- Shannon V. Baker
- Adam J. Richards
- Michael Rothschild
- M. Bradley Wishek
- Michael S. Sands
- Quin Denvir (1940-2016)
- Clyde M. Blackmon
- Erin Brennan
Shannon V. Baker, Partner
Ms. Baker joined Rothschild Wishek & Sands LLP as a trial attorney in 2001. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from San Diego State University and earned her Juris Doctor degree from the University of San Diego School of Law. Prior to joining Rothschild Wishek & Sands LLP, she worked at the San Diego County Public Defender's Office and the San Diego Office of the Alternate Public Defender.
Ms. Baker's practice emphasizes the defense of persons and businesses accused of crime in adult and juvenile courts in Sacramento and Northern California counties. Her professional experience includes the defense of individuals, businesses, and public officials against a wide array of criminal allegations, from theft, sexual offenses, crimes of violence, and vehicular homicide, to white collar crimes and regulatory offenses. She also represents teachers and other licensed professionals in disciplinary investigations and proceedings.
Ms. Baker was selected as a "Rising Star" by the peer-reviewed publication Northern California Super Lawyers.
Practice Areas: Criminal Defense; Professional Licensing; Administrative Law.
Admitted: 2001, California
Law School: University of San Diego School of Law, J.D., 2000
College: San Diego State University, B.A., Psychology, 1998
Biography: Barrister, Schwartz-Levi American Inn of Court
Born: Jackson, California, December 29, 1975
Adam J. Richards, Associate
Adam Richards represents individuals accused of crime in California trial courts and professionals in disciplinary licensing proceedings. After earning his Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of California, San Diego, Mr. Richards graduated from California Western School of Law in 2007. He is an avid firearms enthusiast and has extensive expertise in the complex laws regulating the use and possession of firearms. Since joining the practice, Mr. Richards has handled the firm’s cases involving the alleged illegal possession or use of firearms and related offenses.
Practice Areas: Criminal Defense; Professional Licensing; Administrative Law.
Admitted: 2007, California
Law School: California Western School of Law, J.D., 2007
College: University of California, San Diego, B.A., 2004
Born: Santa Monica, California, February 8, 1981
Michael Rothschild, Of Counsel
Michael Rothschild has honed his trial skills in over 30 years of experience representing plaintiffs in civil litigation and defending persons charged with felony offenses. In both arenas Mr. Rothschild has focused on psychological issues with a particular focus on psychological issues in children. The emphasis of his criminal defense work has been sex-molest and abuse cases. Since 1991 Mr. Rothschild has been recognized by and included within the publication "The Best Lawyers in America" and is rated "AV" by Martindale-Hubbell. Mr. Rothschild is Past President of California Attorneys for Criminal Justice. Mr. Rothschild regularly lectures upon trial skills to the National Child Abuse Defense and Resource Center and has served both as trainer and program director of the California Attorneys for Criminal Justice Trial Skills Workshop at Asilomar Conference Center in Pacific Grove, California. In addition, Mr. Rothschild has taught trial skill seminars to the organization previously known as the California Trial Lawyers Association and on behalf of CEB - California Continuing Education of the Bar. He has also presented to California trial judges through the continuing education program of the California Judicial Council. Mr. Rothschild is a graduate of U.C. Berkeley and U.C. Hastings College of the Law.
Practice Areas: Criminal Defense; Professional Licensing; Political Law; Administrative Law.
Law School: University of California, Hastings College of Law, J.D.
College: University of California, Berkeley, B.S.
Biography: Master of the Bench, Anthony M. Kennedy Inn of Court, 1991; Vice President, 1988-1989 and President, 1990-1991, California Attorneys For Criminal Justice; Listed in Best Lawyers in America, 1991-Present; Member, Board of Governors, California Attorneys for Criminal Justice Foundation, 1993-1995.
Reported Cases: Hatton v. Bonner (2004) 356 F.3d 955; Townsend v. Superior Court (1975) 15 Cal.3d 774; Newland v. Board of Governors (1977) 9 Cal.3d 705; Lorenzana v. Superior Court (1973) 9 Cal.3d 626; California v. Orin (1975) 13 Cal.3d 937; Brosnahan v. Brown (1982) 32 Cal.3d 236; Gebremicael v. California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (2004) 118 Cal App 4th 1477; California Teachers Association v. Commission on Teacher Credentialing (2003) 111 Cal. App. 4th 1001; People v. Superior Court (Frietag) (1988) 204 Cal. App. 3d 247; People v. Lopez (1975) 52 Cal. App. 3d 263; People v. Thomas (1975) 44 Cal. App. 3d 573; Walker v. Superior Court (1974) 37 Cal App. 3d 938; Dudley v. Superior Court (1974) 36 Cal. App. 3d 977.
