Name: Brenda Grantland
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
_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?Hundreds
|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).|