Anna R. Yum

Top rated Criminal Defense attorney in San Diego, California

Law Offices of Anna R. Yum
Anna R. Yum
Law Offices of Anna R. Yum

Practice Areas: Criminal Defense, DUI-DWI, Employment Litigation; view more

Licensed in California since: 2005

Education: University of San Diego School of Law

Languages Spoken: English, Korean

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2016 - 2018 Selected to Rising Stars: 2015
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Law Offices of Anna R. Yum

501 West Broadway
Suite 1660
San Diego, CA 92101 Visit website


Anna R. Yum is the founder of The Law Offices of Attorney Anna R. Yum, located in San Diego, California. She is an esteemed and award-winning trial attorney--with extensive case negotiation experience--and an outstanding win record.  Ms. Yum's practice areas include both criminal defense and civil litigation.  Specifically, she represents defendants in criminal prosecutions and plaintiffs in employment discrimination (predominantly sexual harassment) litigation.

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

Criminal Defense, Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI, Employment Litigation: Plaintiff

Focus areas

Arrest & Arraignment, Assault & Battery, Criminal Domestic Violence, Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, DUI/DWI, Drug & Alcohol Violations, Employment Discrimination, Expungement, False Accusations, Felony, Misdemeanor, Motor Vehicle Offenses, Murder, Probation, Retaliation, Sex Offenses, Theft, Wrongful Termination

