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Raoul J. Severo

Raoul J. Severo has a long history in criminal law. He has over 42 years of experience as a criminal defense attorney and defended thousands of clients from all walks of life in all aspects of criminal litigation in federal and state courts and at trial and appellate levels. There is no higher accolade for a lawyer than the praise that he is “a lawyer’s lawyer,” one that was received by Mr. Severo on multiple occasions when he literally defended lawyers against criminal charges.

He is an aggressive advocate for his clients’ rights, and he has a reputation among his colleagues and clients for thinking outside the box when it comes to developing strategies, a rare and invaluable trait.

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Practice Areas:

  • Criminal Defense
  • United States Courts Ninth Judicial Circuit
  • Supreme Court of California
  • US District Court - Southern District of California
  • US District Court - Central District of Californai
  • US District Court - District of Arizona
  • Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles
  • US District Court - Eastern District of California
  • US District Court - Northern District of California
  • Founding Attorney Raoul Severo Premium Lawyer Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell Platinum Client Champion Award 2020

Raoul J. Severo

Biography

Raoul J. Severo has a long history in criminal law. He has over 42 years of experience as a criminal defense attorney and defended thousands of clients from all walks of life in all aspects of criminal litigation in federal and state courts, and at trial and appellate levels. There is no higher accolade for a lawyer than the praise that he is “a lawyer's lawyer,” one that was received by Mr. Severo on multiple occasions when he literally defended lawyers against criminal charges.

He is an aggressive advocate for his clients' rights, and he has a reputation among his colleagues and clients of thinking outside the box when it comes to developing strategies, a rare and invaluable trait.

Education

  • Whittier Law School, Costa Mesa, California
    • J.D. - 1977
    • Honors: cum laude
  • University of California, Los Angeles, California
    • B.A.
    • Honors: cum laude

Bar Admission

  • California, 1977

Professional Associations

  • American Bar Association, Member, 1983 to 1992
  • Hispanic National Bar Association, Member, 1997 to 2002
  • National Association of Criminal Defense, Member, 2012 to 2017
  • DUI Defense Lawyers Association, Member, 2017 to 2018

Classes & Seminars

  • American Politics, UCLA, 1972 to 1975
  • General Training for Criminal Defense, ASKAP, 2002 to 2006

Pro-Bono Activities

  • St. Mary's Church Nonprofit Contract Work, 1992 to 1997

Languages

  • English
  • Spanish

Current Employment Position

  • Founding Attorney
  • United States Courts Ninth Judicial Circuit
  • Supreme Court of California
  • US District Court - Southern District of California
  • US District Court - Central District of Californai
  • US District Court - District of Arizona
  • Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles
  • US District Court - Eastern District of California
  • US District Court - Northern District of California
  • Founding Attorney Raoul Severo Premium Lawyer Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell Platinum Client Champion Award 2020