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Super Lawyer

SuperLawyers Awarded for 2021 – 12 Straight Years

Friday July 9, 2021

For the 12th consecutive year, Steven’s outstanding legal work has been recognized by the Super Lawyers Award for 2021. 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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Federal Judge Grants Compassion Early Release

Friday, April 23, 2021

In light of COVID-19 and other compassionate reasons, Steven's motion for an early release from an 84 month sentence was granted. The client's sentence was reduced and the client was permitted to go home. He remains successfully released from custody.
United States v. Chanta Hopkins, CR-16-477-VC

Habeas Corpus

Habeas Petition Filed For Client Facing 210 Months In Federal Prison

Thursday, March 18, 2021

A Petition attacking the sentence of 210 Months was filed by Steven for his new client. The Judge ordered the prosecution to respond to the arguments raised in the Petition challenging the sentence. The Habeas action is pending with the Court.
United States v. Damari Singleton, CR-16-0518-BLF

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Federal Court Orders Early Termination of Client's Supervised Release

Wednesday July 29, 2020

Steven filed a motion to request early termination of his client's term of 3 years of probation period. The prosecution opposed this early relief. After a hearing on the motion, Judge Edward Chen granted the request and the client's probation was terminated early.
United States v. David Nosal, CR-08-0237-EMC

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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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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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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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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Judge Agrees That Drug Case Not Aggravated Felony

Tuesday October 17, 2017

Immigration Judge Joren Lyons agreed with the reasoning in Steven’s legal papers filed with the Court that the client’s state drug conviction did not constitute an aggravated felony for immigration removal proceedings. This significant ruling now permits the client to pursue many forms of relief from deportation which would have been forelosed to him. In Removal Proceedings, Hai Guang Tan, A035-591-734.

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Green Card

Immigration Tosses Marriage Fraud Charge

Friday May 5, 2017

In a huge immigration victory, an Immigration Judge granted Steven’s motion to dismiss charges that his client engaged in marriage fraud to obtain an alien registration card. Steven’s motion highlighted the lack of evidence to support ICE’s claim that the client was engaged in fraud. The entire deportation case was terminated by ICE. In Removal Proceedings, Chen Yu Feng, A060-580-188

Bid Rigging

Federal Anti-trust Trial Results In No Restitution

Monday April 24, 2017

In a hotly contested federal anti-trust case involving bid rigging in the public auction of foreclosed real estate, Steven had numerous counts dismissed, achieved one hung jury and then later successfully argued that his client owed no restitution based upon his conviction. Although the federal prosecuters argued for 41 months in custody and huge restitution figures based on $12.6 million dollars impact on commerce, Steven’s client was sentenced to just 14 months with no restitution owed whatsoever. Others sentenced in the large scale bid rigging schemes received considerably greater time and were ordered to pay large sums of restitution. United States v. Robert Rasheed, CR-14-0582-JD.

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Federal Drug Case Thrown Out For Weak Evidence

Thursday April 28, 2016

The DEA filed a hugh conspiracy case charging 26 defendants with a large scale drug ring which was obtaining and selling oxycodone and hydrocodone throughout the country. With an aggressive investigation and pretrial motions, Steven successfully conviced the federal prosecutors to dismiss the indictment against his client. Of the 26 people charged, only this person was able to achieve a dismissal. United States v. Frankie Miller, et al, CR-15-0127-WHO.

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Steven Represents Client in Bay Area Bid Rigging Charge

Monday June 22, 2015

The Antitrust Division of the United States Justice Department has charged a large scale bid rigging in the sale of foreclosed houses in the San Francisco Bay Area. The case consists of over 2.5 million pages of documents and records which allegedly support the charges. Steven has agreed to represent an individual charged in this scheme. The case is before Chief Federal Judge Phyllis J. Hamilton.

Premier 100

Awarded "Premier 100"

Monday June 22, 2015

Steven received a 2015 "Premier 100" award by the American Academy of Trial Attorneys.

10 best

Awarded "Ten Best for Client Satisfaction"

Sunday June 21, 2015

Steven received a 2015 "Ten Best for Client Satisfaction" award, by the American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys.

Super Lawyer

Super Lawyer: 6 years in a row!

Wednesday June 10, 2015

For the sixth straight year Steven has been awarded the prestigious Super Lawyer designation and has been included in their highly regarded publication.

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Steven Continues Appointment as President and Chief Counsel

Thursday June 04, 2015

The CBRH Board of Directors renewed its appointment of Steven as President and Chief Counsel for CBRH. Steven continues his leadership role as CBRH explores business opportunities in Brazil.

Top One Percent

Awarded "Nation's Top One Percent"

Wednesday April 22, 2015

Steven received the "Nation's Top One Percent" award by the National Association of Distinguished Counsel.

Carls Jr

Lawsuit Filed Against Carl's Jr.

Monday August 25, 2014

A security guard working at Carl's Jr. in San Francisco attacked and seriously slashed someone in the restaurant with a box cutter. Steven has filed a major lawsuit against Carl's Jr. for the serious injuries caused by this security guard. See attached complaint.

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Scales of Justice

Probation Sentence For Mortgage / Wire Fraud

Wednesday June 25, 2014

Although facing multiple years in federal prison for a large mortgage / wire fraud, Steven argued to the Judge that his client deserved probation. The Federal Judge agreed and his client received a sentence of 3 years probation with 30 days in a halfway house and 5 months of house arrest. United States v. Monroy, case number CR-12-0010-EMC

Cisco Systems

Former CISCO Employee Defended in Federal Mail Fraud Prosecution

Monday November 18, 2013

Steven has taken on the defense of former CISCO employee Loc Xuan Hoang against a federal indictment charging a criminal conspiracy to steal and sell CISCO Systems’ materials. Mr. Loang’s initial appearance pursuant to a summons is scheduled for November 20, 2013 in the San Jose Federal Courthouse. United States v. Dang, et al, CR-13-0486-EJD.

