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Gurjit S. Pandher

Gurjit S. Pandher

The Nieves Law Firm: Oakland Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • Criminal Law
  • California, Washington
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Effective Criminal Defense Representation Based on Experience & Results
Gurjit Pandher is a no-nonsense criminal defense attorney at The Nieves Law Firm with over 20 years of legal experience. With that type of experience, there isn’t much that surprises Gurjit in the courtroom when defending clients. Gurjit understands the criminal defense field and has served in multiple roles in the criminal justice system, including working as a prosecutor and serving as a Pro Tempore Judge after being hand-selected by four Presiding District Court Judges. His trial experience (Over 340 cases tried by jury) has been foundational in helping him

Professional Background
Prior to starting his own firm, Gurjit S. Pandher was a litigation attorney for well-established corporate law firms including Buchalter and Yarmuth where he managed complex, multi-state cases for large clients like DirectTV. He was hand selected by multiple presiding judges for the role of Judge Pro Tempore. As a Judge in the county district court, he was able to demonstrate a deep understanding of the law which was honed in his previous roles as Chief City Prosecutor and as a defense attorney.

Education & Admissions
He earned his undergraduate degree in Political Science at the University of Washington and obtained his Juris Doctorate from Seattle University School of Law. He is an active member of the Trusts & Estates Section of the California Lawyers Association and the Wealth Counsel. He has been admitted to the state bar in several states including the State Bar of California and the Washington State Bar Association.

Education
Seattle University School of Law
J.D. (1998) | Law
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Activities: Moot Court Board
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University of Washington
B.A. (1995) | Political Science
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Professional Experience
Senior Attorney
The Nieves Law Firm
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Judge Pro Tempore
Snohomish County District Court
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Hand selected by multiple presiding judges to serve as Pro Tempore judge in four district courts. Heard and adjudicated motions, oversaw jury trials, and facilitated mediations in contentious matters. Critically analyzed legal arguments from multiple sources applying deep knowledge of the law to provide unbiased, consistent judgement of legal rights.
Managing Attorney/Founder
Pandher Law Firm, Inc.
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Established a successful law practice based 100% on referrals from former clients and judicial endorsement to the Office of Public Defense based on superior advocacy. Aggressively defended clients in 3,000 cases with nearly 350 jury trials. Creatively leveraged factual and legal issues to formulate successful resolutions across multiple jurisdictions incorporating limitations imposed by statute and the client’s expectations. Negotiated and consummated corporate contract and financial agreements.
Litigation Attorney
Buchalter
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Recommended by DIRECTV, Inc. to act as litigation attorney for California cases. Prosecuted over 80 satellite piracy cases filed in US District Courts of California for DIRECTV, Inc., the leading national provider of satellite broadcasting services. Directly managed litigation procedures, drafted case management pleadings and motions, developed and implemented discovery strategies, and negotiated settlements.
Litigation Attorney
Yarmuth, LLP
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Directed litigation of over 400 piracy cases for DIRECTV, Inc. Filed cases in US District Courts in 13 states and served as primary litigator against 18 defendants. Led investigations on nationwide Pirate Access Device dealers and users. Negotiated and drafted over 100 settlements agreements, including permanent injunctions. Supervised in-house attorneys, local counsel, and support staff to ensure timely and meticulous case preparation.
Chief City Prosecutor
City of Federal Way
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Recruited by City Attorney and asked to head the Prosecutor's office. Developed and implemented policies for the effective prosecution of over 3,600 cases annually. Steered a $1.5 million city jail budget; reduced annual jail costs by 40% while maintaining a robust trial schedule and developing and presenting police training seminars.
Assistant City Prosecutor
City of Federal Way
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Prosecuted gross and simple misdemeanors from arraignment to trial. Supervised major crime investigations through the police department. Researched and defended appeals.
Rule IX Intern
City of Federal Way
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Responsible for a full jury trial, motion and hearings docket with minimum supervision while still in law school. Work product lead to full time position and advancement.
Professional Associations
California Lawyers Association, Trusts & Estates Section
Member
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Wealth Counsel
Member
Current
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Snohomish County Bar Association
Trustee, Secretary, Vice President, President and Past President
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United States District Court, Eastern District of Washington
Member
Current
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United States District Court, Western District of Washington
Member
Current
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
California
State Bar of California
ID Number: 309027
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Washington
Washington State Bar Association
ID Number: 28242
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Fees
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Practice Area
    Criminal Law
    Drug Crimes, Expungement, Fraud, Gun Crimes, Internet Crimes, Sex Crimes, Theft, Violent Crimes
Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
  • Hindi: Spoken
  • Punjabi: Spoken
  • Urdu: Spoken
Websites & Blogs
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Oakland, CA 94607
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