he specialized in business and intellectual property litigation and licensing. During this time he also taught High Tech Moot Court classes at Santa Clara University School of Law and served on the advisory boards for the law school's High Tech Law Program and the East San Jose Community Law Center. In late 2002 he returned to Chico and joined the Law Office of Michael T. Shepherd, where he practiced insurance defense, personal injury, and general civil litigation before joining Washington and Heithecker in September of 2004.

Mr. Gomes left Washington & Heithecker and started his own law firm in May of 2016, focusing on criminal defense of felony and misdemeanor cases pursuant to a subcontract with a local (contract) Public Defender, along with civil litigation and some family law (which he had been doing for several years prior).  He appeared weekly on the Public Defender felony calendar in Butte County for one year, during which he tried both jury and bench trials, and represented hundreds of clients.  During the same time period - and through the prewsnt - he was also Special Counsel for the Butte County Public Guardian, Public Administrator, and Behavioral Health, handling LPS and Probate Conservatorships, Capacity Hearings, Habeas  Corpus hearings, and 5150 hearings, among others.

In May of 2017 Mr. Gomes started handling DUI and Criminal Defense cases through the Law Office of John Joseph ("Joe") VanDervoot, a local Criminal Defesne and DUI lawyer of long standing who is known as the "DUI KING."  Mr. Gomes continues to maintain his own office, however, and handles civil litigation and some family law matters.  He may be contacted through either office.

Mr. Gomes' law practice presently includes DUI and Criminal Defense, Personal Injury and general Civil Litigation, and some business litigation and contract drafting, in addition to Conservatorship hearings and related matters.

Mr. Gomes is admitted to practice in the U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Eastern Districts of California, and the U.S. Court of Appeal, for the Ninth Circuit. He is a member of the State Bar of California, the Butte County Bar Association, and others.  He is ranked 10.0 out of 10.0 (“Superb”) by the Avvo Lawyer Ranking System, and was selected as one of The Top 1% Trial Counsel for Medical Malpractice – 2012 by , an independent website that is “dedicated to educating the public about their rights and role in medical malpractice litigation.”

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Mr. Gomes is proud to have been selected as one of "The Top 1% Trial Counsel for Medical Malpractice - 2012" by Medical Malpractice Lawyers' independant objectively administered  multi-phase attorney and expert witness rating system.

