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David Uthman

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Phone: 415.556.9200

855 Bryant St #200
San Francisco, California 94103

David Uthman brings over thirty years of experience as a police officer and litigation attorney to criminal, DMV and traffic defense. He is the managing attorney for the San Francisco Traffic Law Clinic, which successfully defends thousands of traffic citations each year in San Francisco Superior Court, more than any other law office.

Mr. Uthman provides exhaustively researched and prepared criminal defense. His team of expert witnesses and private investigators, many whom also share significant law enforcement backgrounds, and legal assistants explore every means to gain a dismissal or reduction of charges. His staff is fluent in Mandarin and Cantonese and will assist in a comprehensive interview and investigation of Chinese speaking clients. He understands the importance of minimizing any immigration consequences relating to criminal charges.

Mr. Uthman has received the following awards and Certifications:

  • 2017 National Trial Lawyers, Top 100 Criminal Defense Lawyer
  • American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys, 2017 Top 10 Best Criminal Defense Attorney for Exceptional and Outstanding Client Service
  • Santa Clara University School of Law Public Interest Law Scholar
  • Advance Certificate from the California Peace Officers Standards and Training Agency (POST)
  • Certificate of Appreciation from the San Francisco Police Department for his work counseling disadvantaged youth.

Prior to practicing law, Mr. Uthman worked for almost a decade in California law enforcement as a police officer and deputy sheriff, primarily with the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office. He was twice named ‘Deputy of the Month,’ for doing an exemplary investigation at a homicide crime scene and for his investigation and arrest of a serial burglar. His assignments included working as a field training officer SWAT team member, Dive team member and court bailiff. Mr. Uthman retired from law enforcement in order to attend law school.


J.D., Santa Clara Univ School of Law

B.A., Univ of San Francisco

Professional & Bar Association Memberships

California State Bar

Client Reviews
David and his staff are exceptional when it comes to legal assistance. I had a particular case and his team was very knowledgeable and quick to respond whenever I had a question. Don't bother going elsewhere. David knows his stuff. Bob S.
I've been a taxi driver in the Bay Area for almost 8 years. I made a terrible decision and I was facing a one year loss of my license. I wouldn't be able to pay my rent or provide for my family so I was terrified. Incredibly he won my DMV hearing and I got no license suspension. He also got my DUI charge reduced to a reckless driving. He was very friendly and informative. He will always be the only lawyer that I go to! Jason
Oh yeah!! They are successful in obtaining a dismissal of your case in the San Francisco County Superior Court and no further action is required. Henry H.