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JOSHUA M. BASKIN

SUPERVISING ATTORNEY

Mr. Baskin earned his Juris Doctorate from Whittier Law School with a Certificate in International and Comparative law. While pursuing his legal degree Mr. Baskin was a valuable extern with two top judges obtaining an instrumental exposure to the justice system. It was during this time and his exposure to the criminal matters that his passion for criminal law defense took shape.

Upon graduating, Mr. Baskin launched his legal career in the Inland Empire focusing on criminal and family law matters. Mr. Baskin expanded his reach into Orange and Los Angeles Counties covering a multitude of matters utilizing his extensive background in addressing the intricacies of DUI, Drug and all types of criminal cases.

Mr. Baskin, being born and raised in Southern California, understands the needs of the community in which he so vigorously serves. After attending the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing, Mr. Baskin began working in the Import/Export industry. After a couple years Mr. Baskin returned to Orange County and began a career in marketing for consumer products working directly with top executives from a multitude of Fortune 100 and 500 companies. These relationships have created in Mr. Baskin an understanding of meeting and exceeding client expectations. Mr. Baskin is diligent and provides a high-quality and vigorous representation to each client he represents.

Mr. Baskin’s experience has given him invaluable insight into the criminal justice system and created relationships that provide an incredible asset in any criminal defense case. Mr. Baskin takes advantage of these connections throughout his practice in advocating for the best resolutions and results for his clients. In addition, to his extensive criminal defense cases, Mr. Baskin also provides full representation in family law matters and was a passionate advocate providing legal services to the California Teacher’s Association in the Inland Empire. Mr. Baskin believes in the value of focused teamwork to solve client problems, and provides dedication, commitment and service to all matters and clients he serves.

MICHAEL HOLMES

CHIEF TRIAL ATTORNEY OF COUNSEL

Prior to becoming an attorney, Mr. Holmes proudly served in the United States Army, an Armor Crewman on a Main Battle Tank.  After serving in the United States and overseas, Mr. Holmes returned to California and subsequently entered law school.

While in law school, Mr. Holmes not only served as Editor-in-Chief of the school’s Law Review, he also served as an orator on numerous National Moot Court Competitions, focusing primary on criminal and Constitutional Law.

Immediately after law school, Mr. Holmes passed the California State Bar Examination and accepted a position as a Deputy District Attorney in Southern California, prosecuting criminal law cases.

While serving as a Prosecutor, Mr. Holmes handled countless misdemeanor and felony criminal cases, as well as criminal appeals. He successfully conducted an extensive number jury trials; handled felony preliminary hearings; conducted hearings/motions relating to criminal law legal issues; and developed a strong understanding of how to be successful in the area of criminal law. 

In large part, Mr. Holmes believes it was his experience as a prosecutor that really allowed him to develop his ability to be successful in the Court room.

After serving as a Deputy District Attorney, Mr. Holmes left the office of the District Attorney, and used his skills to become a highly respected and successful criminal defense attorney. 

As a private defense attorney, Mr. Holmes’ practice primarily focuses on representing individuals accused of criminal activity such as driving under the influence, robbery, murder, and other serious criminal charges.

For over 15 years, Mr. Holmes has successfully handled well over 50 jury trials, obtaining not-guilty verdicts and dismissals on cases involving charges alleging theft of over $30,000.00; felony driving under the influence; possession of nearly 150 pounds of drugs; First Degree Murder; and others.  

Mr. Holmes is also a Certified Veterans’ Affairs Attorney, with extensive experience representing Veterans of the Armed Forces facing misdemeanor and felony criminal charges in various Veteran’s Courts.

In one recent case involving a Veteran, one of Mr. Holmes’ clients was accused of selling large quantities of “ecstasy pills.”  Despite the fact that the prosecutor was adamant about wanting my client to go to prison, Mr. Holmes was able to demonstrate that the sales of the drugs was not for profit, but instead was motivated out of a need to feed his need to self-medicate after suffering various service-connected disabilities.

In the end, Mr. Holmes was able to get his client into Veterans Court, receiving treatment for his disability, and NO PRISON OR JAIL for his case.

It is Mr. Holmes’ knowledge of the law, combined with his understanding of jurors and his devotion to his clients, that makes him a top criminal defense attorney. 

MICHAEL TAIBI

ATTORNEY OF COUNSEL

Mr. Taibi graduated from the prestigious liberal arts school, Davidson College, with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics, in 1989.  With a concentration in pre-law classes as part of his undergraduate studies, Mr. Taibi achieved the top 5% of those taking the LSAT, the entry examination for law school.  While he attended college, Mr. Taibi was very active in college government, holding leadership positions such as Treasurer and President of his fraternity, Phi Delta Theta.

In 1992, Mr. Taibi earned his Juris Doctorate degree at California Western School of Law.  While attending law school, Mr. Taibi was the law clerk for one of the top criminal defense and family law attorneys in San Diego County.  During these three years, Mr. Taibi received an invaluable practical education in what it means to be an attorney and how to best represent clients in different areas of law.

