Graham D. Donath is a seasoned and aggressive attorney who devotes 100% of his practice to criminal defense. From Gang Related Attempted Murder to a first time DUI, he has the experience and knowledge to handle the broadest range of criminal matters. Mr. Donath graduated from Claremont McKenna College, where he was named a Distinguished Scholar, was a member of the Dean’s list, and was highly praised for his Honors thesis, titled “Ice-T, 2 Live Crew and Ozzy Osbourne: An Analysis Of Modern Obscenity and Incitement Laws’ Inadequacies as a Means Of Regulating Musical Expression.” He received his Juris Doctorate from University of California, Hastings College of the Law and was granted admission to the State Bar of California by examination immediately after graduation.
Mr. Donath worked previously in Riverside as a Deputy Public Defender of Riverside County, where he was named Misdemeanor Trial Attorney of the Year. He has handled thousands of Felony, Misdemeanor, and Juvenile criminal matters successfully, obtaining excellent results for his clients both through negotiation and in trial. He is a member of the California Public Defender’s Association, California Attorneys For Criminal Justice, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Criminal Defense panel of Riverside County, and the Orange, Los Angeles and Riverside County Bar Associations.
Mr. Donath has been named one of the Top 100 Trial Attorneys in Southern California by the National Trial Lawyers Organization for 2013 and 2014. He is one of only a small handful of attorneys who have been deemed the prestigious honor of Certified Specialist in Criminal Law by the California State Bar Board of Legal Specialization.
Mr. Donath’s previous employers include United States Senator Barbara Boxer, renowned jury and trial consultants Donald Vinson and Jo-Ellan Dimitrius, and the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office.