Dana M. Grimes

Dana Grimes, San Diego Criminal Defense Attorney

Criminal Defense Attorney
Telephone: (619) 232-9700
Email: dana@gwdefense.com


San Diego Criminal Defense Attorney Dana Grimes is a graduate of University of San Diego, School of Law (2007). She received her undergraduate degree from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2004, where she analyzed hate crimes at the Los Angeles Police Department as a UCLA research assistant. Dana was an intern for the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office in 2006. She is a black belt in Tae Kwon Do.

Dana has been admitted to practice law in the following courts: California Supreme Court; United States District Court, Southern District of California; and the California Superior Courts.

Dana has tried jury trials in state court and in federal court, including wire fraud, conspiracy to commit foreign exchange fraud, conspiracy to import a controlled substance, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, and murder. She has also made hundreds of other court appearances on felonies and misdemeanors, in the San Diego Superior Court and the U.S. Federal District Court for the Southern District of California. She was named to the Criminal Justice Act panel for felony appointments in Federal Court from 2012 through 2016. In 2013, Dana was awarded the Judge David R. Thompson New Lawyer award, presented to just one outstanding young trial lawyer each year, and presented at the Red Boudreau dinner, sponsored the major trial lawyer organizations of San Diego County, for her dedication to the legal community and her commitment to the administration of justice. Dana was again commended, this time as one of SuperLawyers 2015 Rising Stars.    In 2016 she was awarded the award for outstanding Criminal Trial Lawyer, by the Consumer Attorney of San Diego.

In 2017, Dana received the award for Trial Lawyer of the Year from the Criminal Defense Bar Association of San Diego.

In addition to writing articles on criminal law for the education of other Lawyers, Dana makes presentations to other lawyers on criminal law at legal seminars.  The topics that she has spoken on include Jury Voir Dire in Criminal Cases, Opening Statements, and Criminal Restitution


San Diego County Bar Association
Trial Bar News, Editor-in-Chief
Consumer Attorneys of San Diego  Board of Directors, Treasurer – 2010-2016, President, 2017
Lawyers Club of San Diego (Social Outreach Committee Member)
Criminal Defense Bar Association
Criminal Defense Lawyers Club
William B. Enright Chapter, American Inns of Court


Trial Lawyer of the Year, Criminal Defense Bar Association of San Diego, 2017

Outstanding Criminal Trial Lawyer, 2016, Consumer Attorneys of San Diego

Judge David L Thompson New Attorney Award, 2013

SuperLawyers Rising Star, 2015

SuperLawyers, Criminal Defense, 2015, 2016, 2017