Donald E. McInnis

Criminal Defense Attorney and Author of She's So Cold

Donald E. McInnis – Defense Attorney

Mr. McInnis has been an attorney for over 40 years. Early in his career he was a Research Attorney for the California Superior Courts. Later he became a Deputy District Attorney for two different counties in Northern California and a Deputy Public Defender in San Diego County.

Mr. McInnis has also served as a Superior Court Judge Pro Tem, has been an arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association and a referee/arbitrator for the California Superior Courts.

For the past twenty years, Donald McInnis has specialized as a litigator trying criminal and civil cases. His civil trial work has been in business law, personal injury, wrongful death, medical malpractice, and civil rights cases. Mr. McInnis has handled over a hundred jury trials and negotiated hundreds of settlements. He is admitted to try cases before all state and federal courts in California.

With over a hundred jury trials and hundreds of negotiated settlements, Mr. McInnis is admitted to all State Courts and Federal District Courts in California.

Awards and Recognitions

  • Who’s Who in American Law

  • Who’s Who in California

  • Member of the Mexican Academy of International Law, Mexico City, Mexico

  • Bachelor of Arts Degree, San Jose State University

  • Juris Doctorate Degree, Santa Clara University Law School

  • International Law Diploma in European Integration Law, Europa Institute, University of Amsterdam.

He's of counsel to Hamilton & Associates.

Legal Treatises

Money & Politics, Citizens Initiative: Who Shall Govern, 59 Santa Clara University Law Review 69 (2019). Available at:
Mr. McInnis has a forthcoming legal article on children rights: The Evolution of Juvenile Justice: From the Book of Leviticus to Parens Patriae: The Next Step After In re Gault.

Mr. McInnis is Of Counsel to the Law Offices of Hamilton & Associates, APC, serving all of Southern California with offices in the Cities of San Diego, Orange and Riverside.