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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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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

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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.

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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.

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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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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

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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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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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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.