Thomas H. Bienert, Jr.

Attorney Profile

Top Rated White Collar Crimes Attorney in San Clemente, CA

Bienert | Katzman PC
 | 903 Calle Amanecer, Suite 350
San Clemente, CA 92673
Phone: 949-226-6591
Fax: 949-369-3701
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2021
Licensed Since: 1988
Practice Areas:
  • Criminal Defense: White Collar (50%),
  • General Litigation (40%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (10%)
    Attorney Profile

    Attorney Thomas H. Bienert Jr. is the founder and senior partner of Bienert | Katzman PC, a premier civil and criminal litigation defense law firm located in San Clemente, California. Nationally recognized as being among the top trial attorneys in the country, Mr. Bienert focuses his practice primarily on white collar criminal defense, internal investigations, complex civil litigation, whistleblower claims and appeals.

    Prior to entering private practice, Mr. Bienert served for 10 years as a federal prosecutor, where he became chief of the Orange County office of the U.S. Attorney and chief of criminal complaints in the U.S. Attorney’s Los Angeles office. In addition, he also served as associate independent counsel in Washington, D.C. During these roles, Mr. Bienert was involved with many high-profile cases, including the Orange County bankruptcy case, the UCI fertility clinic case, the Reginald Denny beating case and the independent counsel's investigation into President Bill Clinton.

    Since entering private practice, Mr. Bienert has achieved unprecedented success advocating on behalf of his plaintiff clients and defending the rights and liberties of the accused. Through his efforts, he has obtained numerous multimillion-dollar verdicts and settlements for his clients in civil cases, and he has secured many acquittals, dismissals and not guilty verdicts for his clients charged with a wide range of white collar crimes.

    A consummate professional, Mr. Bienert is active in many professional legal organizations, and he served as president of the Orange County Bar Association from 2014 to 2015. He also served on the board of the Orange County Criminal Defense Bar Association, the Orange County Bar Association and the Constitutional Rights Foundation, as well as a number of committees and panels. He is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and former lawyer delegate to the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference.

    A 1983 graduate of Louisiana State University, Mr. Bienert obtained his Juris Doctor from Tulane University Law School in 1986, where he served as editor for the school's law review and graduated Order of the Barristers. He holds an AV-Preeminent peer review rating* from Martindale-Hubbell, and The National Trial Lawyers has voted him as a "Top 100 Trial Lawyer" each year since 2011. In addition, he has received several awards from America’s Top 100 Attorneys, including the organization's Lifetime Achievement Award.

    *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
    • 50%Criminal Defense: White Collar
    • 40%General Litigation
    • 10%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
    Focus Areas

    White Collar Crime, Litigation


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    Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2021

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    About Thomas Bienert, Jr.

    Admitted: 1988, California

    Professional Webpage:


    • Best Lawyers® List, 2009 - 2018
    • One of the "Top 50 Lawyers in Orange County", Super Lawyers®
    • Lifetime Achievement Award by "America's Top 100 Attorneys®"
    • AV Preeminent Rated, Martindale-Hubbell, 2002 - 2018
    • One of the National Trial Lawyers "Top 100 Trial Lawyers", 2011 - 2018
    • America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators®
    • One of "America's Top 100®" Civil Defense Litigators for Southern California
    • Super Lawyers® List, 2006 - 2018
    • Orange County's "White-Collar Lawyer of the Year", Best Lawyers®, 2011
    • America's Top 100 Attorneys for Southern California
    • Member, Order of Barristers

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • California
    • White Collar Crime Committee, Southern California Regional Subcommittee, Board of Directors
    • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
    • American College of Trial Lawyers
    • California Bar Association
    • Orange County Bar Association, Former Past President, 2014-2015
    • The Celtic Bar Association
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
    • American Bar Association, Criminal Division
    • Association of Business Trial Lawyers
    • Orange County Bar Association, Treasurer, Board of Directors, Executive Committee, Judiciary Committee
    • Robert A. Banyard Inn of Court
    • Louisiana
    • Lawyer Delegate, Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference
    • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California
    • American Trial Lawyers Association
    • Federal Bar Association, Criminal Justice Section
    • Orange County Criminal Defense Bar Association, Board Member

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Society of Fellows Orange County Bar Foundation

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Adjunct Professor, Loyola Law School

    Educational Background:

    • Louisiana State University, B.A. in English
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    Office Location for Thomas H. Bienert, Jr.

    903 Calle Amanecer
    Suite 350
    San Clemente, CA 92673

    Phone: 949-226-6591

    Fax: 949-369-3701

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