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Michael Aguirre

San Diego City Attorney

1200 Third Ave., Suite 1620

San Diego, CA 92101

maguirre@sandiego.gov

(619) 236-6220

Education

Law School/Year: Boalt Law School/1974

Other Graduate School/Year: Harvard/1989

College/Year: Arizona State/1971

Bar Admissions

California, Arizona (inactive), New Mexico (inactive), Colorado (inactive), Texas (inactive), New York (inactive), Massachusetts (inactive), Washington, D.C. (inactive)

Practice Areas

Municipal Law

Major cases you have participated in

My office has taken all necessary steps to get the U.S. Supreme Court’s attention on the controversy surrounding the Mt. Soledad War Memorial, which has bought the city more time to pursue its appeals. I have also pursued significant cases to restore the city’s financial health related to the city’s $1.4 billion under-funded pension system.

If an Appeals Court’s tentative ruling is made final, a majority of developer Roque de la Fuente’s multi-million dollar judgment against the city will be rejected.

As a private lawyer, I worked on redistricting cases, private securities fraud cases against major corporations, law firms and accounting firms where I recovered more than a quarter-billion dollars for victims of pension and stock fraud.

Professional background

I was sworn in as San Diego City Attorney on Dec. 6, 2004. My legal career spans three decades as a federal prosecutor, fraud victim trial attorney, U.S. Senate investigator, municipal law and public interest lawyer. I am also a Certified Fraud Examiner.

As a Department of Justice Assistant U.S. Attorney in San Diego, I directed a grand jury probe of pension racketeering. Its successful culmination resulted in my appointment as assistant counsel to the U.S. Senate’s Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, where I conducted an investigation into a nationwide organized crime employee benefits fraud scheme.

Professional affiliations

I am a member of the State Bar of California, San Diego County Bar Association and the San Diego Trial Lawyers Association. I was also a founding officer of the San Diego Crime Commission.

I have also been a faculty member in the History Department at the University of Southern California where I taught courses on the Presidency of John F. Kennedy and Organized Crime in America. I have been a regular speaker at the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Personal affiliations

I have been an active member of a local running group and have completed 21 marathons, including all nine of the local Rock n’ Roll Marathons.

Personal background

I have two children, a daughter who is a junior at Princeton University and a son who is a recent graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder.


Kathleen Coyne

Office of the Public Defender, San Diego County

250 E. Main St.

East County Regional Center

El Cajon, CA 92020

kate.coyne@sdcounty.ca.gov

(619) 441-4605

Education

Law School/Year: Temple University/1982

College/Year: Case Western Reserve University/1979

Bar Admissions

California, 1988; Pennsylvania, 1982; Florida, 1983

Practice Areas

Criminal Law

Major cases you have participated in

People v. Dale Akiki, a 53-count case involving allegations of ritual abuse, child murder and animal sacrifice. The client faced over 300 years in prison if convicted on all counts. Trial lasted seven months and is still the longest criminal trial in San Diego history. The case involved two years of preparation and investigation; four months of contested motions and six weeks of jury selection.

Professional background

A public defender in San Diego since 1989, previously practicing in Philadelphia, New York and as a Federal Defender. I received the CPDA 1993 Public Defender of the Year; San Diego Criminal Defense Bar Association, Trial Attorney of the Year; California Attorneys for Criminal Justice's Skip Glenn Award; and San Diego County Defender Organization's E. Stanley Conant Award. My cases were featured in the New York Times, Philadelphia Inquirer, Los Angeles Times, Newsweek, New Republic and People. I have appeared on "Primetime Live," "Justice Files," "American Justice," "Inside Edition" and "Phil Donahue."

Professional affiliations

California Public Defender Association, Criminal Defense Bar Association, San Diego County Bar Association board of Directors, San Diego Public Defenders Association

Personal background

I have been married for 20 years to Dr. Thomas Lee and have two wonderful sons who play a lot of baseball.


