Innocence Legal Team | Criminal Defense Attorney | Steve Najera




Steve Najera

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I enjoy helping those in need while showing compassion and advocating on their behalf.


During my professional career, I’ve represented thousands of clients and first chaired over 100 trials. Prior to practicing in the private sector, I worked as a Public Defender. My last 16 years were devoted exclusively to complex criminal litigation.


Bachelor of Arts – Philosophy – 1994

University of California, Western State University School of Law


Juris Doctorate – 2003

University of California, Western State University School of Law

Work Experience

Orange County Public Defender – Deputy Trial Attorney | December 2003 – December 2007

  • Represented clients in both misdemeanor and felony matters. Conducted professional research and analyzed and evaluated the facts to prepare a defense strategy.
  • Trained legal interns, ensuring that all policies and procedures were fully followed.
  • Represented parents in Dependency court, where I advocated to maintain parental rights intact and reunify families.
  • Recognized with the distinguished Don Simm’s Trial Attorney of the Year award.

Los Angeles County Alternate Public Defender – Deputy Trial Attorney | December 2007 – October 2021

  • Exclusively represented clients in complex serious and violent felony litigation.
  • Conducted professional research, analyzed the facts and the law to develop the best defense strategy for each client.
  • Consulted, interviewed, and hired experts to testify in felony trials.
  • Developed investigative strategies and would assign tasks to Senior investigators.
  • Coordinate with experts and prepare mitigation packages in preparation to negotiate with the District Attorney’s office.
  • First chaired multiple homicide trials.

Community Outreach

  • Co-Founder of Phoenix Running Club / Mentor – Sylmar Juvenile Detention Center
  • Guest Speaker to at risk youth for different inner-city programs


  • Juris Doctorate – 2003 (State Bar Number 226398)
  • United States District Court – Central District – 2021

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