Attorney Profile

Attorney Profile

I have been exclusively practicing criminal law in California for over 40 years and have handled over 300 state and federal cases with everything from a simple DUI to homicide cases
I have been rated in the top 5% of Northern California Lawyers year over year and I was selected to be awarded by Super Lawyers from 2005 to 2014. This award is given to attorneys that have gone through a multiphase selection process and is earned through a proven track record of success.
I am peer review rated through Martindale-Hubbell since 1971 and am a Certified criminal law specialist by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization
I have gone before the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals and the California Supreme Court to fight for my clients and am also admitted to practice in Washington, Utah, and Nevada federal district courts
In the past I helped in founding the California Attorneys for Criminal Justice which is now the country’s largest statewide organization of criminal defense lawyers and allied professionals.

Bar admissions:

  • California, 1966
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 1974
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California, 1972
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of California, 1974
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of California, 1974
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California, 1974
University of California at Berkeley, BoaIt Hall School of Law,
Berkeley, California
  • 3.D. - 1965
  • Honors: Order of the Coif; Top 5% of Graduating Class
  • Law Review: University of California at Berkeley Law Review, Member,
  • 1964 - 1965
University of California Santa Barbara, Goleta, California
  • B.A., Economics cum laude - 1961
  • Honors: With Honors
  • Search 8, Seizure of Automobiles, 51 California Law Review 907, 1963
  • Juvenile Due Process in German Republic, England St California, 4 California
  • Western Law Review 35, 1968
  • California Attorneys for Criminal Justice, Member, Board of Governors, 1973 - Present
  • California Attorneys for Criminal Justice, Education Committee, 1977 Present
  • California Attorneys for Criminal Justice, Chairman, Bail Reform Committee, 1973 - 1974
  • Super Lawyers, 2004 - 2015 
Call 831-655-2000

"James Newhouse is a 5-star attorney. He guided us through this difficult experience with such great care. Not only was the case settled in our favor, he was always there for questions and concerns. I appreciated his calmness, efficiency and patience especially since I have none of those skills. Hope I don't need an attorney again but if I do he will be the first call!"

Kit U., Temecula, CA - YELP
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