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Name: Daniel Smith
Law Firm: San Diego Defenders APC
Address: 585 Third Avenue
City: Chula Vista
State: CA
Country: USA
Zip code: 91910
Phone: (619) 258-8888 or Mexico Toll Free 01-800-681-8099
Fax: (619) 374-8477
Website URL: and

Qualifications and Credentials

State/foreign bar licenses: California & Arizona
Admitted to U.S. Supreme Court? no
Federal court admissions: United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, Southern District of California, and District of Arizona
Law school: California Western School of Law, Dec. 5, 1990             
Undergrad: Arizona State University Bachelor of Science in Economics, Dec. 18, 1987
Experience in forfeiture defense and related subjects: Southern District of California and Arizona since 1990

Place an x next to the types of cases you handle:

 _x_ Forfeiture Trials                           __ Forfeiture Appeals

 _x_ Criminal Trials                            _x_ Criminal Appeals Civil litigation

 _x_ Constitutional Rights

Place an x next to the types of forfeiture issues you have had experience handling:

_x_ criminal forfeiture federal                 _x_ criminal forfeiture state

 _x_ civil forfeiture federal                      _x_ civil forfeiture state

 _x_ innocent owners                               _x_ innocent lienholders

 _x_ innocent spouses                             _x_ innocent landlords

 _x_ money laundering                            

 _x_ cash transaction reporting violations

 __ IRS forfeitures proportionality constitutional defenses

How long have you been defending forfeiture cases?  

23 years

How many forfeiture cases have you handled?  


List any publications about forfeiture you have authored (or co-authored):
List any other volunteer or pro bono work you have done involving forfeiture: Various