CHIEF TRIAL ATTORNEY OF COUNSEL
Prior to becoming an attorney, Mr. Holmes proudly served in the United States Army, an Armor Crewman on a Main Battle Tank. After serving in the United States and overseas, Mr. Holmes returned to California and subsequently entered law school.
While in law school, Mr. Holmes not only served as Editor-in-Chief of the school’s Law Review, he also served as an orator on numerous National Moot Court Competitions, focusing primary on criminal and Constitutional Law.
Immediately after law school, Mr. Holmes passed the California State Bar Examination and accepted a position as a Deputy District Attorney in Southern California, prosecuting criminal law cases.
While serving as a Prosecutor, Mr. Holmes handled countless misdemeanor and felony criminal cases, as well as criminal appeals. He successfully conducted an extensive number jury trials; handled felony preliminary hearings; conducted hearings/motions relating to criminal law legal issues; and developed a strong understanding of how to be successful in the area of criminal law.
In large part, Mr. Holmes believes it was his experience as a prosecutor that really allowed him to develop his ability to be successful in the Court room.
After serving as a Deputy District Attorney, Mr. Holmes left the office of the District Attorney, and used his skills to become a highly respected and successful criminal defense attorney.
As a private defense attorney, Mr. Holmes’ practice primarily focuses on representing individuals accused of criminal activity such as driving under the influence, robbery, murder, and other serious criminal charges.
For over 15 years, Mr. Holmes has successfully handled well over 50 jury trials, obtaining not-guilty verdicts and dismissals on cases involving charges alleging theft of over $30,000.00; felony driving under the influence; possession of nearly 150 pounds of drugs; First Degree Murder; and others.
Mr. Holmes is also a Certified Veterans’ Affairs Attorney, with extensive experience representing Veterans of the Armed Forces facing misdemeanor and felony criminal charges in various Veteran’s Courts.
In one recent case involving a Veteran, one of Mr. Holmes’ clients was accused of selling large quantities of “ecstasy pills.” Despite the fact that the prosecutor was adamant about wanting my client to go to prison, Mr. Holmes was able to demonstrate that the sales of the drugs was not for profit, but instead was motivated out of a need to feed his need to self-medicate after suffering various service-connected disabilities.
In the end, Mr. Holmes was able to get his client into Veterans Court, receiving treatment for his disability, and NO PRISON OR JAIL for his case.
It is Mr. Holmes’ knowledge of the law, combined with his understanding of jurors and his devotion to his clients, that makes him a top criminal defense attorney.
ATTORNEY OF COUNSEL
Mr. Taibi graduated from the prestigious liberal arts school, Davidson College, with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics, in 1989. With a concentration in pre-law classes as part of his undergraduate studies, Mr. Taibi achieved the top 5% of those taking the LSAT, the entry examination for law school. While he attended college, Mr. Taibi was very active in college government, holding leadership positions such as Treasurer and President of his fraternity, Phi Delta Theta
In 1992, Mr. Taibi earned his Juris Doctorate degree at California Western School of Law. While attending law school, Mr. Taibi was the law clerk for one of the top criminal defense and family law attorneys in San Diego County. During these three years, Mr. Taibi received an invaluable practical education in what it means to be an attorney and how to best represent clients in different areas of law
Mr. Taibi was admitted to practice law in the State of California in 1992, and walked into the Courtroom the very next day after his acceptance into practice and began litigating. Mr. Taibi is authorized to practice in all Courts of California, including all State Courts, as well as all Federal District Courts and Bankruptcy Courts, and the Supreme Court of California and all Courts of Appeal. He is a member of the American Bar Association, State Bar of California and the Criminal Law Section of the State Bar, San Diego County Bar Association, and National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys
Mr. Taibi has successfully defended clients throughout California in criminal cases from misdemeanor and felony DUI's to felony murder cases, both state and federal, in his over 25 years of practice. He has also represented military personnel in criminal matters and is familiar with the nuances involved. Having grown up in New York City, he is very comfortable with the fast pace associated with criminal cases and the time constraints involved
Mr. Taibi is a caring, compassionate, knowledgeable and aggressive advocate for his clients and has been recognized as a top attorney by such organizations as the American Society of Legal Advocates and the American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys. He has also served as a mediator and arbitrator for civil disputes. His vast experience and knowledge of the law in many different areas has given him a unique perspective as to the complexity of cases and how to best resolve matters for his clients
Mr. Taibi is very familiar with other countries and cultures and has represented many diverse individuals. He also hails from a family of immigrants, and has lived and traveled abroad, extensively in Europe and Asia. He has also had business dealings overseas and has a background in international law, as well as immigration issues
