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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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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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