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Tim Pori

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Tim Pori is a passionate litigator who thrives on fighting the state and federal government for his clients' constitutional rights.  Tim loves to defend his clients and zealously fights for their rights to be treated fairly by the government when they are accused of a crime.


  • Bachelor of Arts, University of California at Berkeley
  • Juris Doctorate (JD), New College, San Francisco, CA
  • Continuing education includes over 50 hours of legal education each year

Tim has tried over 50 trials to verdict and has gained acquittals in state and federal court.  Although each case is different and Tim cannot predict or guarantee the outcome of your case, here are some examples of his verdicts in successful trials where the government would not offer a favorable plea offer during the plea bargaining stage of the case. 

Tim obtained a not guilty verdict in a mail fraud trial in the United States District Court of the Eastern District of California on August 22, 2014.  In 2003, Tim had a federal court indictment dismissed after he filed a motion to suppress five illegally seized assault weapons.

Tim also obtained a not guilty verdict in a Possession for Sales of Marijuana and Cultivation of Marijuana trial in Contra Costa County, California on November 22, 2013.  Tim also hung a jury in another Contra Costa case with a client who had an expired medical marijuana recommendation, 20 pounds of dried marijuana buds, 73 marijuana plants, $60,000 which was returned by the court after a successful asset forfeiture hearing, a bullet-proof vest, ammunition, and high-capacity magazines for an assault rifle.

Due to an extremely unusual conversion of circumstances, Tim tried three murder cases in one year, one of which was a double homicide in 2012 in Alameda County, and he obtained not guilty verdicts in the other two cases in Vallejo, and Fairfield, California. 

Tim was so dedicated to his client that he was prepared to go to jail rather than be forced to trial unprepared in the double homicide. Tim was found in contempt of court in Alameda County-for refusing to go to trial unprepared in April and was ordered to spend five days in jail and pay $2,500 in penalties.  The judge’s order was reversed by the First District Court of  Appeal in California. (More information.)

Admitted to Practice

  • California State Courts
  • United States Federal Court, Eastern District of California
  • United States Federal Court, Northern District of California
  • United States Federal Court, 9th District Court of Appeals

Tim has also excelled in felony assault cases where he has obtained not guilty verdicts in two trials in October 2012.   The jury acquitted the client during the first felony assault with a deadly weapon charge in October 26, 2012, but convicted him of a misdemeanor.  The second felony assault and torture trial acquittal on all charges was in October 26, 2012 even though the client’s conduct was on video.

Tim hung the jury after his first solo murder trial in Vallejo, CA in 2002, and after the second trial, the client was acquitted. Tim has also convinced another jury that another client was not guilty of murder and the jury acquitted him of murder and convicted him of manslaughter.

In Vallejo, CA, in late 2008, Tim obtained a mistrial in a  murder case which resulted in a substantially reduced plea bargain.  Tim was able to negotiate an eight-year sentence in an all-girl thrill kill homicide in San Francisco. (Press story).

The vast majority of Tim's cases are settled before trial and Tim's strategy is to investigate the facts, locate possible cameras, and locate and interview defense witnesses in order to present defense investigation reports to the prosecution to get the best deal.  Tim's slogan is "hard work and investigation not friendship with the prosecution."  This means retention of experts and investigators is crucial to Tim's success.

Tim has a vast network of crime scene experts including, defense DNA labs, firearms, and ballistics analysts, fingerprint experts, ID experts, false confession experts, arson experts and, neuro-psychologists, psychiatrists, possession for drugs for sales experts, and even if you are wealthy, an olfactory sense expert. Tim has specialized in Criminal law for over 17 years.  

Tim is a dedicated criminal law specialist as recognized by the California Bar Board of Legal Specialization. Tim loves trial and is admitted to all courts in the State of California, the United States District Court for the Northern and Eastern Districts of California, and is admitted to practice before the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

He Believes in Fighting for Your Rights

"I have a passion for the accused," explains Tim.   "I will do everything ethically possible to protect your rights and vindicate your reputation.  I love a good fight."

Protecting your freedom is not something that anyone should do half-heartedly.  Keeping you out of jail should not be "just another day at the office" for your attorney.

Tim approaches cases with excitement and personal commitment.  He works hard to uncover violations of your rights, overlooked facts, and legal precedents which will keep you out of jail.

 Tim is non-judgmental toward his clients.  You deserve to be treated with respect and to have your attorney work hard and honestly for you, regardless of what you are accused of doing.

Committed to the Community

Tim has lived in the Bay Area since first coming to California for college.  He is married, father of two, and an active member of the San Francisco Bay Area community. 

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