Jessica C. McElfresh

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in Encinitas, CA

McElfresh Law, Inc.
 | 531 Encinitas Blvd, Suite 111
Encinitas, CA 92024
Phone: 858-756-7107
Fax: 858-225-6700
Selected to Rising Stars: 2017 - 2019
Licensed Since: 2009
Practice Areas:
  • Criminal Defense (40%),
  • Land Use/Zoning (40%),
  • Business/Corporate (20%)
Languages Spoken:
  • English,
  • Spanish
Attorney Profile

The founder of McElfresh Law Inc., Jessica C. McElfresh has chosen to dedicate her career to representing the rights of people charged with crimes. She tackles complex legal issues on behalf of her San Diego-area clients who have been charged with misdemeanors or felonies such as DUI, robbery, fraud, sex crimes, assault and domestic violence.  Ms. McElfresh represents people facing discipline or loss of their state and local licenses, particularly in the cannabis industry.  Since 2010, she has represented cannabis businesses seeking local and now state licensing.  Ms. McElfresh has consulted on criminal defense and cannabis law with organizations such as the ACLU Foundation of Northern California and the Association of Cannabis Professionals.

Following her 2005 receipt of a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish literature from Scripps College, Ms. McElfresh attended the University of San Diego School of Law and was awarded her Juris Doctor in 2009. While there, she interned with the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office and found her passion for work within the criminal justice system. Admitted to practice in California, Ms. McElfresh is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the Southern, Central, Eastern and Northern Districts of California, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, and the Supreme Court of the United States.

Highly regarded by her fellow professionals, Ms. McElfresh has received a "Superb" peer review rating through Avvo. She has also been named to the American Institute of Legal Counsel's list of the "10 Best" attorneys in California. Ms. McElfresh is an active participant in several legal organizations, including the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the San Diego County Bar Association, and the Lawyers Club of San Diego.

 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Criminal Defense (40%): Arrest & Arraignment, Assault & Battery, Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, Drug & Alcohol Violations, Expungement, Felony, Juvenile Delinquency, Misdemeanor, Motor Vehicle Offenses, Parole, Probation, Theft, Criminal Domestic Violence

Land Use/Zoning (40%)

Business/Corporate (20%): Business Formation and Planning, Limited Liability Companies, Partnership, Sub-chapter S Corporations, Contracts, Business Organizations

Focus Areas

Arrest & Arraignment, Assault & Battery, Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, Drug & Alcohol Violations, Expungement, Felony, Juvenile Delinquency, Misdemeanor, Motor Vehicle Offenses, Parole, Probation, Theft, Criminal Domestic Violence, Business Formation and Planning, Limited Liability Companies, Partnership, Sub-chapter S Corporations, Contracts, Business Organizations

Selections

top-imageSelected to Rising Stars for 3 years

Rising Stars: 2017 - 2019

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About Jessica McElfresh

Admitted: 2009, California

Professional Webpage: https://www.criminallawyersandiego.com/about-jessica-mcelfre...

Honors/Awards:

  • N/A, 10 Best, American Institute of Legal Counsel, 2015
  • N/A, Top 100 Trial Lawyers, Criminal Defense, The National Trial Lawyers, 2017
  • N/A, Recognition Award, Casa Cornelia Law Center, 2010
  • Top 40 Under 40, The National Trial Lawyers, 2017

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • National Cannabis Industry Association, 2017
  • United States District Court for Northern District of California
  • Community Director, NORML Women's Alliance , 2017
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • Lawyers Club of San Diego
  • Criminal Defense Bar Association
  • State Bar of California # 265209, 2017
  • United States District Court for the Central District of California
  • California Attorneys for Criminal Justice, 2017
  • Louis M. Welsh American Inn of Court
  • California Public Defenders Association
  • San Diego County Bar Association
  • National NORML Legal Committee
  • United States District Court for Southern District of California
  • California Cannabis Industry Association, 2017
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of California
  • NORML Women’s Alliance
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Criminal Defense Lawyer’s Association of San Diego

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • California Western School of Law, Community Law Project - serves as volunteer criminal defense attorney, advising clinic clients and mentoring law students, 2015

Videos:

  • Discussion of New Medical Marijuana Laws in CA, 2015
  • San Diego City Council on Medical Marijuana Ordinance, San Diego City Council

Educational Background:

  • Scripps College, Bachelor of Arts in Spanish Literature, summa cum laude, 2005
Office Location for Jessica C. McElfresh

531 Encinitas Blvd
Suite 111
Encinitas, CA 92024

Phone: 858-756-7107

Fax: 858-225-6700

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Last Updated: 3/6/2019

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