Mr. Worthington graduated in 1969 from University of California Hastings College of Law--California's first law school--having previously graduated in 1966 from University of California Los Angeles with a degree in Economics. He was admitted to the California State Bar in January, 1970. He began his career in Monterey County that same year and has remained one of the top criminal defense lawyers in Monterey County since.
Mr. Worthington has had a long and distinguished legal career. He has been the attorney of record in many of the most controversial, complex and difficult cases to arise in Central California over the past four decades, some of which are chronicled in the "Notable Cases" section of our website. He has had cases published by the California Court of Appeal and the United States Circuit Court, 9th Circuit; he has written articles for Forum Magazine published by California Attorneys for Criminal Justice and The International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis on the use and admissibility in evidence of hypnotically induced testimony and has participated in the preparation of Amicus briefs for California Attorneys for Criminal Justice and he is a frequent T.V. commentator. As a young attorney in 1974, Mr. Worthington joined as a charter member a then new organization known as California Attorneys for Criminal Justice. CACJ is a statewide organization of criminal defense lawyers dedicated to defending the rights of persons as guaranteed by both the United States Constitution and the Constitution of the State of California. Since 1974, he has served terms on the Board of Directors totaling over 20 years and has sat on committees including Amicus, Legislative and Prisons.
In addition to his career as a trial attorney, Mr. Worthington was appointed as a Commissioner on the City of Salinas Traffic Commission. He kept this appointment until 1998 when he moved his residence from the City of Salinas to the County of Monterey mandating he resign his commission. He taught economics at Hartnell College from 1971 to1979, teaching many of the returning Viet Nam veterans seeking an education under their veteran's benefits. Mr. Worthington has been a guest lecturer at a trial practice class taught by Judge Steven Sillman and Deputy District Attorney Chuck Olvis at the Monterey College of Law. Mr. Worthington has lived in Salinas since 1970 where he and his wife raised three children.