Mr. Taibi was admitted to practice law in the State of California in 1992, and walked into the Courtroom the very next day after his acceptance into practice and began litigating.  Mr. Taibi is authorized to practice in all Courts of California, including all State Courts, as well as all Federal District Courts and Bankruptcy Courts, and the Supreme Court of California and all Courts of Appeal. He is a member of the American Bar Association, State Bar of California and the Criminal Law Section of the State Bar, San Diego County Bar Association, and National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys.

Mr. Taibi has successfully defended clients throughout California in criminal cases from misdemeanor and felony DUI's to felony murder cases, both state and federal, in his over 25 years of practice.  He has also represented military personnel in criminal matters and is familiar with the nuances involved.  Having grown up in New York City, he is very comfortable with the fast pace associated with criminal cases and the time constraints involved.

Mr. Taibi is a caring, compassionate, knowledgeable and aggressive advocate for his clients and has been recognized as a top attorney by such organizations as the American Society of Legal Advocates and the American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys.  He has also served as a mediator and arbitrator for civil disputes.  His vast experience and knowledge of the law in many different areas has given him a unique perspective as to the complexity of cases and how to best resolve matters for his clients.

Mr. Taibi is very familiar with other countries and cultures and has represented many diverse individuals. He also hails from a family of immigrants, and has lived and traveled abroad, extensively in Europe and Asia.  He has also had business dealings overseas and has a background in international law, as well as immigration issues.

Mr. Taibi has vast experience in many areas of law, areas that crossover in many cases.  Mr. Taibi has represented and/or counseled clients in thousands of matters.  He has successfully handled felonies/misdemeanors, DUI's with and without injury, theft, violent crimes, drug crimes, both state and federal, as well as those involving military personnel; administrative proceedings; DMV hearings and countless licensure proceedings; immigration issues; business law and related white collar crimes, such as embezzlement, welfare and social security fraud and insurance fraud; probate cases, involving conservatorships, guardianships, and elder abuse, and has prepared, and given advice regarding, wills and trusts; domestic violence and family law matters; adoptions; family disputes; matters involving corporations and contracts; civil litigation, and injury accidents; and international law.  It is necessary to be proficient in all of these areas to properly evaluate criminal cases and represent clients in the most effective and best possible way, to strategize properly and to analyze all options and/or consequences one may have, or have to face.  Mr. Taibi has spent many years learning and practicing all of these areas of law and honing his skills.

Mr. Taibi is highly respected as litigator and counselor for over 25 years as a practicing attorney, by attorneys and judges alike, and has the knowledge and experience to properly handle virtually any matter.  

THOMAS (TJ) FILICIA

ATTORNEY OF COUNSEL

Thomas Filicia serves as the Attorney of Counsel for the Orange County DUI Attorney Law Firm. Mr. Filicia’s responsibilities as the Attorney of Counsel include thoroughly assessing each case, and consulting with the rest of the defense team to decide how every client’s needs will be addressed. Mr. Filicia’s attention to detail, team mentality, and communication skills has made him an invaluable member of our team.

Mr. Filicia was born and raised in San Diego and has been a resident of Southern California most of his life. He graduated from Syracuse University’s College of Law, where he was a member of the school’s American Bar Association Negotiation Team. During his time at Syracuse, Thomas developed a passion for criminal defense law, and clerked for a law firm that predominantly focused on criminal appeals. His clerkship required him to draft appellate briefs in various areas of criminal law, such as parole violations, domestic violence, rape, and murder. After graduating from law school, Thomas worked for one of San Diego’s preeminent Construction Defect and HOA law firms. He is a member of the St. Thomas Moore society for Catholic Attorneys.

Before attending law school, Thomas studied communications at Loyola Marymount University, where he was a part of the varsity baseball team. He later earned his bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from St. John’s University. During his time at St. John’s, Mr. Filicia was a member of the University’s Ethics Debate Team that competed in national competitions annually. Thomas is a passionate sports fan, who enjoys staying active, and rooting for the Padres, Lakers, and Cowboys. 

THOMAS J. BECK

DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS

Thomas beck is our firm’s Senior Director of Operations and Client Operations. Mr. Beck has 19 years of experience as an industry leader and has experience working with one of Arizona’s largest firms. Mr. Beck contributes a devotion to excellence to our team that goes above and beyond what our client’s expect. Mr. Beck’s position is to be a liaison between our firm’s Senior and Associate attorneys and their relationship with our new clients. Mr. Beck is imperative to the initial process; he determines what aspect of our client’s case our attorneys will handle and how the attorneys will proceed in handling the client’s case. Mr. Beck works with all of our attorneys and support staff. Mr. Beck focuses on keeping our clients happy and ensuring that they are treated like our only clients.

