Fred Thiagarajah has been practicing criminal law exclusively since 2000. A graduate of USC Law School, Fred Thiagarajah served as a Deputy District Attorney for four years before opening up his own law practice in and devoting himself exclusively to criminal defense. During his tenure at the District Attorney's office, Fred Thiagarajah spent one year on the Domestic Violence division, where he prosecuted several hundred domestic violence cases. He also spent six months in the Appeals unit, defending dozens of appeals. With almost 100 trials to his name, Fred Thiagarajah has handled almost every types of criminal case, including DUIs, domestic violence, drug crimes, theft crimes, white collar crimes, violent offenses, vehicle code offenses, sex crimes and homicide.
It is not just the National Trial Lawyers that recognize Mr. Thiagarajah’s expertise in criminal law. The American Society of Legal Advocates has named him one of the top 100 criminal defense attorneys in all of California. Super Lawyers of Southern California has selected him as a Super Lawyer in criminal defense every year since 2016. Avvo has given him a perfect 10 rating for criminal defense. OC Metro Magazine and the OC Register have selected him as one of the best DUI defense attorneys in all of Orange County. Riveria Magazine has named him a "Power Player" amongst attorneys in Orange County.
In addition to his numerous awards, he has been an expert legal commentator on Fox News, featured on radio and quoted in newspapers across the nation, including the Orange County Register, the San Jose Mercury, the San Francisco Chronicle, the San Diego Union Tribune and the New York Times. He has been featured on legal websites such Law Crossing. He's also been quoted in online news sites such as www.cbsnews.com and www.msnbc.msn.com, and has been featured by the American Bar Association Journal (www.abajournal.com), which is the largest legal publication in the country.
Not only is Mr. Thiagarajah passionate about serving his clients, but he is also an active member of non-profit organizations that give back to the community. He is on the board for the Orange County Asian American Bar Association and a past president of the South Asian Bar Association of Southern California.
Fred Thiagarajah is also a member of the following local and legal organizations:
California Public Defender's Association Los Angeles and Orange County Bar Associations MENSA Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce