David Eyster

District Attorney 2010

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David Eyster for Mendocino County District Attorney

An attorney for 26 years, I have spent 23 of those years working in the criminal law arena. I have served as high-level homicide and violent crimes prosecutor and I am currently a successful attorney defending the constitutional and statutory rights of clients charged with wide-ranging allegations of criminal misconduct -- from violent and serious felonies to medicinal marijuana defense to driving under the influence.

Likewise, while I handle complex criminal matters, such as white collar criminal defense, fraud, embezzlement and insurance and worker's compensation fraud, the other attorneys in my law firm handle real estate, personal injury, insurance bad faith and other complex civil litigation matters.

In addition to being successful both as a prosecutor and a private defense attorney, I have been invited at different times to serve as a law instructor on various legal matters. I have served as a Police Officer Standards and Training instructor at Modesto Junior College. I was also tapped to be a legal instructor for continuing legal education programs sponsored by the California District Attorneys Association. Finally, I served as a search and seizure legal update instructor for regional police officer training sponsored by the Ukiah Police Department.


Birthday: April 18, 1957
Hometown: Ukiah
Political Views: Moderate
Religious Views: Protestant

Professional and Community Awards:

  • University of California Service Award, 1979
  • Chapter Justice, Phi Alpha Delta Legal Fraternity, 1982 to 1983
  • Phi Alpha Delta Service Award, 1983
  • California District Attorneys Association, Legal Education Instructor
  • California Welfare Fraud Investigators Association, Legal Education Instructor
  • Prosecutor of the Decade (1985 to 1995) Award, Mendocino County District Attorney's Office, 1995
  • Martindale-Hubbell, "AV"-rated, 1998 to present
  • Superb (9.5/10) legal rating by AVVO (http://www.avvo.com/attorneys/95482-ca-charles-eyster-57168.html)

David Eyster California State Certification

David Eyster is admitted to practice as an attorney and counselor at law in all the courts of California. His name appears on the Roll of Attorneys that is monitored by the California Supreme Court, and Mr. Eyster remains a member of the State Bar of California in good standing.

Click here to view Attorney Eyster's current State Bar information.


"In appreciation and recognition for your tireless efforts in the pursuit of Law and Order for the Citizens of Mendocino County. 10-8-84 to 3-26-96"

To honor David Eyster's many years of service, he was invited to a law enforcement awards banquet at the Elks Lodge in Ukiah, where David was called to the stage only to be surprised with this plaque (which he now hangs proudly in his current office at the Lambs Inn).

The badge shown in the picture is the same badge that had been issued to David while he served the citizens of Mendocino County as their best criminal trial attorney.
David Eyster Tireless Efforts 2

Charles David Eyster was admitted to practice law in all courts of the State of California on June 13, 1984.

David is also admitted to practice law before the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, the United States District for the Northern District of California, and the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California.


David Eyster Tireless Efforts 3 David Eyster graduated with the 1983 Centennial Class of Willamette University College of Law in Salem, Oregon, the oldest law school west of the Mississippi River.

In addition to studying law at Willamette, David also worked as an environmental law clerk for the United States Attorney's Office in Portland when his class schedule allowed. David was interviewed and hired by U.S. Attorney Sidney Lezak (1924-2006), a wonderful man who served Oregon with distinction under six Presidents.

David was honored to also serve as Chapter Justice for the Hall S. Lusk Chapter of Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity. Phi Alpha Delta is the largest international legal organization in the world, a professional law fraternity advancing integrity, compassion and courage through service to the student, the school, the profession and the community. In appreciation of David's leadership, the law fraternity awarded him its Outstanding Service Award.


Work Experience

California State Bar No. 113115
Admitted: June 13, 1984

Employer: Law Office of Duncan M. James
Position: Trial Attorney
Time Period: July 2006 - Present
Location: Ukiah, CA

Employer: The Chase Law Group
Position: Northern California Supervising Trial Attorney
Time Period: April 2002 - July 2006
Location: Sacramento, CA
National criminal defense law firm. Lead trial attorney and supervisor of attorneys in Northern California.

Employer: Miller & Associates
Position: Senior Trial Attorney
Time Period: November 1998 - April 2002
Location: Sacramento, CA
National criminal defense law firm. Lead trial attorney handling serious and violent cases throughout Northern California

Employer: Burger & Plavan
Position: Senior Counsel
Time Period: September 1996 - November 1998
Location: Sacramento, CA
High-level business litigation law firm in downtown Sacramento. Represented the California Department of Corrections in its successful information technology lawsuit against TRW, Inc.

Employer: Lake County District Attorney's Office
Position: Senior Prosecutor
Time Period: May 1996 - September 1996
Location: Lakeport, CA
Member, felony trial team. Personally prosecuted high-profile matters while transitioning to Sacramento.

Employer: Mendocino County District Attorney's Office
Position: Lead trial attorney and senior supervisor
Time Period: October 1984 - May 1996
Location: Ukiah, CA
Lead trial attorney and senior supervisor of the felony trial team. Personally handled the prosecution of the serious and violent criminals, while training and overseeing the work of junior prosecutors. Graduate of the Master Trial Advocacy College, the "Top Gun" school for prosecutors.

Education Information

Graduate School:
Willamette University College of Law 1983
Juris Doctorate, Law and Trial Skills, Chapter Justice, Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity

University of California at Santa Barbara 1979
Bachelor of Arts, Political Science; Member, Mortar Board National Honor Society; Member, Letters and Science Scholars Program; President, Residence Halls Association

High School:
San Ramon Valley High 1975

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