Criminal Defense Attorneys

Photo of Elizabeth Grossman California Criminal Defense Attorney


Ms. Grossman's mission as a criminal defense attorney is to ensure that the court and the prosecution perceive each client as the individual that they are — a person with a full life and background that separates them from the criminal charges that bring them before the court.  Ms. Grossman works closely with her clients, as partners in their own defense, and strives to keep them fully informed as the case proceeds.  Ms. Grossman represents her clients throughout California in felony, misdemeanor, juvenile, traffic and professional discipline cases.  A part of her practice is reserved for representation of plaintiffs in sexual harassment cases.  

Ms. Grossman was admitted to the California State Bar in 1982 and is a member of the Bar of the Federal Court, Ninth Circuit. She has earned an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbel. According to Martindale-Hubbel, the AV rating "indicates very high to preeminent legal ability and very high ethical standards as established by confidential opinions from members of the Bar."

~  Law Offices of Elizabeth Grossman (1998 to present)
~  Grossman & Gibbs, Co-Founder and Partner (1993-1997)
~  Cooper, Arguedas & Cassman, Partner (1987-1993)
~  Alameda County Public Defender (1984-1987)
~  Solano County Public Defender (1983-1984)
~  California Supreme Court, Central Staff Intern (1982)
~  Legal Services for Children, Alternative Sentencing Specialist (1978-1979)

~  J.D., Hastings College of Law, San Francisco, California (1982)
~  B.A., Summa Cum Laude, U.C. Berkeley (1978)
~  Phi Beta Kappa (1977)

~  President, Women Defenders (1995-1996)
~  Board of Governors, California Attorneys for Criminal Justice (1992-1997)
~  Board of Directors, National Lawyers Guild, San Francisco (1992)
~  Judicial Nominations Evaluation Committee, Alameda County  Bar Association  (1991-1993)
~  Member, American Civil Liberties Union
~  Member, Bay Area Lawyers for Individual Freedom
~  Member, California Women Lawyers
~  Member, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers


Photo of Petter Orth: California Crimnial Defense Attorney


Peter Orth has worked professionally in the criminal defense field for over 16 years.  He began his legal career first as a legal assistant, then as a law clerk and paralegal, at Grossman & Gibbs and later at the Law Offices of Elizabeth Grossman.  

Mr. Orth has been an integral part of the team at the Law Offices of Elizabeth Grossman for over 12 years, working closely with Elizabeth Grossman in every aspect of all cases.  From legal research and writing to client interviews and consultation with experts, Mr. Orth has contributed his invaluable analytical skills and meticulous organization to the practice. 

As an attorney, Mr. Orth brings his wealth of practical experience and legal training to bear in service of the firm’s clients.  In addition to his legal expertise, Mr. Orth's background in science makes him uniquely qualified to handle cases which involve scientific evidence and his academic background gives him a sophisticated perspective on the social and cultural issues which affect his clients’ cases.       

~University of California Berkeley, B.A. 1996
~San Francisco State University, Post-Graduate Studies, Cultural Anthropology 2001-2004
~Golden Gate University, J.D. 2008 (Jesse W. Carter Society Member)