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Gretchen von Helms

The Law Offices of Gretchen von Helms

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.

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  • J.D., Harvard University, cum laude, 1990
  • M.P.P., Kennedy School of Government, cum laude, 1990
  • B.A., University of Southern California, summa cum laude, 1986
    • Phi Beta Kappa
    • Phi Kappa Phi


  • California State Bar, 1991
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of California, 1992
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 1992
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1996


  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • California Association of Criminal Justice Lawyers
  • California Bar Association
  • American Bar Association

In her free time, Gretchen von Helms is an active volunteer with service organizations and nonprofit agencies and a board member for La Cuna, a children's charity.

Contact Gretchen von Helms

Looking for someone to build a strong case on your behalf?  Attorney Gretchen von Helms has the skill, experience, and resourcefulness necessary to achieve positive outcomes for difficult cases.  Contact us today for a free initial consultation.  We are conveniently located near the federal and state courthouses of San Diego.

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