R. Addison Steele II, Attorney at Law - Criminal defense attorney in Santa Barbara
Addison Steele's background
 
     Addison Steele was born in Calexico, California, he grew up in a bilingual household and speaks, reads, and write Spanish.
 
     He earned his bachelor's degree in History from U.C. Berkeley and his law degree from the University of San Diego.
 
     He started his legal career in Santa Maria as a Legal Aid Foundation attorney.  He then moved on to the Santa Barbara County Public Defenders Office where he practiced first in Santa Maria and then in Santa Barbara.  He then practiced for ten years as a Deputy Public Defender in Riverside and is now again Deputy Public Defender in Santa Barbara County assigned to the Lompoc office.
 
Statewide Defender of the Year
 
 
Addison accepting the Defender of the Year award at the California Public Defenders Association annual convention in Lake Tahoe.  The award is being presented by Bart Sheela, President of the California Public Defenders Association 2009-2010.
 
Select this link to see Addison's acceptance speech, you can also see the luncheon program, the letter from CPDA informing him he was selected, an e-mail congratulating him from the executive director of NLADA (National Legal Aid and Defender Association in Washington D.C.) and the PDF of the newspaper article covering his receiving the award which is below.
 
The newspaper article covering Addison being named Statewide Defender of the Year.
 
Riverside County
Attorney of the Year
 
  • He was named Attorney of the Year in 2007 in the Riverside County Public Defenders Office (a roughly 150 attorney office).
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    The Certificate for the Public Defender Award (Employee of the Year/Attorney of the Year) signed by County Board of Supervisors member Roy Wilson.
     
     
    Santa Barbara County
    Attorney of the Year
     
    • He was named Attorney of the Year in 2002 in the Santa Barbara County Public Defenders Office (a roughly 30 attorney office).
     
     
    • He had such an impressive streak of trial wins that he was featured on the front page of the Los Angeles Daily Journal, a newspaper with that is highly respected in the legal community.  It appears that no other criminal defense attorney has been featured in such article in the Daily Journal.
     
    The headline.  The story about Addison's success defending clients was featured right below the masthead on the front page.
     
    The first half of the article.
     
    The second half of the article.
     
         He has lectured at attorney trainings for the California Public Defender's Association on the topics of winning trials by humanizing the client and utilizing neuropsychology in the defense case.
     
     
         He has lectured at attorney trainings at the Riverside County Public Defenders Office, the Santa Clara County Public Defenders Office,  the Santa Barbara County Public Defenders Office, San Francisco County Public Defenders Office and for the Riverside County Bar Association Barristers.
     
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