Marc X. Carlos

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in San Diego, CA

Bardsley & Carlos LLP
 | 424 F Street, Suite A
San Diego, CA 92101
Phone: 619-702-3226
Fax: 619-702-5415
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1988
Practice Areas:
  • Criminal Defense (50%),
  • Criminal Defense: White Collar (30%),
  • Civil Rights (20%)
Languages Spoken:
  • English,
  • Spanish
Attorney Profile

For nearly 30 years, Marc X. Carlos has handled a full variety of criminal defense matters, such as drug possession, murder and white collar crimes. He has extensive experience in both state and federal cases, having represented clients in more than 250 jury trials, including lead counsel in death penalty cases, and over 3000 contested hearings before the court. Mr. Carlos has represented over 40 individuals charged with homicide.  Mr. Carlos has also represented individuals and corporations charged in Wire Fraud, Bank Fraud, Insider Trading, Real Estate Fraud and Securities violations as well as international corporations and individuals charged with criminal offenses in the United States.  Mr. Carlos has also been involved in the negotiation and representation of foreign nationals beging extradited to the United States.  His clients have included high-profile political and sports figures, lawyers, doctors, police officers and corporations.  Mr. Carlos has been retained by attorneys to act as lead counsel on criminal and civil trial matters and has been retained and testified as an expert in criminal defense.   As a partner and co-founder of California law firm Bardsley & Carlos LLP, Mr. Carlos represents clients in Southern California, as well as all the courts of the State of California and United States District Courts throughout the country.  Mr. Carlos also represents individuals charged with serious crimes in state court outside of Califonia under Pro Hac Vice status.

After receiving a Bachelor of Arts in 1983 from the University of California, Berkeley, Mr. Carlos earned his Juris Doctor from Santa Clara Law in 1986. He is admitted to practice law in all California courts, including the U.S. District Courts for the Central and Southern Districts of California; the California Courts of Appeal for the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th Districts; and the Supreme Court of California. Mr. Carlos is certified by the National Board of Legal Specialty Certification and The State Bar of California's Board of Legal Specialization as a criminal trial specialist. Frequently, he is called upon to testify in court as a criminal law expert.

A commitment to high ethics and quality representation has earned Mr. Carlos the respect of his peers. He has received the highest rating of AV Preeminent* from Martindale-Hubbell and is a fellow in the Litigation Counsel of America, an honor reserved for less than half of 1 percent of all lawyers in the nation. Mr. Carlos lectures on homicide defense at Continuing Legal Education seminars and teaches trial skills for the California Public Defenders Association and the San Diego County Public Defender's office. He has also been featured on national media networks and programs such as truTV, MSNBC, FOX News, "Dateline" on NBC and PBS.

*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
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Criminal Defense (50%): Arrest & Arraignment, Assault & Battery, Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, Drug & Alcohol Violations, Felony, Misdemeanor, Murder, Sex Offenses, Tax Evasion, Theft, Criminal Domestic Violence

Criminal Defense: White Collar (30%): White Collar Crime, Criminal Law - Federal

Civil Rights (20%)

Focus Areas

Arrest & Arraignment, Assault & Battery, Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, Drug & Alcohol Violations, Felony, Misdemeanor, Murder, Sex Offenses, Tax Evasion, Theft, Criminal Domestic Violence, White Collar Crime, Criminal Law - Federal


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Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2019

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About Marc Carlos

Admitted: 1988, California

Professional Webpage:


  • Top Attorneys San Diego, San Diego Magazine, 2017
  • "AV ®," Highest Possible Rating by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Trial Lawyer Honorary Society
  • America's Best On line Attorneys
  • San Diego Magazine Top Attorneys
  • Bar Register Pre-eminent Lawyers
  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • The National Board of Trial Advocacy is Accredited
  • Criminal Trial Specialist, National Board of Trial Advocacy, California Board of Legal Specialization

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Criminal Defense Lawyers Club San Diego, 2017
  • Justicia Lawyers San Diego
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court Western District of California
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court Central District of the California
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of the California
  • California Supreme Court
  • State of California

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  •  Lecturer; criminal defense practice and ethics, San Diego Legal Professionals Assn.
  • Lecturer on Shaken Baby syndrome and Sex Crimes
  • Lecturer, Statewide Criminal Defense Attorneys/Professsionals on diminished actualtiy/psychological defense Homicide trial skills and strategies
  • Lecturer, Homicide Defense as well as a Trial Skills Instructor and Trainer, San Diego County Public Defender's Office and the California Public Defender's Association

Educational Background:

  • University of California, Berkeley, B.A., 1983
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Office Location for Marc X. Carlos

424 F Street
Suite A
San Diego, CA 92101

Phone: 619-702-3226

Fax: 619-702-5415

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Last Updated: 11/2/2018

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