Location

Law Office Of Tahj Gomes
315 Wall Street, Suite 2
Chico, CA, 95928

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Reviews

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Posted by Jericka Elaina | March 16, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Mr. Gomes goes above and beyond for you.
Not Once but Twice this man has went to bats for me and won. The second time he wasn’t even appointed to me and I had came to him and he still took me on with ZERO hesitation. Mr. Gomes goes above and beyond for ALL his clients. His assistant Simone is just a blessing as Mr. Gomes is in providing the best possible outcome for you and your family. He is understanding, caring and very knowledgeable. Mr. Gomes has never waisted my time or came unprepared. I can’t thank that man enough for the service he provided for me. He takes pride in what he does and loves his job. From the bottom of my heart Thank you Mr. Gomes. Hats off to you,,. If there is a negative review for Mr. Gomes it’s because they fell through and NOT Tahj Gomes. If your a potential client reading this I urge you to have Mr. Gomes represent you for your own future. Stay on top of your case and believe in Mr. Gomes and he will get you the best outcome you can receive.
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Posted by Linda | September 2, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Exceptional
Mr Gomes recently represented me in two old cases. I was so pleased to speak with an attorney who was open, personable and funny. I was even more pleased with the resolution of my cases. Mr. Gomes skillfully worked with the Court, the D.A. and the Judge in securing the best possible outcome. In my opinion, anyone in any situation would be well served in choosing Mr. Gomes to represent them. He is skillful, expedience and in a word, exceptional.
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Posted by Deana | April 11, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
DUI case
Thanks for doing awesome job and being so considerate and taking the time always return my calls and answering all my questions and concerns and i truly appreciate all your work and time you put in on my case thank you so very much anyone thst needs snd attorney i will definitely be recomending you
Posted by anonymous | November 17, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
He went above and beyond
If you want an ethical down to earth attorney that fights for what's right; you have hired the right one. He went above and beyond to do the right thing for me in a trying time, not only was he always prompt on our appointments he led me into the right direction at all times. He works on ethics and that comes far and few these days!!! You want a fighter for what's right.. hire him
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Posted by anonymous | November 3, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Awesome Job
I hired a law firm to handle an issue for me in which Tahj was assigned to my case. He was extremely helpful , knowledgeable and attentive to my needs. Any time I needed to speak with him he was available or returned my call in a timely fashion. He also settled my case( I call him ,” The Closer”) I would highly recommend him to anyone needing representation. He seems to have a passion for what he does and that is a quality that made me feel confident that I was in good hands. Dave B
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Posted by Bryan | October 31, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best attorney we could have asked for
My wife’s case has been one of the most difficult cases I’ve ever seen or experienced, as a husband and step dad it was hard for me because there was nothing I could do to help my family, when Tahj came into the picture he came into a complete disaster, my wife and I had lost our faith and he helped restore not only our case, but also our faith. He listened to us and he was there for us not matter what day or time it was. He was truly a blessing! He is very knowledgeable, credible, and fights for you. He went up against the so called “Best” and came out on top for my family and I. If you want the best, or someone who will stand up to a Giant for you, this is the attorney for you. He came into this mess a stranger, but came out our friend and family. Words can’t even describe how much he means to us, he never gave up no matter how bad or how hard things got. Thank you Tahj!!!
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Posted by Cathryn King | November 2, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
An honest, compassionate lawyer. Who knew
Tahj has been handling an ongoing case for me for about two years. (Not his fault). He is a truly caring person who puts his heart and soul into it. From the moment I first became involved with Mr. Gomes, I felt like I had a real advocate on my side. He listens, he is accessible, he thinks quick on his feet and he NEVER gives up or let's you think your case doesn't matter, no matter how small the details. I would highly recommend Tahj Gomes to ANY ONE looking for a good lawyer who they can trust and know he will be a straight shooter with you. He is truly one of the good guys and doesn't let that stop him from fighting the good fight for you. Thanks, Tahj, for all your attention to this case.
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Posted by Jori | August 7, 2013
"Tahj Gomes is a stellar attorney"
Tahj Gomes is a stellar attorney, and even more so, a stellar human being. He came to us highly recommended by a seasoned Chico attorney, and rightly so. Tahj became our Atticus Finch (the illustrious attorney in "To Kill A Mockingbird"), our man of intelligence, ethics, integrity, compassion, and heart. We felt protected and safe with Tahj. He fought against all odds in a seemingly doomed battle, and still won. I remember thinking "Even if we don't win (and winning was paramount because our lives hinged on the outcome), Tahj will always be our hero." He has heart, and went the distance for us. He truly cared. If you need an attorney you will trust, please call Tahj. He will make your day ... and your case.
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Posted by Shel | January 28, 2013
The total package, offering expertise AND accessibility
When our family was in crisis mode and scared for our son's safety, Tahj was there to help. From the start, he brought to the table not just a depth of legal experience and know-how, but also his humanity and accessibility. In a client/provider relationship that's stereotypically stiff and clipped, Tahj's naturally warm personality broke the mold and made the hard stuff easier -- not just for our family, but for our frightened witnesses making declarations, too. It's not an overstatement to say he went above and beyond at every step of the way. Best of all, starting at ground zero, he built our case to win. He proved deft in negotiating a quick settlement with opposing counsel that met our needs and secured our son's safety without dragging out to trial. We just can't recommend him highly enough, he was that potently on our side.
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Response from Tahj Gomes February 12, 2013
"This testimonial or endorsement does not constitute a guarantee, warranty, or prediction regarding the outcome of your legal matter."
Posted by michael and christina | September 17, 2012
Ethical, Honest and Tenacious!!
Mr. Gomes handled our case with professionalism and integrity . He was honest and informative throughout the entire experience. He was understanding and patient as he navigated us through the litigation process. He was a wonderful support and provided us with strong guidance to make informed decisions. He was a great listener and was able to retain the details of our case and effectively communicate our concerns and desires to the other attorney's involved. We couldn't be more pleased with Mr. Gomes or his firm; Washington and Heithdecker, from the partners down to the paralegals and assistants. They were all well informed and professional. This was actually the second time that we worked with Mr. Gomes. Aprox. 8 years ago he created a non-disclosure/confidentiality agreement for our company that is still current and in effect today. Mr. Gomes is absolutely honest and ethical to the letter of the law while still being a tenacious fighter on our behalf. We are very pleased and honored to have worked with him. We have recommended Mr. Gomes and his firm many times and will absolutely continue to do so.
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Response from Tahj Gomes February 12, 2013
"This testimonial or endorsement does not constitute a guarantee, warranty, or prediction regarding the outcome of your legal matter."
Posted by Joey | April 25, 2012
Hard working Go-getter!!
I was just in a PI case and Gomes did an excellent job. Also we were able to settle out of court! :)
Response from Tahj Gomes February 12, 2013
"this testimonial or endorsement does not constitute a guarantee, warranty, or prediction regarding the outcome of your legal matter."
Posted by Susan | March 6, 2011
Property line issue
Tahj is very attentive to details. His writing is concise, to the point and very understandable. From the beginning he understood our case with ease and made several trips to the site to make sure he understood. Tahj spent a lot of preparation time and made sure we understood each other as to the details of the case. He was well prepared at depositions and in the courtroom when questioning defendants.
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Response from Tahj Gomes February 12, 2013
"this testimonial or endorsement does not constitute a guarantee, warranty, or prediction regarding the outcome of your legal matter."
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 180-300 per hour
  • Contingency 33%-40%
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Law Office of John Joseph VanDervoort
  • 2017 - Present
  • Principal
  • Law Office Of Tahj Gomes
  • 2016 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Washington & Heithecker, Chico, CA
  • 2004 - Present
  • Adjunct Professor
  • California State University, Chico
  • 2006 - 2007
  • Attorney
  • Law Offices of Michael T. Shepherd, Chico, CA
  • 2002 - 2004
  • Adjunct Professor
  • Santa Clara University School of Law, Santa Clara, CA
  • 2000 - 2002
  • Attorney
  • Bergeson & Eliopoulos, LLP, San Jose, CA
  • 1999 - 2002
  • Contract Administrator
  • Computer Curriculum Corporation, San Jose, CA
  • 1999 - 1999
  • Judicial Extern
  • United States District Court, Northern District, San Jose, CA
  • 1998 - 1998
  • High Technology Law Coordinator
  • Santa Clara University School of Law High Technology Law Institute
  • 1998 - 1998
  • Legal Intern
  • Peninsula IP Group, Morgan Hill, CA
  • 1998 - 1998
  • Legal Intern
  • Computer Curriculum Corporation, Sunnyvale, CA
  • 1998 - 1998
  • Student Director - Consumer Law Program
  • East San Jose Community Law Center
  • 1997 - 1998
  • Intern
  • East San Jose Community Law Center
  • 1996 - 1997
  • Director
  • Chico Community Legal Information Center, Chico, CA
  • 1995 - 1996
  • Intern
  • Chico Community Legal Information Center, Chico, CA
  • 1994 - 1995
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Education

