Gabriel J. Zaragoza is a criminal defense trial attorney and a former trial attorney and Head Deputy of the Los Angeles County Public Defender's Office with more than twenty-five years of criminal jury trial experience in the Superior Court of Los Angeles County.
He has handled and tried many criminal cases throughout the County of Los Angeles including the Clara Shortridge Foltz Justice Center, Compton Superior Court, Long Beach Superior Court, Airport Superior Court (LAX), East Los Angeles Superior Court, El Monte Superior Court, Bellflower Superior Court, Downey Superior Court, Van Nuys Superior Court, Norwalk Superior Court, Torrance Superior Court, Pasadena Superior Court, Inglewood Superior Court, Metropolitan Superior Court as well as in the Orange County and San Diego County Superior Courts.
While with the Los Angeles County Public Defender, he was a Head Deputy of the Los Angeles Superior Court where he supervised trial lawyers who handled felony trial matters and a Head Deputy of the Public Integrity Assurance Section (PIAS) where he headed up the deputy public defenders who successfully won the vacating and dismissal of many wrongful criminal convictions due to the Los Angeles Police Department's Rampart police officer's corruption and violation of civil rights. He also was a Deputy-in-Charge of the East Los Angeles Superior Court and of the Los Angeles Superior Court, Airport Branch (LAX).
He is on the select panel (Indigent Defense Panel, (IDP,) of the Los Angeles County Bar Association and Los Angeles Superior Court) of criminal trial attorneys who are appointed by the Los Angeles Superior Court to handle criminal matters. He is selected for the highest grade of the trial attorneys to handle felony criminal trials in the Los Angeles Superior Court.
He is a graduate of the School of Law of the University of California at Berkeley where he earned his JURIS DOCTOR (J.D.) degree.
Berkeley's Law School IS PERENNIALLY RANKED AMONG THE TOP TEN LAW SCHOOLS in the nation. In 2023, U.S. News and World Report again selected the BERKELY'S SCHOOL OF LAW among the top ten law schools in the United States. The School of Law at University of California-Berkeley is ranked No. 9 in Best Law Schools in the nation and one of the two top law schools in Calfornia, joining STANFORD LAW SCHOOL in that distinction.
He is also a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley where he received his undergradute degree with honors.
He is a member of the California State Bar. He also is admitted to federal practice in the United States District Court, Northern District, the United States District Court, Central District and the United States District Court, Southern District.
He is a member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association (LACBA), the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawers (NACDL), the Mexican American Bar Association (MABA), and the John M. Langston Bar Association.
He is married with a child. His wife, Monique McDavid Zaragoza, is a criminal defense trial lawyer with the Los Angeles County Public Defender.