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San Francisco Office

Serving Northern California

315 Montgomery Street, 10th Floor

San Francisco, California 94104 (map)

Telephone: (415) 989-1253

Los Angeles Office

Serving Southern California

555 West Fifth, 31st Floor

Los Angeles, California 90013

Telephone: (213) 625-1703


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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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CaliConn Studios & Hollywood Fuzz

CaliConn Studios and Hollywood Fuzz Launched – Steven Gruel selected as General Counsel

Monday July 20, 2020

After 2 years of organizing and planning, media companies CaliConn Studios and Hollywood Fuzz were launched. Caliconn Studios will be developing and producing feature length media presentations while Hollywood Fuzz provides a platform for independent filmmakers to showcase their productions. Not only a principal in these exciting global ventures, Steven serves as the companies General Counsel.

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Super Lawyer

SuperLawyers Awarded for 2020 – 11 Straight Years

Thursday July 9, 2020

For the 11th consecutive year, Steven’s outstanding legal work has been recognized by the Super Lawyers Award for 2020. Steven Gruel continues to successfully fight for his clients facing criminal charges or civil actions. His 35 years of legal experience, 16 years as federal prosecutor and his easy direct one-on-one approach with clients combine to provide the complete representation clients expect.

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SEC Logo

Favorable SEC for Client in Alleged $25M Fraud Scheme – No Criminal Action By The FEDS

Friday June 5, 2020

Federal law enforcement officials claimed that the client participated in a fraud scheme misleading investors with a bond for the Livermore Charter Schools totaling over $25,000,000 in violation of the anti-fraud provisions of Securities Act of 1933. Working with the SEC, Steven successfully achieved a civil resolution of the case without any federal criminal prosecution. Without admitting any wrongdoing, the client resolved these allegations in federal court with his client agreeing to a $15,000 penalty.

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FBI Agents

Steven Gruel Represents Former FBI Agent Fights Bribery Claim Based on Word of Convicted Con Artist

Tuesday May 19, 2020

A decorated former FBI agent has been charged in federal court in Los Angeles with bribery. Steven Gruel successfully fought to have the former agent released from custody and agreed to represent this respected federal law enforcement officer against these felony charges.

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Technology

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.

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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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