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Laura Akers

Law Firm: Laura E. Akers, Attorney-at-Law
Phone: (858) 876-0066

Specialties / Areas of Practice

  • Criminal Law

Bio

Laura Akers is a highly respected trial attorney, accomplished in both felony and misdemeanor jury trial work.   After graduation from law school and admission to the bar, Ms. Akers was hired as a Deputy District Attorney for San Diego County. For 12 years, she handled gang, rape, domestic violence and high profile homicide trials, gaining invaluable time trying cases before juries. She trained law enforcement in Domestic Violence procedures and was consultant to the Attorney General of the State of Georgia on domestic violence issues. One of Ms. Akers' rape prosecutions established new California Supreme Court law.    

Since starting her own practice, Ms. Akers has successfully handled general civil litigation for both plaintiff and defense clients and criminal defense. She has been a featured instructor in continuing education classes for lawyers on Jury Selection, California Self-Defense law and the Fundamentals of Criminal Law Misdemeanor Defense. As a past president of Rancho Santa Fe Toastmasters, she also does private coaching and seminars for individuals and corporations on making their speaking presentations and client interaction more dynamic. Ms. Akers is a strong advocate and tough negotiator, who cares about achieving the best result for each client.  

Education & Admissions

  • Admitted to the State Bar of California (1985)
  • Western State University College of Law (1985)

Awards and Recognition

  • Benton Moot Court Competition- Best Speaker
  • American Jurisprudence Awards in six subjects
  • Law Review- Note Author

Professional Affiliations

  • Member of the State Bar of California
  • Member of California DUI Lawyers Association
  • Member of Toastmasters International
  • Member of Girl Scouts of the USA, Leader

Reported Cases

  • People v. Iniguez (1994) 7 Cal.4th 847

COURSE PREVIEW

Picking A Winning Jury

Attorney Laura Akers will discuss how to pick a jury that works for you. From Voir Dire to body language, you?ll leave this course knowing t...

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