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CaliforniaCriminal Appellate Law Lawyers in California

An appeal involves briefing issues for a higher court to review. Appellate attorneys in California may also make an oral argument to the judge or judges deciding the appeal.


When choosing a criminal defense attorney for an appellate case, keep in mind that strict timelines often apply to appeals.


Most criminal appellate attorneys in California charge flat fees for direct appeals and post conviction cases.


Many of the top appellate attorneys devote a significant portion of their practice to this niche area of the law.


Appellate law in the criminal justice system also includes federal habeas petitions and post-conviction motions for illegal sentences, ineffective assistance of counsel or prosecutorial misconduct.


Many of the top criminal appellate lawyers in the United States belong to The Council of Appellate Lawyers. The CAL is the first and only national appellate bench-bar organization.

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Jason Scott Leiderman

Jason Scott Leiderman
Law Offices of Jay Leiderman
770 County Square Drive Suite 101
Ventura, CA 93003
Call 805-654-0200
When searching for the right attorney, it is often the worst time in your life. Finding a good one, and the right one for you, is a daunting... read more >
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State Bar of California
Jason Scott Leiderman
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Law
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California Attorneys for Criminal Justice
Jason Scott Leiderman
Life Member
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nlc-lt
National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws
Jason Scott Leiderman
Lifetime Member,
Legal Committee
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nacdl
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Jason Scott Leiderman
Member

Donald John Hensel

Donald John Hensel
Bartell, Hensel & Gressley
5053 La Mart Dr Suite 201
Riverside, CA 92507
Call 951-788-2230
Donald Hensel is a trial lawyer based in Riverside, California who for 36 years has handled both civil and criminal cases.... read more >
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cdla
California DUI Lawyers Association
Donald John Hensel
Member

Virginia Louise Landry

Virginia Louise Landry
Law Offices of Virginia L. Landry, Inc.
23046 Avenida De La Carlota Suite 125
Laguna Hills, CA 92653
Licensed for 31 years, Virginia Louise Landry is a Criminal Defense and DUI / DWI lawyer who attended National College for DUI Defense, Inc... read more >
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ncdd-bc
National College for DUI Defense
Virginia Louise Landry
Board Certified Specialist in DUI Defense Law

James Farragher Campbell

James Farragher Campbell
Campbell & DeMetrick
155 Sansome St Suite 810
San Francisco, CA 94104
Licensed for 45 years, James Farragher Campbell is a DUI / DWI and Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Lincoln Law School... read more >
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ncdd-bc
National College for DUI Defense
James Farragher Campbell
Board Certified Specialist in DUI Defense Law

Barry Thomas Simons

Barry Thomas Simons
Law Offices of Barry T. Simons
260 St Ann's Dr
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Licensed for 48 years, Barry Thomas Simons is a Criminal Defense and DUI / DWI lawyer who attended New York Law School... read more >
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ncdd-bc
National College for DUI Defense
Barry Thomas Simons
Board Certified Specialist in DUI Defense Law

Jacqueline Goodman

Jacqueline Goodman
Law Offices of Jacqueline Goodman
712 N. Harbor Blvd
Fullerton, CA 92832
Licensed for 26 years, Jacqueline Goodman is a Criminal Defense and Federal Crimes lawyer who attended Western State College of Law at Argo... read more >
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State Bar of California
Jacqueline Goodman
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Law

Richard Alan Hutton

Richard Alan Hutton
301 E. Colorado Blvd Suite 301
Pasadena, CA 91101
Licensed for 49 years, Richard Alan Hutton is a Criminal Defense and DUI / DWI lawyer who attended UCLA School of Law... read more >
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cbls
State Bar of California
Richard Alan Hutton
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Law

David Jean Kaloyanides

David Jean Kaloyanides
David J.P. Kaloyanides, A Professional Law Corporation
15338 Central Ave
Chino, CA 91710
Licensed for 28 years, David Jean Kaloyanides is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Loyola Law School - Loyola Marymount University... read more >
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State Bar of California
David Jean Kaloyanides
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Law

