By: Frances Prizzia | Awards

Attorney Frances Prizzia has dedicated her practice to protecting the rights of those accused of criminal violations in Southern California. Through striving to always better herself, which in turn empowers her clients, she has been awarded membership to The National Trial Lawyers: Top 40 Under 40. This distinction is given only through invitation from The National Trial Lawyers, and only trial lawyers that practice criminal defense or that handle civil plaintiff cases can be invited.

In order to be given an invitation to the Top 40 Under 40, an attorney must embody the values that The National Trial Lawyers consider of utmost importance. Strong leadership abilities, a positive reputation among peers and clients, and an influential presence in the courtroom are some of the qualities that mean the most to the organization. Additionally, an attorney needs to be professional, ethical, and comply with any and all state bar or federal rules throughout a case, without fail.

The National Trial Lawyers examines potential candidates at first based on peer nominations. The attorneys that stand out will be thoroughly analyzed through third-party studies. In the end, only the objectively best trial lawyers who have furthered the crucial field of criminal defense will be invited to membership.


Frances Prizzia's history with the legal system begins more than a decade ago. While attending Santa Clara University School of Law – where she would graduate in 2005 with a Juris Doctor – she was a certified law clerk at the Public Defender's office in Santa Cruz. It was here that she discovered that her calling was defending the criminally accused, the people who needed legal help more than anyone else. Her first PD job was in Orange County which is why she focuses on this area but handles all of Southern California. She quickly gained a reputation as a staunch defender of the presumption of innocence and the virtues of an unbiased criminal justice system.

In addition to her selection to the Top 40 Under 40 by The National Trial Lawyers, Frances Prizzia has maintained a flawless 10.0 "Superb" Avvo rating, has won the Avvo Clients' Choice Award (2016 for Criminal Defense), and has been given the 10 Best Client Satisfaction Award (2016) by the American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys™.

Would you like to know more about Southern California Criminal Defense Attorney Frances Prizzia? You can contact our law office online or by calling (888) 392-8114. If you have a criminal defense case of your own, be sure to ask about getting a free consultation.

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