Anna R. Yum

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in San Diego, CA

Law Offices of Anna R. Yum
 | 501 West Broadway, Suite 1660
San Diego, CA 92101
Phone: 619-304-5080
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2016 - 2018
Selected To Rising Stars: 2015
Licensed Since: 2005
Practice Areas:
  • Criminal Defense (50%),
  • Employment & Labor: Employee (30%),
  • Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI (20%)
Languages Spoken:
  • English,
  • Korean
Attorney Profile

Anna R. Yum is the founder of The Law Offices of Attorney Anna R. Yum, located in San Diego, California. She is a well-known trial attorney--with extensive case negotation experience--and an outsanding win record.  

After receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in communication studies and international studies from Northwestern University, ranked 9th in the country, in 2000, Ms. Yum went on to attend the University of San Diego School of Law and was awarded her Juris Doctor in 2005. While in law school, she was inducted into the Order of Barristers, which recognizes the best eight oral advocates of her graduating class.  In addition, Ms. Yum received the esteemed American Board of Trial Advocates Award, which was another honor recognizing her excellent trial advocacy skills.  While in law school, Ms. Yum also served as a judicial extern for a senior federal court judge, Hon. Robert M. Takasugi, on the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. Upon her graduation, Ms. Yum joined the Riverside County Office of the District Attorney, where she served as a criminal prosecutor in a number of cases involving domestic violence, drug sales, robbery, domestic violence, grand theft auto, gang cases, and sexual assault before founding her current firm in 2008. She is admitted to practice in California and Illinois.

The respect that Ms. Yum has earned from her colleagues is reflected in her receipt of a 10.0 "Superb" peer-review rating through Avvo and her being named to The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100. Many of Ms. Yum's cases have been highlighted by local and national news networks such as CNN and Fox News Channel.  Ms. Yum has also been regularly called upon to provide legal analysis on major news networks such as Fox News Channel, CNN/HLN, Discovery iD, Court TV, Law & Crime, and many more. Active in a variety of professional organizations, she is a member of the San Diego County Bar Association, the Criminal Defense Bar Association of San Diego, San Diego Criminal Defense Lawyers Club (an honor which is by invite only to the top criminal defense attorneys in San Diego), San Diego Korean American Bar Association, Pan Asian Lawyers of San Diego, and Consumer Attorneys of San Diego.

Practice Areas
  • 50%Criminal Defense
  • 30%Employment & Labor
  • 20%Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI
Focus Areas

Arrest & Arraignment, Assault & Battery, Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, Drug & Alcohol Violations, Expungement, False Accusations, Felony, Misdemeanor, Motor Vehicle Offenses, Murder, Probation, Sex Offenses, Theft, Sexual Harassment, DUI/DWI


Selected to Super Lawyers for 3 yearsmiddle-imageSelected to Rising Stars for 1 years

Super Lawyers: 2016 - 2018 Rising Stars: 2015

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Admitted: 2005, California

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  • Recipient of Avvo Client's Choice Award from 2014 to present, an accolade which recognizes the highest rated attorneys and/or law firms based upon client reviews and testimonials. , Avvo Client's Choice Award,
  • Member of the National Association of Distinguished Counsel (the Nation's Top 1% Attorneys).  Candidates are identified by nomination or an in house research team.  Once candidates are selected, they are vetted rigorously by the National Association of Distinguished Counsel research team.  A blue ribbon panel of attorneys evaluates the results provided by the research team to assess the list of the top elite attorneys in the country.  A judicial review board consisting of former judges also evaluates the final candidates to determine exceptional attorneys who have stellar reputations, exemplify outstanding performance, and exhibit admirable integrity in their practice of law.  , National Association of Distinguished Counsel Top 1%, The Nation's Top 1%
  • Recognized as a Rising Star Super Lawyers, which recognizes no more than 2.5% of the top attorneys in each state., Rising Star Super Lawyers, Super Lawyers, 2015
  • Employee of the Month
  • San Diego's Top Attorneys, San Diego Metro Magazine, 2011
  • Order of Barristers, University of San Diego School of Law
  • Nominated for Riverside County Misdemeanor Prosecutor of the Year, 2006
  • The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • San Diego County Bar Association, Member, 2008 - present
  • Pan Asian Lawyers of San Diego
  • Consumer Attorneys of San Diego.  It is a professional organization comprised of plaintiff/personal injury attorneys in San Diego.  Its focus is on advancing the needs and interests of trial lawyers in pursuit of justice and a fair and effective legal system.
  • San Diego Korean American Bar Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • San Diego Criminal Defense Bar Association, Member
  • State Bar of California

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Guest Attorney Speaker at University of California San Diego Kappa Alpha Pi pre-law fraternity., 2020


