William Daley
Team Leader, Bay Area

Philosophy
I put my heart and soul into defending the individual against the awesome power of the state. It is...Read more

Testimonials

“My case was quite unique as there was virtually no case law relating to my situation. Mr. Daley was in constant communication with me in regards to the approach we had to take in order to resolve my issue. He explained to me in detail every aspect of what had to be done, how it would be done and other avenues we may have had to take if our initial case argument wasn't given merit through the case law available at the time. Mr. Daley did an outstanding job of finding pertinent case law that pertained to my situation and was proficient in representing me in court. The outcome was favorable for us and I can not thank him enough for his hard work.
I found Mr. Daley to be honest, communicative and extremely capable in his profession. I have dealt with several other attorneys who were unwilling or unable to provide the same high level standard I expect and received from Mr. Daley. His integrity is beyond reproach based on my experience with him. Mr. Daley has a genuine desire to help and defend people with his legal expertise. When things got stressful, confusing or didn't go as planned (rescheduled court dates, etc....) he took the time to sit down in person or over the phone with me and my family and calm us all down. ”

Daniel
Avvo.com

“This is review for Mr. Daley my attorney of almost 3 years who helped me deal with a very serious false accusation that had me potentially losing my Medical License and facing jail/fines and my whole life. From the moment I hired Mr. Daley he worked tirelessly for my defense, winning at every hurdle in this ugly battle. He got a felony reduced to a misdemeanor and then won a two-week trial by jury for a final verdict of NOT GUILTY! His knowledge of the law and support that he receives from the Innocence Law Firm enabled him to win this case based on facts/law and dispel the false accusations thrown at me. I highly recommend hiring Mr. Daley if you are ever put in a situation like I was, he saved my life, and allowed me to continue my career and take care of wife and kids. ”

Nathan
Avvo.com

“Mr Daley represented me in a California 290 sex offender registration problem. I was cited for not properly registering. Mr. Daley was able to present enough information and evidence to the judge in pre-trial that the DA dismissed the case. It was clear Mr. Daley knew the law much better than the Assistant DA and the police. I am continuing to use him and his firm in future actions.”

Gary

“I have known Mr. Daley for over two decades. I was in need of an exceptional attorney to assist me in my growing law offices. He was very forthright and advised me that he had a disciplinary action against him. I took my time in reviewing all of the underlying documents of the disciplinary action before I decided whether or not to hire him.
First, there was no malpractice on the part of Mr. Daley. His reputation is sterling on his legal abilities.
Secondly, the cause of his problem was intermingled with his former employer's business model. The employer was an out of state attorney that was not licensed in the state of California but ran a national legal organization or referral business. The issue was whether the out of state lawyer had been aided in "practicing law without a license". Mr. Daley had been referred an appeals case from this out of state attorney. When the client did not pay, Mr. Daley was instructed to not begin the work. The giving of this instruction to Mr. Daley to not commence the work was held to be practicing of law in the State of California. In another incident the employer took a client's money and when the client left, the employer did not return the money. None of the money was ever received by Mr. Daley.
Mr. Daley was a reputable attorney with no legal malpractice incidents. He had the misfortune to work for a "law firm" whose business model was the source of the problems.
The firm he now works for is the "Innocence Legal Team". It is not a national firm and does not work on a referral model. It is sad to see such a good lawyer soiled by the conduct of the former employer. He has a lot to give, is a highly qualified attorney, and I find his personal conduct is above reproach.
I hired Mr. Daley and have not been disappointed! 
I hired Mr. Daley based on the quality of his work and his personal integrity. He has worked for me since 2009 and I am proud of the work he has done. ”

Patrick 

“I had been wrongfully convicted and sentenced to 15 years to life in prison, fortunately I hired Mr. Daley to do my appeal and because of his experience and hard work I am now a freed man, he is worth every penny. ”

Ricardo

“I had the pleasure of meeting William Daley of Innocence legal Team after a family member was convicted of Rape. We needed someone with experience in appeals. It's been a long ride but Mr Daley did this and i the end he was able to get a rape conviction REVERSED.
Not sure how my family can show William Daley or The Innocence Legal Team how glad we were to meet them in our desperate time of need. When we came upon a problem that involved one of our family members in a case of He Said / She Said we did not know what to do or who to turn to. Not ever having to deal with this kind of matter we knew time was of the essence. I put in 3 call to different law firms most of them let you hear only what would make you happy and that did dot comfort me. One firm stood out and this was the Innocence Legal Team . William Daley and his co worker helped me understand what was happening and what was to come good and bad, he explained to me that this was gonna be a bumpy ride . He gave me a time frame and pretty much went by the timeline except for when courts need more time . We were on schedule every step of the way. This helped my family member in trouble feel a lot better knowing someone like William and his team were on his side. when given quote for his services that is what i paid at the end (no hidden{newline} fees at the end) they were even kind enough to help me with payment so that I could be able to help out my family member. He promised to keep me informed of what was going on and this he did. I or my family never had to chase him for answers. I would recommend William Daley and The Innocence Legal Team I would not hesitate to recommend him to anyone. ”

