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“You’ve got to think ahead and be proactive. Sometimes the most important work you do on a case happens before it’s even a case.”

Laurel Headley

Laurel Headley

Partner Laurel Headley is widely respected as a tenacious, dedicated, and compassionate advocate with a devoted following of extremely satisfied clients. She doesn’t walk away from a case until she has achieved the absolute best result for her client, one that always takes the client’s whole situation—job, family, and future—into account.

Laurel has a broad-based practice, ranging from complex federal white-collar and environmental crimes to state court misdemeanor and juvenile delinquency proceedings. She plays a vital role in the firm’s investigation and preparation of large, complex cases, where her painstaking research and strong people skills have given the firm an edge with clients and prosecutors time and again. Laurel also handles a wide variety of other cases, in both state and federal court, and she is a member of the Federal Indigent Defense Panel in the Northern District of California, representing indigent defendants in cases where the federal public defender has a conflict of interest.

Laurel’s rare blend of qualities—thoroughness, persistence and unusual sensitivity toward her clients—makes her one of the firm’s most valuable assets. “Laurel knows that victory is often found in the details, and she masters them better than any attorney I have ever seen,” Ted Cassman says. “Her inspired intellect and meticulous preparation are keys to our firm’s success.” Beyond that, Laurel “makes people feel safe,” another admiring colleague says. “She is a rock.” In turn, her clients tend to be extraordinarily loyal and to stay in touch for years.


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