Robert L. Grimes

Criminal Defense Attorney

Areas of Practice

Bob Grimes is a criminal defense attorney who represents individuals and corporations in state and federal matters. He graduated from San Diego State University, and the University of San Diego, School of Law. He has defended hundreds of felony cases in the San Diego Superior Court and San Diego federal district court.

  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers (top 1% of trial lawyers in the United States)
  • Master, American Inns of Court, William B. Enright Chapter – President, 2000-2002
  • Past President, San Diego Trial Lawyers Associations
  • California State Bar Criminal Law Executive Committee, 2009-2013, co editor state bar criminal law e-bulletin, 2011-2014, Advisor to criminal law executive committee, 2013-2015
  • Vice-President, San Diego County Bar Association
  • Attorney Delegate, Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference of Federal Judges
  • Past president, San Diego Criminal Defense Lawyers Club


Spanish, full professional proficiency

Representative Clients

  • Federal government contractor indicted for bribery and fraud
  • Officers of lending institutions charged with federal mortgage fraud
  • Contractors facing felony criminal charges for misrepresenting payroll status of workers
  • Professional athletes charged with controlled substance violations, battery, and other felonies and misdemeanors
  • Olympic athlete charged with illegally importing steroids
  • Individuals and corporations charged with securities violations, foreign exchange fraud, violation of criminal price fixing laws, and other federal crimes
  • Elected officials and developers under investigation for criminal violations of campaign contribution laws
  • Young suburban residents accused of installing lighting and irrigation systems to grow marijuana
  • Federal Law enforcement officer charged with assault with a firearm

Bob Grimes has also defended physicians charged with improper sexual contact with female patients, violation of controlled substance laws, solicitation of murder, and many other charges.

Awards and Recognition

  • Daniel T. Broderick III Award
  • San Diego Defender Organizations E. Stanley Conant Award
  • San Diego Trial Lawyer Association Criminal Trial Lawyer of the Year Award
  • San Diego Magazine list of Best Criminal Lawyers in San Diego
  • Best Lawyers in America, top White Collar Defense Lawyers in San Diego, every year from 2002-2017
  • Has testified in the San Diego Superior Court as an expert witness on criminal law issues
  • Adjunct professor of Advanced Trial Techniques, University of San Diego School of Law
  • Super Lawyers of San Diego, Criminal Law, every edition – including 2017
  • Highest Rating, Martindale-Hubbell (AV Rating)
  • San Diego’s Top 25 Lawyers (San Diego Metropolitan Magazine)


Bob Grimes has been honored with the Daniel T. Broderick III award, presented at the Red Boudreau Trial Lawyers Dinner in 2018. This award is cosponsored by the American Board of Trial Advocates, the San Diego Defense Lawyers, the Association of Business Trial Lawyers, and the Consumer Attorneys of San Diego.


Dana Grimes and Bob Grimes have written articles for legal magazines on the defense of criminal white collar charges, crime scene investigation, evidence issues in felony trials, and other criminal law topics.