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Jonah Chew

Jonah Chew – San Francisco Bay Area Criminal Attorney

Jonah Chew has more than a decade of experience in the courtroom, earning him a reputation as one of San Francisco’s most aggressive and effective criminal litigators. His work and expertise in a wide range of criminal cases has earned him media coverage in numerous Bay Area publications.

After earning his Juris Doctorate degree from the University of San Francisco School of Law in 1998 and being admitted to the California State Bar the same year, he opened a private criminal practice with another attorney. Three years later, he was hired at the San Francisco Public Defender’s Office, considered among the best public defender offices in the United States. It was there he sharpened his skills as a top trial attorney, representing thousands of clients, writing and arguing hundreds of motions and successfully defending people in cases ranging from simple drug possession to serious felonies.

Whether he is defending clients in federal court or in state court, Jonah Chew is a trial attorney who consistently obtains outstanding results. He is aggressive and negotiates the best deals for his clients and guides them towards treatment and rehabilitation when necessary. He is an expert in dealing with complex criminal issues and assists all of his clients in navigating through the intricacies of the legal system.

Chew Law Offices, which opened in 2006, has formed deep ties to the community. Mr. Chew volunteers with non-profit outreach programs throughout the Bay Area, including the Bar Association of San Francisco, Filipino Bar Association of Northern California and the Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area. Chew Law’s attorneys represent indigent clients, have taken on pro bono cases and mentor students from high school to law school in becoming trial advocates.

Sample of Media Coverage

SF Weekly – ‘S.F. Medical Pot Growers Smoked District Attorney’

SF Weekly – ‘White Separatists’ Alleged Attackers Enter Their Pleas’

KQED – ‘Update on San Francisco Police Department Video Scandal: Total of 57 Cases Dropped’

Case Results

At Chew Law, we believe our case results speak for themselves. By winning not guilty verdicts and negotiating favorable plea agreements, we have saved countless clients from prison, restored their job and educational opportunities and afforded their families the opportunity to move forward. We invite you to read a small sample of some of our success stories here.

Education and Professional Memberships

  • University of California, San Diego, Bachelor of Arts, 1994
  • University of San Francisco School of Law, Juris Doctorate Degree, 1998
  • Admitted to the California State Bar 1998, #197530
  • Admitted to the U.S. District Court Northern District of California, 2009
  • California Public Defender’s Association
  • California DUI Lawyer's Association
  • Asian American Bar Association
  • Chairman of Daly City MHRR Commission, 2009-2012
  • Filipino American Bar Association Northern California
  • National Asian Pacific American Bar Association
  • Minority Bar Exchange Member
  • API Joint Judiciary Committee Member