White Collar Criminal Defense – State

Recently California law enforcement authorities – the District Attorneys’ Office and the Attorney General’s Office – have become much more aggressive in investigating and prosecuting White Collar crimes. A company or individual who comes under criminal investigation must be able to respond immediately and intelligently so that important rights are not forfeited or waived. As former state and federal prosecutors, firm founders Mark Byrne and Dan Nixon know how to respond quickly and effectively when the government comes knocking. Moreover, as a former deputy district attorney for over 10 years (nearly half of which was spent in a white collar unit) Dan has substantial first-hand experience with how State authorities investigate and prosecute White Collar Crimes. Mark and Dan have the ability and experience to get the best possible results in the toughest of state court criminal matters. Over the years, they have successfully represented clients in all stages of state criminal matters throughout California, from minor infractions to misdemeanors and serious felonies, including:

  • Bribery
  • Campaign Money Laundering
  • Computer and Internet Fraud
  • Conspiracy
  • Election Fraud
  • Embezzlement
  • Extortion
  • Forgery
  • Health Care Fraud
  • Money Laundering
  • Public Corruption
  • Theft
  • Trade Secrets violations
  • Conflict of Interest
  • Misappropriation of Public Funds

Significant Matters

Misappropriation of Public Funds

Represented former finance director for the City of Irwindale charged with fifteen felony counts of misappropriation of public funds, conflict of interest and embezzlement. Case resolved with a plea to a misdemeanor and no jail time. Fifteen felony counts were dismissed.

Health Care Fraud

Represented former law office manager indicted in state court in Los Angeles County for paying illegal kickbacks to health care providers. Case resolved for no jail time.

Election Fraud

Represented a Los Angeles Superior Court Judge charged in state court in Los Angeles County with a felony for allegedly authorizing the payment of money to his opponent in a judicial election campaign to run in a different judicial race. The judge was acquitted after a jury trial.

Campaign Money Laundering

Represented Los Angles attorney charged in state court in Los Angeles County with campaign money laundering in conjunction with local election in Los Angeles. Case dismissed on our motion to the court based upon the prosecution’s illegal use of our client’s immunized statement.

Conflict of Interest

Represented a former high ranking official with the Los Angeles Unified School District indicted in state court in Los Angeles County on nine felony counts alleging conflict of interest. Negotiated settlement resulted in a single misdemeanor conviction that was ultimately set aside pursuant to Penal Code Section 1203.4.

Misappropriation of Public Funds

Represented former local public official charged in state court in Los Angeles County with unlawfully sending a mass mailing at public expense. Criminal charges were dismissed in favor of a civil settlement.


Represented employee of Southern California nursing home charged in state court in San Diego County with elder abuse in conjunction with care administered at the facility. Our motion to dismiss was granted by the court and the case was dismissed.


Represented Beverly Hills business owner charged in state court in Los Angeles County with attempted receiving of stolen property. Case resolved for an infraction.


Represented executive with Southern California corporation charged with commercial bribery in state court in Orange County. Case resolved for a misdemeanor charge and no jail time.

Misappropriation of Public Funds

Represented public official in investigation by the Ventura County district attorney’s office concerning allegations of improper use of public funds. No charges were filed.


Represented Southern California corporation under investigation by the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office for illegal disposal of materials. No criminal charges were filed.


Represented executive with Los Angeles based corporation charged by the Los Angeles city attorney’s office in 2 separate cases. The first case alleged improper disposal of hazardous material and the second case involved multiple violations of city health ordinances. The charges against the executive were dropped in both cases after extensive investigation and discussions with the city attorney’s office.

Public Corruption

Represented numerous local cities in conjunction with investigations by the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office and U.S. Attorney’s Office into alleged wrongdoing by city officials and employees.