Randy Sue Pollock

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in Oakland, CA

Law Office of Randy Sue Pollock
 | 286 Santa Clara Avenue, Oakland, CA 94610
Phone: 510-763-9967
Fax: 510-380-6551
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2012 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1975
Practice Areas:
  • Criminal Defense (50%),
  • Criminal Defense: White Collar (50%)
Languages Spoken:
  • English,
  • Spanish
Attorney Profile

Randy Sue Pollock has been a criminal defense lawyer for more than 35 years and represents clients in San Francisco and entire Bay Area, including Sacramento. She aggressively protects the interests of her high-profile clients in complex white collar and general criminal cases. Ms. Pollock defends clients against a variety of federal and state crimes, including RICO conspiracies, espionage, securities fraud, mortgage fraud, tax violations, money laundering, drug trafficking and marijuana cultivation and transportation.

Ms. Pollock is a graduate of the University of California Hastings College of the Law. She has been a member of the State Bar of California since 1975. Ms. Pollock consistently demonstrates the highest level of professional excellence and is AV-Preeminent rated* by Martindale-Hubbell since 2001.

In United States v. Cerna, Ms. Pollock won an acquittal for her client on all counts of racketeering after a five-month battle against federal prosecutors in the Northern District of California. Following this hard-fought victory, she was the only criminal defense lawyer recognized by the “The Recorder” as one of the Attorneys of the Year in 2011.

With a productive, less-is-more approach to trial advocacy, Ms. Pollock has tried more than 100 jury cases. She concentrates the jury’s attention on the most important issues by preparing short and direct opening and closing statements and asking the fewest number of questions. The federal judge commended her trial style in the Cerna case.

Ms. Pollock is also a persuasive plea negotiator. In 2010, Ms. Pollock garnered a victory when the court dismissed several counts of wire fraud and tax evasion against her client. She negotiated a plea agreement that prevented her client from having to face 40 years in prison if convicted of the dismissed counts.  

Most recently, she won a motion to suppress all guns and marijuana seized in a Ukiah case.  With extensive briefing and a lengthy evidentiary hearing, the officer was found to have committed perjury and all charges were dismissed.

Also, recently, despite the word of a cooperating co-defendant in a federal drug conspiracy case, Ms. Pollock convinced the government that her client was not involved.  No charges were filed even though the government excepted him to plead guilty.

In June 2018, after a month long trial, Ms. Pollock convinced a federal jury in San Jose that her client was a nominee for millions of dollars of money from her families business.  The government had attributed all the money to her.  She was acquited of Filing False Tax Returns.

Also, after several years of investigation and an on-going grand jury investigation, the government declined to bring federal tax charges against a client in 2017.



*AV-Preeminent and BV-Distinguished are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the Bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice Areas
  • 50%Criminal Defense
  • 50%Criminal Defense: White Collar
Focus Areas

Criminal Fraud, Drug & Alcohol Violations, Expungement, Sex Offenses, Tax Evasion, Criminal Domestic Violence, White Collar Crime, Criminal Law - Federal


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Super Lawyers: 2012 - 2020

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About Randy Pollock

Admitted: 1975, California

Professional Webpage: http://www.rspollocklaw.com/high-profile-criminal-defense-at...


  • 2011 Attorney of the Year based on not guilty verdict on all counts in five month federal Racketeering case, The Recorder Legal Journal; AV Preeminent Women Lawyer 2012, 2013; AV rated 2001 to present., San Francisco Recorder, 2011
  • Lawyer Representative for the Northern District of California, 2017-2020
  • Martindale-Hubbell’s Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers, 2012, 2013
  • Martindale-Hubbell’s Women Leaders in the Law, 2013

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • United States District Court, Northern District, Committee on Rules and Practice, 2015-2017, 2015
  • Women Attorneys Advocacy Project, Executive Committee and Organizer of Programs, 2015 to present, 2014
  • Executive Committee, Bar Association of San Francisco, Committee on Criminal Justice., 2014
  • Lifetime Member, Women Defenders, 1991 - Present
  • Member, NORML, 2000 - Present
  • Member, California Women Lawyer's, 1993-2007
  • Member, State Bar Fee Arbitration Committee
  • Member, San Francisco Women Lawyer's Alliance, 1989-2005
  • Member, ACLU Lawyer's Council, 1989-1999
  • Women Defenders, Northern California Criminal Trial Attorneys, California State Bar, 1975-present
  • Criminal Defense Attorneys, National Association, 1988-present
  • Board of Governors, California Attorneys for Criminal Justice, 1980-1990

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Board of Directors, San Francisco Chapter of American Jewish Committee

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Lectured to lawyers regarding requirements of fee agreements., Lecturer, Fee Agreements, Norml Conference--Key West, 2008
  • Lectured to NORML conference at Key West regarding how to prepare for sentencing., Preparing for Sentencing, NORML


  • United States vs. Meili Lin (NDCA, 2018) Filing False Tax Return, Not Guilty; United States vs. Cerna (NDCA) RICO prosecution, Not Guilty all counts (2011); United States vs. Bauer (NDCA) Wire/Mail Fraud in Commodity Case--Not Guilty all counts (1992); People vs. Vincent Reed (murder) not guilty all counts, 1989. 

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • Named one of the Attorneys of the Year by the Recorder Legal Journal, 2011

Educational Background:

  • University of California, Hastings College of the Law, JD., 1974
  • University of Caliifornia, Berkeley, A.B., June 1971
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Office Location for Randy Sue Pollock

286 Santa Clara Avenue
Oakland, CA 94610

Phone: 510-763-9967

Fax: 510-380-6551

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Last Updated: 2/8/2019

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