Lilia Garcia

Office of the Attorney General

110 W. A St., Suite 1100

San Diego, CA 92101-3786

(619) 645-2225

Education

Law School/Year: University of San Diego School of Law

College/Year: University of San Diego

Bar admissions

California


Eugene P. Gordon

Office of the City Attorney

1200 Third Ave., Suite 1200

San Diego, CA 92101

(619) 533-5821

Education

Law School/Year: UC Hastings College of Law

College/Year: UC Riverside

Bar admissions

California

Practice areas

Civil litigation

Major cases you have participated in

Presently assigned to the Trial Unit in the Civil Division where I specialize in the defense of personal injury cases brought against the city and its employees. Such litigation involves alleged dangerous conditions of public property, such as highway design and trip-and-fall cases, police K-9 bite cases, false arrest and excessive force cases, including section 1983 cases, and city vehicular accidents.

Professional background

From 1971 to 1978, I was Legal Advisor to the San Diego Police Department where I was instrumental in providing legal in-service training programs, including the publication of legal training bulletins for police officers.

I was a prosecutor in the Criminal Division of the City Attorney's Office from 1969 - 1971 where I prosecuted a variety of misdemeanor cases. I served as Assistant Chief Criminal Deputy for one year prior to becoming Police Legal Advisor in May 1971.

Professional affiliations

I teach extensively at the San Diego Regional Public Safety Training Institute at Miramar College in San Diego on the subjects of civil and criminal liability of law enforcement officers, constitutional law, and use of force to police recruits, advanced officers and Field Training Officers. I was an instructor in the San Diego Sheriff's Department Academy at Southwestern College, and taught the 16-hour course on search and seizure at the San Diego Police Academy from 1972-1979.

I have lectured at numerous seminars for police administrators sponsored by the International Association of Chiefs of Police on the subjects of police discipline, civil liability and discovery of police officers' personnel records. I have also lectured on municipal tort liability at NIMLO and League of California Cities conferences. I have provided legal updates at numerous PRIMA and PARMA conferences.

In 1992, I served on the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Committee on “Police Use of Force,” Executive Report, July 1992. In 1996, I assisted POST in revising the Police Supervisory Course curricula.


Paul Greenwood

San Diego District Attorney

330 W. Broadway, Suite 1220

San Diego, CA 92101

paul.greenwood@sdcda.org

(619) 531-3464

Education

Law School/Year: Leeds University/1973

Other Graduate School/Year: Council of Legal Education/1978. London

College/Year: College of Law, Guildford/1979

Bar Admissions

England & Wales/1981, California/1991

Practice Areas

Criminal Law, Elder Law

Major cases you have participated in

I have prosecuted seven murder cases and have obtained a first degree murder conviction in six of the seven.

I was also part of the first Three Strikes prosecution team in San Diego County and completed 21 felony jury trials in one year.

In the past 10 years I have prosecuted over 100 felony elder abuse cases, including neglect, rape, financial exploitation and homicide.

Professional background

I have over 13 years of the practice of law in the United Kingdom, including admission to Grays Inn. I have also taught law at various educational institutions both in the UK and in California.

Professional affiliations

I am a member of the Law Society of England & Wales. I am a member of the California Bar. I am currently co-chair of the California District Attorneys Association Elder Abuse Committee.

Personal affiliations

I was awarded the Charles Nickel Award by the Deputy District Attorneys Association in 1998. I was named as one of California lawyer Magazine’s top 20 lawyers of the year in 1999. In 2005 I was awarded the Visionary of Change Award by the Alzheimer’s Association. And in 2006 I was named by the San Diego County Bar Association as Public lawyer of the year.

Personal background

From 1974 to 1976 I served as a Peace Corps volunteer teacher in Kenya.

I have been married to the love of my life, Sue Greenwood for almost 28 years. We have two children, Becca & Stephen.


Jeffrey Joseph

Department of Transportation

610 W. Ash St., Suite 1005

San Diego, CA 92117

jeffrey_joseph@dot.ca.gov

(619) 645-2361

Education

Law School/Year: UC Davis/1972

College/Year: UC Berkeley/1969

Bar Admissions

California/1972, U.S. Supreme Court/1977, Eastern District of California/1972, Southern District of California/1973

Practice Areas

Civil Litigation, Construction, Environmental, Personal Injury & Property Damage, Real Estate

Major cases you have participated in

I have tried numerous million-dollar personal injury cases involving highway accidents. These cases have have been against skilled plaintiffs' counsel and every case has resulted in a defense verdict. I have also tried million dollar property cases. I am lead or supervising counsel on 24 published opinions in California some involving civil matters and some which were criminal cases. From 1972-1980 I tried numerous cases for the San Diego County District Attorney and California Attorney General.

