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Jeremy Warren

Partner specialized in criminal law

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Jeremy Warren is one of the most highly sought after criminal defense attorneys in Southern California. With nearly twenty years of experience defending some of the most serious and high-profile cases in San Diego, Mr. Warren is on the short list of attorneys who can be counted on to provide the best possible defense.

 

For over a decade, the California State Board of Legal Specialization has certified Mr. Warren as Specialist in Criminal Law. He is the Vice President of the San Diego Criminal Defense Bar Association and a member of the invitation-only San Diego Criminal Defense Lawyers Club. 

 

Mr. Warren has been recognized by his peers in the legal community as one of the top 5% of criminal defense lawyers in San Diego, earning a “Super Lawyer” award every year since 2008.

 

Mr. Warren dedicates his practice to representing clients accused of state and federal crimes, including white-collar, drug trafficking, money laundering, alien smuggling, robbery, kidnapping, and murder. 

 

Mr. Warren earned his undergraduate degree from the University of California at Berkeley with High Distinction. He attended the University of California at Davis Law School, where he earned the American Jurisprudence award in Criminal Law.

 

After graduating, Mr. Warren worked as a trial attorney at Federal Defenders of San Diego, Inc., where he represented individuals accused of federal crimes at trial and on appeal. While at Federal Defenders, he authored a chapter of Defending a Federal Case, a nationally recognized practice guide for federal criminal defense attorneys.

 

In 2000, Mr. Warren entered private practice, and has devoted his career to defending the accused in state and federal court. His list of victories is impressive, including dismissals, deferred prosecution agreements, not guilty verdicts in jury trials, and full reversals on appeal.  He has handled some of San Diego’s highest profile cases.  

 

Mr. Warren has been recognized by numerous judges, prosecutors, and fellow defense lawyers as a highly motivated and talented lawyer, who consistently provides the highest level of representation.

 

Mr. Warren teamed up with Devin Burstein to form Warren & Burstein, a boutique law firm in San Diego with an emphasis on full-service criminal defense as well as select civil litigation.

 

Mr. Warren lives in San Diego with his wife and two children. 

 

He can be reached directly at jw@wabulaw.com.  

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Devin Burstein

Partner focusing on criminal law, select civil litigation,

and OFAC matters.

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Mr. Burstein's victories in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, include:

  • US v. Grimaldo, 984 F.3d 876 (9th Cir. 2021)

  • US v. Johnson, 806 Fed. App’x 598 (9th Cir. 2020)

  • US v. Galloway, 802 Fed. App’x 247 (9th Cir. 2020) 

  • US v. Graves, 925 F.3d 1036 (9th Cir. 2019)

  • US v. Ocampo, 873 F.3d 661 (9th Cir. 2017)

  • US v. Johnson, 695 Fed. App’x 304 (9th Cir. 2017)

  • US v. Rains, 674 Fed. App’x 642 (9th Cir. 2017)

  • US v. Igboanugo, 655 Fed. App’x 578 (9th Cir. 2016) 

  • US v. Quintero-Leyva, 823 F.3d 519 (9th Cir. 2016)

  • US v. McKany, 649 Fed. App’x 553 (9th Cir. 2016) 

  • US v. Moser, 803 F.3d 1100 (9th Cir. 2015)

  • US v. Salazar, 598 Fed. App’x 490 (9th Cir. 2015)

  • US v. Pimental, 755 F.3d 1095, (9th Cir. 2014)

  • US v. Thum, 749 F.3d 1143 (9th Cir. 2014)

  • US v. Silerio, 554 Fed. App’x. 612 (9th Cir. 2014)

  • US v. Montes, 745 F.3d 1286 (9th Cir. 2014)

  • US v. Lopez-Cruz, 730 F.3d 803 (9th Cir. 2013)

  • US v. Rivas, 557 Fed. App’x 651 (9th Cir. 2013)

  • US v. Casillas, 538 Fed. App’x (9th Cir. 2013)

  • US v. Muniz-Jaquez, 718 F.3d 1180 (9th Cir 2013)

  • US v. Ramirez, 714 F.3d 1134 (9th Cir. 2013)

  • US v. Rodriguez,97 Fed. App’x 766 (9th Cir. 2012)

  • US v. Salas, 472 Fed. App’x 684 (9th Cir. 2012)

  • US v. Rodriguez, 433 Fed. App’x 557 (9th Cir. 2011)

