Martha M Hall – Criminal Defense Attorney

Education and Practice

Ms. Hall obtained her undergraduate degree from Duke University in 1984, receiving magna cum laude honors. She then studied Philosophy of Law for a year at the University of Edinburgh under a Rotary Scholarship before returning to Duke to obtain her law degree from Duke Law School in 1988.

Prior to opening a private defense practice in 1992, Ms. Hall joined Federal Defenders, Inc., where she served as a staff attorney for four years. She has been dedicated to the defense of those accused of crime ever since.

Ms. Hall continues to defend people accused of crimes in federal court and also represents defendants in the Superior Courts of California. In addition to litigating cases before the trial courts, Ms. Hall represents defendants on direct appeal and in complex habeas litigation.

“Best of the Best” those who have been publicly awarded multiple times for their professional excellence by trade groups, peers, clients, and the press.

Awards and Recognition

San Diego “Top Lawyer” for Federal Criminal Defense
– San Diego Magazine 2013, 2015, 2016

California “Top Lawyer” for Federal Criminal Defense
– The Legal Network 2013-2016

America’s Most Honored Professionals
– The Top 1% of American Professionals 2016

“Preeminent Lawyer” AV rating (as rated by peers)
– Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register 2016
A rating which, according to Martindale-Hubbell, signifies that her “legal abilities are of the highest standard and that [her] professional ethics are unquestioned.”

“Preeminent Lawyer” AV rating (as rated by judiciary)
– Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register 2016

“Preeminent Lawyer” AV rating 10 Year Anniversary Award
– 2004-2014

BV Distinguished 10 Year Anniversary Award
– Very High Peer Ratings for Legal Ability and Ethical Standards 2003-2013

AV Preeminent is the highest rating that Martindale-Hubbell bestows upon an attorney.

Rated AV Preeminent for 11 years by Judges and Attorneys

Affiliations and Admissions

  • State Bar of California
  • Supreme Court of California
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States Court of Appeals (9th Circuit)
  • United States Court of Appeals (6th Circuit)
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)

San Diego’s Sharpest Attorney published in San Diego Magazine

Recognizing 10 years of AV Preeminent awards

best federal defense attorney in san diego

Awarded for 30 years of Service to the Community

What Clients are saying

Being faced with a difficult drug related case, other attorneys stating “You cannot make bond, because of your legal status,” Martha Hall was able to represent me and make bond possible. Every meeting I had with Martha, she was always prepared to help explain what the prosecutor had in mind (presented) on getting a conviction against me, and the game plan she proposed on how we could overcome these obstacles which were placed in front of us, maintaining focus in the best interest of her client. When I was offered pled bargains, I would mention I am ready for trail, Martha Hall was ready to go to battle for me as her client. Final outcome, deferred prosecution, allowing me to re-establish my life and see my son grow up into the greatness he has become. My Family and I are Thankful for being able to have Martha Hall and her firm represent me and we thank them for the excellent work they did while fighting my case.

S. P., MBASan Diego
Hi Martha,
Yesterday was my birthday and I was thinking of all the blessings that came along during the last year. You make me understand that saying the truth it will set me free. I really can’t find the words to express myself to tell you how much I appreciate everything you did because it wasn’t only with the legal process but also in my life. You are a very special person to me. Thank you for being always there for me in the most difficult time of my life.
Forever, thank you!
D. J.Escondido

Martha Hall is a great person overall, always attentive and working hard with her cases. She is an expert at her profession. She will always be my attorney!

J. O.San Diego

Martha Hall is a True strategic mastermind. Never a promise made but her word to do her best was kept. A dedicated and fearless pursuit to the best outcome was always priority. My best interest at heart was clearly and objective she obtained, and that was a major key!

D. D.San Diego

I thank god everyday for Martha. You have truly changed my son’s life, his daughter’s life, and our family’s lives. If it wasn’t for Martha and her team the results would have definitely not have been possible without her. We are very grateful for all the dedication, and many hours of hard work you put in to resolve our case. You will always hold a special place in all of our hearts forever. Martha is an Award -Winning Federal Criminal Defense Attorney. She is the Best!

L. D.San Diego

Martha was willing to take my case after a bad experience with another attorney. She made herself available whenever I really needed her. She was patient and never spoke down to me or rushed me out of her office. Martha went to extraordinary lengths, which in my case were successful, to bring my Federal probation to an early conclusion. This included getting the prosecuting attorney to join Martha and file a motion which the judge signed the next day, ending my probation on the spot.

R. S.La Jolla

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