Professional background

I was Deputy Attorney General from 1972-1978 and Principal Attorney in the Attorney General's Special Prosecutions Unit from 1979-1980. I am currently Deputy Chief Counsel for Caltrans in charge of an office of 17 lawyers covering San Diego, Orange, Riverside and Imperial Counties. I am on the Superior Court Mediation Panel and have heard over 1000 judicial and non-judicial arbitration and mediation matters. Finally, I have been Adjunct Professor of Law at Thomas Jefferson School of Law since 1990 and have taught 6 different courses. As of July 1, I will be Asst. Dean and General Counsel at Thomas Jefferson.

Professional affiliations

San Diego County Bar Association; SDCBA Law School Relations Committee; Former Board Member, San Diego Defense Lawyers; former President, Association of Deputy Attorneys General, San Diego. Former President, St. Thomas More Society (Catholic Lawyer organization).

Personal background

Born Chicago, Ill; raised in Hermosa Beach, Calif. Married to Valerie Joseph with two children both in college. Founding member of Law in Motion, San Diego's Favorite All-Lawyer Rock and Roll Band


Gregory Knoll

Legal Aid Society of San Diego, Inc.

110 South Euclid Ave.

San Diego, CA 92114

gek@lassd.org

(619) 471-2620

Education

Law School/Year: Rutgers University School of Law in Newark, New Jersey

College/Year: University of Bridgeport, Bridgeport, Connecticut/1969

Bar Admissions

California State Bar Association

Practice Areas

Civil Litigation, Health Law & Policy

Major cases you have participated in

A multitude of cases against the County of San Diego (Washington, et. al., etc.) to ensure and increase access to health and welfare benefits for indigent San Diegans. Major juvenile trial with over 20 witnesses over six days, ending in dismissal of all charges on Constitutional grounds.

Professional background

Executive Director/Chief Counsel of the Legal Aid Society of San Diego Inc. since 1974. Responsible for administration, management, and supervision of all legal work. CEO of the first comprehensive education and advocacy center for physical and mental health consumers eligible to receive healthcare from public health programs.

Professional affiliations

California State Bar, San Diego county Bar Association, Lawyer’s Club, Earl B. Gilliam Bar Association, National Bar Association, San Diego County Health Services Advisory Board, original incorporation founder of San Diego Bar Foundation and San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program. 2004 Public Health Champion of the Year – San Diego County, Barrio Station 1994 Cesar Chavez Social Justice Award, 1991 Loren Miller Attorney of the Year, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.


Kathleen (Katie) Lewis

San Diego District Attorney's Office

330 W. Broadway, Suite 1100

San Diego, CA 92101

klewis@sdcda.org

(619) 531-3584

Education

Law School/Year: University of San Diego/1991

College/Year: University of Illinois at Chicago/1988

Bar Admissions

California Southern District Federal Court

Major cases you have participated in

For the past three years, I have been negotiating all of the cases for the District Attorney's Superior Court Division Central Branch Downtown, the largest felony trial division in the Office. Our cases range from drug possession charges to homicides. Previously, I tried a three-month long, complex multiple-defendant death penalty case. I've handled several homicide cases (including a multi-state serial killer), several high-profile rape cases (including the Del Mar Rape series involving the home invasion rapes of five different women), and many violent crime-series cases.

Professional background

I have been a deputy district attorney for 14 years. I have worked in several divisions for the District Attorney, including Case Disposition, Superior Court, North County, Municipal Court (now Central Pretrial) and Appellate. I also served 1 1/2 years in Administration as an Executive Assistant to the Assistant District Attorney. I was the project manager for several crime-prevention programs, including 'Protecting Children Online.' I teach for the California District Attorneys' Association, the San Diego District Attorney, the San Diego Sheriffs' Academy and others. I also taught 'Law Enforcement Administration' for two years at San Diego State University. I have published several writings in the Criminal Justice field. In 2000, I received an Outstanding Achievement Award from the Deputy District Attorney's Association. I have also received awards from the San Diego Police Department, the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, the California State Assembly, and the San Diego Board of Supervisors. Prior to the District Attorneys' Office, I was a civil attorney for a short period of time. Member of the San Diego Bar Association. Member of the California District Attorneys' Association (CDAA) -- I write for them and also teach for CDAA. Member of the San Diego Deputy District Attorneys' Association.

