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Best Defense Lawyer Orange County 2010 - Brian N. Gurwitz

As an Orange County prosecutor, Brian Gurwitz rose through the ranks by constantly displaying a razor-sharp intellect and a tireless work habit. Going against the county's top, high-priced defense lawyers on occasion, Gurwitz more than held his own in the contentious courtroom dramas we witnessed. A few years back, he decided to leave government service and become a defense lawyer. For some, that transition isn't smooth. But it was for Gurwitz, who nowadays honors his time as a deputy DA but can't hide the exuberance he feels owning his own private law practice. His enthusiasm shows for his clients. If most local defense lawyers pray for hung juries, Gurwitz has outright won multiple felony cases by exposing sloppy and unethical police work. Take the case of Michael Wesley Baker, who was arrested for allegedly committing residential burglary because he was standing near an open garage. He told the homeowner he was trying to find a friend's home because his car had broken down nearby. Early this year, two deputies testified they hadn't bothered to check out Baker's claim. After Gurwitz discovered the officers had indeed confirmed Baker's car problems—a fact eventually revealed by a patrol-car video-camera recording—prosectors swiftly dropped all charges.

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sijamesmon
sijamesmon

There are any number of disputes and grievances that can come up in the course of life. Accidents tend to arise most often, in my experience. Someone always seems to be acting irresponsibly and causing an accident. Is that negligence criminal? Well, that's where the attorneys come in. Sometimes the person who was wronged can be vindicated, sometimes not. It all depends on the skill of the attorney and the particulars of the situation.

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jameslisbon3434
jameslisbon3434

It is interesting to see that there are people out there who can help with criminal defense and things like that.   I can imagine that it could be somewhat of a service to those who may not be able to get a lawyer.   However, it is probably something that would require some research before going into it.  http://www.northfieldlegal.com 

jasonshwartz1224
jasonshwartz1224

Being able to have someone that is able to support you really is important when you need to be represented. That is what I feel like at least. Something that really seems important is a lawyer that can defend someone that is being charged with a DUI. That is something that really can ruin lives. Thank you for sharing this information. http://duiattorneyyorkpa.com 

emilysmith47876
emilysmith47876

Does anyone know this lawyers contact information? My son was blamed for shoplifting in a store and now the store is demanding that he go to prison. I need a defense lawyer to help him. I would really appreciate it if someone gave me this lawyers information.
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caaseyboostjones
caaseyboostjones topcommenter

It is really awesome seeing defense lawyers work that are talented at their job.  I think being a criminal lawyer would be really interesting.  Being able to use your mind creatively and decisively like that would be a lot of fun.

http://www.wojickcriminaldefencelawyer.ca/en/ 

jaxwillis23
jaxwillis23

It's definitely important to do everything you can to get the best help available when you're going through a legal case. I don't know anything about legal procedure, or what to do to win a court case. I'm also pretty sure that the majority of people wouldn't know either. Hiring the best lawyer possible to help you is definitely a good way to go when it comes to this.

http://www.michaelgoodmanlaw.com/criminal-  defense-attorney-rockwall/dwi-attorney-rockwall/ 

jwaynebest
jwaynebest

There are definitely very difficult criminal cases out there. It seems to me that a good lawyer have to be really skilled in his profession to do well. I wonder if they are able to manage every case with the stamina that it's needed. I suppose, they are well prepared for every legal case. 

http://davidsonlawcenter.com/criminal-law.html


jaxwillis23
jaxwillis23

It can be really difficult to have to face any type of legal case. It is so much worse though when you're the defendant in a case. Prosecutors will rarely go to trial if they don't think that they will win. If you don't have a good lawyer to fight for you, you'll likely be found guilty, whether you are or not. It only makes sense to get the help available to you.

http://www.carterputnam.com/personal-injury/drunk-driving-accidents/ 

gotoDUItrial
gotoDUItrial

I don't know Brian Gurwitz personally, but I know "exposing sloppy and unethical police work" is the job of every criminal & DUI defense lawyer in Orange County (and in California... and in the US for that matter). While getting your clients charges dropped for "sloppy police work" looks good on paper, there is a lot more that goes into being a great lawyer; that's everything from the amount of research you do, how well you treat you DUI clients, you trial skill, how well you treat your employees(it makes a difference), your skill at delegating effectively, your attitude, and one of the more important ones... being ethical. http://gototrial.com/recent-victories

victor
victor

This guy is impateint when client walked in.

