Aggressive, Passionate, Effective Criminal Defense

The Law Office of John M. Runfola is a premier litigation firm devoted exclusively to criminal defense. For more than 30 years, we have provided aggressive representation to individuals and organizations in major federal and state criminal matters all over the United States, particularly in the Bay Area. Our proven track record of success reflects the quality of our advocacy and dedication to achieving the most favorable outcome for our clients.


Our criminal defense practice is trusted and respected for a reason – we always put our clients first. We never forget the gravity of what is at stake for our clients and their families. A criminal charge not only carries the potential of incarceration, fines, and suspension of rights, but can also have a devastating effect on our clients’ reputation, future employment, marriage, housing opportunities, and ability to maintain and secure legal status/citizenship. We not only fight to achieve a favorable outcome in the courtroom, but also work closely with our clients to ensure their well-being during and after what may be the most difficult period in their life.


The Law Office of John M. Runfola was founded to provide the highest-quality representation to every one of our clients by combining highly skilled counsel with a relentless dedication to client-centered advocacy.

John M. Runfola and his dedicated support team of associate attorneys and paralegals provide experience, expertise, and powerful advocacy in every phase and every type of criminal defense litigation to give our clients the justice they are entitled to and more. Our legal team works closely with our clients to build a strong defense strategy customized to the unique circumstances surrounding the alleged criminal conduct and each client’s goals. Our office has access to a group of top notch investigators and experts who are proactive and experienced in uncovering details that can be used to aggressively challenge the government’s allegations and minimize punishment.

In addition to representing those who have already been charged with a crime, we represent individuals and organizations prior to the filing of criminal charges. Through independent investigations, development of effective compliance mechanisms, and pre-charging advocacy at an early stage, we have helped countless clients prevent charges from ever being indicted or having charges filed against them.


Despite what the media, law enforcement or prosecutor might claim, no criminal case is an open and shut matter. No matter how hopeless things may seem it is never too early or too late to fight back.

We can be reached 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 415-391-4243, or send us an email.

All consultations are free, confidential and protected by the attorney-client privilege.