Christopher Francis Morales

Christopher Francis Morales
The Morales Law Firm
1388 Sutter Street Suite 805
San Francisco, CA 94109
Licensed for 29 years, Christopher Francis Morales is a Criminal Defense and DUI / DWI lawyer who attended Santa Clara Law School... read more >
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cbls
State Bar of California
Christopher Francis Morales
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Law

Kenneth Neil Hamilton

Kenneth Neil Hamilton
South Coast DUI Law Center
5740 Ralston Street Suite 300
Ventura, CA 93003
Licensed for 18 years, Kenneth Neil Hamilton is a Criminal Defense and DUI / DWI lawyer who attended Western Sierra Law School... read more >
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cbls
State Bar of California
Kenneth Neil Hamilton
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Law

Jeffrey Donald Kent

Jeffrey Donald Kent
McDonnell & Kent
418 East La Habra Boulevard
La Habra, CA 90631
Licensed for 28 years, Jeffrey Donald Kent is a Criminal Defense and DUI / DWI lawyer who attended Western State Univ College of Law... read more >
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cbls
State Bar of California
Jeffrey Donald Kent
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Law

Michael L Crowley

Michael L Crowley
Crowley Law Group
401 W "A" St Suite 925
San Diego, CA 92101
Licensed for 36 years, Michael L Crowley is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended University of South Florida... read more >
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State Bar of California
Michael L Crowley
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Law

Keith Howard Rutman

Keith Howard Rutman
501 West Broadway Ste 1650
San Diego, CA 92101
Licensed for 31 years, Keith Howard Rutman is a Criminal Defense and Civil Trial Law lawyer who attended Brandeis University... read more >
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nbta
National Board of Trial Advocacy
Keith Howard Rutman
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Trial Advocacy

Lisa H. Mattern

Lisa H. Mattern
Mattern & Mendoza, LLP
6601 Center Drive Suite 500
Los Angeles, CA 90045
Licensed for 25 years, Lisa H. Mattern is a Marijuana Law and Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Loyola Law School - Loyola Marymount Uni... read more >
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nlc-lt
National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws
Lisa H. Mattern
Lifetime Member,
Legal Committee

Manuel Jess Barba

Manuel Jess Barba
Law Offices of Manuel J Barba
3800 Orange St Suite 100
Riverside, CA 92501
Licensed for 21 years, Manuel Jess Barba is a Criminal Defense and DUI / DWI lawyer who attended Western State University College of Law... read more >
American Chemical Society,<br /> Chemistry and the Law Division
American Chemical Society,<br /> Chemistry and the Law Division
ACS-CHAL Lawyer-Scientist
Manuel Jess Barba
American Chemical Society,
Chemistry and the Law Division

Darren Todd Kavinoky

Darren Todd Kavinoky
The Kavinoky Law Firm
16255 Ventura Blvd Ste 200
Encino, CA 91436
Licensed for 26 years, Darren Todd Kavinoky is a Marijuana Law and Criminal Defense lawyer who attended San Fernando Valley College of Law... read more >
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nlc-lt
National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws
Darren Todd Kavinoky
Lifetime Member

J. Lynn Gorelick

J. Lynn Gorelick
Gorelick Law Offices
24301 Southland Dr Suite 620
Hayward, CA 94545
Licensed for 37 years, J. Lynn Gorelick is a DUI / DWI and Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Hastings College of the Law... read more >
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ncdd-s
National College for DUI Defense
J. Lynn Gorelick
Sustaining Member

Jessica C. McElfresh

Jessica C. McElfresh
McElfresh Law, Inc.
531 Encinitas Boulevard Suite 111
Encinitas, CA 92024
Licensed for 11 years, Jessica C. McElfresh is a Marijuana Law and Criminal Defense lawyer who attended University of San Diego School of L... read more >
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nlc-lt
National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws
Jessica C. McElfresh
Lifetime Member

