William F. Nimmo

William F. Nimmo – better known as Bill – has established himself as one of the most prominent and respected criminal trial lawyers in Southern California. When you discuss your case with Bill Nimmo you will immediately understand why he has the reputation and the record that he has built over the course of several decades.

Bill began his career as a homicide and violent crime prosecutor. He came to be recognized for his excellence at trial. His prosecution experience gave him insight into how law enforcement and prosecutors think, which he uses today as an invaluable tool to defend his clients in court. Prosecutors "build" cases; therefore, it is the job of criminal defense lawyers to "tear" those cases apart. As a former prosecutor, Bill Nimmo knows how the prosecution thinks.

As a criminal defense attorney in San Diego, Mr. Nimmo has been lead counsel on numerous serious felony trials, some lasting multiple weeks or even a month. He has tried 23 homicide cases to jury, each of which involved meticulous preparation.

Jury trial is Attorney Nimmo's life work. He has represented clients in the courtroom for the past 29 years and has defended clients facing nearly every criminal offense under California criminal law . These criminal cases include everything from sexual assault to murder and other serious crimes of violence.

Nimmo's case results have become a thing of legend. He holds outstanding percentages for not-guilty verdicts and hung juries and has had only one guilty verdict in his last 5 jury trials, which included one murder case and one case of child molestation, both of which could have landed the client in prison for life.

In 1992, Attorney William Nimmo was named "Trial Lawyer of the Year" by the San Diego Criminal Defense Bar Association following his defense of a gang member who was facing charges of killing a young police officer. Only 7 years later, he was also honored with the association's highest award, the "Directors Award for Excellence." Nimmo's awards and trial verdicts over the years are the reason why he is a renowned trial attorney. These accolades are also a testament to his dedication to excellence in criminal defense.

In 2008 and 2010, Nimmo was named a "Top Criminal Attorney" after receiving votes from his peers in the San Diego legal community.

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  • J.D. – Loyola University School of Law in Los Angeles, 2014

Awards & Accolades

  • "Trial Lawyer of the Year" – San Diego Criminal Defense Bar Association
  • "Directors Award for Excellence" – San Diego Criminal Defense Bar Association
  • AV Preeminent® Rating – Martindale-Hubbell®
  • The Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers™ – Martindale-Hubbell®

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