  • Santa Clara University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1999
  • California State University, Chico
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1996
  • Butte Community College
  • Transfer Degree
  • 1993

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Green v. Morston
  • Permanent (3 year) injunction granted client.
  • Molen v. County of Butte
  • Demurrer sustained with prejudice.
  • Bray v. County of Butte
  • Demurrer sustained with prejudice
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Associations

  • Weyka Heritage Trust
  • Secretary
  • 2012 - Present
  • State Bar of California, Litigation Section
  • Executive Committee
  • 2011 - Present
  • Diamond Distillery, Chico California
  • Member, Blue Ribbon Tasting Panel
  • 2011 - Present
  • State Bar of California, Litigation Section
  • Executive Committee, Legislation & Rules Subcommittee
  • 2011 - Present
  • Association of Defense Counsel
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • Butte County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • CSU Chico Annual Moot Court Competition
  • Moot Court Judge
  • 2003 - Present
  • Golden Key International Honor Society
  • Member
  • 1996 - Present
  • Pi Sigma Alpha - The Political Science National Honor Society
  • Charter Member of Chico Chapter
  • 1995 - Present
  • San Jose Preservation Action Committee - Continuity Magazine
  • Technical Support
  • 1999 - 2002
  • East San Jose Community Law Center Advisory Board
  • Board Member
  • 1998 - 2002
  • Santa Clara University High Technology Law Institute Advisory Board
  • Board Member
  • 1998 - 2002
  • La Raza and Native American Law Students Association
  • Vice President
  • 1997 - 1998
  • National High School Mock Trial
  • Moot Court Judge
  • 1994 - 2009
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top 1% Trial Counsel for Medical Malpractice – 2012
  • Medical Malpractice Lawyers
  • 2012
  • High Technology Law Certificate
  • Santa Clara University School of Law High Technology Law Institute
  • 1999
  • Public Interest and Social Justice Law Certificate
  • Santa Clara University School of Law Center For Social Justice and Public Service
  • 1999
  • Second Place Team - Western Region
  • Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Competition
  • 1999
  • Pro Bono Award
  • Santa Clara County Bar Association
  • 1999
  • Pro Bono Award
  • Santa Clara County Bar Association
  • 1998
  • Pro Bono Award
  • Santa Clara County Bar Association
  • 1997
  • Legal Writing Award
  • Santa Clara University School of Law
  • 1997
  • Public Law Community Service Award
  • California State University, Chico Public Law Program
  • 1996
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Speaking Engagements

