Our Mission

To zealously protect and defend the rights of our clients through compassionate and inspired legal representation of the highest quality, in pursuit of a fair and unbiased system of justice for all

Our Model: Holistic Defense

What is Holistic Defense?

Client-centered criminal defense enhanced by wrap-around services that seek to address the collateral consequences related to a criminal case.

These include:

  • Mental health and drug treatment
  • Immigration consequences
  • Employment
  • Housing
  • Post-conviction relief
  • Record remedies
  • And more
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Our Team

We are over 100 lawyers, 40 support staff, 19 investigators, 5 social workers and many more, devoted to serving our clients.

Our lawyers are passionate public defenders from diverse backgrounds who have attended some of the finest law schools in the nation, including Harvard, Stanford, UC Berkeley, NYU, UCLA, Georgetown and more.

Our staff is passionate about defending our clients.

The entire team is led by Alameda County Public Defender Brendon D. Woods. Click here to learn more about the Public Defender.

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