Jesse J. Garcia

For the past 42 years, Jesse Garcia has been a criminal defense attorney practicing in both state and federal courts throughout California, and the West Coast. During law school, Mr. Garcia clerked in the office of the San Francisco Neighborhood Legal Assistance Foundation's Mission District Office. After graduating from the University of San Francisco School of Law in 1974, he received a Regional Herbert Smith Fellowship and practiced law with Legal Services in the San Joaquin Valley. He then joined the Alameda County Public Defenders Office in 1975. In 1981, Mr. Garcia moved into private practice and formed a partnership focusing exclusively on criminal defense. He has represented defendants charged with  every crime imaginable including murder, vehicular homicide, all drug offenses, sex crimes, and violent crimes of all types. Since entering private practice Mr. Garcia has had the opportunity to develop an expertise in white collar crimes, including software piracy and commercial fraud of all types.

 Mr. Garcia approaches each of his cases as a unique problem and fashions his defense based on each cases special characteristics. When dealing with crimes involving allegations of domestic  violence or sexual  assault Jesse Garcia aggressively defends his clients. In his juvenile practice Jesse Garcia maintains those same high standards with an eye toward restorative justice, and rehabilitation. His large practice draws from many diverse communities. Mr. Garcia has represented clients with identifiable gang affiliations. 

The diversity of cases has taken Jesse Garcia into federal courts throughout California and the Pacific Northwest and into state courts throughout Northern, Central, and Southern California.In almost 40 years of practice on the west coast Jesse Garcia has achieved consistent success

Areas of Practice

  • Criminal Defense 100%

Bar Admissions

  • California, 1974
  • Hawaii, 1979


  • University of San Francisco School of Law, San Francisco, California
    • Honors: Regional Herbert Smith Fellowship

Honors and Awards

  • Reginald Heber Smith Community Law Fellow, 1974 – Present
  • Super Lawyers of Northern California, 2010 – Present
  • Super Lawyers of Northern California, 2011 – Present

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • California Attorneys for Criminal Justice
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Alameda County Bar Association

Past Employment Positions

  • San Francisco Neighborhood Legal Assistance Foundation's Mission District Office, Clerk, 1972 to 1974
  • San Joaquin County Legal Aid Society, Staff Attorney, 1974 to 1975
  • Alameda County Public Defender's Office, Assistant Public Defender, 1975 to 1980


  • English
  • Spanish