Stephen Paul Levine

Stephen Paul Levine
Milligan, Beswick, Levine & Knox LLP
323 W Court St Suite 402
San Bernardino, CA 92401
Licensed for 43 years, Stephen Paul Levine is a Criminal Defense and Child Custody / Visitation lawyer who attended Western State School of... read more >
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State Bar of California
Stephen Paul Levine
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Law

David Douglas Diamond

David Douglas Diamond
Law Offices of David D. Diamond
1055 Wilshire Blvd Suite 1996
Los Angeles, CA 90017
Licensed for 20 years, David Douglas Diamond is a Criminal Defense and Personal Injury lawyer who attended Southwestern School of Law, SCAL... read more >
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State Bar of California
David Douglas Diamond
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Law

Daniel R Perlman

Daniel R Perlman
Law Offices of Daniel R. Perlman
6464 W Sunset Blvd Suite 1030
Los Angeles, CA 90028
Licensed for 15 years, Daniel R Perlman is a Criminal Defense and Marijuana Law lawyer who attended Catholic University of America, Columbu... read more >
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nlc-lt
National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws
Daniel R Perlman
Lifetime Member

Tina Marie Barberi

Tina Marie Barberi
Law Offices of Tina M. Barberi, PC
7493 N Ingram Ave Ste 103
Fresno, CA 93711
Licensed for 19 years, Tina Marie Barberi is a Criminal Defense and DUI / DWI lawyer who attended California Western School of Law... read more >
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cacj
California Attorneys for Criminal Justice
Tina Marie Barberi
Member

Rose Fay Arfa

Rose Fay Arfa
10100 Santa Monica Blvd. Ste. 800
Los Angeles, CA 90067
Licensed for 39 years, Rose Fay Arfa is a Appellate Law and Sex Crimes lawyer who attended Southwestern University School of Law... read more >
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State Bar of California
Rose Fay Arfa
Board Certified Specialist in Appellate Law

Adam Laurence Pearlman

Adam Laurence Pearlman
5740 Ralston St Ste 302
Ventura, CA 93003
Licensed for 27 years, Adam Laurence Pearlman is a Criminal Defense and DUI / DWI lawyer who attended George Washington University Law Scho... read more >
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State Bar of California
Adam Laurence Pearlman
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Law

Terry Alan Wapner

Terry Alan Wapner
Wapner Jones, PC.
401 W Fallbrook Ave Suite 201
Fresno, CA 93711
Licensed for 33 years, Terry Alan Wapner is a Criminal Defense and DUI / DWI lawyer who attended San Joaquin College of Law... read more >
American Chemical Society,<br /> Chemistry and the Law Division
American Chemical Society,<br /> Chemistry and the Law Division
ACS-CHAL Lawyer-Scientist
Terry Alan Wapner
American Chemical Society,
Chemistry and the Law Division

Deanna Lynn Lopas

Deanna Lynn Lopas
LOPAS LAW
450 South Melrose Drive
Vista, CA 92081
Licensed for 13 years, Deanna Lynn Lopas is a Criminal Defense and DUI / DWI lawyer who attended McGeorge School Of Law University of the P... read more >

Alan Eisner

Alan Eisner
Eisner Gorin LLP
14401 Sylvan St #112
Van Nuys, CA 91401
Licensed for 34 years, Alan Eisner is a Criminal Defense and White Collar Crime lawyer who attended Loyola Law School... read more >
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State Bar of California
Alan Eisner
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Law

Ryan Gordon Blanch

Ryan Gordon Blanch
The Blanch Law Firm
355 South Grand Avenue Suite 2450
Los Angeles, CA 90071
Licensed for 20 years, Ryan Gordon Blanch is a Criminal Defense and Federal Crimes lawyer who attended UCLA... read more >

