First admitted to practice law in 1972, attorney Jan Ronis has 38 years experience handling criminal defense matters. He has an extensive national practice in a number of federal district courts in addition to his practice in California. Over the course of his legal career, he has taken over 300 cases to jury trials. Mr. Ronis is one of the most well known and highly respected lawyers in the criminal defense community. He has handled large and serious criminal cases across the nation. In 1977, the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization certified Jan Ronis as a specialist in criminal law.
He was recently honored at the California State Bar Convention for 30 years of specialization. He is also a Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review AV Rated Attorney*--the highest recognition possible for a lawyer to receive from his or her peers. In addition to his work as an attorney, Jan Ronis has discussed criminal cases as a featured guest commentator on CNN, Court TV, ABC, and Fox News Network including appearances on Bill O'Reilly and Larry King Live.
Gretchen von Helms is a Harvard educated lawyer who has practiced law for approximately 20 years. Since opening The Law Offices of Gretchen von Helms in 1996, she has handled numerous serious criminal cases, defending the accused. She is an experienced state and federal trial lawyer.
The State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization has certified Gretchen von Helms as a specialist in criminal law. Gretchen von Helms is a Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review AV Rated Attorney*, the highest peer recognition rating possible for an attorney. In 1998, she was selected as one of the top 20 lawyers under the age of 40 in California. She has authored many articles and is a lecturer on criminal defense issues. She has served as an instructor at San Diego State University and is Of Counsel for Silva, Chavez, Sepulveda & Castenada, a law firm located in Tijuana, Mexico and speaks Spanish. She is a legal analyst for local television shows and Court T.V., where she provides commentary on high profile criminal cases. In March 2009, she was featured in the San Diego County Bar Association Bar Report as a lawyer giving back to the community. Ms. von Helms is a highly respected litigator within the criminal justice community and has represented clients in federal cases in the U.S. and Puerto Rico.
Mr. Ronis practices criminal defense primarily in San Diego and has successfully represented clients in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, and San Bernardino counties. He takes pride in his commitment to providing the highest level of criminal defense to all his clients.