Joe Deignan
Research Attorney

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I’m a litigator with over 12 years of legal experience.  I started my career in the United States Senate, working on criminal justice issues before Congress and the United States Supreme Court.  I spent many years working with the San Diego Public Defender’s office representing clients facing felony and misdemeanor charges including felony murder, robbery, kidnapping, molestation, drug possession/sale, assault, DUI, and license offenses. 

For many years I worked as an attorney at private defense firms, honing my court room skills in high stakes cases. As the founder of my own private practice firm, I have been lead trial counsel in felony and misdemeanor cases throughout the state of California.  My practice also includes representing post-conviction clients in petitions for expungement and registry removal hearings.


1) Juris Doctor, University of California, Hastings College of the Law

2) Bachelors, University of California, San Diego


1) California Supreme Court

2) United States District Court, Southern District of California