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Will Morehead

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Phone: (415) 730-2558

1020 B St
San Rafael, California 94901

I specialize in criminal defense. I have handled, from both sides of the courtroom, over 1,000 criminal cases, ranging from misdemeanors to homicide.

I use my extensive knowledge of criminal law practice and procedure to be an effective litigator and advocate. I have achieved a complete dismissal in approximately half of the cases I have handled as a private defense lawyer.

I am an experienced trial lawyer. I have tried over 25 cases to verdict and I have never lost a felony trial.

I served as a prosecutor in Los Angeles County and Marin County between 2010 and 2017. I was promoted to the felony trial team just one year after joining the Marin County District Attorney’s Office. As a Deputy District Attorney, not only did I gain experience handling every kind of criminal case, I also had an insider’s perspective into how the prosecution analyzes and approaches cases.

Since 2016, I have been certified by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization as a Criminal Law Specialist. A board-certified Criminal Law Specialist is an attorney who has been recognized by the California State Bar as having demonstrated superior education, expertise, and performance in criminal law practice. While many attorneys practice criminal law, only around 325 out of the 190,000 active-status California-licensed attorneys have been certified by the State Bar as a Criminal Law Specialist.

In addition to running my law practice, I am an adjunct law professor at Golden Gate University School of Law. I teach second- and third-year law school courses in criminal law, evidence, and trial practice.

I received my law degree, cum laude, from Harvard Law School and my undergraduate degree, with distinction and with honors, from Stanford University.

I have practiced law as a California-licensed attorney since 2004. I am admitted to practice law in all trial and appellate courts in the State of California, and in the United States District Courts for the Northern District and Central District of California.

My Approach

Though each criminal case is different, I bring the following approach to achieve the client’s goals:

  • Spot the issues. As a Criminal Law Specialist, I know how the developments, nuances, and ambiguities in the law can best serve my clients. To win against the government’s resources, a defendant needs a criminal law expert who can recognize and seize every opportunity arising during the courtroom chess game.
  • Approach every case as if it’s going to trial. The best way to achieve an excellent outcome is to put together a powerful and compelling defense. This requires investigation, legal research, and preparation. The result is a weakened government case and a better outcome for the defendant.
  • Control the pace. Case tempo can be a powerful force in any criminal case. Some cases call for swift movement to quickly overwhelm the flaws in the prosecution’s case. Other cases require patience and waiting for the precise time to strike. In every case I handle, I set the optimal tempo with a case strategy to match. As the case progresses towards our goal, I control the flow and timing for the client’s maximum benefit and to prosecution’s disadvantage.
  • Provide a full suite of services. I am a one-stop shop. Some cases need a diligent investigator, turning over every stone. Some cases need a forensic expert, providing additional insight regarding how the evidence presents reasonable doubt. Some cases need mental health evaluation and counseling for the client. Whatever and whoever is needed to achieve the desired result, I have connections to the best investigators, experts, and counselors to help get the job done.
  • Collaborate and communicate with clients. I appreciate how stressful a criminal case can be, and I make myself readily available for honest appraisals and straight, easy-to-comprehend answers. One of my most important jobs is to minimize the client’s anxiety with clear communication. I also believe my client is the best “second chair” for the defense. A defendant has critical case information which no one else has. During the course of a case, I frequently review evidence and issues with my client. In this way, I optimize my advantage over the prosecution of asymmetrical information.
  • Wear down the opposition. Most prosecutors are overworked and have a limited amount of time to devote to each of their many assigned cases. My approach exploits the government attorney’s limited time and attention by engaging in aggressive litigation and motion practice to open up opportunities and find leverage.
  • Present the client in the best light. I believe that a criminal case often reflects a good person having a bad day. Prosecutors and judges want to put away “one of the bad guys,” not a decent person who deserves a second chance. The key to getting a better result sometimes comes down to presenting the complete picture of the person the client is, beyond the prosecution’s allegations.

By employing these strategies, I have helped numerous clients protect their future. Contact me today for a free confidential consultation about your criminal law case.

Education

J.D., Harvard Law School, 2004

graduated cum laude (top third of class).

B.A., Stanford University, 1999

graduated with distinction (top fifteen percent of class).

Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice Northern District of California, 2005
Central District of California, 2007
Professional & Bar Association Memberships

California State Bar
Member Since: 2004

The State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization as a Criminal Law Specialist
Member Since: 2016

Client Reviews
★★★★★
Will is a fantastic lawyer. This isn't the first time I've had a run-in with the courts. Will is the hardest working and most thorough attorney I've worked with and absolutely went above and beyond in my case. Every possible avenue of defense from motions to appeals were worked, and though my case didn't end up with the strikeout win we all hope and wish for, I would have no hesitation to hire him again should I ever find myself needing a defense lawyer again. I highly recommend him if you find yourself needing help. Jesse
★★★★★
Will Morehead is a FANTASTIC attorney!!! He is professional, knowledgeable, personable and time-efficient. He answered my call immediately and after I explained my situation, he was able to give me an overview of the law as it related to my situation, and to project the possible outcomes. I felt immediately at ease talking with him. Christine
★★★★★
I worked with Will for about a year. He was able to help me receive my freedom. In order to do that, Will had to overcome multiple challenges and he overcame them all. I'm very happy to have worked with him, he's a very trustful hardworking man. I'm very greatful for everything he did did my family and I and will forever be. N.A
★★★★★
Will Morehead is masterful. He is truly masterful. Never mind that he is pleasant, he has the goods in spades. Remarkably talented and doing the work he was always meant to do, whilst ever refining a skill set that is already stellar. In my case, Will had to sift through, digest, edit and utilize loads of material with less than half the normal time to prepare. Chris
★★★★★
The best defense is indeed a great offense. Lighten your journey by retaining Will Morehead as your criminal defense shield. One of the brightest lights in the profession of legal advocacy, Will Morehead will forever be my "Warrior Will." If you are in need of Criminal Defense protection, it would behoove you to call out to him today. My case resulted in DISMISSAL by the Court on July 27, 2020. Melissanne