First Admitted: 2005, California

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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
Educational Background:
  • University of San Diego School of Law, J.D., 2005
  • Northwestern University, Bachelor of Science in Communication Studies and International Studies, 2000
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Anna Yum participated in pro bono legal services and served as a guest speaker at the Korean American Bar Association's legal seminar event, which provided legal consultations and assistance to members of the Korean American community in San Diego., 2018
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Ms. Yum was invited to teach an MCLE course as a legal expert in the practice area of criminal defense by ProLawCLE, a national MCLE provider for legal continuing education.  Specifically, Ms. Yum taught an MCLE course on defending against domestic violence charges in a criminal prosecution., MCLE Lecturer/Speaker, MCLE Lecturer for ProLawCLE - Intro to Defending Against Domestic Violence Charges, ProLaw CLE, Criminal Defense, 2020
  • Guest Attorney Speaker at University of California San Diego Kappa Alpha Pi pre-law fraternity., Guest Speaker/Lecturer, Guest Attorney Speaker at University of California San Diego Kappa Alpha Pi pre-law fraternity, Criminal Defense, 2020
  • Anna Yum participated in pro bono legal services and served as a guest speaker at the Korean American Bar Association's legal seminar event, which provided legal consultations and assistance to members of the Korean American community in San Diego., Guest Speaker, Guest Speaker/Attorney at Korean American Bar Association Legal Seminar Event, 2018
  • Anna Yum was invited to serve as a guest speaker at the Miramar College Paralegal Club to present on the practice area of criminal defense, civil litigation, legal insight into the practice of law, and to answer questions of the various paralegal students at the presentation., Guest Speaker/legal expert, Guest Speaker at Miramar College Paralegal Club , Criminal Defense, 2017
Other Outstanding Achievements:
  • Recognized as one of the "Best DUI Lawyers in San Diego" based upon, an organization that conducts a manual review of the best professionals in a certain field or industry. The factors they rely upon are reputation, credibility, experience, engagement, and professionalism., 2020
  • Anna Yum is included in the 2021 Best Lawyers publication which is the oldest and most respected peer review publication in the legal profession., Best Lawyers, Best Lawyers, 2021
  • Three Best Rated recognizes the three top local businesses, professionals, etc. in key cities throughout the country.  The selection is based upon the local business's reputation, history, general excellence, etc., Three Best Rated DUI Attorneys in San Diego,, 2021
  • America's Top 100 Criminal Defense Attorneys honors the achievements of the top 100 criminal defense attorneys per state in the country., America's Top 100 Criminal Defense Attorneys, America's Top 100 Criminal Defense Attorneys, 2021
  • Anna Yum received a 10.0 out of 10.0 rating as a Top Attorney on Avvo., Avvo Rating 10.0 Top Attorney, Avvo, 2021
  • Anna Yum received a Martindale Hubbell AV Preeminent Rating which recognizes lawyers with the highest level of legal ability, ethical standards, and professional excellence based upon peer review ratings., Martindale Hubbell AV Preeminent Rating, Martindale Hubbell, 2021
  • 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%, 2020
  • 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,, 2020
  • , The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100, The National Trial Lawyers, 2019
  • Recognized by Super Lawyers as an outstanding attorney in criminal defense who has attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.  The selection process is rigorous based upon independent research, peer nominations, and peer reviews., Super Lawyers, Super Lawyers, 2018
  • Recognized by Super Lawyers as an outstanding attorney in criminal defense who has attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.  The selection process is rigorous based upon independent research, peer nominations, and peer reviews., Super Lawyers, Super Lawyers, 2017
  • Recognized by Super Lawyers as an outstanding attorney in criminal defense who has attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.  The selection process is rigorous based upon independent research, peer nominations, and peer reviews., Super Lawyers, Super Lawyers, 2016
  • 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
  • San Diego's Top Attorneys, San Diego Metro Magazine, 2011
  • Lewd or Lascivious Acts with a Minor; Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child; and Incest.  Client was facing life in prison if convicted of nine criminal charges.  After extensive defense investigation and negotiations with the prosecutor, the entire case was dismissed., 2021
  • Sexual Harassment case resolved pre-litigation for a confidential $1 million plus settlement., 2021
  • Sexual Harassment case settled for policy limits seven-figure settlement., 2021
  • Multi-plaintiff sexual harassment case settled for close to $2 million in a confidential settlement., 2021
  • Felony domestic violence which stemmed from an attempted murder arrest.  Client was facing assault, corporal injury upon spouse, and multiple great bodily injury enhancements.  After the preliminary hearing and defense investigation revealing significant credibility issues with the complaining witness and extensive negotiations, the case was dismissed right before trial., 2021
  • Felony domestic violence including corporal injury upon spouse, assault with a deadly weapon with great bodily injury enhancements.  Client was facing more than ten years in prison if convicted.  Case dismissed., 2021
  • Domestic violence.  Case Dismissed.  Client was accused of battering his wife.  During a heated exchange between the client and his wife, the police were called for the domestic disturbance and the client was arrested.  After significant investigation and negotiations with the prosecution, Ms. Yum was able to get the entire domestic violence case dismissed against the client, who was at risk of losing his security clearance and job., 2020
  • Lewd or Lascivious Acts on a Minor.  TRO.  Client was accused of molesting his 6-year old daughter amidst a highly contested custody and visitation case with his ex-girlfriend.  Client was investigated by both law enforcement, CPS, and the child was interviewed twice by a licensed social worker at the local children's hospital.  After extensive investigation, Ms. Yum was able to navigate her client in the process so that no criminal charges were filed against him.  After his ex filed a TRO against the client, Ms. Yum successfully defended her client including vigorously cross-examining his ex-girlfriend.  After a highly contested trial, the court found that the inflammatory accusations were not credible, and denied the TRO; in addition, the court awarded all attorney's fees and costs on behalf of the client, which meant that his ex-girlfriend was ordered to pay back attorneys fees and costs that the client incurred in defending against the accusations., 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
Industry Groups:
  • Criminal Defense
  • Criminal Defense
  • Criminal Defense- DUI
  • Criminal Defense- DUI
  • Sexual Harassment; Retaliation
  • Sexual Harassment; Retaliation; Sex Abuse

These comments were made by fellow attorneys during the annual nomination process.

“Anna Yum is an amazing criminal defense attorney in San Diego. She is well respected by both her peers as well as the judges she appears in front of. She is also an extremely talented and experienced trial attorney. ”

“Anna Yum is a very skilled, caring and dedicated lawyer. She fights hard for her clients and always tries to achieve the best possible result. She seeks advice of colleagues to make sure she has examined every issue in a case. ”

“Anna Yum is one of the best trial attorneys in San Diego. She has an impeccable reputation with opposing counsel, judges, and her clients.”

Office location for Anna R. Yum

501 West Broadway
Suite 1660
San Diego, CA 92101

Phone: 619-304-5080


3 Years Super Lawyers
1 Year Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2016 - 2018
  • Rising Stars: 2015

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