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.

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

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)

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

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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