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In 2020, Gary Lincenberg received Benchmark Litigation’s award for the California White-Collar Crime Litigation Attorney of the Year. Considered among the most experienced and skilled trial lawyers in the country, Lincenberg defends businesses and executives facing government investigations in need of a trial-savvy attorney to handle complex civil and white-collar criminal litigation. Many white-collar defense attorneys rarely try a criminal case, and have never defeated the government at trial. He has an extraordinary record of success in this realm, including complete victories, or hung juries resulting in dismissals, in five of his last six criminal trials. 

Lincenberg has extensive experience in a wide variety of cases, from False Claims Act, FCPA, securities, investment, tax, real estate, banking, money laundering, money remitting, government contractor, economic espionage, trade secret theft, export, health care, environmental, public corruption, and government program fraud. Prior to joining Bird Marella over 25 years ago, he served over six years as an Assistant United States Attorney. 

Most recently, he obtained a victory in the California Court of Appeal that cleared the way for demolition of a dangerous, criminally built Bel Air mansion by real estate developer Mohamed Hadid. He has avoided criminal charges of targets in the Varsity Blues college admissions scandal and prevailed in a federal bench trial, winning a multimillion-dollar judgment against Northrop Grumman for client, KST Data, Inc., in a breach of contract and implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing suit. Last year, Lincenberg also provided legal assistance to the United States House of Representatives in impeaching President Trump for abuse of power and obstruction. 

He is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and is an instructor at Harvard Law School’s Trial Advocacy Class. He regularly participates in professional activities integral to his success – presenting lectures, writing, and volunteering in the community – along with continually improving his skills in counseling, negotiating and arguing in court. Lincenberg is regularly recognized among the top white collar defense attorneys in all of the leading publications. Chambers and Partners USA ranks Lincenberg in the selective Band 1 group. Chambers describes him as “marvelous,” and “quick to adapt to changing circumstances in the courtroom.” The Daily Journal again recognized him as one of the Top 100 Lawyers in California – one of only five true white-collar crime specialists to be so honored. 


Updated March 2021