Personal background

I grew up primarily in Colorado and then moved to the Chicago area of Illinois. I attended college at the University of Illinois at Chicago and graduated Phi Beta Kappa. I attended the University of San Diego School of Law. I am married to Deputy District Attorney Blaine Bowman and we have two children.


Victor Nunez

County of San Diego Office of the District Attorney

330 W. Broadway, Suite 1100

San Diego, CA 92101

Victor.Nunez@sdcda.org

(619) 531-4298

Education

Law School/Year: 1982

Other Graduate School/Year: UCLA/1979

College/Year: UCLA/1977

Bar Admissions

State Bar and County Bar

Practice Areas

Criminal Law

Major cases you have participated in

While assigned to the Gang Division of the District Attorneys Office, I prosecuted a number of gang homicide cases.

In People v. Pham and Pham, I tried two Vietnamese organized crime defendants for the attempted murder of a rival business owner – both were convicted and sentenced to life terms.

In People v. Law, a man was murdered during a drive-by shooting involving Los Angeles Crip gang members. The case was especially difficult because all of the witnesses were afraid of gang retaliation. The defendant was convicted of first degree murder.

In People v. Mendiola, the victim was assaulted by the defendant and several gang members. The victim was shot and killed. The defendant and his fellow-gang members fled the scene and were arrested several days later. The defendant was convicted of first-degree murder.

Professional background

I have been a prosecutor with the San Diego County District Attorney's Office since 1985. I began in the South Bay Division, where I handled preliminary hearings, trials and motions. I next served a tour in the Appellate Division. In 1988, I worked in the Major Narcotics Division, where I worked on an operation targeting major methamphetamine dealers. In 1991, I began working in the Gang Division, and prosecuted a number of gang homicide cases.

In 1996, I worked with the U.S Attorney's Office on the creation of the HIDTA (High Impact Drug Traffic Area), a coordinated effort to stem the flow of illegal drugs into the United States. I was the Assistant Chief of the South Bay branch from 1998 to 2003, and am presently the Assistant Chief of the Superior Court Division.

In 1997, I worked on the International Liaison Team of the District Attorneys Office, coordinating prosecutions in Mexico of offenders who fled from the U.S.

I was commended by then U.S. Attorney Alan Bersin for my work. I also presented training for attorneys and law enforcement in Baja California regarding California law.

Professional affiliations

I am member of the San Diego County Bar. I am also an active member of nonprofit legal organizations devoted to serving the community.

I am the current President of the San Diego La Raza Lawyers and am Vice President of the National Latino Peace Officers Association. Both organizations focus on serving the community and raise thousands of dollars for scholarships. Additionally, I am a member of the Mexican American Business and Professional Association and the San Diego District Attorney’s Association.

Personal affiliations

I have been a strong advocate of mentoring and after-school programs. I have mentored at-risk kids through the Coming Together Foundation. But most of the time is spent working with kids at the Community Youth Athletic Center (CYAC), a nonprofit youth program focused on giving at-risk kids a safe after-school alternative. The program is free and offers a place where kids can workout, interact with mentors, and do their school work. The past four years, I have been the principal organizer of the Center’s fund-raising efforts. I am the current President of CYAC.

Personal background

I was born in Ecuador South America and raised in Los Angeles. My parents were excellent role models and instilled in me the importance of education and hard work. I attended UCLA both as an undergraduate and graduate. I came to the University of San Diego School of law where I met my wife Lilia Garcia a Deputy Attorney General. I have been a Deputy District Attorney for the past 22 years and I love what I do, which is representing and protecting the people of the State of California.


David Rubin

Office of the District Attorney

P.O. Box 121011

San Diego, CA 92112-1011

(619) 531-4213

Education

Law School/Year: University of San Francisco School of Law

College/Year: UC Berkeley

Bar admissions

California

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