Education
  • J.D.University of California School of Law, Berkeley
  • Graduated in top 25% of class
  • Member, Ecology Law Quarterly
  • BA, Cum Laude from Claremont McKenna College
Career Summary

Experienced trial and investigation lawyer with depth expertise in jury trials (85 to verdict), case management, investigation strategy and execution, negotiation and resolution. Small business experience as sole practitioner following one year as clerk for Justice Thomas Caldecott. I have been a member of the Innocence Legal Team since 2009.

Professional Experience
  • Member of the California State Bar Association
  • Member of the Bar for the Ninth Circuit, the Northern District of California, the Eastern District of California, and the Central District of California
  • Thirty plus years’ experience as owner of the Law Offices of William P. Daley
  • Ten years with the Innocence legal Team
  • Civil Experience includes Jury Trials to verdict, multiple court trials and other hearings, discovery, arbitration, and mediation.
  • Selected in 1992 as one of twenty members of Death Penalty Panel following extensive review of trial work, including evaluations by all opposing counsel, co-counsel, and trial judges. Of ten plus death cases, only one death verdict returned.
  • Recipient of 40 letters of appreciation from satisfied clients during association with Miller and Associates, a nationwide criminal defense firm.
Case Management Skills
  • Control multiple files and ensure that all deadlines are met.
  • Conduct of forty to two hundred “job” interviews for twelve to sixteen positions (jurors) for each jury trial.
  • Extensive knowledge of Civil, Criminal, and Arbitration procedure, and the Rules of Evidence.
  • Extensive experience with office computer programs, including Microsoft Word, Outlook, data base. Extensive experience with on line legal research, data base research, email and instant messaging. Developed and published website with Yahoo Site Builder. Programming experience in the FORTRAN language. Tutorials in Concordance and Summation. Federal Court e-filing.
  • Exceptional public speaking skills, including making presentations, questioning others, and responding to questions. Successful instruction delivered in diverse settings, including law schools, juries, and Boy Scouts.
  • Solid knowledge of the intersection of criminal and immigration law.
Investigation Skills
  • Receive, review and assimilate large amounts of information and law, and developed the theory and plan of action that best supports the client’s interests.
  • Organize and recruit defense team necessary to develop and protect client’s interests. Teams frequently include professional investigators, and experts in medical, mental health, and physical sciences.
  • Meet with, interview, and assess key witnesses for truthfulness and persuasiveness. Develop and maintain a relationship with the key individuals, as necessary to discovery accurate information, and to insure advice is seriously considered.
Case Results

Investigation results

  • Client accused of molestation and facing a life sentence allowed to plead to non-sexual assault and placed on probation with credit for time served.
  • Deputy sheriff accused of molesting his children permitted to plead to child endangerment and credit for time served.
  • Murder charge dismissed on day of trial following defense investigation.
  • Bomb Threat that closed Highway 99 dismissed following preliminary hearing after the introduction of evidence developed by the defense investigation.

Recent Verdicts

  • Client facing allegations of sexual assault by five women found not guilty on all counts.
  • Involuntary Manslaughter Verdict to charge of Murder of a three-year-old by means of belts and switches.
  • Not guilty verdict to DUI where a damaged vehicle seen traveling down the street leaving a trail of sparks.

Appellate Results

  • Client convicted of raping a niece: reversed on appeal, and ultimately permitted to plead to minor offense with credit for time served.
  • Youth counselor convicted of molestation of client: Reversed on appeal
  • Father convicted of molestation his four-year-old daughter and sentenced to life: reversed on appeal in published opinion.
  • Successfully defended prosecution appeal from the award of custody credits for pretrial electronic home compliance.
  • Juvenile court conviction for molestation reversed by means of Petition for Habeas Corpus.
Awards
  • Twice Attorney of Month during a one-year period while associated with Miller and Associates, a nation-wide criminal defense firm.
  • Silver Beaver Award, Boy Scouts of America
  • Vigil Honor, Order of the Arrow
  • National Presidents Scoutmaster Award of Merit
  • Wood badge Leadership Training
Community Service

Organized, lead as post advisor, and secured funding for an explorer post composed of developmentally disabled adults. The post provided the first camping experience to men and women, some of who were in their 60’s.

  • Scout Master.
  • Council Vice President for Scouting.
  • Member of Board, San Antonio Youth Project.