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315 Montgomery Street, 10th Floor

San Francisco, California 94104 (map)

Telephone: (415) 989-1253

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555 West Fifth, 31st Floor

Los Angeles, California 90013

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Welcome to the Law Offices of Steven F. Gruel

Big-Firm Representation With Small-Firm Individual Attention

Steven F. Gruel Is An Experienced Attorney With A Proven Track Record Of Success In State And Federal Criminal Defense, White Collar Crimes, Corporate And Business Litigation, Tax Matters, Immigration Cases And Other Legal Matters.

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Steven joins high tech leader JDSS as national General Legal Counsel

Thursday Nov 7, 2019

The law firm's expanding legal work now includes service as General Counsel for J. De Salis-Sophrin & Associates, Inc. This national company has patented a method to produce customized date visualization platforms leveraging multiple synchronized stereoscopic video projectors. JDSS has active technical partnerships with hardware vendors such as NVidia, software companies such as OmniSci, satellite imagery platform such as Planet, Inc. as well as Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning labs such as Lambda Labs in San Francisco. JDSS also serves as advisor for a variety of research projects with engagements including NASA and the IRS.

Super Lawyer

Awarded Super Lawyer: 10 Consecutive Years!

Tuesday July 9, 2019

Steven was once again acknowledged for his outstanding legal work as an attorney representing clients in complicated state and federal matters throughout California. His 2019 Super Lawyers Award marked the 10th consecutive year Steven received this prestigious award.

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Gavel of the Law

Federal Judge Dismisses U.S. Attorney 200 Kilo Cocaine Case

Wednesday September 26, 2018

After successfully filing defense motions to suppress the FBI's evidence, Federal Judge Jesus Bernal in the Los Angeles area dismissed a large drug trafficking case. The case involved 200 kilos of cocaine seized in the Los Angeles area in a semi-truck destined for Canada. Steven aggressively attacked the FBI's use of GPS device to follow his client and arrest him as part of the large drug conspiracy. With the successful attack on the prosecution's case, all the evidence was suppressed and the case dismissed. Steven's client was released and returned safely to his family in Canada. United States v. Slavco Ignjatov, CR-17-0222-JSB

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Gavel of the Law

Judge Agrees with Defense Motion; Says that FBI followed GPS Illegally

Thursday August 23, 2018

For the second time in two months, Steven won another critical motion in federal court suppressing illegal evidence gathered by the FBI. In this case, the FBI attached a GPS to a semi-truck belonging to Steven's client at the Canadian border in Michigan. The FBI believed that the client was involved in an International cocaine organization. The FBI did not apply for a search warrant for the GPS. The FBI followed the truck's movements for days and thousands of miles. Steven filed and the Judge granted a motion to dismiss all of the evidence in the case flowing from the illegal monitoring of the GPS. United States v. Slavco Ignjatov, et al; CR-17-0222-JGB

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Super Lawyer

Awarded Super Lawyer: 9 straight years!

Tuesday July 10, 2018

In July, 2018 Steven Gruel again earned recognition as a Super Lawyer. His practice of law continues to be viewed by others in the legal profession as outstanding.

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Legal Brief

Federal Judge Tossess Out Evidence Against Client

Tuesday July 3, 2018

Based on Steven Gruel’s motions to suppress for numerous violations by the FBI agent, a San Francisco Federal Judge agreed and suppressed incriminating evidence against the client. The FBI agent improperly used a cell site simulater to locate and arrest the client. Evidence found on the client and in his apartment was suppressed due to 4th Amendment violations. United States v. Hopkins, CR-16-0477-VC

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William Robles drawing of Steven Gruel

New Ad Features Courtroom Drawing By Famed Artist

Sunday July 1, 2018

Nationally famed courtroom artist William Robles’ drawing of Steven Gruel representing L.A. Private Investigator to the Hollywood Stars Anthony Pellicano is now featured in a new ad for the Law Offices of Steven F. Gruel. (see artwork in the new ad).

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Campo Trade LLC

Law Practice Launches Into Internationl Trade & Banking

Friday June 1, 2018

Built on years of experience with Brazlian companies, Steven Gruel launched Campo Trade LLC in the United States. Campo Trade LLC works with its sister companies in Brazil in exporting commodities throughout the globe.

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