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Medical Supplier Defended in Federal Medicare Fraud Trial

Friday November 15, 2013

Steven is currently defending a Los Angeles Durable Medical Supplier (DME) named Debs Medical Supply, Inc., and Patrick Sogbein in a complex multiple defendant federal fraud jury trial. The Jury is expected to begin its deliberations in the case in early December, 2013. United States v. Sogbein, et al, CR-12-054-JSW.


Anthony Pellicano’s Appeal Argued Before Ninth Circuit

Monday November 04, 2013

Arguing before a three judge appellate panel in Pasadena, Steven presented several arguments outlining why Anthony Pellicano’s RICO convictions and 15 year sentence should be thrown out. The Ninth Circuit’s decision is expected in February, 2014. United States v. Anthony Pellicano (Case Number 08-50570).

X Legacy

President and Corporate Counsel for X Legacy

Thursday July 12, 2012

Steven serves as President and Corporate Counsel for X Legacy. Working with investors and officers, Steven established and operates this corporation and its Team as it explores and manages business opportunities in Brazil and China.

CBRH Conglomerate of America

Corporate Counsel for CBRH Conglomerate of America

Monday July 02, 2012

Steven's practice includes service as Corporate Counsel for CBRH Conglomerate of America, Inc. CBRH is a conglomerate of several established corporations engaged in international business ventures around the globe.

Sheriff Mirkarimi

Mirkarimi Ethics Hearing in San Francisco

Monday April 23, 2012

Steven comments on the Mirkarimi ethics hearing which is being held to determine if Sheriff Mirikimi will be permanently removed from his position.

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Office Opened in Dallas, Texas

Wednesday February 01, 2012

Steven’s years of experience are now available to assist clients in federal civil and criminal law matters as well as immigration proceedings in Texas. Call 972-863-7887.

Ross Mirkarimi

Roadmap for the Ross Mirkarimi Case

Tuesday January 31, 2012

Steven provides legal insights into the battles facing San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi as Mayor Ed Lee contemplates suspension and removal proceedings before the San Francisco Ethics Commission.

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Financial Bank

Guilty Plea Thrown Out in Federal Court

Wednesday December 07, 2011

After Steven was retained in this high profile, white-collar prosecution case, which involved bank/mortgage fraud, he was able to convince the Court to allow the client’s previous improper guilty pleas to be withdrawn. Trial is set for June 4, 2012. United States v. David Papera, CR-10-105-CRB.

Super Lawyer

Super Lawyer Award for Second Straight Year

Monday August 01, 2011 publishes its list of top attorneys in California. Steven was awarded 2011 Super Lawyer recognition for his outstanding criminal defense work again.

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Lorax Movie

Corporate Counsel for ThinkProducts, Inc.

Thursday January 20, 2011

Steven serves as Chief Corporate Counsel for Thinkproducts, Inc. Working with Dr. Suess and Universal Pictures, Thinkproducts, Inc., is involved in producing a national line of clothing associated with the new movie called The Lorax.

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Charges Dismissed in Marijuana Cultivation Prosecution

Tuesday January 11, 2011

Steven successfully represented 3 defendants charged with cultivating marijuana with an “indoor grow.” Steven pointed to prosecutors the weaknesses in their case and was able to get 2 defendants completely dismissed from the case. The 3rd defendant was sentenced to probation with home confinement. People v. Ling, et al; CR-H50599

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Anthony Pellicano, Hollywood's High Profile PI

Wednesday December 01, 2010

The Law Offices of Steven F. Gruel submitted its brief to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals challenging Mr. Pellicano's RICO and wiretapping convictions. The brief also attacks the government's improper search and seizure of evidence from Mr. Pellicano's offices. The brief points to recent decisions by the U.S. Supreme Court and federal appellate courts which are extremely favorable to Mr. Pellicano's appeal.

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SuperLawyer Award

2010 Super Lawyers Award and Recognition

Sunday August 01, 2010 publishes its list of top attorneys in California and Steven F. Gruel was awarded 2010 Super Lawyer recognition for his outstanding criminal defense work.

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Habeas Corpus Petiton Filed In CA Supreme Court For Steven Nary

Friday July 30, 2010

The Offices of Steven Gruel Petitioned the California Supreme Court for the immediate release of prisoner Steven Nary. The Petition maintains that Mr. Nary should be granted parole in accordance with the law. Respected author Jack Cashill has written about Mr. Nary's legal plight in What's The Matter With California. The Petition is pending with the California Supreme Court.

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Brief Submitted To U.S. Supreme Court for Senator Leland Yee

Monday July 19, 2010

Supporting California's law restricting a minor's access to violent video games, the Law Offices of Steven F. Gruel prepared and submitted its brief on behalf of the law's sponsor, California Senator Leland Yee to the U.S. Supreme Court. With scientific support showing the effects of violent video games on minors, the brief showed that Senator Yee's law is constitutional under the First Amendment and should be upheld. The Court heard oral argument on November 2, 2010 and the decision is pending.

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CA State Capitol Building

Sacramento Office Now Open

Monday July 05, 2010

The Law Offices of Steven F. Gruel now include California's State capitol, Sacramento. Steven Gruel can be directly contacted at 916-442-7415.