San Francisco Criminal Defense Attorney
Representing accused people throughout California
Brian P. Berson is a San Francisco-based criminal defense lawyer with more than 25 years of experience. With the highest rating from Martindale-Hubbell in both Legal Ability and Ethical Standards, he is an aggressive defender who protects people accused of crimes as well as those who are suspects or potential suspects in criminal investigations. Brian represents people all over California, but has had clients from all over the world, and has represented people accused of crimes in Louisiana, New Mexico and Arizona.
Brian has defended people in:
San Francisco Federal District Court
Superior Court of San Francisco City and County
Superior Court of Marin County
Superior Court of San Joaquin County
Superior Court of Contra Costa County
Superior Court of Santa Clara County
Superior Court of San Mateo County
Superior Court of Alameda County
Federal district court in Phoenix
Federal district court in New Orleans
Superior Court of Orleans Parish, Louisiana
Lawyer Brian P. Berson is committed to his work as a criminal defense attorney. He is honest, ethical, and has a proven track record of dismissals and acquittals. Brian has a thorough understanding of federal and California criminal law and knows how to interpret it to your best advantage.
235 Montgomery Street
San Francisco CA 94104
Areas Of Focus
White Collar Crime
Driving Under the Influence
Criminal defense lawyer Brian P. Berson
Brian P. Berson has received the highest rating from Martindale-Hubbell in both Legal Ability and Ethical Standards. He is also a Certified Specialist in Criminal Law by the State Bar of California.
Brian has been practicing criminal defense exclusively for more than 25 years. He defends people accused of or suspects in everything from homicides to white collar crimes to DUIs and petty theft.
Brian has tried dozens of cases and most of his clients in those trials have been found Not Guilty of all charges. Brian's last eight out of 11 jury trials have resulted in acquittals (Not Guilty verdicts) on all charges for his clients. Those cases included charges of attempted murder, drug conspiracy and distribution with mandatory minimum prison terms if the clients had been convicted, false statements to a state agency, fraud, criminal threats, unlawful firearms, driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI) and criminal contempt of court.
In 2013, Alameda charges of elder rape and rape with a foreign object in People v. E....... were dismissed after Brian's cross examination of the alleged victim/accuser during the preliminary hearing. Also in 2013, major federal fraud charges were dismissed against Brian's client in U.S. v. H....., a Ponzi scheme prosecution involving more than $100 million, in response to Brian's pretrial motion work.
In 2012, Brian convinced the lead detective in an Alameda father-daughter child molestation investigation to recommend that the District Attorney's office not file charges. The DA declined to prosecute.
Prior to those cases, Brian's trials, most of which resulted in acquittal of all charges, included money laundering (Not Guilty), money structuring, attempted aggravated rape (8-year old alleged victim, client found Not Guilty), Armed Career Criminal (Not Guilty, 15 years to life penalty had client been convicted), bank fraud, mail fraud (client signed confession, Not Guilty), embezzlement (Not Guilty), theft and various serious felony drug charges usually with mandatory minimum penalties of five or 10 years if his clients had been convicted.
Email Brian P. Berson or call him at (415) 788-2707 for a free consultation.
Admitted to practice
U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, 1987
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana; 1983
Tulane University of Louisiana, J.D., cum laude, 1983
George Washington University, B.A., 1978; M.A., 1982
Bar Association of San Francisco
State Bar of California
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
California Attorneys for Criminal Justice
California Trial Lawyers Association
California Public Defenders Association.
Awards and honors
AV Preeminent Peer Review RatingSM from Martindale-Hubbell