Dmitry Gorin

Dmitry Gorin
Eisner Gorin LLP
1875 Century Park East #705
Los Angeles, CA 90067
Licensed for 25 years, Dmitry Gorin is a Criminal Defense and White Collar Crime lawyer who attended UCLA School of Law... read more >
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State Bar of California
Dmitry Gorin
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Law

Mark K Rosenfeld

Mark K Rosenfeld
Law Office of Mark Rosenfeld
8200 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 200
Beverly Hills, CA 90211
Licensed for 21 years, Mark K Rosenfeld is a Criminal Defense and DUI / DWI lawyer who attended California Western School of Law... read more >
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duidla-f
DUI Defense Lawyers Association
Mark K Rosenfeld
Founding Member

Matthew Garth Kaestner

Matthew Garth Kaestner
Long Beach criminal law specialist,attorney Matthew Kaestner
1 World Trade Center Suite 400
Long Beach, CA 90831
Licensed for 34 years, Matthew Garth Kaestner is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended University of the Pacific... read more >
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State Bar of California
Matthew Garth Kaestner
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Law

John C. Lemon

John C. Lemon
Law Offices of John C. Lemon, APC
1350 Columbia St Suite 600
San Diego, CA 92101
Licensed for 20 years, John C. Lemon is a Criminal Defense and Marijuana Law lawyer who attended Stanford Law School... read more >
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nbta
National Board of Trial Advocacy
John C. Lemon
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Trial Advocacy

Joseph Michael Tully

Joseph Michael Tully
Tully & Weiss
713 Main St
Martinez, CA 94553
Licensed for 21 years, Joseph Michael Tully is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Golden Gate Univ School of Law... read more >
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State Bar of California
Joseph Michael Tully
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Law

Randy Sue Pollock

Randy Sue Pollock
Law Offices of Randy Sue Pollock
286 Santa Clara Avenue
Oakland, CA 94610
Licensed for 45 years, Randy Sue Pollock is a Criminal Defense and Federal Crimes lawyer who attended UC Hastings College of the Law... read more >
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cacj-s
California Attorneys for Criminal Justice
Randy Sue Pollock
Sustaining Member

Ambrosio Rodriguez

Ambrosio Rodriguez
The Rodriguez Law Group
626 Wilshire Blvd Suite 900
Los Angeles, CA 90017
Licensed for 21 years, Ambrosio Rodriguez is a Criminal Defense and Federal Crimes lawyer who attended Georgetown University Law Center... read more >
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calaw-crim
California Lawyers Association, Criminal Law Section
Ambrosio Rodriguez
Member

Matt A. Sullivan

Matt A. Sullivan
Law Office of Matt Sullivan
1000 Brannan Street Suite 400
San Francisco, CA 94103
Licensed for 13 years, Matt A. Sullivan is a Criminal Defense and DUI / DWI lawyer who attended University of San Francisco Law School... read more >
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cacj
California Attorneys for Criminal Justice
Matt A. Sullivan
Member

Scott H. Bentley

Scott H. Bentley
Law Office of Scott Bentley
674 County Square Drive Suite 207
Ventura, CA 93003
Scott H. Bentley is a Criminal Defense and DUI / DWI lawyer who attended Pepperdine University School of Law... read more >

Philip David Israels

Philip David Israels
Cron, Israels & Stark
11755 Wilshire Blvd 15th Floor
Santa Monica, CA 90025
Licensed for 45 years, Philip David Israels is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended U of San Francisco School of Law... read more >
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State Bar of California
Philip David Israels
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Law

Ray Buenaventura

Ray Buenaventura
Buenaventura Law Firm
555 California Street Suite 4925
San Francisco, CA 94104
Licensed for 27 years, Ray Buenaventura is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Whittier Coll School Of Law... read more >
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State Bar of California
Ray Buenaventura
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Law

