Daniel Horowitz is a renowned white collar criminal defense lawyer, trial attorney and television legal analyst. You’ve seen him on Nancy Grace, Larry King, Fox News, CNN, MSNBC. Horowitz was a legal analyst for CNN and MSNBC covering the Scott Peterson and Michael Jackson trials.
The “Big 3” television networks, frequently feature Daniel Horowitz as a legal analyst. You can find Horowitz in the press, commenting on high profile cases such as the Jodi Arias murder trial, the Orville Fleming “Zombie Defense” trial, the Ryan Roberts murder trial, and many other widely recognized cases.
High Profile Clients (Civil & Criminal)
High profile civil (not criminal !) clients include author Terry McMillan, radio talk superstar Michael Savage of the “Savage Nation”, famed actor Al Pacino, and many other celebrities. Horowitz’ criminal jury trials include the defense of a major MS-13 gang leader, the founder of the Family Affiliated Irish Mafia (FAIM) and eight capital murder (death penalty) cases. His defense of Ukraine Prime Minister Pavel Lazarenko pitted Dan Horowitz against the corrupt Ukraine government. <<See More>>
Horowitz sued actor Mel Gibson and succeeded in having Gibson prosecuted for the assault on his girlfriend, pianist Oksana Grigorieva. He recovered millions of dollars for Ms. Grigorieva. Gibson’s powerful machine attacked Grigorieva and pressured the Los Angeles District Attorney to prosecute Ms. Grigorieva for extortion. No charges were ever filed against her.
Horowitz obtained $ 804,000 at auction, for the man who won the “scrum” for Barry Bonds 700th Home run baseball. He fought against claims by other fans who claimed that they were entitled to the ball.
Horowitz has been a certified criminal defense law specialist for over 20 years.
The State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization has certified approximately 200 attorneys as Criminal Defense Specialists. There are only 14 (approx.) criminal defense specialists in all of Contra Costa County. To understand how rigorous the standards are, view the Board’s Criminal Defense Lawyer Specialist Recertification Application.
As one of the nation’s top criminal defense trial attorneys, Horowitz is a member of the National Trial Lawyers. This group recognizes Daniel Horowitz as a “Top 100 Trial Attorney”.
He was also inducted as a member of the National Association of Distinguished Counsel “Top 1%”.
Martindale Hubbell awards Daniel Horowitz its highest rating for both ability and ethics.
AVVO rates Horowitz a “10”. He has the highest YELP rating.
Highly Qualified Defense Team
Complex medical fraud and white collar cases require a highly capable criminal defense team. The Horowitz law firm is rich in trial experience and criminal defense law technical expertise.
The team includes two certified criminal defense specialists (Daniel Horowitz & Carmela Caramagno). The defense team includes “Top 40 Under 40″ trial lawyer (Oksana Tsykova) as well as paralegals with specific experience in medical fraud and white collar work.
Experienced in Courtrooms in Many Jurisdictions
The law firm’s office is in Lafayette, California located in Contra Costa County. Nearby cities include Walnut Creek, Danville, Blackhawk and Alamo. While Contra Costa, Alameda, and San Francisco counties are geographically near the Lafayette office, Horowitz’ practice is geographically broad. Horowitz’s practice has taken him throughout the United States to states as diverse as Mississippi, Texas, Washington State and Washington D.C.. Cases such as the Mel Gibson/Oksana Grigorieva case have taken him to other parts of California such as Los Angeles. His fight for the First Amendment rights of journalists will go to trial in federal court in Washington D.C..
High Profile Victories
1. Criminal Law
In the case of United States v. Pavel Lazarenko, Daniel Horowitz won a decisive victory. The Former Prime Minister of Ukraine was charged with Money Laundering and other White Collar crimes. San Francisco federal prosecutors claimed that Lazarenko misappropriated $250 million dollars. Daniel Horowitz won against every charge which he personally defended.
In Los Angeles, Dan Horowitz successfully prevented the Los Angeles District Attorney’s office from filing extortion charges against Oksana Grigorieva. Grigorieva was accused of extortion by actor Mel Gibson who used his tremendous star power and money to press for charges to be filed against Grigorieva. [News Article]
2. Civil Law (Disputes not involving crimes)
Horowitz represented radio superstar Michael Savage (Savage Nation) against the TRN radio network. He won the arbitration victory against the radio network. The United States Court of Appeal in San Francisco, upheld the decision. In that victory, Michael Savage won a major monetary award and was released from his contract with TRN. Read About Savage Nation case.
A recent lawsuit against a corrupt police department (Pittsburg, California) was national news and has resulted in over 15 wrongful criminal convictions being set aside by the Contra Costa County District Attorney.
3. Drug Law Defense
As an opponent of the “war on drugs”, Horowitz as a drug defense lawyer protects our rights guaranteed by the United States Constitution. While some jurisdictions (like San Francisco) are relatively “safe” for soft drugs like marijuana, San Diego recently arrested an attorney for her work advising marijuana operations.
Our “Founding Fathers” would not have supported alcohol prohibition. They certainly would not support a war on our own population. Drug laws insert the government into our private lives. Drug addiction and drug abuse are medical, not criminal issues. (See this article on Israel’s medical marijuana research.)
A drug defense attorney protects the idea of the government as a partner but not a “super parent”. The line between a “super parent” government and a dictatorship is a fine line and sometimes, no line at all. Aggressive criminal defense attorneys are essential to maintaining the proper checks and balances.
In a high profile drug law case, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeal freed a prisoner when Attorney Horowitz proved that his trial conviction was tainted by jury tampering.
4. Medical Fraud
The law firm has extensive experience defending physicians, chiropractors, nurses and physical therapists against charges including upcoding, billing fraud, exceeding the scope of practice, unlawful referrals and other criminal charges. The trial of People v. Origel in Stockton, Ca. resulted in a hung jury and dismissal of charges. Following that victory, the medical doctors and chiropractors who were associated with that case had all charges dismissed (or planned filings were abandoned). Had Horowitz not won the case, arrests were planned throughout the state (California).