Thomas J. Warwick, Jr.

Criminal Defense Attorney

Thomas J. Warwick, Jr. is a founding member of Grimes & Warwick. He has over thirty years of criminal defense experience and has represented hundreds of clients facing criminal charges in both state and federal courts. Mr. Warwick graduated from Boston College and the University of San Diego, School of Law.


  • Best Lawyers in America, 2007-Present
  • San Diego Best Lawyers, Multiple Year Award
  • Martindale Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, 1989-2009
  • San Diego Magazine Best Lawyers, Multiple Year Award
  • San Diego Super Lawyers Award, 2007-Present
  • Top 50 San Diego Super Lawyers Award, 2007
  • The Daily Transcript, One of San Diego’s Top Attorneys, 2005-Present
  • San Diego Press Award, First Place President’s Column, 2004
  • San Diego Magazine’s 50 People to Watch, 2004
  • San Diego Superior Court’s Special Commendation for Outstanding Service as San Diego County Bar President, 2004
  • Criminal Defense Bar Association, Special Award, 2003
  • San Diego Municipal Court – Outstanding Service Award, 1999
  • In recognition and appreciation of outstanding service to the San Diego Municipal Court and citizens of San Diego 1972-1998
  • Consumer Attorneys of San Diego Recognition Award, 1998
  • San Diego Aids Clinic Appreciation for Over 5 Years Pro Bono Legal Work, 1996
  • Founding Member, National College for DUI Defense, Harvard Law School, 1995-Present
  • Criminal Defense Bar Association of San Diego’s Director’s Award, 2008
  • Special Director’s Award, 2005

Outstanding Trial Lawyer Awards

  • San Diego Lawyers Association, Outstanding Trial Lawyer Award – 1978, 1993, 2004
  • San Diego Trial Lawyers Association, Trial Lawyer of the Year – 1992

Elected and Appointed Offices (highlights)

  • Judicial Council of California (Term: September 2001-September 2004)
  • Bench-Bar Coalition (Co-Chair 2008-Present)
  • Criminal Justice Roll of Honor Committee (2007-Present)
  • Judicial Council of California Integrity Task Force (Term: 2007-Present)
  • Judicial Council Court Facilities Transitional Task Force (Term: October 2004-June 2007)
  • San Diego County Bar Association
    • Board of Directors 1986-1988, 1990-1992, and 2001-Present
  • State Bar of California
    • Board of Governors 1997-2000
  • San Diego Trial Lawyers Association/Consumer Attorneys of San Diego
    • Board of Directors 1985-2000
  • San Diego County Barristers Club
    • Board of Directors 1979-1980
  • Appellate Defenders, Federal Defenders, and Defenders, Inc.
    • President 1997, 1998
    • Member 1986-Present
  • Legal Aid Society
    • President 1991-1992
    • Member 1989-Present