Forfeiture Endangers American Rights

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Name: Brenda Grantland
Law Firm: Law Office of Brenda Grantland
Address: 20 Sunnyside Suite A-204
City: Mill Valley
State: CA
Country: USA
Zip code: 94941
Phone: 415-381-6105
Website URL:

Qualifications and Credentials

State/foreign bar licenses: California (inactive in DC & Maryland)
Admitted to U.S. Supreme Court? yes
Federal court admissions: most federal circuits and district courts in California
Law school: George Washington University National Law Center 1981
Undergrad: University of Alabama, BA
Experience in forfeiture defense and related subjects: I have handled a wide variety of forfeiture cases under various statutes.  I also have experience representing crime victims in criminal cases under the Crime Victims Rights Act and Mandatory Victim Restitution Act.

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

 _x_ Forfeiture Trials                           _x_ Forfeiture Appeals

 __ Criminal Trials                               _x_ Criminal Appeals

_x_ Crime victims' rights

_x_ Civil litigation

 _x_ Constitutional Rights
Place an “x” next to the types of forfeiture issues you have had experience handling:

_x_ criminal forfeiture – federal                 __ 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_ fraud forfeitures

 _x_ cash transaction reporting violations

 _x_ proportionality constitutional defenses

How long have you been defending forfeiture cases?  

Continually since 1983

How many forfeiture cases have you handled?  


Case names and citations to your published forfeiture opinions:
U.S. v. Star Sloop Sailboat “Flash II”, Shelden v. U.S., 7 F.3d 1022 (1993), U.S. v. 9844 S. Titan Court, 75 F.3d 1470 (1996), U.S. v. Aguirre, 264 F.3d 1195 (10th Cir. 2001).
List any publications about forfeiture you have authored (or co-authored):
"Your House Is Under Arrest" (paperback book, published by Society for Preservation of Wealth, 1993; "Forfeiture and Double Jeopardy" (coauthored with Jeffrey Steinborn and others, published by FEAR Foundation, 1994, 1995, 1996); Asset Forfeiture Defense Manual, 2001 (coauthored with Judy Osburn and others); Forfeiture 101 DVD (2009).
List any classes or seminars on forfeiture which you have taught:
Drug Policy Foundation seminars on forfeiture - 1992, 1994, 2000; Oxford Club seminar 1996; numerous public speaking engagements to nonprofit organizations and clubs, numerous radio talk shows.
List any pro bono or volunteer work you have done for F.E.A.R.:
FEAR newsletter editor - 1992-1994, FEAR Board president - 1994 - 1996, 1998-present, FEAR Board of Directors - 1993 – present.
List any other volunteer or pro bono work you have done involving forfeiture: Answered questions from victims who called FEAR – 1993 to 2010; pro bono work and amicus briefs on double jeopardy 1994-1996; amicus brief in Supreme Court in Libretti v. U.S. (1996).