Mark J Reichel

About Mark Reichel

Sacramento Criminal Defense Attorney

Mark is one of the few criminal lawyers in the Sacramento region who can say that they have taken a case all the way from the arraignment to an argument before the United States Supreme Court in Washington D.C.

In that case, he fought to suppress the evidence in a criminal case because the officer refused to show a homeowner a copy of the warrant when they were searching the home.

After losing the motion in the trial court, he took the case all the way to an oral argument before the U.S. Supreme Court, an honor very few lawyers achieve in their lifetime. (USA v. Grubbs, No.04-1414.)

Mark Reichel has been an excellent civil and criminal attorney in the Sacramento area since 1991. In law school at UOP McGeorge in Sacramento, Mark was selected as a Finalist for the Best Brief and Best Oral Argument Award; he was then selected as the Commencement Speaker for his law school class in 1991. Within one year of graduating law school, Mark handled a civil rights lawsuit in a case that was featured across the nation and highlighted in the December 1992 issue of Life Magazine. Mark then distinguished himself as a Trial Attorney with the Office of the Federal Defender in Sacramento for 13 years, handling literally thousands of cases including very serious major felonies and complex white collar crimes. These included a large number of high profile cases which were covered in the national media (CNN, NBC, ABC, CBS, MSN, NPR, FOX). You can access Mark's Website at

Mark has also handled approximately 25 cases on appeal to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and has had numerous appeals in the state criminal courts in California. Mark has lectured on different aspects of the criminal process to various professional groups. He was also provided the chance by the federal courts to represent inmates at Guantanamo Naval Base in their federal terrorism trials, but that opportunity was taken away when Congress stripped the courts of that power in late 2005. After the many years in the "trenches" of the federal court room, Mark now handles a small number of cases at any given time so that he can dedicate his full energy to each and every case he takes. Mark is a 1995 graduate of the National Criminal Defense College in Macon, Georgia, Vice President of the Sacramento Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, a Life Member of the California Attorneys For Criminal Justice, The National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys, American Bar Association Committee On Criminal Justice, and the California State Bar Committee On Federal Courts.