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John D. Kirby in San Diego, CA



As a former Federal Prosecutor with the U.S. Attorney’s Office, John’s strategies are built on insider knowledge and hard line negotiation.


His comprehensive criminal defense practice in both national and international arenas have won him the respect and trust of judges and prosecutors.


John built his reputation by defending some of the nation’s highest profile public officials, corporations, and senior executives.

John D. Kirby, Federal Criminal Lawyer, San Diego CA


“Criminal Law is in my blood at this point. This is what I know. This is where I win.”

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A Commitment To Excellence

Attorney John D. Kirby graduated magna cum laude from the university of Southern California and cum laude from Cornell Law School. He began his legal career at the prestigious Washington D.C. law firm of Covington & Burling and then spent more than a decade as a federal prosecutor at the United States Attorneys Office in the Southern District of California.

During his time at Covington, he represented various high-profile and multimillion-dollar cases with outstanding results. His incredible work ethic and instinct landed him a distinguished position with the United States Government.

As an Assistant United States Attorney he handled a variety of serious criminal investigations and prosecutions, and received numerous awards for his work. These unique experiences have made him an expert in federal criminal law, and given him a deep understanding of how the prosecution will build a case against you.

For over 25 years, John David Kirby has defended and protect the rights of his clients with unparalleled success.

John D. Kirby first worked for Covington and Burling.

Extensive Insight About The Workings of Criminal Prosecution

At the Law Offices of John D. Kirby, our insight into the role of the federal criminal prosecutor means we know who our opponents are and we understand their tactics. We know how to get things done, even in the most complex cases involving federal white collar crimes and federal drug crimes. We will move quickly in order to protect your interests and your future. Federal criminal defense is an art, and we have proven ourselves to be artists.

Whether you are under investigation or you have been charged with a crime, you want to make certain that your interests and your future are protected. Seek representation from an experienced and trusted criminal defense attorney. Our law firm’s clients are personally represented by attorney John D. Kirby.

Business and Financial Fraud →
Drug Charges →
Money Laundering & Embezzlement →
SEC Violations Securities Fraud →
FDA Defense →
White-Collar Crimes →


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Criminal Appeals

Common Grounds for a Criminal Appeal in California under Penal Code 1237

National & International Appels

Asset Forfeiture & Federal Seizures

21 U.S. Code § 853 – Criminal forfeitures

18 U.S. Code § 981 – Civil forfeiture.

Bribery, Extortion, and Conspiracy

18 U.S. Code § 201 – Bribery of public officials and witnesses

18 U.S. Code § 371 – Conspiracy to commit offense or to defraud United States

18 U.S. Code § 875 – Interstate communications

Drug and Prescription Drug Charges

21 U.S.C. § 812 : US Code – Section 812: Schedules of controlled substances

Possession with intent to sell a controlled substance – California Health and Safety Code 11351 HS


18 U.S. Code Chapter 31 – Embezzlement and Theft

18 U.S. Code § 641 – Public money, property or records

Extradition Issues

18 U.S. Code § 3182 – Fugitives from State or Territory to State, District, or Territory

Federal Criminal Law

U.S. Code: Title 18 – Crimes and Criminal Procedure

Insider Trading

15 U.S.C., Chapter 2A – Securities Act of 1933

15 U.S.C., Chapter 2B – Securities Exchanges

15 U.S.C., Chapter 2B-1 – Securities Investor Protection Act Title

17 C.F.R., Chapt. II – Securities and Exchange Commission

Insurance Fraud

False claims in a Medicaid or Medicare 18U.S.C. section 287

False statements 18U.S.C. section 1001

Penal Code 550(a) PC prohibits most forms of health care and medical billing fraud in California

Litigation Matters

Negotiations, Discovery, Motions, Trial, and Appeal

Mortgage Fraud

18 U.S. Code § 1011 – Federal land bank mortgage transactions

Real Estate Fraud

18 U.S. Code § 1011 – Federal land bank mortgage transactions

Bank Fraud

18 U.S. Code § 1344 – Bank fraud.

SEC Investigations

Securities Act of 1933

Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Tax Fraud

26 U.S. Code § 7201 – Attempt to evade or defeat tax

White-Collar Crime

Securities and Exchange Commission Matters

U.S. Department of Justice Investigations

Larceny, Espionage, Forgery, money laundering, antitrust violations, etc.


  • Exceptional & Respected

    I never expected to find myself under criminal investigation, but the moment the Federal Government/Securities and Exchange Commission charged me with conspiracy + insider trading, I began my search for the best attorney in Southern California. A friend of mine out in Washington D.C. directed me to John and it was the most important recommendation of my life. John is a no-nonsense innovative strategist. That's my perfect description. Not only is he highly respected amongst judges, but he manoeuvred the system with command and expertise of a former prosecutor, getting me down from a 10-year minimum to a 1-year probationary period. Needless to say he saved my life, and spared my family a lot of grief. Still can't believe it. If you're in a real bind and need someone who won't compromise, you're looking for John.
    Scott B.
  • Federal Criminal Case Success

    I was referred to Mr. Kirby by a long time mentor and colleague as the best Federal Criminal Defense Attorney in San Diego. Mr. Kirby provided me with a free consultation after I was informed I was a target in a Federal Investigation. After speaking to Mr. Kirby at length about his background as a Federal Prosecutor and every possible outcome of the situation I hired him immediately. He communicated with the Federal Investigators directly. After a few months of Mr. Kirby representation I was informed I was no longer a target and no further investigation occurred. Mr. Kirby provided the best representation I could ever imagined with the perfect result.
    David F.
  • Excellent Service!

    My attorney John Kirby along with his friendly, knowledgeable staff saved my life!! I recently suffered from an extreme drug addiction & was charged with a federal crime while under the influence. Mr Kirby not only fought to get my charges dismissed but also to get me the help I desperately needed. I now have 16 months clean, am supervisor at my job, recently bought a car & have a new apartment. But most importantly my family has me back! A granddaughter, daughter, sister & mother! I couldn't have asked for more! Thanks John!
    Candice S.


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If you’ve been arrested for or charged with a federal offense, Law Offices of John D. Kirby, A.P.C. can help you by:

  • Thoroughly investigating your case
  • Determining whether any evidence against you may have been obtained illegally
  • Interviewing all parties involved
  • Negotiating reduced charges or penalties with the prosecution, if possible

Having a lawyer who can handle federal criminal defense can make the difference between successfully fighting your charges and spending years in jail. Call today to speak to Law Offices of John D. Kirby, A.P.C. about your case.

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