LILY BASKIN

SPANISH CASE MANAGER

Lily Baskin es la gerente de casos e interprete de Ingles y Español en las oficinas de Orange County Criminal Defense Attorneys. En esta posición, la señora Baskin provee ayuda a muchos de nuestros clientes de habla hispana y es la persona de contacto para programar citas. Ella también participa en las reuniones con nuestros abogados y clientes, a través de interpretación legal al Español.

La señora Baskin inicio su carrera hace 10 años como asistente administrativa y traductora en múltiples oficinas de Real Estate. Ella también ha trabajado con varios abogados ayudándoles a manejar y administrar casos legales por todo el condado de Orange.

La señora Baskin ha ampliado su experiencia atendiendo distintos juzgados, desde el condado de Orange hasta el condado de Los Ángeles, interpretando cuestiones legales a nuestros diversos clientes cuando es necesario.

Su conocimiento en la rama legal, eficiencia y enfoque al cliente nos ayuda (auxilia) y beneficia al tenerla como parte del equipo.

JOHN PARK

DIRECTOR OF NEW CLIENT DEVELOPMENT

John Park joins the Los Angeles team as the Director of New Client Development.  He is the first point of contact for all new clients, acting as liaison between attorney and client.  Before coming to the firm, John’s passion for social justice and desire to be an advocate for all people led him into the education sector, working as a lead educator, principal, and marketing director for 15 years.  John strongly believes in the importance of preserving and fighting for the rights of all people.  Through these experiences, John has developed the capacity to clearly and effectively inform new clients on the services of law firm and provide individual care for each client.  He has a Bachelors in Education from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and a Master of Science in Educational Leadership from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.  His objective is to provide potential clients with utmost care and importance, ensuring their needs are completely met by the firm.

LESLIE POLLERO

DIRECTOR OF NEW CLIENT RELATIONS

Leslie Pollero joins the team as the Director of New Client Development. She is the first voice new clients hear, serving as an intermediary between attorney and client. Leslie believes deeply in the right of all people to be treated fairly and receive the justice they deserve. It is her pleasure not only to deliver excellent customer service but also ensure that the client knows they are truly being listened to. Her goal is to provide customized service to each client. Leslie was born and raised in San Diego and has for years been active in various social justice movements. Leslie attended college for library science and previously had a successful career in the biotechnology field as a technical writer and project coordinator. In her free time, Leslie enjoys the outdoors and spending time with family.

K.T.

PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR

Kevin Roncevich valiantly served in the United States Navy from 1997-2001. After he retired from the Navy, Mr. Roncevich attended the Golden West Police Academy in Huntington Beach, California. Upon graduating from the police academy, Mr. Roncevich was hired by the Cypress Police Department. As a police officer for the Cypress Police Department, Mr. Roncevich worked, as a patrol officer, training officer, was a member of the SWAT team, and a detective. Mr. Roncevich retired from the Cypress Police Department in 2013 and started his own private security firm. Two years later in 2015, Mr. Roncevich started a Private Investigations Firm. In his role as a Private Investigator, Mr. Roncevich works on criminal/ civil defense investigations, AOE/COE investigations, and welfare/ insurance fraud investigations. Additionally, Mr. Roncevich provides expert witness testimony for some of our cases.

DAVID RUYLE

ATTORNEY OF COUNSEL

David J. Ruyle, Jr. focuses his criminal and DUI defense practice in San Diego where he was born and raised. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Baylor University in 1998 and his law degree from Trinity Law School in 2002.  During law school Mr. Ruyle interned with the San Diego County Public Defender’s office where he was exposed to felony related matters.

After working for a few years as an attorney on DUI and other criminal matters, he had a calling to better understand the public perception of law enforcement and the realities officers face. That calling led him to attend a California POST certified Police Academy in 2007 and become a Reserve Police Officer with the City of El Cajon. As a police officer, he was certified to use the PAS and Intoximeter to determine level of intoxication.  He was exposed not only to the policies and procedures a police department and its officers must follow but effects they have on the community.  During his commission as an officer he was exposed to drunk drivers, domestic violence, and narcotics offenders along with many other issues a patrol officer encounters on a daily basis. He enjoyed his participation in many community outreach events sponsored by the police department.

While he was a reserve police officer he continued his legal practice representing clients in criminal matters and was able to effectively apply his experience as a police officer to his cases and addressing his clients’ needs. He has since resigned his commission with the City of El Cajon but has a passion for sharing what he learned.  He was able to share his real world and academic experience as an adjunct professor in the Criminal Justice Department of both Westwood College and the University of Phoenix. He now continues to work with students studying for the Bar Exam.

As a criminal defense attorney, Mr. Ruyle has represented clients charged with misdemeanors such as DUIs, domestic violence, drug possession and theft to felony cases such as severe domestic violence, burglary, robbery and narcotics. He takes pride in understanding his clients’ situations and being attentive to their needs while seeking a favorable outcome for their case.  Also of importance to him is his clients’ ultimate well-being and the correction of any patterns of behavior that may be the underlying factor in their criminal case. 

Mr. Ruyle is in good standing with the State Bar of California, a member of the San Diego County Bar Association and California Public Defender’s Association.

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