Firm Overview

We are dedicated to preserving our client's rights and keeping their records clean. Our goal is always dismissal of all charges. We only handle criminal defense cases - and that gives us an expertise beyond other firms.

Summit Defense was founded eight years ago by a group of attorneys who combined their expertise to become more effective at winning cases. Attorneys include two former Defense Attorneys, a former police officer, and graduates of top schools including Harvard.Example casesAttempted murder of police officer - not guilty - San Francisco, California.

$53 million Ponzi Scheme - negotiated surrender/plea agreement - U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, San Francisco.
Main Office

San Jose
2570 N. 1st Street, 2nd Floor
San Jose  CA  95131

  • (800) 929-0451
  • (510) 439-2855


Free Initial Consultation?

Yes, free consultations are available in our offices, by phone, or in-home by request.

Services Offered For Fixed Fees?

We offer flat fees and payment plans. Credit and debit cards are acceptable forms of payment.

Hourly Rates

We do not charge by the hour; rather, we charge an upfront fee with no surprises.

Office Information

Office Hours

Monday through Friday
8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Weekend and after hours appointments by request.

Office Manager

Assistant - Margaret Buckley.

Emergency After Hours


Languages Spoken

Spanish, Farsi

Other Offices

  • Summit Defense Attorneys
    580 California Street 5th Floor
    San Francisco,  CA  94104
  • Summit Defense Attorneys
    770 L. Street, Suite 950
    Sacramento,  CA  95814
  • Summit Defense Attorneys
    533 Airport Boulevard, Suite 400
    Burlingame,  CA  94010
  • Summit Defense Attorneys
    4040 Civic Center Drive, Suite 200
    San Rafael,  CA  94903
  • Summit Defense Attorneys
    6200 Stoneridge Mall Road, Suite 300
    Pleasanton,  CA  94588
  • Summit Defense Attorneys
    146 Washington Avenue, Suite D
    Richmond,  CA  94801
  • Summit Defense Attorneys
    1970 Broadway, Suite 1145
    Oakland,  CA  94612

Is your firm willing to help a client with one discrete part of a case, without taking on the whole case?

I had a long-time interest in legal issues, dating back to high school.

What are your policies about dividing work within the firm to make the process most cost-effective for the client?

Learned discipline and dedication at West Point and in military service. Years of litigation experience have taught me how to prepare for criminal cases through and including trial. Excellent writing skills are useful for trial motions and appeals.

How frequently does your firm use mediation, arbitration, or collaborative law to resolve cases?

First year criminal law instructor was the incumbent Orange County DA. He inspired me to become a deputy DA.

Does your firm provide pro bono legal services or otherwise participate in your community?

Representing clients in serious and complex cases engenders a feeling of usefulness and accomplishment.

What distinguishes your law firm from others?

I am fortunate to have first-rate, dedicated, and motivated legal assistants and office manager who provide invaluable assistance.

What is your firm's point of view regarding clients educating themselves on legal issues?

I think it is a good idea for clients to be educated about and aware of key legal issues involved in their cases.

Is your firm willing to review documents prepared by clients?

It is atypical for criminal defendants to prepare documents, but I am happy to review such documents if they do.

Is your firm willing to coach clients who want to represent themselves?

I discourage clients from trying to represent themselves in serious felony or complex criminal cases.

James T. Reilly

Deputy DA Orange County California (1976 to 1985) - Senior Trial Attorney/Special Assignments Prosecutor.
Private Practice (1985 to date).

Learned discipline and dedication at West Point and in military service. Years of litigation experience have taught me how to prepare for criminal cases through and including trial. Excellent writing skills are useful for trial motions and appeals.

Excellent written and oral communication skills, thorough preparation, and dedicated work ethic, particularly in trial.

Personal interests:

Lifetime runner, now retired to golf. Collect casinos and gambling memorabilia and challenge coins (military, patriotic and historical). Strategy gaming, including Strat-O-Matic football.

  • Bar Number: 67254
    California , 1975
  • Pepperdine University School of Law
    J.D. , 1975
    Malibu, CA
    President of Student Bar Association, five Am. Jur. Awards (first in class), and Top Advocate Moot Court.
  • United States Military Academy at West Point
    B.A. , 1967
    West Point, NY

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