Daniel Smith

San Diego Defenders
Contact: (619) 233-6900
Law School: California Western School of Law
Jurisdictions: Arizona
9th Circuit


About Daniel Smith
Practicing exclusively criminal defense since 1990. I started my career with Federal Defenders of San Diego and continued on to state criminal defense. I was admitted to the Arizona State Bar in 1992 and have handled both state and federal matters in Arizona. Our firm has four associated attorneys, all of whom practice criminal defense exclusively. We have an accomplished DUI attorney in Jon Pettis, a 37 year veteran of criminal defense in Alan Spears, and our Spanish-speaking attorney Paulo Ochoa. We pride ourselves in using the round table method to attack and defend each case.
Practice Areas
  • Criminal Law
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
9th Circuit
Professional Experience
Founder and Supervising Attorney, San Deigo Defenders
As the founder of San Diego Defenders, APC, I have had the opportunity to build a law firm from the ground up and surround myself with great lawyers. We created the to educate the public on the basics of the DUI defense. We have handled every type of case including two murder cases in 2011, several federal wiretap cases, and over 400 DUI cases since we formed.
Senior Trial Lawyer, Pacific Law Center. LLP
I was asked to come aboard as the Federal trial lawyer in a large law firm setting. I was then asked to supervise the SouthBay Division of the law firm and the federal cases.
Trial Attorney, Law Offices of Daniel M. Smith
As a solo practitioner, I encountered the challenges of marketing a successful law office and how to deal with state cases in all jurisdictions.
Trial Lawyer, Federal Defenders of San Diego
A great organization to learn the art of criminal defense in the federal courts. This was a wonderful learning experience and I am forever grateful to have been a part of Federal Defenders.
California Western School of LawJ.D.Criminal Law
Honors: American Jurisprudence Award - Trial Practice
Activities: WestLaw Trainer for entire school. Gafford Mock Trial Competition Advanced Criminal Procedure
Details: Advanced Criminal Procedure involved filing an appeal on a criminal case which resulted in the only published opinion of any of the class members.
Arizona State UniversityB.S.Economics
Honors: Economics Honors Society
Activities: Intramurals, Skiing, and Triathelons
Details: Wonderful School and Campus. Go Sun Devils!
Trial Practice, American Jurisprudence Award
Outstanding achievement for booking the Trial Practice class taught by then Presiding Judge, the Honorable Arthur Jones.
Professional Associations
Member, Arizona State Bar
Memeber, California DUI Lawyers
Member, Justia
Member, California Attorneys for Criminal Justice
Member, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers


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San Diego Defenders, APC
585 Third Avenue
Chula Vista, CA 91910
Telephone: (619) 233-6900