Julia V. Mezhinsky Jayne

Top rated Criminal Defense attorney in Berkeley, California

Jayne Law Group, P.C.
Julia V. Mezhinsky Jayne
Jayne Law Group, P.C.

Practice Areas: Criminal Defense, White Collar Crimes

Licensed in California since: 1999

Education: University of California College of the Law, San Francisco

Languages Spoken: English, Russian

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2015 - 2023 Selected to Rising Stars: 2009 - 2014

Jayne Law Group, P.C.

803 Hearst Ave
Berkeley, CA 94710 Phone: 415-623-3600 Email: Julia V. Mezhinsky Jayne Visit website


Ms. Jayne is an experienced and accomplished trial lawyer who concentrates her practice on both white collar and general criminal defense in felony and misdemeanor cases. She has nearly 25 years of experience in complex criminal matters in federal and state courts. Ms. Jayne has tried over 40 cases to the jury and litigated countless evidentiary matters through motions practice. She has resolved hundreds of criminal cases throughout her career.

Ranked among the nation’s leading white-collar crime and government investigations lawyers by Chambers USA, named a Super Lawyer for twelve straight years, named by San Francisco Magazine as a top woman attorney in Northern California, and with Jayne Law Group named as a Top Boutique Law Firm in California, Ms. Jayne has established her reputation as a leader in the field.

Ms. Jayne represents a broad array of individuals and companies in state and federal court, at the investigative, pre-trial, and trial stages. Her successes range from outright case dismissals to extremely favorable plea agreements to acquittals. Ms. Jayne is committed to making sure each client is satisfied with the result of his/her case. She has handled numerous newsworthy and high-profile cases and has been featured as a legal commentator in media outlets such as CBS News, Court TV, Law360, LA Times, Yahoo! News, Hollywood Reporter, Fox News, and the Daily Beast.

Her white-collar criminal defense matters include prosecutions involving mail and wire fraud violations, bribery and kickbacks, securities fraud (insider trading), bank fraud, environmental crimes, money laundering, theft of trade secrets, antitrust, immigration crimes, false statements, identity theft, criminal contempt, tax evasion, extradition matters and prosecutions with significant asset forfeiture implications.

Ms. Jayne’s experience in general criminal defense runs the gamut — from violent felonies and vehicular manslaughter to drug distribution, sex offenses, firearms offenses, theft and fraud cases, robbery, burglary, and driving under the influence.

Before founding Campbell & Jayne LLP in 2006, Ms. Jayne served as a Deputy District Attorney in Contra Costa County. There, she tried a variety of misdemeanor, felony, and juvenile cases. In her role as a prosecutor, she filed criminal charges, negotiated thousands of cases, and independently tried countless cases. After leaving the District Attorney’s Office, Ms. Jayne worked as a civil litigator at Larson · King in San Francisco. Thereafter, Ms. Jayne worked as a white-collar criminal defense attorney and civil litigator at Sideman & Bancroft LLP, where she was involved in the representation of several high-profile white collar criminal defense clients. Ms. Jayne also served as a legal intern to the Organized Crime Strike Force for the Department of Justice, U.S. Attorneys’ Office in San Francisco.

Ms. Jayne has taught trial advocacy as an adjunct professor at U.C. Law San Francisco (formerly U.C. Hastings College of the Law) since 2003. She has served for many years on the Criminal Justice Act Panel in the Northern District of California. She is the Programs Chair for the Women in White Collar Defense Association, San Francisco chapter. She is a frequent speaker and author on white collar criminal defense matters.

Ms. Jayne is also fluent in Russian.

First Admitted: 1999, California

Professional Webpage: http://www.bayarea-criminaldefense.com/Attorneys/Julia-M-Jay...

Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Professional Involvement Ms. Jayne is an Adjunct Professor at University of California, Hastings College of the Law, where she has been teaching courses in Trial Advocacy since 2003. She is also a member of the Criminal Justice Act Panel ("CJA Panel") for the Northern District of California, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and the Women's White Collar Criminal Defense Association.
Educational Background:
  • Education University of California, Los Angeles B.A. Communication Studies, June, 1995, Graduated Magna Cum Laude University of California, Hastings College of the Law, San FranciscoJuris Doctor, 1999, graduated top 20th percentileRecipient of Hon. E. Patrician Heron Scholarship given by Contra Costa Bar Association - 10/22/98 Oxford University, EnglandSpring semester, 1998, 1999
Industry Groups:
  • White Collar Crime

Office location for Julia V. Mezhinsky Jayne

803 Hearst Ave
Berkeley, CA 94710


9 Years Super Lawyers
6 Years Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2015 - 2023
  • Rising Stars: 2009 - 2014

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