Best Lawyers In America has named George J Cotsirilos, Jr. San Francisco Non-white Collar Criminal Lawyer Of The Year for 2015. He has been a criminal defense lawyer for over thirty-five years. Mr. Cotsirilos is a lecturer at the University of California at Berkeley 's Boalt Hall School of Law, where he has taught criminal trial practice for fifteen years. He also has lectured on criminal defense related subjects in a variety of other forums and was the chairperson of the Federal Criminal Justice Act Panel for the Northern District of California from 2000 to 2006. He is a member of the Criminal Justice Committee of the American Bar Association and California Attorneys for Criminal Justice.
Mr. Cotsirilos began his career in 1978 as a public defender, trying a wide variety of criminal cases, from misdemeanors to murder. Thereafter, Mr. Cotsirilos entered private practice in San Francisco, handling a broad range of state and federal matters at the trial and appellate levels. Mr. Cotsirilos has handled and tried virtually every type of criminal case from murder, to complex white collar fraud.
At the appellate level, Mr. Cotsirilos has briefed and argued numerous cases before the state and federal appellate courts, including several which are cited as precedent for important principles of criminal law. In addition to his listing in Best Lawyers, Mr. Cotsirilos has been named among the Northern California Super Lawyers since the inception of that listing.