San Diego Criminal Defense Attorney Dana Grimes is the 2017 Trial Lawyer of the Year, an honor awarded by the San Diego Criminal Defense Bar Association (CDBA). She 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 tried jury trials in state court and in federal court including murder, wire fraud, conspiracy to commit foreign exchange fraud, conspiracy to import a controlled substance, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, and many others. 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 and the Southern District of New York (Manhattan). She served the indigent criminal defense community on the Criminal Justice Act panel for felony appointments in Federal Court from 2012 through 2016.
In 2017, Dana received the Trial Lawyer of the Year from the Criminal Defense Bar Association of San Diego. In 2016, she was awarded an Outstanding Trial Lawyer Trial Lawyer award, by the Consumer Attorney of San Diego (CASD), for an acquittal in a federal 26 co-defendant multi-million dollar mortgage fraud jury trial. In 2013, Dana was awarded the Judge David R. Thompson award, presented to just one outstanding trial lawyer each year 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. She has been recognized by her peers for many years in SuperLawyers.
Dana is the Editor-in-Chief of Trial Bar News. She is the President Elect of Consumer Attorneys of San Diego (CASD). 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 about include Jury Voir Dire in Criminal Cases, Opening Statements, Cross Examination, and Criminal Restitution.
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.
Editor-in-Chief, Trial Bar News Magazine
President-Elect, Consumer Attorneys of San Diego (CASD)
Consumer Attorneys of San Diego (CASD), Member of Board of Directors since 2010
Lawyers Club of San Diego
Criminal Defense Bar Association
Criminal Defense Lawyers Club
William B. Enright Chapter, American Inns of Court
San Diego County Bar Association
RECOGNITION IN CRIMINAL LAW
Trial Lawyer of the Year, Criminal Defense Bar Association of San Diego, 2017
Outstanding Trial Lawyer Award for United States v. Berkenfield, Consumer Attorneys of San Diego (CASD), 2016
Judge David L Thompson Award, 2013
SuperLawyers, Criminal Defense, 2015, 2016, 2017
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