Founder | The Law Office of Jeffrey Kaloustian
With just under eight years of experience, Jeffrey Kaloustian has already established himself as a force to be reckoned within the fields of criminal defense and personal injury law. Mr. Kaloustian is based in Oakland, California, where his honest, compassionate, and skilled legal services are in high demand by Bay Area clients with diverse needs.
He is also a zealous human rights advocate, and his humanitarian and pro-bono work informs and improves his stellar service as a criminal defense attorney. He was selected to the Super Lawyers® “Rising Stars” list in 2016 and 2017 and maintains a “Superb” rating on Avvo.
After obtaining his undergraduate degree from the University of Utah in 1997, Mr. Kaloustian spent several years working in the outdoor industry before making the transition to law school at the University of San Francisco School of Law. As he tells it:
“I became very interested in the law and conflict resolution, and as I started my law courses I got more involved in international human rights and advocacy. I did a lot of international human rights work through USF as a student, and I started to see links between that international practice and United States criminal defense work. So my niche developed very naturally.”
During law school, Mr. Kaloustian served on the USF Law Review, co-chaired the Public Interest Law Foundation, received a certificate in public interest law and was honored with the Pursuit of Justice Award upon graduation. Mr. Kaloustian graduated with his Juris Doctorate and was licensed in 2010, after which he became a fellow at the Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy in Dharamsala, India, as well as co-founded the International Center for Mental Health and Human Rights. Mr. Kaloustian also worked a Program Officer for The Forgotten International and contributed to the “Living on a Dollar a Day” book project.
He opened his firm, the Law Office of Jeffrey Kaloustian, in 2011, and worked tirelessly to expand it into the bustling practice it is today while simultaneously gaining valuable criminal defense experience at another local firm, Summit Defense. In 2013, Mr. Kaloustian committed full-time to the development and expansion of his private practice.
Today, Mr. Kaloustian is known throughout the San Francisco Bay Area for his industry-leading client advocacy. Dedicated to obtaining justice, he leaves no stone unturned in crafting personalized legal strategies for each and every one of his clients. Along the way, he has developed a reputation for honest and prompt communication and is known not only as a fierce advocate but also as a compassionate professional that clients can trust.
The clear majority of Mr. Kaloustian’s practice consists of criminal defense, including DUI/DUID defense, drug possession and distribution cases, medical cannabis defense, and defense against police-related claims such as resisting arrest. Additionally, he is a diversely talented and adaptable attorney who has also defended claims of white-collar crime, violent crime, identity fraud, insurance fraud, sex crimes and more, as well as a variety of personal injury claims.
As a thought-leader in criminal defense, Mr. Kaloustian is exposed to a wide range of trends and changes in his areas of specialty. Lately, he has been paying close attention to changes in cannabis regulation. He notes:
“An evolution in cannabis regulation—for both medicinal and recreational use – is happening rapidly. These developments are very relevant to my defense of cannabis cases, and I stay in close contact with experts in the field who can help advise me and also testify in court as a defense expert. The scientific and toxicology issues related to marijuana DUIs are also of major relevance to my practice.”
Domestic legal challenges aside, Mr. Kaloustian has also carried with him the sensitivity to international issues he began developing in law school. His experiences both abroad and in the outdoor industry instilled in him a sense of stewardship and responsibility for making the world a better place. Today, he is intimately involved with humanitarian advocacy worldwide, through pro bono services and also, recently, as the President of the Board of Directors of Human Rights Advocates, a Berkeley-based nonprofit.
Looking forward, Mr. Kaloustian plans to continue offering the stellar client service for which he has become known and is beginning to expand his practice outside the Bay Area to the Tahoe/Truckee area, with the goal of combining his love for the outdoors and his dedication to the law.
Detailed Career Information
- University of Utah (B.S., 1997)
- University of San Francisco School of Law (J.D., 2009)
- USF Law Review
- Pursuit of Justice Award (2009)
- California, United States District Court, Northern District of California
Professional Membership & Community Involvement
- Alameda County Bar Association
- National Lawyers Guild
- Human Rights Advocates
- California Attorneys for Criminal Justice
- California DUI Lawyers Association
- National Cannabis Bar Association
- South India Cell for Human Rights Education & Monitoring
- Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti
- Huairou Commission
- Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy
- Community Boards of San Francisco
Awards & Honors
- Super Lawyers® “Rising Stars” (2016 & 2017)
- Avvo “Superb” Rating
- Esteemed Lawyers of America – Member
- Top Attorneys in North America – Expert Network
- American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys
- 10 Best Attorneys for Outstanding Client Service 2016 – 2017
- USF School of Law Pursuit of Justice Award 2009
- Pro Bono Publico Awards – Public Interest Clearinghouse – 2008 & 2009