Law Firm: Law Office of Brenda Grantland
Address: 20 Sunnyside Suite A-204
City: Mill Valley
Zip code: 94941
Website URL: www.brendagrantland.com
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 Civil litigation_x_ Constitutional Rights
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_ cash transaction reporting violations_x_ IRS forfeitures proportionality constitutional defenses
How long have you been defending forfeiture cases?Continually since 1983
How many forfeiture cases have you handled?Hundreds
names and citations to your published
||U.S. v. Star Sloop Sailboat “Flash II”,
v. U.S., 7 F.3d 1022 (1993), U.S.
Court, 75 F.3d 1470 (1996), U.S.
F.3d 1195 (10th Cir. 2001).
any publications about forfeiture you have
authored (or co-authored):
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).
any classes or seminars on forfeiture which
you have taught:
Policy Foundation seminars on forfeiture -
1992, 1994, 2000; Oxford Club seminar 1996; numerous public speaking
engagements to nonprofit organizations and clubs, numerous radio talk
any pro bono or volunteer work you have
done for F.E.A.R.:
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).|