About Eric

For a consultation, call (760) 216-4941. You’ll speak with me directly.

Since 2009, I represented exclusively persons accused of DUI. I am the only attorney in San Diego trained in DUI blood testing (alcohol and drugs) by the American Chemical Society and I have earned the Lawyer-Scientist designation as recognized by the Chemistry and the Law Section of the American Chemical Society. I’m also qualified to train police on DUI field sobriety tests and investigation (on National Highway Traffic Safety Administration NHTSA protocols), trained on breath machines (including the Intoxilyzer 8000 used by San Diego police), and a published author in DUI law and science. My publications include “Inside the Minds: Strategies for Defending DUI Cases in California” 2013 and 2015 editions; California Drunk Driving Defense, 2011 and 2013 supplements; and my blog about science, trial techniques, and Court procedure.

As a trial lawyer, I attended the 3-week Gerry Spence’s Trial Lawyers College in 2013, and in 2016 began teaching with this incredible group. I teach on average 3 – 4 weeks a year with TLC to lawyers across the nation about all case types civil and criminal.

For estate planning, my focus has always organization and planning. I am a member of the Probate Attorneys of San Diego and really enjoy this part of my practice as I help people coordinate their life plans as well as planning for their legacies.

Testimonials:

The following is just from one client.  Although I have a page for other testimonials, and print each one verbatim.

Anon. DUI Client
My husband did a lot of researching for the best lawyer and I’m so glad he found Eric. Eric always made time for my husband, whether it was by phone, email, or in person. What I appreciate the most is the genuine compassion Eric has for his clients. He listened, gave knowledgeable advice, and never stopped working to seek justice for my husband. I can go on and on about how talented Eric is at what he does, however I will put it short and simple: Eric saved us.

You can also see a list of my recent successes here.

Education:

Thomas Jefferson School of Law, Juris Doctor

Northern Illinois University, BA in Music Education

Publications:

Inside the Minds: Strategies for Defending DUI Cases in California, 2013 and 2015 editions

California Drunk Driving Defense, 2011 and 2013 supplements

#crimpro, my monthly column about California criminal procedure in the North County Bar Association monthly magazine

#DUIdata, my blog about DUI science, trial techniques, and criminal procedure

Trainings & Certifications:

Graduated Gerry Spence’s 3-week Trial Lawyers College, July 2013

Trained in DUI blood testing (headspace gas chromatography) by the American Chemical Society

Trained in DUI breath testing (infrared breath testing)

Qualified to train police on DUI field sobriety tests and investigation

Intoxilyzer 8000 Operator’s Course, 2012

Forensic Chromatography III: Theory and Practice; Axion Labs/American Chemical Society, 2011

DataMaster DMT and Basic Science of Evidential Breath Alcohol Testing, 2011

Mastering Scientific Evidence in DWI/DUI Cases, 2011, 2012

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and International Chief of Police (IACP) DWI Detection and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing Student Course, 2010

NHTSA and IACP DWI Detection and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing Instructor Course, 2010

Drug Evaluation and Classification Program: The Drug Recognition Expert Process, 2010

Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College: Voir Dire Regional, October 2012

Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College: Closing Arguments Regional, May 2013

Presentations:

“Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus: Evaluating the Evaluation”; American Chemical Society National Meeting & Exposition, 2012

“Understanding and Attacking DUI Field Sobriety Tests”; San Diego County Public Law Library, Thomas Jefferson School of Law, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013

“Understanding and Attacking DUI Field Sobriety Tests”; San Diego, North County Bar Association, 2012

“Foundations of California DUI Laws”; Thomas Jefferson School of Law, 2012

Legal Organizations:

I am admitted to practice law in the State of California and the Southern District of the United States District Court of California. In addition, I am actively involved in:

DUI Defense Lawyers Association (founding member)

American Bar Association: Taxation; Real Property, Trust and Estate Law divisions

Consumer Attorneys of San Diego

California DUI Lawyers Association

Lawyers Club of San Diego

– Board Member (2012 – 2016)

– Photography Co-Chair (2011-2013)

– Champagne & Chocolates Affair Co-Chair (2012)

Probate Attorneys of San Diego

San Diego County Bar Association

– New Lawyers Division Board of Directors, Community Service Chair (2012)

– New Lawyers Division Board of Directors, Newsletter Chair (2011)

San Diego La Raza Lawyers Association

Thomas Jefferson School of Law, Alumni Association (2009 – 2014)

– President (2013-2014)

– Vice President (2011-2013)

Awards & Achievements:

Thomas Jefferson School of Law Adjunct Professor of the Year

Thomas Jefferson School of Law A. Thomas Golden Honorary Alumnus of the Year, 2015

SD Metro Magazine’s Best Lawyers in San Diego, DUI/DWI, 2012

San Diego’s Top 40 Under 40 by San Diego Metro, 2011

San Diego County Bar Association Outstanding Service by a New Lawyer, 2011

Disclaimer:

***This page and this entire website may be seen as a solicitation.  Although I try to simply make them informative, please understand it may be seen as a legal communication, and a solicitation at that.

 

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