Mr. Hall received his A.B. in economics from Stanford University in 1977.  He earned his law degree from the University of San Diego School of Law in 1980.


Prior to opening up his own law firm, Mr. Hall was a partner with Seltzer Caplan McMahon Vitek, in their Specialized Criminal Defense Department for sixteen years.  Before that, Mr. Hall was a partner in the law firm of Goldberg and Hall, again specializing in the defense of criminal matters.

Representative Matters


  • Successfully defended local corporation charged with criminal federal environmental violations relating to asbestos removal resulting in dismissal of all charges (U.S. v. San Diego Gas & Electric, Inc., 07-CR-484-DMS)
  • Successfully demurred to state criminal complaint resulting in a dismissal of charges and termination of the prosecution for alleged failure to pay worker’s compensation taxes
  • Represented individuals intercepted during federal or state wiretap investigations and handling dozens of wiretap cases.
  • Quashed grand jury investigation of medical practice suspected of Health Care billing fraud
  • Successfully defended grand jury investigations of corporation and employees for theft of computer code and other misappropriation of intellectual and business property
  • Represented a former Mexican federal prosecutor charged with racketeering activities
  • Represented individual kidnapped from Mexico in violation of extradition treaty with Mexico
  • Represented individuals and entities charged with underpayment of state sales taxes
  • Defended individuals in Securities and Exchange Commission investigations and securities fraud prosecutions involving foreign and domestic entities
  • Defended individuals under investigation for the evasion of federal and state taxes
  • Represented individuals sought for international extradition and prosecution by Mexico, Canada, South Africa, the Czech Republic, France and the Netherlands
  • Quashed grand jury investigation of attorney suspected of involvement in mail and wire fraud
  • Represented public employees/contractors accused of criminal violations of state conflict-of-interest laws
  • Defended corporation and officers charged with Occupational Safety and Health violations
  • Defended individuals and entities charged with state and federal violations of illegal campaign contributions
  • Obtained dismissal of all charges against an individual charged with importing marijuana based upon the misconduct of the case agent in concealing evidence (U.S. v. Castro-Gonzalez, 2014 U.S. Dist. Lexis 267 (S.D. Cal 2104))
  • Represented corporations and individuals charged with gross criminal negligence in state manslaughter prosecutions
  • Represented individuals accused of insurance fraud, mail fraud, wire fraud, bank fraud

Published Opinions

  • U.S. v. Castro-Gonzalez, 2014 U.S. Dist. Lexis 267 (S.D. Cal 2104)
  • U.S. v. San Diego Gas & Electric, 319 Fed.Appx. 628 (2009)
  • U.S. v. San Diego Gas & Electric, 2006 W.L. 3913457 (S.D. Cal.)
  • U.S. v. Verdugo-Urquidez, 494 U.S. 259 (1990)
  • U.S. v. Verdugo-Urquidez, 856 F.2d 1214 (9th Cir. 1988)
  • U.S. v. Verdugo-Urquidez, 939 F.2d 1341 (9th Cir. 1991)
  • U.S. v. Sanchez, 927 F.2d 1092 (9th Cir. 1991)
  • U.S. v. Newport, 747 F.2d 1307 (9th Cir. 1984)
  • Matter of Extradition of Nacif-Borge, 829 F.Supp. 1210 (D.Nev., 1993)
  • U.S. v. Taitz, 134 F.R.D. 288 (S.D.Cal. 1991)
  • U.S. v. Taitz, 130 F.R.D. 442 (S.D.Cal. 1990)
  • Brantz v. U.S., 724 F.Supp. 767 (S.D.Cal. 1989)
  • U.S. v. Orozco, 630 F.Supp. 1418 (S.D.Cal. 1986)
  • U.S. v. Orozco, 108 F.R.D. 313 (S.D.Cal. 1985)
  • People v. Calhoun, 145 Cal.App.3d 568 (1985)
  • People v. Rios, 163 Cal.App.3d 852 (1983)

Professional Awards & Honors

  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America in criminal defense since 2005
  • Listed in Super Lawyers in the area of white collar defense since 2006
  • Recognized by San Diego Magazine as a premier lawyer in San Diego
  • Outstanding Advocacy award for the successful defense and dismissal of charges in People v. Williams
  • Joseph P. Busch Award for excellence in criminal justice
  • America's Registry of Outstanding Professionals

Professional Affiliations & Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court, Central, Eastern, Northern and Southern Districts of California
  • U.S. District Court, District of Arizona
  • U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal
  • U.S. Tenth Circuit Court of Appeal
  • State Bar of California
  • Criminal Defense Lawyers Club of San Diego
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • California Attorneys for Criminal Justice
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America
  • San Diego County Bar Association