Mr. Taibi has vast experience in many areas of law, areas that crossover in many cases. Mr. Taibi has represented and/or counseled clients in thousands of matters. He has successfully handled felonies/misdemeanors, DUI's with and without injury, theft, violent crimes, drug crimes, both state and federal, as well as those involving military personnel; administrative proceedings; DMV hearings and countless licensure proceedings; immigration issues; business law and related white collar crimes, such as embezzlement, welfare and social security fraud and insurance fraud; probate cases, involving conservatorships, guardianships, and elder abuse, and has prepared, and given advice regarding, wills and trusts; domestic violence and family law matters; adoptions; family disputes; matters involving corporations and contracts; civil litigation, and injury accidents; and international law. It is necessary to be proficient in all of these areas to properly evaluate criminal cases and represent clients in the most effective and best possible way, to strategize properly and to analyze all options and/or consequences one may have, or have to face. Mr. Taibi has spent many years learning and practicing all of these areas of law and honing his skills
Mr. Taibi is highly respected as litigator and counselor for over 25 years as a practicing attorney, by attorneys and judges alike, and has the knowledge and experience to properly handle virtually any matter
JOSHUA M. BASKIN
ATTORNEY OF COUNSEL
Mr. Baskin earned his Juris Doctorate from Whittier Law School with a Certificate in International and Comparative law. While pursuing his legal degree Mr. Baskin was a valuable extern with two top judges obtaining an instrumental exposure to the justice system. It was during this time and his exposure to the criminal matters that his passion for criminal law defense took shape.
Upon graduating, Mr. Baskin launched his legal career in the Inland Empire focusing on criminal and family law matters. Mr. Baskin expanded his reach into Orange and Los Angeles Counties covering a multitude of matters utilizing his extensive background in addressing the intricacies of DUI, Drug and all types of criminal cases.
Mr. Baskin, being born and raised in Southern California, understands the needs of the community in which he so vigorously serves. After attending the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing, Mr. Baskin began working in the Import/Export industry. After a couple years Mr. Baskin returned to Orange County and began a career in marketing for consumer products working directly with top executives from a multitude of Fortune 100 and 500 companies. These relationships have created in Mr. Baskin an understanding of meeting and exceeding client expectations. Mr. Baskin is diligent and provides a high-quality and vigorous representation to each client he represents.
Mr. Baskin’s experience has given him invaluable insight into the criminal justice system and created relationships that provide an incredible asset in any criminal defense case. Mr. Baskin takes advantage of these connections throughout his practice in advocating for the best resolutions and results for his clients. In addition, to his extensive criminal defense cases, Mr. Baskin also provides full representation in family law matters and was a passionate advocate providing legal services to the California Teacher’s Association in the Inland Empire. Mr. Baskin believes in the value of focused teamwork to solve client problems, and provides dedication, commitment and service to all matters and clients he serves.
In addition to being admitted to the California State Bar and licensed to practice in all state courts throughout California, Mr. Baskin is admitted to practice law as an attorney and counselor of the United States District Court of the Central District of California. Mr. Baskin is a member of the Orange County Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the San Bernardino Bar Association, the Riverside Bar Association and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.
THOMAS (TJ) FILICIA
ATTORNEY OF COUNSEL
Thomas Filicia joins the San Diego Criminal Attorney. Thomas is responsible for extensively evaluating each case, and then consulting with the rest of the team to determine how the specific needs of each individual client can best be addressed. Thomas’ attention to detail, team mentality, and communication skills have made him a valuable asset to our firm
Thomas was born and raised in San Diego, and has resided in Southern California for most of his life. He is a graduate of the Syracuse University College of Law, where he was a member of the school’s American Bar Association Negotiation Team. At Syracuse, he developed a passion for criminal defense law, and clerked for a law firm that handled primarily criminal appeals. He has drafted appellate briefs in several areas of criminal law including Parole Violations, Domestic Violence, Rape, and Murder. After graduating law school, Thomas worked for one of San Diego’s preeminent Construction Defect and HOA law firms. He is also a member of the St. Thomas Moore Society for Catholic Attorneys.
Prior to attending law school, Mr. Filicia studied Communications at Loyola Marymount University, where he also played Varsity Baseball. He then went on to earn his bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from St. John’s University. At St. John’s, he was a member of the University’s Ethics Debate Team, which competed annually in national competitions.
Thomas is an avid sports fan, who enjoys staying active, and rooting for the Padres, Lakers, and Cowboys, in his free time.
