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Jason Scott Leiderman

Jason Scott Leiderman

Criminal Defense Lawyer
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Law Offices of Jay Leiderman
Ventura, CA

About Jason Scott Leiderman

Attorney Biography

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 task. Jay Leiderman Law believes that they are the right firm for you for many, many reasons.

Jay Leiderman co-authored the first ever book on the legal defense of medical marijuana crimes and has been called the "Hacktivist’s Advocate" for his work defending those accused of computer crimes. He has been recognized and won awards for going above and beyond to represent clients accused of all sorts of crimes; from the smallest misdemeanor to the most serious felony case. Jay frequently takes on high-profile cases and is highly experienced in speaking with the media. He is a frequent commentator in print, on the radio and has even been on TV and in film speaking about his cases. He frequently lectures around the state and nation on various criminal defense topics.. Jay has also authored a chapter in a book on the defense of internet crimes.

Jay Leiderman is a California State Bar Certified Criminal Law Specialist. In addition to the California State Bar Exam and mandatory continuing legal education, to obtain his specialization Jay had to pass another specialization test, a rigorous peer and judge review screening process, have many additional hours of classroom continuing legal education, and have substantial practical experience. There are over 250,000 attorneys licensed to practice in California. According to the California State Bar, on June 16, 2008, there are under 500 Certified Criminal Law Specialists-a small and very elite group.

Jay has dedicated his entire professional career to standing up for the rights of the accused. Jay believes in his role as an advocate for the accused. He has always been a champion of personal rights and a staunch defender of our constitutional freedoms. In short, Jay's entire professional life has been dedicated to ensuring that those accused of crimes receive the most vigorous, competent and artful defense. Jay has dedicated himself to providing that hard hitting defense while still remaining open and accessible to his clients.

Jay was born and raised in and around New York City. He attained his Bachelor of Arts in both History and Film/Video Studies from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in 1993. He obtained his Juris Doctorate from the University of San Francisco in 1999. Jay was also President of the USF Law School Student Body in 1998-1999, and was a tutor in Criminal Law and Procedure, and won an award for best oral argument in his mock trial class. Jay's interest has always been in criminal defense and he has focused his career accordingly.

After law school, Jay joined the Office of the Public Defender in Ventura, California. He worked there for almost six and one-half years before venturing into private practice. Jay has defended virtually every type of case and client, from those facing a charge of murder to those faced with driving on a suspended license or DUI. Jay has also handled dozens of cases involving all types of medical marijuana defenses. Indeed, he is one of the most experienced medical marijuana defense attorneys in the State. Jay has experience defending computer hacking crimes, drug sales and possession, rape, sexual assault and unlawful sexual intercourse, child molestation, possession of child pornography, possession of bombs, theft and embezzlement of all varieties, robbery, burglary, counterfeit currency, violations of gang injunctions and restraining orders, hit and run involving serious bodily injury and property damage.Those that know Jay's work describe him as a "true believer," willing to go to the mat for his clients.

Jay also serves on the board of the Ventura County Criminal Defense Bar Association Board of Directors, and was President of the Ventura County Criminal Defense Bar Board of Directors in 2004-2005 and again in 2007-2008. He is a lifetime member of the NORML Legal Committee.

Practice Areas

Criminal Defense (100%)

Résumé - Jason Scott Leiderman

Bar Licenses

California State Bar
Member in Good Standing


U of San Francisco School of Law

Specialty Certifications

California Board of Legal Specialization
Board Certified Specialist
Criminal Law
California Board of Legal Specialization


National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws
Lifetime Member,
Legal Committee
National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws

California Attorneys for Criminal Justice
Life Member
California Attorneys for Criminal Justice

National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

Whistleblower Defense League

Board Member
Ventura County Criminal Defense Bar Association

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Jason Scott Leiderman
Law Offices of Jay Leiderman
5740 Ralston St Suite 300
Ventura, CA 93003
Office: 805-654-0200
Fax: 805-654-0280

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Bar Membership Information

California Bar Membership -

Jason Scott Leiderman - Profile information with the State Bar of California - Find more information about Jason Scott Leiderman on the State Bar of California website, including: current status, actions affecting eligibility to practice law and disciplinary history.

Specialty Certification Information

Criminal Defense Specialty Areas -

CBLS Board Certification in Criminal Law - The California Board of Legal Specialization certifies lawyers as specialists in criminal law. Attorney must show substantial experience, completion of specific task requirements, pass an examination, submit to peer review, and show completion of continuing education requirements in criminal law.

Nonprofit Organizations

National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers -

Founded in 1958, NACDL is the largest organization for criminal defense lawyers fighting to preserve fairness within America's criminal justice system. The organization has more than 10,000 direct members including criminal defense attorneys in private practice, public defenders in state or federal court, U.S. military defense counsel, law professors and judges.

California Attorneys for Criminal Justice -

CACJ works to preserve due process and defend the rights of the accused while providing quality continuing legal education courses to criminal defense lawyers in the State of California.

National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws NLC -

More than 350 criminal defense attorneys belong to the NORML National Legal Committee (NLC). Members of the NORML NLC include many prominent criminal defense lawyers who are dedicated to ending prohibition of marijuana through education, legal reform and activism. Attorneys focused on other practice areas also belong to the organization.

NLC members are listed on the NORML website, are eligible for the NLC e-mail discussion group, receive the weekly email press release, and NORML News.

The NORML website also maintains its own