Born: Miami, Florida, September 24, 1942
M. Bradley Wishek, Partner
Mr. Wishek's practice emphasizes the defense of persons and businesses accused of crime or facing regulatory or professional discipline, including aggressive representation through independent investigation during government and law enforcement investigations. His practice includes criminal and white collar defense on behalf of corporations and businesses, individuals, public officials, and licensed professionals, including regulatory and professional licensing defense.
He has experience in defending almost every kind of criminal allegation, including drunk driving and vehicular manslaughter, assault, firearms offenses, rape, embezzlement, insurance fraud, kidnapping, environmental crimes, health care, consumer and tax fraud, and other regulatory crimes. He has represented individuals and businesses in a broad spectrum of regulatory and professional licensing matters, from medical professionals and attorneys to licensed contractors, from an engineering firm to a non-profit drug and alcohol treatment program.
Mr. Wishek is listed in the peer-reviewed publications Best Lawyers in America and Northern California Super Lawyers, and he has received an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating available from this peer-reviewed publication. He has successfully litigated numerous precedent-setting cases for the benefit of his clients in the Court of Appeal and California Supreme Court.
Mr. Wishek is an adjunct professor of law in the trial practice program at the University of California at Davis School of Law, and frequently serves as a presenter on a variety of legal topics in the areas of criminal defense and trial practice. Mr. Wishek serves on the Board of Directors for Clean & Sober, Inc., which provides housing and support services for homeless persons in recovery.
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE / CLIENTS
Mr. Wishek's clients are often professionals facing a criminal allegation or professional licensing allegation, or both. He has represented attorneys, medical and mental health professionals, lobbyists, teachers, pharmacists, veterinarians, private investigators, certified public accountants, engineers, real estate professionals, contractors, chiropractors, and other professionals.
Public Entities, Officials and Employees
Mr. Wishek has represented or been retained by public entities, elected and appointed officials, and public employees in criminal investigations and proceedings throughout his career. Cities, counties, and the State of California have engaged Mr. Wishek as his client or on behalf of public employees and officers. His clients have included a superior court judge, an elected county auditor controller, a county director of health and human services, the enforcement chief for a state regulatory agency, a chief deputy prison warden, a fire chief (ret.), firefighters, police officers, a university program manager, and other public employees and officials. Judges, prosecutors, and other public employees have engaged him to represent family members or referred family or friends for representation.
Corporations and Businesses
Mr. Wishek has represented corporations, businesses, and their executives and owners in a wide array of matters, including criminal investigations and proceedings, unfair trade practice investigations, and licensing and regulatory matters. Clients have included a non-profit drug and alcohol treatment program, an environmental testing and certification firm, a dental corporation, a professional engineering practice, a large plumbing company, restaurant and nightclub owners, landlords, automobile repair businesses, and building contractors.
Chemical Dependency and Mental Health Issues
Many clients facing a criminal allegation or professional discipline have long standing issues of chemical dependency or mental health. For these clients, whether facing the loss of their professional license or a criminal allegation from vehicular manslaughter to burglary, referral to the right professional for an evaluation and treatment recommendation may be the most important decision in their case. If the government has a strong case, presentation of evidence confirming a chemical dependency and/or mental health diagnosis together with evidence of successful treatment and a favorable prognosis for continued success can mean probation instead of prison, diversion from criminal proceedings instead of a conviction, or probation or diversion instead of the revocation or suspension of a professional license. Countless clients, sometimes after years of denial or failed treatment efforts, have succeeded when presented the opportunity to work with the right professionals for evaluation and treatment of these medical conditions.
CONTINUING EDUCATION PRESENTATIONS
Mr. Wishek is a frequent presenter at seminars and continuing education programs for attorneys in the area of criminal defense and professional licensing.
Administrative Hearings (2011, Sacramento and Los Angeles) Pincus Professional Education
Winning Trial Techniques (2011, San Francisco) Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB)
Evidence Issues (2007, 2008, Sacramento and San Francisco) Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB)
Recent Developments in Criminal Law (2004, Lake Tahoe) Placer County Bar Association
Opening Statements and Hearsay (2004, 2005, Sacramento) Lorman Education Services
Cross-Examination of Children and Police Officers (2003, New Orleans) National Child Abuse Defense and Resource Center Twelfth International Conference
Effective Sentencing Techniques (2001, Sacramento) Sacramento County Indigent Criminal Defense Panel
Conducting an Effective Cross-Examination in Civil and Criminal Cases (2000, Sacramento) Lorman Education Services
Practice Areas: Criminal Defense; Professional Licensing.