THOMAS J. BECK
DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS
Thomas Beck joins The San Diego Criminal Attorney as the Senior Director of Operations and Client Operations. Mr. Beck has spent over 19 years as an industry leader and has worked with one of the largest law firms in Arizona focusing only on DUI and criminal defense. Mr. Beck joins San Diego Criminal Attorneys and brings a dedication of excellence that consistently exceeds our client’s expectations. Mr. Beck is a critical liaison between New Client Relations and the Senior and Associate attorneys within the law firm. Mr. Beck is part of the initial process in determining each element and responsibility of each team member in how they will respond and engage in each client’s case. Mr. Beck works closely with the senior trial attorneys, associate attorneys, department of motor vehicle attorneys, and the private investigators within the law firm. With a focus of treating each client like our only client we consistently strive every day to go beyond our client’s expectations.
SPANISH CASE MANAGER
Lily Baskin es la gerente e intérprete de Inglés y Español de todos los casos en las oficinas de Los Angeles County Criminal Defence Attorneys. En este puesto, la señora Baskin proporciona asistencia a nuestros clientes que solamente hablan español y es el contacto principal para agendar entrevistas. Ella inclusive toma parte en las juntas con nuestros abogados y clientes para proporcionar interpretación en español de términos legales.
La señora Baskin comenzó en esta rama de trabajo hace 10 años como interprete y gerente de diversos despachos de Bienes Raíces. Ella también ha colaborado con múltiples licenciados apoyándolos con el manejo de sus casos legales por todo el condado de Los Angeles.
La señora Baskin ha extendido su conocimiento en la rama legal yendo a varios tribunales desde el condado de Orange hasta el condado de Los Angeles, traduciendo a todos nuestros clientes cuando lo necesitan.
Su experiencia en la rama legal, su orientación hacia nuestros clientes y efectividad en el trabajo hace a la señora Baskin un miembro ejemplar de nuestro equipo.
PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR OF COUNSEL
Kevin Roncevich served honorably in the United States Navy from 1997 – 2001. While stationed in San Diego, California, Mr. Roncevich was deployed twice (Onboard the USS Abraham Lincoln) to the Persian Gulf in support of operation Southern Watch. During the 1998 deployment, the USS Abraham Lincoln carrier battle group launched Tomahawk cruise missiles against two sites. The first was a Sudanese pharmaceutical factory suspected of assisting Osama Bin Laden in making chemical weapons. The second was Bin Laden's terrorist training camps in Afghanistan. These strikes were ordered by President Clinton thirteen days after terrorists bombed the US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania and was codenamed Operation Infinite Reach. While serving in the US Navy, Mr. Roncevich received several awards / recognitions.PERSONAL ACCOMPLISHMENTS / AWARDS:• Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (2).• Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (2).• Meritorious Unit Commendation (2).• Good Conduct Medal.• Coast Guard Unit Commendation with Operational Distinguishing Device.• Battle “E” Award.• Flag Letter of Commendation. • Navy Achievement Medal.• Letter of Commendation from Rear Admiral, United States Navy.• Sailor of the Month.• Junior Sailor of the Month.• Letter of Appreciation from Commanding Officer HS-4.• Letter of Commendation from Commanding Officer HS-4.
After serving honorably in the US Navy, Mr. Roncevich attended the Golden West Police Academy (Huntington Beach, CA) from November 2001 – April 2002. Due to Mr. Roncevich being at the top of his class, he was hired by the Cypress Police Department in February 2002. As a police officer with the City of Cypress, Mr. Roncevich was worked as a patrol officer, training officer, SWAT team member and a criminal investigations detective. Mr. Roncevich has approximately 2,000 hours of formal training, as well as thousands of additional on the job training. Mr. Roncevich has also attended / completed hundreds of hours of advanced officer training, some of which are listed below.
PATROL OFFICER – As a patrol officer, Mr. Roncevich provided for public safety by maintaining order, responding to emergencies, protecting people and property, enforcing motor vehicle and criminal laws, and promoting good community relations. Identify, pursue, and arrest suspects and perpetrators of criminal acts. Patrol officers shall review facts of incidents to determine if criminal acts (state and federal) or city municipal violations were committed. Part of the job of a patrol officer is to testify in court to present evidence or act as witness in traffic and criminal cases. Mr. Roncevich often had to process prisoners, prepare and maintain records of prisoner bookings and prisoner status during booking and pre-trial process.
