A Brief Biography of Attorney Douglas Fox

Douglas Fox has been practicing criminal defense since 1991.

California State Bar License # 154822

Born in the New York City borough of Queens, Mr. Fox grew up in Ardsley, New York, a suburb of NYC. At Vassar College, he majored in Philosophy, then clerked for 2 years in Manhattan at a large corporate law firm of over 500 lawyers, before starting law school in San Francisco at the UC Hastings College of the Law. In his last year of law school, Mr. Fox was the President of the Student Bar Association at Hastings which had about 1200 students.

Upon graduation and taking the bar exam (and passing on his 1st try), rather than returning to New York  to work at a big firm, Mr. Fox immediately began working with Biggam Christensen & Minsloff, the Santa Cruz County Public Defender’s Office, representing the indigent accused of crimes. Always in a trial court assignment, Mr. Fox was a workhorse of the office, carrying more than a dozen life exposure felony cases at the time of his decision to go into private practice.

After twelve years in the Public Defenders office, having served thousands of clients on all types of cases and more than 80 jury trials later, Mr. Fox chose to “hang out his own shingle” as a criminal defense lawyer in Santa Cruz. Shortly thereafter, in 2003, Mr. Fox and colleague Sal Gallardo started the partnership of Fox & Gallardo. The partnership of Fox & Gallardo lasted five years. In that time they successfully concluded many hundreds of cases for very satisfied clients, including Mr. Fox receiving NOT GUILTY verdicts on 1st and 2nd degree murder (and manslaughter) at trial, among other notable results.

An avid reader of history and literature, Mr. Fox also enjoys politics, and playing basketball and poker. He is married to the beautiful and talented attorney Kristin Carter and lives near the beach in Santa Cruz.

Successful Trial Lawyer

In the twenty-plus years that Douglas Fox has been practicing criminal defense law, he has successfully helped thousands of clients. For more on his jury trial successes, see Recent Jury Trials.