Scott Ronald Spindel

Scott Ronald Spindel
Law Office of R Spindel
16255 Ventura Blvd Suite 1018
Encino, CA 91436
Licensed for 21 years, Scott Ronald Spindel is a DUI / DWI and Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Thomas Jefferson School of Law... read more >
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duidla-f
DUI Defense Lawyers Association
Scott Ronald Spindel
Founding Member

Graham D Donath

Graham D Donath
Law Offices of Graham Donath, A.P.C.
4229 Main Street
Riverside, CA 92501
Licensed for 14 years, Graham D Donath is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended UC Hastings College of Law... read more >
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State Bar of California
Graham D Donath
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Law

Karen Bird

Karen Bird
Karen Hunter Bird
3424 Carson St, Suite 460
Torrance, CA, CA 90503
Licensed for 35 years, Karen Bird is a Appellate Law and Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Loyola Law School... read more >
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cacj
California Attorneys for Criminal Justice
Karen Bird
Member

Brian Ford

Brian Ford
Law Office of Brian A. Ford
3330 Geary Blvd
San Francisco, CA 94118
Licensed for 5 years, Brian Ford is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Golden Gate University School of Law... read more >
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calaw-crim
California Lawyers Association, Criminal Law Section
Brian Ford
Member

Anton Vialtsin

Anton Vialtsin
Delicino & Vialtsin, LLP
1168 Union St., Suite 303
San Diego, CA 92101
Licensed for 7 years, Anton Vialtsin is a Marijuana Law and Criminal Defense lawyer who attended University of Nevada, Las Vegas... read more >
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nacdl
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Anton Vialtsin
Member

Jonathan Rooker

Jonathan Rooker
The Law Office of Jonathan Rooker
191 W. Shaw Ste 209
Fresno, CA 93704
Licensed for 8 years, Jonathan Rooker is a DUI / DWI and Criminal Defense lawyer who attended University of Florida... read more >
American Chemical Society,<br /> Chemistry and the Law Division
American Chemical Society,<br /> Chemistry and the Law Division
ACS-CHAL Lawyer-Scientist
Jonathan Rooker
American Chemical Society,
Chemistry and the Law Division

Chad Raymond Maddox

Chad Raymond Maddox
Law Offices of Chad R. Maddox
5120 E. La Palma #207
Anaheim, CA 92807
Licensed for 20 years, Chad Raymond Maddox is a Criminal Defense and DUI / DWI lawyer who attended Western State College of Law at Argosy U... read more >
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cacj
California Attorneys for Criminal Justice
Chad Raymond Maddox
Member

Leonard B. Levine

Leonard B. Levine
Levine Flier and Flier, LLC
16133 Ventura Blvd Ste 1140
Los Angeles, CA 91436
Licensed for 48 years, Leonard B. Levine is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended UCLA School Of Law... read more >
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cacj-s
California Attorneys for Criminal Justice
Leonard B. Levine
Sustaining Member

Nafiz Ahmed

Nafiz Ahmed
Ahmed & Sukaram, Attorneys At Law
1922 The Alameda Ste 201
San Jose, CA 95126
Licensed for 15 years, Nafiz Ahmed is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Santa Clara University School of Law... read more >
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cbls
State Bar of California
Nafiz Ahmed
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Law

Diana Weiss Aizman

Diana Weiss Aizman
Aizman Law Firm, APC
15260 Ventura Blvd. Ste. 1200
Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
Licensed for 13 years, Diana Weiss Aizman is a DUI / DWI and Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Southwestern Law School... read more >
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cacj
California Attorneys for Criminal Justice
Diana Weiss Aizman
Member

Michael Edward Cindrich

Michael Edward Cindrich
Law Offices of Michael E. Cindrich APC
750 B Street Suite 3300
San Diego, CA 92101
Licensed for 14 years, Michael Edward Cindrich is a Criminal Defense and Firearm and Weapon Charges lawyer who attended University of San D... read more >
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nlc-lt
National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws
Michael Edward Cindrich
Lifetime Member,
Legal Committee

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