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 Santa Lucia Rotary Club in Salinas, CA; a member of the Arts Council for Hartnell Community College in Salinas, CA; a member of Provisors; a sponsor for Little League in Salinas, CA; 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.

AREAS OF PRACTICE:
Criminal Trial Practice
Felony & Misdemeanor Cases (White Collar & Non-White Collar Crimes)

BAR ADMISSIONS:
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
  • San Francisco County Bar

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

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

HONORS AND AWARDS:
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

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATION MEMBERSHIPS:

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

COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS:

  • Council member of the Hartnell College Arts Council
  • Salinas Santa Lucia Rotary Club

Notable Cases & Results

Attorney Brian M. Worthington
  • Probation and Only One Strike 18-Year-Old Young Man Facing Six Years in State Prison and Two Strikes
  • Receives Misdemeanor Treatment 19 Year Old Developmentally Disabled Mexican Immigrant Charged with Forcible Rape and Facing Prison and Deportation
    Receives Misdemeanor Treatment After Attorneys Argue He Had Been Denied Due Process of Law
  • Probation and Not Required to Register 21 Year Old College Student Facing Years in Prison and Lifetime Registration as a Sex Offender
  • Not Guilty 23 Counts of Insurance Fraud and Perjury
  • Probation 24 Year Old Salinas Man Facing 7 Years in State Prison for Bank Robbery
  • Probation 26 Year Old Man Facing over 7 Years in Prison
  • Probation 28 Year Old Salinas Man Facing 13 Years in State Prison for Weapons Charges with Gang Enhancements
  • Not Guilty of All Charges 46 Year Old Hollister Man Facing Life in Prison for Alleged Child Molestation
  • Not Guilty of All Charges 46 Year Old Hollister Man Facing Life in Prison for Alleged Child Molestation
  • Not Guilty Verdict Armed Robbery

Our Testimonials

What Our Clients Have to Say
  • “Successful results with my criminal case that was my concern.”

    Mrs. Cortez

  • “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.

  • “Hard work, diligence and perseverance. ”

    Scott

  • “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.

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

    Lee

  • “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.

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

    Former Client

  • “In closing, your firm lived up to the reputation of why I hired you and I will always recommend Worthington Law firm if anyone I know needs legal service.”

    Tony V.

  • “Tom and Brian Worthington are the real deal!”

    Nick B.

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

    Guadalupe B.