SF Bay Area Criminal Defense Lawyer Bio

Randy Sue Pollock is an experienced trial attorney specializing in criminal defense and complex white-collar cases in both federal and state court. She has over 100 jury trials to her credit and has experience defending many types of charges and had served  for seven years as deputy federal public defender in LA (CDCA).

Ms. Pollock was named one of the Recorder’s “Attorneys of the Year” in December 2011 for her work on U.S. v. Cerna, one of the largest federal RICO prosecutions ever tried in the Northern District of California. Randy Sue Pollock is a high-profile criminal defense attorney in the San Francisco Bay Area. She won the only defense victory of the multi-defendant trial, getting client Walter Cruz-Zavala acquitted of all charges. Read article


High-Profile Criminal Defense Attorney Successes also include:
  • No charges filed in a case of a wife accused of murdering her husband and burying him in their backyard.
  • No criminal or civil prosecution in a case of a grocery company accused of violating reporting requirements by filing structured deposits. Over 40% of their frozen bank accounts were returned.
  • No criminal charges filed in a federal investigation of a Google employee allegedly involved in the misrepresentation of drug ads.
  • Acquittal of several charges against an attorney convicted of filing false asylum documents. This was the largest asylum fraud case tried in the United States. The trial spanned four months in the Eastern District of California, Sacramento.
  • Effective representation of a woman charged with transporting 6000 pounds of marijuana in upstate New York. The government filed for forfeiture of her Arizona home as a substitute asset in lieu of a $1 million judgment.  After a court trial, the house was returned to defendant.
  • Either minimum sentences or no filings for many of the marijuana growers and distributors she has represented in Northern California.

Ms. Pollock lectures at NORML conferences in Key West, Florida. She also planned and organized all of the California Attorneys for Criminal Justice seminars and trial advocacy programs for approximately 20 years. She remains active in local Bar Associations and the America Jewish Committee.

Ms. Pollock began practicing law over 35 years ago after graduating cum laude from U.C. Berkeley and earning a J.D. from Hastings College of the Law.


  • Super Lawyers 2015
  • 2014 Martindale-Hubbell’s Women Leaders in the Law
  • 2014 San Francisco Magazine, Top Attorneys In Northern California
  • 2014 Martindale-Hubbell’s Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers
  • Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers 2014
  • Executive Committee on Criminal Justice, Bar Association of San Francisco 2013-present
  • United States District Court, Rules and Planning Committee 2014
  • California Attorneys for Criminal Justice, Board Member, Seminar Coordinator 1980-2000
  • Women Attorneys Advocacy Project, United States District Court Committee, 2014-present