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Brian M. Worthington


Brian M. Worthington

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:

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 is now an experienced trial attorney handling complex criminal cases all over Norther California. The work and great results have not slowed down. He has handled every imaginable type of criminal allegation: murder, 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:

Mr. Worthington has received numerous commendations for his work. After only 3 full years of practice, Mr. Worthington was named a Northern California SuperLawyers “Rising Star,” and has been so named every year from 2013-2017. He was also named a National Trial Lawyers “Top 100 Trial Lawyer” after only 3 full years of practice, and has received that distinction every year from 2013-2016. 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—2010-2016. 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 SF10 in San Francisco, CA; 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

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 Center

Community Organizations:

  • Council member of the Hartnell Western Stage
  • Salinas Santa Lucia Rotary Club