Admitted: 1986, California; Eastern District of California; 2011, Ninth Circuit.
College: Claremont McKenna College, B.A., cum laude, 1981
Member: Sacramento County (Co-chair, Criminal Law Section, 1989-1990; Member, Indigent Criminal Defense Panel Committee, 1994-1995) and American Bar Associations; National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers; California Attorneys for Criminal Justice; Criminal Defense Lawyers of Sacramento (Board Member, 1993-; Vice President, 1995-1996); Federal Bar Association; Anthony M. Kennedy American Inn of Court, 1989-1991; Master of the Bench, Milton L. Schwartz/David F. Levi Inn of Court, 1992-1997 and 2001.
Biography: Listed, Best Lawyers in America; Listed, Northern California Super Lawyers; Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America; Adjunct Instructor, Trial Practice, University of California at Davis School of Law, 1996-.
Reported Cases: Stark v. Superior Court 52 Cal. 4th 568 (2011); Hughey v. Department of Motor Vehicles 235 Cal.App.3d 752 (1991); Bunnell v. Superior Court 21 Cal. App. 4th 1811 (1994); Ream v. Superior Court 48 Cal.App. 4th 1812 (1996); In re Jennings 34 Cal. 4th 254 (2004).
Born: Pasadena, California, June 25, 1959
Michael S. Sands, Retired Partner
For over 30 years Michael Sands has been considered to be one of the best criminal defense attorneys in Northern California. He has defended felony cases in Superior Courts throughout California and in U. S. District Court. He has successfully argued cases before the California Supreme Court (Kellett v. Superior Court, 63 Cal. 2d 822) and the Court of Appeal (People v. Superior Court (DuVal), 198 Cal.App. 3d 1121.)
Mr. Sands has defended every kind of felony case, including capital cases, political corruption, homicides, drug offenses, and child sexual molestation allegations. He has also presided over jury trials in both criminal and civil cases.
Mr. Sands was born in New York in 1937. He received his undergraduate degree with distinction from the University of Arizona and was a member of Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. He received his law degree from Stanford University.
Mr. Sands served as Professor of Law and Director of the Center for Legal Advocacy at McGeorge School of Law of the University of the Pacific. The author of "The Therapeutic Abortion Act", 13 UCLA Law Review 285, he has also authored and co-authored numerous case files for the National Institute of Trial Advocacy.
Early in his career Mr. Sands served for five years as Sacramento County Assistant Public Defender. He was elected to the Sacramento City Council and served for eight years, four of them as Vice Mayor. He has also served as president of the Sacramento County Bar Association and the Sacramento Barrister's Club, executive council member of the State Bar Conference of Barristers, member of the Board of Directors of California Attorneys for Criminal Justice, one of the founders of the California Public Defenders Association, member of the American Board of Criminal Lawyers, and Master of the Bench, Emeritus, of the Anthony M. Kennedy American Inn of Court.
Mr. Sands has been honored as Attorney of the Year by the Sacramento County Bar Association and the Criminal Defense Attorneys of Sacramento, and was selected as Sacramento's Outstanding Young Man by the Junior Chamber of Commerce. For many years he has received an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell, and has been included in The Best Lawyers in America.
Practice Areas: Litigation.
Law School: Stanford University, LL.B., 1962
Member: Sacramento County Bar Association (President, 1985); State Bar of California (Member, Executive Council, Conference of Barristers, 1968-1971); California Attorneys for Criminal Justice (Member, Board of Governors, 1982-1988); California Public Defenders Association (Founder, 1969); American Board of Criminal Lawyers (1981-1992); Anthony M. Kennedy American Inn of Court (Master of the Bench, Emeritus, 1988-1995).
Biography: Phi Kappa Phi; Author, The Therapeutic Abortion Act, 13 University of California, Los Angeles Law Review 285, 1966; Professor of Law and Director, Center for Legal Advocacy, McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific, 1991-1996; Assistant Public Defender, Sacramento County, 1965-1970; Sacramento City Councilman, 1970-1977; Vice Mayor, Sacramento, 1971-1975.