TRAINING OFFICER – As a training officer, Mr. Roncevich was responsible to train / evaluate new officers to insure that they can work unaccompanied in a safe, skillful, efficient and professional manner. The new officer is assessed on performance (including but not limited to report writing, knowledge of city, state and federal laws, driving skills and officer safety), improvement and overall conduct.
SWAT TEAM MEMBER – As a SWAT team member, Mr. Roncevich responded to SWAT “callouts”, which were most commonly used in order to ensure the safety of other police officers in case a large, violent outburst occurs. These situations include the arrests of violent criminals, hostage situations, riots, counter-terrorism, perimeter security, identifying threats in high-security situations and many other police situations where the safety of the public or police officers is in danger. As part of the West County SWAT Team, Mr. Roncevich also carried out high risk search/arrest warrants. Mr. Roncevich’s primary position on the SWAT Team was the breacher, responsible for breaching the structure in question to allow the entry team access to the structure in question.
CRIMINAL INVESTIGATIONS / DETECTIVE – Mr. Roncevich was a criminal investigator for 4 years. While a police detective, Mr. Roncevich worked on fraud cases (including but not limited to identity theft, fraudulent use of access cards, etc.) property crimes (including but not limited to burglary (residential and vehicle), vandalism, theft, etc.) as well as crimes against persons (including but not limited to sexual assault cases, domestic violence, robbery and homicide). As a detective / investigator Mr. Roncevich’s job tasks included performing regular investigations for all crimes and establishing appropriate witnesses and suspects, maintaining knowledge on all factual requirements, coordinating with the crime lab team to perform various tests on evidence collected from scene and monitor all conditions of victims and assist to obtain all required statements. Mr. Roncevich also worked directly with the district attorney’s office to build strong cases for jury trials. Writing search warrants, meeting with the district attorney to review the search warrant and meeting with a judge to review and sign the search warrant was a common occurrence as a police detective / investigator. As a police investigator / detective, Mr. Roncevich also spent hundreds of hours conducting undercover surveillance operations following suspects involved in criminal activities (including but not limited to narcotics and homicides). Mr. Roncevich spent hundreds of more hours conducting static surveillance on locations in preparation for search / arrest warrants. As a lead investigator, Mr. Roncevich would oversee a group of detectives / investigators and often times outside law enforcement (FBI, DOJ, Secret Service, etc.) to work complex cases. This involved overseeing and managing up to 25 other law enforcement professionals.
PERSONAL ACCOMPLISHMENTS / AWARDS:• Gold Distinguished Service Medal – Awarded for heroism and bravery displayed during an officer involved shooting of an armed robbery suspect.• Letter of Commendation – From the Orange County District Attorney’s Office during my investigation of a high profile case.• Letter of Commendation – Following bank robbery that resulted in a vehicle pursuit with the apprehension of the “Cash and Carat” bandits.• Letter of Appreciation from Los Alamitos Chief of Police for apprehension of suspects who fled from officers. • Formal recognition from the Cypress Chief of Police for the apprehension of an illegal narcotic suspect who fled from officers.• I designed and implemented a new “department wide” form that is used when investigating subjects under the influence of illegal narcotics.• Letter of Appreciation from American Rentals for Solving a Complex Theft Case Involving Industrial Equipment.• Letter of recognition from the Cypress Chief of Police for “team effort and dedication” with regards to a large scale search for a robbery suspect.• Letter of recognition from the Cypress Chief of Police for the successful apprehension of several felony vandalism suspects who were unable to escape due to “planned approach that thwarted any escape.”• Letter of recognition from the Cypress Police Narcotics Sergeant regarding a confidential informant referral that resulted in a search warrant service, resulting in the arrest of two subjects, for a large amount of methamphetamine, packaging material, scales, paraphernalia and a firearm.
