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 Defense exclusively since 2009.

Mr. Worthington is an experienced trial attorney handling complex cases all over Northern California in both adult and juvenile courts. His trial experience includes jury trials for major crimes like murder with gang enhancements, robbery, rape, child sexual assault, and domestic violence, to more minor offenses like driving under the influence, possession of narcotics, and resisting arrest. He has also had the privilege of trying a unique and complex jury trial involving embezzlement of public funds and perjury. Mr. Worthington’s trial experience also includes jurisdictional hearings (the version of a trial conducted in juvenile court) for attempted murder with gang enhancements, and robbery with gang enhancements.

Mr. Worthington’s practice routinely requires representation of non-citizen defendants, with a successful track record of avoiding deportation. He has handled over 100 cases involving sexual assault—whether adult or child—with multiple not guilty verdicts, the dismissal of cases, resolutions avoiding mandatory sex offender registration, reduction of felonies to misdemeanors, and resolutions securing probation where prison sentences were mandated by law. He has represented clients from all walks of life, including multiple prison guards, a former Chief of Police, fellow attorneys, and a VP of a Fortune 500 company.

Mr. Worthington has broad experience handling cases with complex psychological, mental health, or behavioral health issues, which has allowed him to amass a team of experts with whom he routinely works to provide the best possible defenses for his clients. That experience includes:

  • Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy;
  • The Child Sexual Abuse Accommodation Syndrome;
  • Rape Trauma Syndrome;
  • The Myth of Repressed Memory;
  • Intimate Partner Battering and Its Effects (otherwise known as Battered Woman’s Syndrome);
  • Pedophilia;
  • Kleptomania;
  • Psychopathy;
  • Anti-Social Personality Disorder;
  • First-Break Schizophrenia;
  • Schizoaffective Disorder;
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder;
  • Poly Substance Abuse;
  • Temporal Lobe Epilepsy;
  • Neurocognitive Brain Dysfunction;
  • Internet Pornography Addiction; and
  • Eyewitness Identification.

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

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
  • “I was glad I called Tom & his group”

    Mel Jenkins

  • “On behalf of my entire family, thank you so much, Brian, for your amazing efforts and superhuman compassion as you shepherded us through this awful experience.”

    James K.

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

    August J S.

  • “Hard work, diligence and perseverance. ”


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


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

    Mario C.

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

    Guadalupe B.

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

    Nick B.

  • “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

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

    Mrs. Cortez

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

    Hipolity & Leticia M.

  • “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.