William Safford is a graduate of Capital Law School, in Columbus, Ohio.  He has been practicing law in the criminal courts of California since 2012, but has been involved with indigent defense programs since 2006.  A few years ago, he moved to Chicago, Illinois, but continues to work on behalf of indigent defendants in the California courts, representing them in appeals and writing motions for complex gang and murder cases.

Please Note:  Mr. Safford does not practice in any Illinois courts.  His practice is confined exclusively to California state law courts.  All court appearances and any in-person meetings take place in California.  

Mr. Safford is proud to be a member of appointed attorney panel for Santa Clara County and several Courts of Appeal, supervised by: the Independent Defense Counsel Office (IDO); the Sixth District Appellate Program (SDAP); and the Central California Appellate Program (CCAP).  He also accepts appointments in other counties and appellate districts within California on a limited basis.

Mr. Safford is a member of the California Bar Association, the Pacific Juvenile Defender Center, and the American Civil Liberties Union.  He is licensed to practice in any California criminal or appellate court.


BWLogosMany aspects of our lives are handled by the courts.  Whether you are charged with a crime, disputing your lease, dealing with the passing of a loved one, litigating the results of a traffic accident, changing your name, or arguing with the neighbor over the dog barking, there is a good chance that your fate will be decided by a judge and argued over by an attorney.

I believe that everyone, regardless of gender, race, religion, orientation, or economic status, deserves excellent legal counsel.  To put it another way – every person, in every court case, no matter how “small” the case or how thin their wallet, deserves an attorney whose sole job is looking out for their interests.  This is not a new idea, but it is an extremely important one!

If you have a case in an appellate court, or if you think you might want to appeal your criminal conviction case, you may contact Safford Legal to discuss the matter.  However, please be advised that most work is by court appointment.

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