Daniel L. Barton

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Dan Barton has been practicing criminal defense in the mid-peninsula since 1988. He received his A.B., Magna cum Laude, in 1983 from Brown University, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and awarded the Prize for Academic Excellence in Latin American Studies. Mr. Barton received his J.D. from Stanford Law School in 1988, where his honors included induction into the Order of the Coif. Mr. Barton is a criminal law specialist certified by the California State Bar Board of Legal Specialization and a specialist member of California DUI Lawyers Association. He has been selected as on the Best Lawyers in America and designated as a Super Lawyer by SuperLawyers.com. Working with the Palo Alto Area Bar Association, he set up the Lawyers in the Classroom project which brought discussions of constitutional law issues to 10th grade students at Palo Alto and Gunn High Schools and local cable television. While pursuing his legal education, Mr. Barton traveled to Barcelona, Spain, to research Spanish constitutional law as a Fulbright Scholar. Mr. Barton served on the Board of Governors of the California Attorneys for Criminal Justice. He is experienced in the defense of intellectual property offenses and is an expert in the complex area of driving-under-the- influence law. Mr. Barton has represented individuals arrested at political actions on issues of reproductive rights, homelessness, affirmative action, and U.S. military policies. Mr. Barton has successfully advocated for many clients charged under the California Three Strikes law. He is fluent in the Spanish language, and has studied the legal systems in Spain, Cuba and the International Criminal Court. He is a member of the International Criminal Defense Attorneys Association. Mr. Barton has achieved verdicts of acquittal at trial in cases of homicide, theft of trade secrets, conspiracy, possession, sale and manufacturing of drugs, child pornography, child molestation, theft, burglary, domestic violence, assault, battery, resisting arrest and driving under the influence of alcohol.

(Certified Specialist, Criminal Law, The State Bar of California, Board of Legal Specialization)

Areas of Practice (50)

  • Criminal Law
  • Driving While Intoxicated (DWI)
  • Felonies and Misdemeanors
  • Criminal Trial Practice
  • Assault and Battery
  • Burglary
  • Capital Offenses
  • Criminal Antitrust
  • Criminal Appeals
  • Criminal Conspiracy
  • Criminal Defense
  • Criminal Forfeiture
  • Criminal Fraud
  • Criminal Investigation
  • Criminal Prosecution
  • Death Penalty
  • Drivers License Suspension
  • Driving While Intoxicated
  • Electronic Surveillance
  • Expungements
  • Extortion
  • Federal Criminal Law
  • Felonies
  • Forgery
  • Grand Jury Practice
  • Habeas Corpus
  • Hit and Run
  • Homicide
  • International Criminal Law
  • International Extradition
  • Mail Fraud
  • Malicious Prosecution
  • Manslaughter
  • Misdemeanors
  • Money Laundering
  • Murder
  • Parole and Probation
  • Post-Conviction Remedies
  • Search and Seizure
  • Sex Crimes
  • Sexual Assault
  • Shoplifting
  • Stalking
  • Theft
  • Traffic Violations
  • Vehicular Homicide
  • Weapons Charges
  • Wire Fraud
  • Wiretapping

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
650-326-2980  Phone
University Attended:
Centro de Estudios Universitarios Colombo-Americano, Bogotá, Colombia; Brown University, B.S., magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, 1983
Law School Attended:
Stanford University, J.D., 1988
Year of First Admission:
1988, California; 1988, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California; 1988, U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
Palo Alto, San Mateo County and Santa Clara County Bar Associations; California Attorneys For Criminal Justice (Member, Board of Governors, 1997); California Public Defenders Association; National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers; National Lawyers Guild.
Spanish and Catalan
( Certified Specialist, Criminal Law, The State Bar of California, Board of Legal Specialization )
Payment Information:
  • Free Initial Consultation
  • Fixed Hourly Rates

Peer Reviews

5.0/5.0 (1 review)
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  • 5.0/5.0 Rated by a Managing Partner on 12/09/11 in Criminal Defense

    Daniel Barton is one of the finest and most ethical criminal defense attorneys in Northern California.

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