Born: New York, New York, February 21, 1937
Quin Denvir (1940-2016), Of Counsel
Quin Denvir joined the firm in January, 2006. Mr. Denvir is a nationally recognized trial and appellate lawyer. As the Federal Public Defender in Sacramento from 1996 to 2005, he defended complex and high profile prosecutions and argued landmark cases before the United States Supreme Court. He has briefed and argued three cases before the United States Supreme Court, over twenty-five cases before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, over twenty-five cases before the California Supreme Court, and over fifty cases before the California Court of Appeal.
In 1989 Mr. Denvir received the prestigious Annual Award presented by California Attorneys for Criminal Justice and in 1998 received that statewide bar association's Presidents Award. In 1998 Mr. Denvir received the Special Recognition Award of the California Public Defender's Association.
Mr. Denvir is a cum laude graduate of Notre Dame University and the University of Chicago Law School. His practice includes representation of clients on appeals and writs within the federal and state appellate courts and defense of white collar and other prosecutions in state and federal trial courts.
Mr. Denvir was lead counsel in the 'Unabomber' Theodore Kaczynski trial. He also represented former state schools chief William Honig in the appeal of his conflict of interest conviction, Michelle 'Batgirl' Cummiskey, who was charged with the brutal slaying of a Sacramento man, and Reza Eslaminia, who was charged in the Billionaire Boys Club murder of the former Iranian official who was his father.
School: University of Chicago, J.D., with honors, 1969
Biography: Order of Coif; Member, University of Chicago Law Review; Federal Defender, 1996-2005; State Public Defender, 1976-1984; Member, California Academy of Appellate Lawyers, 1986-Present.
Practice Areas: Criminal Defense; Appellate Practice.
Military: Lt., U.S. Navy, 1962-1966
Born: Chicago, Illinois, May 27, 1940
Clyde M. Blackmon, Partner
Clyde Blackmon began the private practice of law in 1969. Before commencing private practice he was a Ford Foundation intern with the California Legislature and served as a consultant to various legislative committees, including the Assembly Committee on Criminal Procedure. He has handled virtually every kind of criminal matter during his 43 year career as a criminal defense lawyer in Sacramento and throughout Northern California. The cases he has defended include everything from driving under the influence to death penalty prosecutions and major white collar investigations and trials. His practice involves pre-charging investigations, trials, writs, and appeals in both state and federal courts. His clients have included individuals, professionals, corporations, businesses, and government entities.
He has been a member of the American College of Trial Lawyers since 1996 and listed in the peer-reviewed publication "Best Lawyers in America" for the past 25 years. That publication named him Sacramento criminal defense non-white collar lawyer of the year for 2011 and criminal defense white collar lawyer of the year for 2012. He has been recognized every year since 2004 by the peer-reviewed publication "Northern California Super Lawyers." He has an AV, preeminent lawyer, rating by Martindale-Hubbell. Mr. Blackmon is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court as well as all federal and state courts in California.
He is a member of California Attorneys for Criminal Justice and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Central California Appellate Program and is Chair of the Board of Directors of Harm Reduction Services which seeks to reduce the harm caused by narcotics abuse through outreach programs and needle exchange.
He was motivated to practice criminal law by his belief in the importance of individual liberty and dedication to the rights of those accused of crime.
Practice Areas: Criminal defense, Professional Licensing
Admitted: 1965, California
Law School: Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California, Berkeley, LLB 1964
College: University of California, Berkeley, B.A. with honors in history, 1961
Recognition: American College of Trial Lawyers, Best Lawyers in America, Northern California Super Lawyers
Erin Brennan, Attorney
Erin Brennan joined the firm in 2016 and represents professionals in disciplinary licensing proceedings. Prior to earning her J.D. from McGeorge School of Law in 2015, Ms. Brennan obtained her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Anthropology from California State University, Long Beach. While at McGeorge, Ms. Brennan was a member of the National Lawyers Guild and served on the Moot Court Honors Board, competing in the 2014 Appellate Lawyers Moot Court Invitational in Chicago as well as the 2015 Canada-United States Law Institute Moot Court Competition in Washington D.C. Before joining our firm, Ms. Brennan worked as an associate for a firm specializing in education and labor and employment law with a particular focus on legal questions relating to school personnel issues.
Practice Areas: Criminal Defense; Professional Licensing; Administrative Law.
Admitted: 2015, California
Law School: University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, J.D., 2015
Born: San Francisco, California, June 16, 1980