Daniel Olmos represents individuals in complex criminal cases in state and federal courts throughout the country. He is a highly-regarded trial lawyer who has tried cases involving a broad range of charges including economic espionage, trade secret theft, financial fraud, murder, attempted murder, and sexual assault. In addition, Daniel has argued before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the California Courts of Appeal, and he has represented individuals at parole hearings and in other post-conviction proceedings.
Daniel joined the firm in 2007 after beginning his legal career at the Contra Costa County Public Defender’s Office. Over the next several years, Daniel developed a reputation as a skilled litigator and dedicated advocate. Among other accomplishments, Daniel successfully defended at trial individuals in multiple jurisdictions accused of federal crimes under the Economic Espionage Act, one of the only lawyers in the nation to achieve acquittals in such cases. Daniel was named a Northern California “Rising Star” in 2010 by Super Lawyers.
In 2010, Daniel accepted an appointment in the Administration of President Barack Obama as Senior Counsel in the Access to Justice Initiative at the U.S. Department of Justice. At DOJ, Daniel’s work focused on improving access to quality legal representation in criminal cases and high-stakes civil proceedings, as well as on improving tribal court systems. In 2012, he received the Attorney General’s Annual Award for Distinguished Service, the Department’s second-highest civilian honor. In June 2012, Daniel accepted a position as Senior Policy Advisor at the White House Domestic Policy Council, where he helped develop Administration policy in the areas of criminal justice, civil rights, and immigration.
Daniel returned from government service in early 2013. Since then, he has continued to represent individuals accused of crimes throughout California and the United States, and has won acquittals in jury trials in both state and federal courts. Daniel has also achieved dismissals in jurisdictions across the nation in notable cases involving wire fraud, bribery, and conspiracy.
Daniel has delivered lectures throughout the country on a wide range of topics, including the Economic Espionage Act, criminal justice reform, and immigration. In June 2014, he was awarded the Commitment to Change Award by the National Immigration Justice Center, on whose Leadership Board he serves. Daniel is currently a lawyer representative to the Judicial Conference of the Ninth Circuit, and he also serves on the Ninth Circuit’s Fairness Committee.
Daniel graduated from Harvard University and Boalt Hall School of Law at UC Berkeley. Following law school, he clerked for District Judge Claudia Wilken of the Northern District of California and Circuit Judge Stephen Reinhardt of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.