Whereissara
Whereissara

I wonder id Brian is representing Michael Wesley Baker in his Attempted Murder Charge that he is sitting in jail for in Northern California?? He ALLEGEDLY stabbed his "Domestic Partner." Getting sloopy Mike!

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Sara
Sara

Oh, and BTW: Those charges that Brian got Michael Baker "off" on....those were not the SAME burglery charges that Baker pled GUILTY to in July '09 were they? (Those burglery charges were for Burglary ; second degree, commercial structure) This is a matter of public record. Maybe more research should be done before you award your 2010 Defense Lawyer Award! LOL! What a Joke!

Sara
Sara

Well, We ALL know that Scott Moxley wrote this......he's friends with Brian, that's evident in his "hero worship" of this LOSER Brian Gurwitz!

Steven
Steven

You nailed it OC WatchOUT. Brian is the best attorney – perhaps in the whole state. You suggested that he should be presiding judge. I agree And after that maybe President of the United States…or at least an ambassador. I’m so sick of all these jealous attorneys out there. Brian is smarter than the rest and he just proved it. He knows nobody gets named best attorney based upon doing one trial…unless they cultivate a close friendship with a reporter who’s susceptible to being conned. Brian worked the friendship for a decade and it paid off BiG TIME. OCWatchOUT… I noticed you on the Spitzer blog. Sounds like you got kicked to the curb by the DA too. If you’re an attorney, maybe you three could start a firm some day: Gurwitz, Spitzer and OCWatchOUT. Not a bad ring to it.

OC WatchOut
OC WatchOut

I have been thinking about the snotty little comments above for a few days now, and they seem born of jealousy rather than fact.

Truth is, Brian Gurwitz is BRILLIANT and thoughtful, well researched and articulate....and all that counteracts what the above state are possibly substandard trial skills....

So the only logical conclusion remains for someone with the skills and credentials of Gurwitz, we run him for Judge, and watch him become Presiding Judge one day.

You are a class act, Brian, ethical, moral, and just, and I will support you all I can, as will my friends and associates.

John
John

Brian Gurwitz?? Is this a super early April Fool's Joke? Has the Weekly become the Orange County Onion? The OC Weekly should cough up the name of one judge, prosecutor or defense attorney who described Gurwitz as the best criminal attorney in the county. Of course, that’s kind of a silly request because the writer obviously only spoke to one person before making the selection: Brian Gurwitz. This guy’s probably not in anyone’s top 100. There’s something very fishy going on here.

Peter Pander
Peter Pander

I wonder who was the ghost author for this fine bit of analysis. Could it have been that crack investigative reporter Scott Moxley?The best defense attorney in Orange County? It would be laughable if it weren’t so absurd. Perhaps a bit of history is in order. While in the DA’s office , Gurwitz never hid his disdain for criminal defendants. In fact Gurwitz took a leave of absence to fight Proposition 66, which was an effort to make the Three Strikes Law less draconian. Luckily for the defense, Gurwitz’s infamously annoying personality never translated particularly well in trial. Therefore, it was hardly a surprise that his foray into civil litigation quickly failed, nor that the D.A.’s office rejected his pleas to get his job back.Needing to make a living, though, Gurwitz decided defendants really weren’t so bad. After two years, Gurwitz apparently completed one jury trial (with the help of a second attorney) and had one case dismissed. Pretty impressive…to Moxley. But then again Moxley has always had a soft spot for his former mole in the D.A’s office.I guess I can only hope that if Mr. Moxley ever needs a criminal defense attorney, he’ll call his old buddy. Now that would be justice.

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