  • US v. Ramirez, 324 Fed. App’x 663 (9th Cir. 2009)

  • US v. Martinez, 312 Fed. App’x 984 (9th Cir. 2009)

Mr. Burstein is the recipient of the San Diego Criminal Defense Bar Association's award for appellate attorney of the year.  Licensed to practice in both California and New York, his work focuses on criminal defense, with a particular emphasis on appellate representation.  He also assists international clients whose assets have been blocked by the Office of Foreign Asset Control (OFAC), and he maintains a select, civil-litigation practice with considerable experience defending TRIA lawsuits.  Mr. Burstein is frequently retained by other attorneys seeking assistance with complex appeals and pre-trial motions.  He has amassed a lengthy record of victories in the trial court and on appeal.

 

Mr. Burstein graduated with honors from NYU, where he majored in philosophy. He attended the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, graduating Order of the Coif (top 10% of his class). He began practicing at the global law firm Proskauer Rose LLP. 

 

At Proskauer, Mr. Burstein focused on white-collar defense and civil litigation. He helped successfully defend a professional sports franchise owner in a major international arbitration and a boxer against an attempt to seize his position as mandatory challenger for the heavyweight championship of the world. In addition, Mr. Burstein represented executives during corporate and government investigations. He also represented (pro bono) juveniles in appealing delinquency adjudications, and he was a core member of the legal team seeking a posthumous presidential pardon for Jack Johnson, the first African-American Heavyweight Champion.

 

Mr. Burstein left Proskauer to serve as a judicial clerk for the Honorable Judith S. Kaye, then Chief Judge of the New York Court of Appeals (New York’s highest court). Viewing cases from the Judge’s perspective, Mr. Burstein gained invaluable insight into the most effective way to present an argument. He helped draft judicial decisions on a diverse array of criminal and civil issues, giving him an uncommonly broad range of experience.

 

With California calling, Mr. Burstein moved from New York to join the nationally renowned Federal Defenders office in San Diego. He started as a trial attorney, representing clients in over a hundred felony cases. He then transferred to the appellate department, where he continued defending his clients in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. In addition, he represented indefinite immigration detainees seeking release from custody, and assisted inmates challenging their convictions through habeas corpus in federal court.

 

Mr. Burstein left Federal Defenders to form Warren & Burstein.  The firm began with a simple purpose: to bring dedication, diligence, and determination to every case.  Mr. Burstein is firmly committed to that purpose. His clients benefit from the highest level of representation. 

Mr. Burstein has been recognized by the Legal Aid Society for outstanding legal services, and has published numerous articles, including:

 

  • Samuel Seabury, The Judges of the Court of Appeals (Rosenblatt, ed.), Fordham Univ. Press (2007).

  • Breed Specific Legislation: Unfair Prejudice and Ineffective Policy, 10 ANIMAL L. 313 (2004).

  • The Muhammad Ali Boxing Reform Act: Its Problems and Remedies, Including the Possibility of a United States Boxing Administration, 21 CARDOZO ARTS & ENT. L.J. 433 (2003).

  • Control of Defense and Litigation Guidelines, 16-11 MEALEY’S LIT. REP. INS. BAD FAITH 12 (2002).

 

Mr. Burstein lives with his wife and children in La Jolla.  He can be reached directly at db@wabulaw.com

Katie Jenkins

Associate focusing on criminal law

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As an associate with Warren & Burstein, Ms. Jenkins assists in all aspects of legal representation, with a focus on criminal defense.  Ms. Jenkins has considerable experience managing discovery in complex matters.  She is also a skilled researcher and writer, with an emphasis on sentencing mitigation work.  Ms. Jenkins has a passion for advocating on behalf our clients to ensure their rights are protected.  

 

Ms. Jenkins earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the University of Arizona.  She remained at the University of Arizona where she received her Master’s degree in Public Administration, with a concentration in criminal justice administration.  

 

Ms. Jenkins moved to San Diego in 2012 to attend Thomas Jefferson School of Law.  While in law school, she was a member of Thomas Jefferson’s national mock trial team and volunteered her time at the Legal Aid Society of San Diego.  She also served as a law clerk for the San Diego County Public Defender’s office, where she gained experience in writing motions and participating in oral arguments before the court. 

 

Ms. Jenkins graduated from Thomas Jefferson Cum Laude, and was admitted to the State Bar of California in December of 2015. 

 

She can be reached directly at kj@wabulaw.com.