William J. Portanova

Attorney Profile

Top Rated White Collar Crimes Attorney in Sacramento, CA

Portanova & Associates
 | 400 Capitol Mall, Suite 1100
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: 916-312-6806
Fax: 916-444-7998
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2012 - 2021
Licensed Since: 1982
Practice Areas:
  • Criminal Defense: White Collar (90%),
  • Criminal Defense (10%)
  • Free Consultation
Attorney Profile

Attorney William J. Portanova is the managing partner of Portanova & Associates in Sacramento, California. Nationally ranked as among the top trial attorneys in the country, Mr. Portanova focuses his practice solely on criminal defense, and he provides unmatched advocacy and support to clients throughout the greater Sacramento metro and all across the country who stand accused or are under investigation for serious federal and white collar crimes, including securities fraud and other matters.

Early in his legal career, Mr. Portanova served as a deputy district attorney in Sacramento County as well as an assistant U.S. attorney. In these roles, he prosecuted a wide range of criminal cases, including numerous complex federal cases involving organized crimes, computer crimes, narcotics offenses and more. In addition, he helped direct the U.S. Department of Justice Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force from 1991 to 1997, and he worked with the state and federal High Tech Crimes Task Forces in California.

In these roles, Mr. Portanova gained invaluable insight into the state and federal criminal justice systems, and he has gained a reputation for his ability to devise the most effective defense strategies possible for his clients, regardless of how serious the charges against them. Honored for his outstanding professionalism and service, he has earned an AV-Preeminent peer review rating* from Martindale-Hubbell along with consistent top rankings and endorsements from his peers.

A 1977 graduate of California State University at Northridge, Mr. Portanova obtained his Juris Doctor in 1982 from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law. He is admitted to practice before all state and federal courts in California as well as before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit. He also routinely offers in-depth legal commentary on a variety of topics for various media outlets.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license 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 anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice Areas
  • 90%Criminal Defense: White Collar
  • 10%Criminal Defense
Focus Areas

White Collar Crime, Criminal Law - Federal, Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, Expungement, Felony, Misdemeanor, Tax Evasion, Theft


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Super Lawyers: 2012 - 2021

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About William Portanova

Admitted: 1982, California

Professional Webpage: https://www.portanova.com/attorneys


  • U.S. Department of Justice Director’s Award, 1993

Educational Background:

  • California State University

Industry Groups

  • Banking
  • Business
  • Insurance
  • Investigation
  • Investment
  • Medicine
  • Real Estate
  • Tax
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Office Location for William J. Portanova

400 Capitol Mall
Suite 1100
Sacramento, CA 95814

Phone: 916-312-6806

Fax: 916-444-7998

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Last Updated: 4/19/2021

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