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Attorney Kurt David Hermansen is dedicated to zealously protecting the rights, liberties and interests of his clients.

Before opening his law office, Mr. Hermansen dedicated five years to helping his clients and honing his skills as a Trial Attorney at the nationally renowned Federal Defenders of San Diego, Inc., five years as a research attorney for the federal court and two years for the state court. As a federal public defender, Mr. Hermansen represented hundreds of clients in federal court from initial court appearance, through trial, and on appeal against felony criminal charges involving mostly border related crimes such as drug smuggling, people smuggling and illegal entry after deportation. He also represented clients accused of aggravated assault, bank robbery, and complex matters involving wiretaps and charges of fraud, money laundering and conspiracy. Besides handling his heavy caseload of trials and appeals, Mr. Hermansen also helped train new trial attorneys and supervised them during trials and motion hearings.

Mr. Hermansen attended Loyola Law School where he served on the Law Review as the Chief Note and Comment Editor, and authored a published law review comment denouncing the military’s anti-gay exclusionary policy. While attending law school, Mr. Hermansen also summer clerked for a civil law firm in Los Angeles and for the American Civil Liberties Union. In addition, he was active in the National Lawyers Guild and Lawyers for Human Rights.

After graduating from Loyola Law School in 1993, Mr. Hermansen garnered valuable experience as a criminal research attorney for the San Diego Superior Court. He then expanded his knowledge of criminal law and procedure as a staff attorney handling hundreds of habeas corpus matters for the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. While at the district court, Mr. Hermansen was instrumental in helping the judges implement an efficient system for handling the large volume of habeas petitions to ensure that meritorious petitions got the time, attention and careful consideration they deserve. Not many attorneys can say they have five years of habeas corpus experience, but Mr. Hermansen can. And, he can put his extensive habeas, trial and appellate experience to work for you.
EDUCATION
• LOYOLA LAW SCHOOL, LOS ANGELES, CA,
Juris Doctor: June 6, 1993.
• UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, LOS ANGELES (UCLA)
Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with specialization in International Relations 1988.

BAR ADMISSIONS
• California State Bar No. 166349 (Dec. 6, 1993).
• United States Supreme Court (Oct. 11, 2000).
• Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals (May 1, 2001).
• United States District Court for the Southern District of California (Dec. 10, 1993).

ASSOCIATIONS AND MEMBERSHIPS
• National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
• California Attorneys for Criminal Justice
• San Diego County Bar Association
• Tom Homman Law Association (San Diego’s LGBT Law Association)
• Greater San Diego Business Association (San Diego’s LGBT Business Association)
• National Lawyers Guild
• American Civil Liberties Union
• Human Rights Campaign
• UCLA Alumni Association


David W. Beaudreau joined the Law Office of Kurt David Hermansen in 2011, while a law student at California Western School of Law. He became a full time associate in December 2012. As an attorney, Mr. Beaudreau has represented clients in state and federal court.

As an incoming law student, California Western selected Mr. Beaudreau to receive the prestigious Anthony M. Kennedy Scholarship. During his second year at California Western, he and his fellow Kennedy Scholars flew to Washington, D.C., to observe oral argument at the Supreme Court and have lunch with Justice Kennedy.

Before leaving school, Mr. Beaudreau interned for the San Diego County Public Defender’s Office. He also served as the Executive Editor of the California Western International Law Journal. His law review comment, Due Process or “Some Process”? Restoring Pate v. Robinson’s Guarantee of Adequate Competency Procedures was published in 2011, and won the Faculty Award for Outstanding Law Review Article in 2012. The faculty also selected Mr. Beaudreau for membership in the American Society of Legal Writers’ National Order of Scribes.



EDUCATION
• California Western School of Law, San Diego, CA
Juris Doctor, April 2012
• University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, CA
Master of Arts, History, June 2007
• Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA
Bachelor of Art, summa cum laude, History and Philosophy, May 2006

BAR ADMISSIONS
• California State Bar No. 284688 (Dec. 1, 2012).
• United States District Court for the Southern District of California (Dec. 5, 2012).

ASSOCIATIONS AND MEMBERSHIPS
• California Attorneys for Criminal Justice
• National Order of Scribes
• Phi Beta Kappa


Chelsea A. Estes joined the Law Office of Kurt David Hermansen in 2014 as a Junior Associate. As an attorney, Chelsea has represented clients in state and federal court.

In law school, Chelsea discovered her passion for criminal defense work while interning for the Oklahoma Innocence Project at Oklahoma City University School of Law. As a law student, Chelsea also interned with the Western District of Oklahoma Federal Public Defender’s Office.

After law school, Chelsea moved to San Diego to pursue an advanced law degree in Criminal Trial Advocacy at California Western School of Law. During that time, Chelsea reviewed cases for the California Innocence Project and interned at Federal Defenders of San Diego, Inc.

EDUCATION
• California Western School of Law, San Diego, CA
LL.M., Criminal Trial Advocacy, May 2014
• Oklahoma City University School of Law, Oklahoma City, OK
Juris Doctor, May 2013
• University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK
Bachelor of Arts, Journalism and Public Relations, May 2010

BAR ADMISSIONS
• California State Bar, June 2014.
• United States District Court for the Southern District of California, June 2014.

ASSOCIATIONS AND MEMBERSHIPS
• American Bar Association
• San Diego County Bar Association


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