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Attorney Profile

San Diego Criminal Defense Attorney Ward Stafford Clay

Ward Stafford Clay has led a notable career focusing on criminal law cases in San Diego for more than 32 years. His career began in 1986 as a prosecutor in the San Diego City Attorney’s Office. As a top trial attorney, he rose to the Chief Appellate Unit and joined the San Diego District Attorney’s Office in 1989 where he served as a trial attorney and a prosecutor for the elite J.U.D.G.E. unit; a specialized task force responsible for investigation and prosecution of documented criminal street gang members involved in narcotics crimes.

Mr. Clay left the District Attorney’s Office in 1991 to enter private practice as a criminal defense lawyer. Using his skills as an accomplished prosecutor and his understanding of the legal system, he has extended his knowledge of the law and defense strategy beyond the defense services he emphasizes to vigorously defend a wide variety of state and federal criminal cases in California. As a California State Bar Certified Specialist in Criminal Law, Mr. Clay is admitted to practice law before the United States Court of Appeals, the United States District Courts, the United States Tax Court, the Supreme Court of California, the California Courts of Appeal and all California Superior Courts. He is also a local and national legal commentator and expert in the criminal law field, and he has been selected to the San Diego Super Lawyers list from 2008 to 2018.

Contact San Diego Criminal Defense Lawyer Ward Stafford Clay

If you or a loved one has been charged with a criminal offense, contact Ward Stafford Clay, Attorney at Law, today to schedule a free initial consultation. Call 619-234-1353 or toll free at 877-927-3252. All calls and consultations are confidential. Mr. Clay represents clients in all San Diego County courthouses, including El Cajon, Vista, Chula Vista and San Diego.
Timely response to questions and meeting requests by e-mail are also provided.