Outstanding Defense Lawyers For Tough Criminal Cases

Brian M. Worthington

Brian M. Worthington is a Certified Specialist in criminal law and has been practicing criminal law exclusively since 2009. He is an experienced trial attorney handling complex criminal cases all over Northern California. He has handled every imaginable type of criminal allegation: murder, including multiple cases eligible for the death penalty; robbery; gang crimes; rape; child sexual abuse; domestic violence; DUI; assault; burglary—the list is nearly endless. His trial experience includes DUI, embezzlement of public funds, robbery, resisting arrest, multiple domestic violence cases, multiple rape cases, and multiple child sexual abuse cases. He has represented clients from all walks of life, including multiple prison guards, a former Chief of Police, fellow attorneys, and a V.P. of a Fortune 500 company. Mr. Worthington regularly represents non-citizens, with a successful track record of avoiding deportation. He has routinely represented people accused of sex crimes and gotten charges dismissed, secured not guilty verdicts, or otherwise resolved the case in a way that ensured they did not have to register as a sex offender.

Adding to his experience, Mr. Worthington has been fortunate in his career to handle a number of cases involving complicated psychological, mental health, or behavioral issues. These include:

  • Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy;
  • Intimate Partner Battering and Its Effects (formerly known as Battered Woman’s Syndrome);
  • The Myth of Repressed Memory;
  • Child Sexual Abuse Accommodation Syndrome;
  • Rape Trauma Syndrome;
  • Pedophilia;
  • Kleptomania;
  • Eyewitness Identification;
  • First-Break Schizophrenia;
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder;
  • Temporal Lobe Epilepsy;
  • Neurocognitive Brain Dysfunction; and
  • Internet pornography addiction.

Brian M. Worthington is a 2009 graduate of the University of San Francisco, School of Law and has been a member of the Worthington Law Centre since the day he received his Juris Doctorate. He wasted no time taking on major, complex criminal cases:

  • Within one week of being admitted to the Bar, Mr. Worthington was defending a case involving a 14-year-old girl who falsely accused her uncle of molesting her from age 3 through age 8. The case would eventually proceed to trial, where Mr. Worthington would secure a not guilty verdict on all charges.
  • Just over one month after being admitted to the Bar, Mr. Worthington was assigned his first homicide case involving a woman who stabbed her husband to death on New Year’s Day. She was charged with first-degree murder, an offense carrying life-in-prison. Mr. Worthington was successful in negotiating the case down to voluntary manslaughter, for which the woman was sentenced to only seven years in prison.
  • Less than two months after being admitted to the Bar, Mr. Worthington handled his first jury trial, an allegation of child sexual abuse involving two complaining witnesses.

In fact, though, Mr. Worthington’s handling of complex cases with great results began even before he was a licensed attorney. After his second year of law school, Mr. Worthington became a “certified law student,” which allowed him to handle cases under the supervision of another attorney. He was assigned the case where a man was seeking to be relieved from sex offender registration. Years before, the man had entered a plea to an offense that did not require registration, but after his plea, the law changed and the Department of Justice ordered him to register. Mr. Worthington filed a motion in court seeking relief on behalf of his client. He related the man’s situation to a recent California Supreme Court case that held mandatory registration in some cases violated the Constitutional guarantee of Equal Protection. The Judge agreed and deleted the requirement that Mr. Worthington’s client register.

Mr. Worthington has received numerous commendations for his work, in addition to his recognition as a Certified Specialist in criminal law. After only three full years of practice, Mr. Worthington was named to Northern California Super Lawyers “Rising Stars” list and has been so named every year since. He was also named a National Trial Lawyers “Top 100 Trial Lawyer” after only three full years of practice and has received that distinction every year since. Perhaps most impressively, the Worthington Law Centre has been named a US News and World Report’s “Best Law Firm” every full year that Mr. Worthington has been an attorney. He is also frequently interviewed in print and television media to discuss his cases and emerging legal issues.

Outside of the office, Mr. Worthington stays active in the legal community and the community at large. He is a former member of the Board of Governors for the California Attorneys for Criminal Justice; a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers; a member of the Pacific Juvenile Defenders Conference; a member of the Rotary Club of Salinas Valley; a member of the Arts Council for Hartnell Community College in Salinas, CA; a member of Provisors; and a regular volunteer at the Warming Shelter, an overnight shelter for homeless residents of Monterey County, CA.

You can see a complete list of Brian M. Worthington’s notable cases here.

Criminal Trial Practice
Felony & Misdemeanor Cases (White Collar & Non-White Collar Crimes)

State Bar of California
Admitted to practice law in:

  • California trial courts
  • California Court of Appeal-Sixth District
  • California Supreme Court
  • United States District Court – Northern District of California
  • United States Court of Appeal for the Ninth Circuit
  • Monterey County Bar

Juris Doctorate, University of San Francisco, School of Law, San Francisco, CA

Bachelor of Arts in Modern Literature, University of California, Santa Cruz, CA

Selected for inclusion in Northern California Super Lawyers Rising Stars 2013 through 2016

Selected for inclusion in The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers


  • California Attorneys for Criminal Justice (CACJ)
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL)
  • California Public Defender’s Association (CPDA)
  • Pacific Juvenile Defender Conference


  • Council member of the Hartnell College Arts Council

Notable Cases & Results

Attorney Brian M. Worthington
  • Dismissed Domestic Violence Allegation
  • Reduced to Misdemeanor; No Jail Time Imposed. Possession of Assault Weapon
  • Probation, Home Confinement and No Sex-Offender Man Accused of Using Craig's List to Contact Minor for Sex
  • Dismissed Rape Charges
  • Probation Molest Victim Charged with Attempted Murder of His Assailant
  • Convicted of Lesser Offense Voluntary Manslaughter
    Coach from Robert Louis Stevenson School Charged with Murder of His Daughter's Boyfriend Convicted of Lesser Offense of Voluntary Manslaughter
  • Misdemeanor Treatment with Probation and No Jail Local Retired Dentist Charged with Felony Child Endangerment Facing a Six Year Prison Term
  • Probation and Only One Strike 18-Year-Old Young Man Facing Six Years in State Prison and Two Strikes
  • Probation 28 Year Old Salinas Man Facing 13 Years in State Prison for Weapons Charges with Gang Enhancements
  • Not Guilty Verdicts Sleep Technician Accused of Touching Patients in a Sexual Manner
    Sleep Technician Accused of Touching Patients in a Sexual Manner Receives Not Guilty Verdicts on All Charges Except One Resulting in a Hung Jury

Our Testimonials

What Our Clients Have to Say
  • “Tom and Brian Worthington are the real deal!”

    Nick B.

  • “I can’t express enough how satisfied I was with your services and your professional staff. ”

    Former Client

  • “The hard work, your time, your perseverance, your dedication and your efforts, helped in the end result of Emma’s Case.”

    Guadalupe B.

  • “From the very beginning of my legal tribulation, Mr. Brian Worthington and his team- showed genuine interest.”


  • “Successful results with my criminal case that was my concern.”

    Mrs. Cortez

  • “Hard work, diligence and perseverance. ”


  • “No words can truly express our complete satisfaction with their services.”

    Hipolity & Leticia M.

  • “I personally feel you did a superb job, and I thank you once again. ”

    Mario C.

  • “My family and I will never forget all that you and your staff have done for us.”

    August J S.

  • “This has been anxiety-filled process, but we could not imagine having hired a better firm to get us though this process. Our gratitude for everything.”

    John & Cynthia B.

  • “Worthington law firm worked at providing the highest quality of professionalism and attention to detail that I needed to prove my innocence and to win my case.”

    Darla M.