  • Residential burglary (felony/strike) case dismissed.  Client was in medical school with aspirations of becoming a future physician.  Client broke into another person's home during a drunken night and fled the scene once law enforcement arrived.  Client was at grave risk of getting suspended from school and losing a lifelong passion of pursuing a career as a doctor.  After lengthy negotiations with the prosecutor, case was dismissed with prejudice.  Client was able to stay in medical school and continue on the path of a successful career in the medical field., 2019
  • Felony Assault and Battery with Strike Enhancements - Negotiated to Misdemeanor Disturbing the Peace, NO jail timeClient was charged with assaulting the complaining witness at a nightclub.  As a result of the alleged assault, complaining witness sustained extensive injuries including a fractured nose and multiple contusions to his face.  Client was acting in defense of another; specifically, he was defending his roommate from complaining witness.  Roommate was being sexually assaulted by complaining witness.  Prosecution's theory was that Client was romantically involved with his roommate and that he was jealous that complaining witness was engaged in sexual relations with his roommate.  If convicted, Client was facing jail time and a felony conviction which would qualify as a "serious or violent felony" under California's Three Strikes Law.  After lengthy negotiations and investigation, the case resolved for a misdemeanor disturbing the peace and no jail time., 2019
  • Sexual Harassment and Sexual Assault Employment Case - Resolved in Mediation for More than Half a Million Dollars (Actual figure is confidential due to settlement agreement). Client was a physician's assistant who was was sexually assaulted and harassed by her supervisor while employed at a local San Diego medical center.  Client was falsely imprisoned and sexually assaulted at the workplace when her supervisor pulled her pants down and grabbed her buttocks while making unwanted sexually charged statements.  Client's supervisor then grabbed her arm while asking her to conduct sex acts on him.  Client reported the incident to her employer and law enforcement immediately.  Case resolved in mediation for over half a million dollars., 2018
  • Multiple counts of rape and sodomy of an intoxicated and unconscious victim- HUNG JURY.  No Jail Time.  No Lifetime Sex Offender Registration. Client was charged with multiple counts of rape and sodomy of an intoxicated and unconscious victim.  Client was a college student who allegedly committed these acts at a house party near a local college campus.  The prosecution maintained that the complaining witness was drugged while at the party and that Client forced himself upon her during her alleged intoxicated and unconscious state.  During a jury trial, the court declared a mistrial based upon the fact that the jury could not reach a unanimous decision.  It was discovered that the split ranged from 11-1 for NOT GUILTY, 10-2 for NOT GUILTY, 9-3 for NOT GUILTY, and 6-6 split.  Although Client was facing numerous years in prison, Client received NO FELONY CONVICTION, NO JAIL TIME and NO LIFETIME SEX OFFENDER REGISTRATION. , 2016
  • Domestic Violence Jury Trial- NOT GUILTY.  Client is a Captain in the United States Marine Corps.  He has served our country for 17 plus years.  His wife claimed that Client brutally attacked her by allegedly throwing her down the stairs, kicking her multiple times in the stomach, hitting and slapping her, and choking her.  Wife went to the hospital and reported the alleged abuse to the medical staff and to law enforcement.  Client was subsequently arrested.  With his career on the line, Client exercised his constitutional right to a jury trial in order to combat these false allegations.  After multiple days of a strenuous jury trial, the jury voted NOT GUILTY on the more serious charge of inflicting corporal injury on a spouse.  As for the lesser offense of spousal battery, the jury was hung 9-3 in favor of NOT GUILTY.  As a result, the judge DISMISSED the lesser count.  Client received an acquittal and he was able to continue his career aspirations of serving as a high ranking officer in the USMC., 2015
  • DOMESTIC VIOLENCE- CASE DISMISSEDClient was arrested for attempted murder against his girlfriend.  Victim alleged that Client strangled her and tried to kill her.  Victim sustained extensive injuries.  Client maintained that he was acting in self-defense; client also sustained extensive injuries.  Client had graduated from law school and he had endeavors to become a licensed attorney.  Any type of felony record, let alone an assault or attempted murder charge, would ruin his chances of pursuing his law career.  We conducted hours of defense investigation in preparation for Client’s case.  After meeting with the prosecution and providing information concerning our defense investigation, all charges against Client were dismissed., 2017
  • FIRST DEGREE MURDER- CASE DISMISSED AND ALL CHARGES DROPPEDClient was charged with first degree murder.  He, along with 2 co-defendants, was accused of killing the victim while at a house party.  Specifically, the prosecution alleged that the defendants were involved in a fight with the victim.  During the fight, the defendants allegedly kicked and stomped the victim to death.  Upon extensive negotiation with the prosecution and upon thorough defense investigation, the DA DISMISSED ALL CHARGES against my client.  Through investigation, it was shown that Client was not a participant of the fight and that he was not involved in the murder of the victim.  Case was dismissed with prejudice before the preliminary hearing., 2015

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • Received Super Lawyers recognition which awards no more than 5% of the top attorneys in each state.


  • Anna Yum served as a legal analyst on Court TV regularly during the coverage of the highly publicized People v. Kellen Winslow, Jr. trial in which an ex-NFL player was accused of many counts of sexual assault., Court TV discussing People v. Kellen Winslow, Jr. Jury Trial, Criminal Defense, 2019
  • Anna Yum regularly provides legal commentary on Law & Crime Network, a multi-platform live network that provided 24/7 trial news coverage regarding high-profile cases all around the country., Law & Crime Legal Analyst, Criminal Defense, 2020
  • Anna Yum represents multiple victims of sexual assault in this high-profile lawsuit against the same male massage therapist who was employed at the upscale and highly reputable Omni La Costa Resort & Spa., Anna Yum represents victims of sexual assault against Omni La Costa Resort & Spa, Sexual Assault, Sexual Harassment, 2020
  • Anna Yum gives her opening statement in a high profile teacher student sex trial., Media Coverage of high profile jury trial
  • Anna Yum provides commentary on Fox News Channel's Hannity to discuss the latest in the George Zimmerman jury trial., Anna Yum on Fox News Hannity discussing George Zimmerman trial

Educational Background:

  • University of San Diego School of Law, J.D., 2005
  • Northwestern University, Bachelor of Science in Communication Studies and International Studies, 2000

Industry Groups

  • Criminal Defense
  • Criminal Defense
  • Criminal Defense- DUI
  • Criminal Defense- DUI
  • Sexual Harassment; Retaliation
  • Sexual Harassment; Retaliation; Sex Abuse
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Office Location for Anna R. Yum

501 West Broadway
Suite 1660
San Diego, CA 92101

Phone: 619-304-5080

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Last Updated: 3/21/2020

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