  • Trial and Appellate Advocacy - POLS 491G
  • Rules For Oral Argument
  • 2011

Attorney endorsements

Received (16)
Given (34)
Endorse Tahj
Litigation Attorney | Jul 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Tahj Gomes is an expert defense attorney that is a scholar on many finer points of law. He is one of most sincere and genuine lawyers I know and he goes above and beyond to win his client’s case."
Litigation Attorney | Feb 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Litigation Attorney | Apr 30
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have had the pleasure of working with Tahj in multiple settings. As opposing counsel in a matter, Tahj was intelligent and aggressive in representing his client in court and during settlement negotiation. I also represented a former client of Tahj's regarding enforcement issues and was impressed with the precision and thoroughness of the settlement agreement that he drafted. His attention to detail created all-around protection for his client."
Litigation Attorney | Mar 03
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Gomes has a great reputation within the local legal community and deservedly so. He is incredibly knowledgeable and more than willing to share his valuable insight with others."
Litigation Attorney | Nov 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Gomes is a sincere attorney whose Avvo answers are consistently accurate, analytic and customized to the needs of the Avvo askers. These are precisely the qualities a client would be looking for in hiring an attorney."
Personal injury Attorney | May 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have worked on a number of cases with Mr. Gomes over the last 10+ years. He is a zealous advocate for his clients and an excellent attorney. He is an experienced litigator and I have no questions about his skills and professionalism. He does his clients and the profession proud!"
Litigation Attorney | Aug 24
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Litigation Attorney | Apr 11
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have known Mr. Gomes for over 10 years and strongly endorse him. He is a great lawyer, with outstanding written and verbal skills."
Personal injury Attorney | Apr 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I've known Mr. Gomes for several years and have had the opportunity to observe his talents as a lawyer. Mr. Gomes is very thorough and detail oriented. He has a strong foundation in both procedural and substantive law and is dedicated to vigorously advocating for his client. You will receive competent and effective representation should you hire him. I endorse Mr. Gomes."
Litigation Attorney | Apr 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I am proud to have Tahj as a fellow alum of Santa Clara School of Law and member of the Chico legal community. His knowledge of the law is vast, authoritative, and shared generously. Clients should feel confident knowing they are in good hands with Tahj handling their case."
Litigation Attorney | Apr 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Tahj for about two years. He is very knowledgeable and professional. You are in good hands if you haveTahj as your attorney on any matter whether it is civil, family, or criminal."
Business Attorney | Mar 15
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"Tahj was an associate at my former law firm in San Jose for several years in the early 2000s, where our practice involved business and intellectual property litigation. He is a terrific lawyer. He's very bright, technology-savvy, personable and hard-working. I wholeheartedly endorse him."
Litigation Attorney | Mar 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Tahj Gomes since 1999. He is fearless, prepared and knowledgeable in the law and politics of the Butte County area. I endorse him on ANY: Criminal, DUI/DMV or civil matter of any kind. Joe Vandervoort www.duiking.com"
Litigation Attorney | Mar 11
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Mr. Gomes for many years and have been in many cases with him. I believe he is an excellent lawyer with great writing and communication skills."
Litigation Attorney | Mar 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Tahj Gomes is well-known locally as a knowledgeable and skilled attorney. In addition, he is friendly, thoughtful, and easy to communicate with. His credentials and experience confirm that he is a lawyer with superior analytical ability. Overall, Tahj is a great choice if you are looking for an effective litigation practitioner."
Litigation Attorney | Mar 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Gomes is reliable and resourceful."
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