About Stephanie

Choosing a lawyer can be a critical decision. Clients want more than a good attorney. They want a lawyer who is responsive to their needs and who can also achieve the best results possible.

Stephanie Rickard is an experienced trial attorney whose primary focus is client satisfaction. As a former prosecutor for the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office, she has represented both individuals and major national corporations in both criminal and civil cases.

Ms. Rickard has a reputation for being genuinely concerned about her clients. Her professional dedication and personal involvement in each case ensures a level of responsiveness and integrity lacking in most larger firms.

Ms. Rickard received her law degree from Santa Clara University School of Law and her undergraduate degree from San Jose State University. She is a member of the American Bar Association, the State Bar of California, the Santa Clara County Bar Association, the California Deuce Defenders, National Legal Aid and Defenders Association and California Attorneys for Criminal Justice.

She is admitted to practice in all courts of the state of California and Federal Court, and represents clients in Santa Clara, Alameda, San Mateo, San Francisco, Marin, Contra Costa, Santa Cruz, San Benito, and Monterey counties. She also represents many clients who are residents of other states and countries and has interpreters available at no additional fee for most languages.

Practice Areas:
All areas of Criminal Defense including: Domestic Violence; Sexual Abuse; Drug Crimes;Driving Under the Influence; Juvenile Crimes; Parole and Probation; Theft/White Collar Crime; Automobile Accidents and Injuries.

1988, California.

Law School:
Santa Clara University, J.D., 1988.

San Jose State University, B.A., 1985.


Santa Clara County Bar Association; State Bar of California; National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers; California Attorneys for Criminal Justice; Northern California Driving Under the Influence Defenders; National League Aid and Defenders Association; American Bar Assocation.

Administrative Chairman Honors, Moot Court Board, 1987-1988. Vice Justice, Phi Alpha Delta, 1987. Past Board Member, Santa Clara County Trial Lawyers Association.


My Client Mindset

I have been practicing law for over 25 years. For several years, I was a Deputy DA where I prosecuted the cases I now defend. The relationships I’ve built in those years in the courtroom have given me the foundation to present the most successful defense for my clients. My approach is based on setting goals with the client and getting the best result for each and every one of them. I am available to you to discuss your case with you. I do not limit time and am available for phone calls and emails with you. I am simple and serious, approachable, and knowledgeable. A successful resolution to a case depends on your goals.

My Fees

The expense to successfully defend a serious criminal case depends on the nature of the case. In addition to attorney’s fees, your case might require additional expenses for investigation and expert witnesses. I am not the least expensive criminal defense firm, but I am not the most expensive, either. I base my fees on the complexity of the case. I can usually provide you with a fee quote after an initial consultation.

My Experience

In my 25 years of experience, I have successfully defended some of the most serious criminal cases there are. My innovative approach, communication skills, and persistence to successfully defend even the seemingly impossible case are what sets me apart. Read More

If would like me to evaluate your case and consider taking on your representation, please CALL ME.


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