ADVANCED OFFICER TRAINING:• Criminal Investigations – Riverside County Sheriff’s Department• Courtroom Testimony – Riverside County Sheriffs’ Department• Advanced Interview and Interrogation – Riverside County Sheriff’s Department• Child Abuse / Sexual Assault – Riverside County Sheriff’s Department• Homicide Investigation – Orange County Sheriff’s Department• Elder Abuse Investigation – Orange County Sheriff’s Department• Drug Abuse Recognition – California Narcotic Officer Association• Search Warrant Instructions – San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department• Emergency Response To Terrorism Incidents – Orange County Sheriff’s Department• Certificate of Training in the Identification Of Counterfeit Digital Video Disc (DVD) – The Motion Picture Association Of America, Inc.• Vehicle Theft – Orange County Sheriff’s Department• Identity Theft – San Diego Regional Training Center• Alcohol Sensor Device Certified – Orange County Sheriff’s Department• Certified in the Lawful Interception of Wire and Electronic Digital Pager or Electronic Cellular Telephone Communications – State of California Department of Justice• DNA Evidence Collection – City of Cypress• Certified with the QUICKCHECK Narcotic Identification Kit• Training on the PENI Street Gang (Public Enemy Number One) – The Southern California Skinhead Task Force & The Orange County Training Managers Association
In 2013, after receiving a retirement from the Cypress Police Department, Mr. Roncevich started a private security firm. As a business owner / vice president, Mr. Roncevich was tasked with developing a business plan that includes a description of the product or service, how to finance the business (loans, investors), deadlines for the business and the overall goal. Mr. Roncevich’s duties include reviewing sales reports and financials, and comparing them to goals set out in short- and long-term plans. Mr. Roncevich was also tasked with reviewing profit-and-loss statements and other financial reports related to the company balance sheet. As a business owner other duties / responsibilities include (but not limited to) identify problems, make decisions, interpret results based on quantitative techniques and improve quality and productivity by streamlining systems and processes. Below are some of Mr. Roncevich’s personal accomplishes as well as the accomplishments of the company.
PERSONAL ACCOMPLISHMENTS:• Accountable for the direction and successful operation of the Sales Division / Operations Division of the company which resulted from zero revenue from the start of the company to over 4 million dollars by the end of year three. Part of my accomplishment was forecasting a sales growth of 5.5 million by the end of year four, while maintaining a 40 percent profit margin and 150 employees company-wide. • Directly responsible for the purchasing, deployment and maintenance of 35 patrol vehicles into the company fleet.
COMPANY ACCOMPLISHMENTS:• Orange County Business Journal – Named the second fastest growing small business within Orange County, CA.• San Jacinto School District Certificate of Recognition for service to the community.
In 2015, while owning the private security firm, Mr. Roncevich opened up a Private Investigations Firm. As the owner and private investigator, Mr. Roncevich worked Criminal / Civil Defense Investigations, AOE/COE Investigations, Welfare / Insurance Fraud as well as provide expert witness testimony.
While being very busy during a professional career, Mr. Roncevich has still found time to continue his professional education and obtain professional licenses, see below:• 55+ General Education units from Cypress College, Golden West College and Coastline Community College.• Basic Peace Officer Standards and Training certificate.• Intermediate Peace Officer Standards and Training certificate.• Advanced Peace Officer Standards and Training certificate.• Private Patrol Operator – Bureau of Security and Investigative Services.• Private Investigator – Bureau of Security and Investigative Services.• Guard Card – Bureau of Security and Investigative Services.• Certificate of Completion Used Vehicle Pre-Licensing Education Program.
ATTORNEY OF COUNSEL
David J. Ruyle, Jr. focuses his criminal and DUI defense practice in San Diego where he was born and raised. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Baylor University in 1998 and his law degree from Trinity Law School in 2002. During law school Mr. Ruyle interned with the San Diego County Public Defender’s office where he was exposed to felony related matters.
After working for a few years as an attorney on DUI and other criminal matters, he had a calling to better understand the public perception of law enforcement and the realities officers face. That calling led him to attend a California POST certified Police Academy in 2007 and become a Reserve Police Officer with the City of El Cajon. As a police officer, he was certified to use the PAS and Intoximeter to determine level of intoxication. He was exposed not only to the policies and procedures a police department and its officers must follow but effects they have on the community. During his commission as an officer he was exposed to drunk drivers, domestic violence, and narcotics offenders along with many other issues a patrol officer encounters on a daily basis. He enjoyed his participation in many community outreach events sponsored by the police department.
While he was a reserve police officer he continued his legal practice representing clients in criminal matters and was able to effectively apply his experience as a police officer to his cases and addressing his clients’ needs. He has since resigned his commission with the City of El Cajon but has a passion for sharing what he learned. He was able to share his real world and academic experience as an adjunct professor in the Criminal Justice Department of both Westwood College and the University of Phoenix. He now continues to work with students studying for the Bar Exam.
As a criminal defense attorney, Mr. Ruyle has represented clients charged with misdemeanors such as DUIs, domestic violence, drug possession and theft to felony cases such as severe domestic violence, burglary, robbery and narcotics. He takes pride in understanding his clients’ situations and being attentive to their needs while seeking a favorable outcome for their case. Also of importance to him is his clients’ ultimate well-being and the correction of any patterns of behavior that may be the underlying factor in their criminal case.
Mr. Ruyle is in good standing with the State Bar of California, a member of the San Diego County Bar Association and California Public Defender’s Association.