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Marc Picker, Defense Attorney

Biography

Marc Picker is a criminal defense attorney with 28 years of experience representing clients accused of everything from traffic citations to first degree murder. He is currently the Chief Criminal Deputy for the Washoe County, Nev., Alternate Public Defender where he supervises criminal defense and specialty/therapeutic court attorneys while at the same time carrying a full docket of serious criminal cases. He is a 1988 graduate of the UC Davis King Hall School of Law and was previously in private practice for 25 years concentrating on criminal defense, civil litigation, contracts law and personal injury. He has taught continuing legal education courses in a variety of areas, and now provides training through the National Judicial College for trial and limited jurisdiction judges throughout the United States on sub jects related to driving while impaired, driving under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol and forensic science in criminal justice. He is active in providing constitutional law education through his volunteer position coordinating classes and competition in northern Nevada for We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution. Prior to attending law school, he was an award winning newspaper reporter and editor. He is a graduate of the University of Nevada with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism Degree.

Areas of Expertise

  1. Criminal defense for misdemeanor and felony cases.
  2. Death Penalty litigation
  3. Forensic evidence in criminal or civil matters
  4. Effective litigation skills
  5. Jury research and selection
  6. Constitutional law
  7. Civil rights
  8. Ethics for lawyers and judges
  9. Drug court operations
  10. Therapeutic court operations
  11. Representing clients in therapeutic court
  12. Law related education

Selected Presentations

  • Criminal Defense Litigation (2005-2010)
  • Premises Liability (2000-2003)
  • Preparation and Trial of a Difficult Case (2000-2009)
  • Fundamentals of Bankruptcy Law and Procedure (2000-2004)
  • Basic Bankruptcy Litigation (2000-2004)
  • Advanced Real Estate Law (2002-2006)
  • Nevada Foreclosure and Repossession (2002-2006)
  • Strategies for Effective Trial Advocacy (2002, 2005)
  • Advanced Criminal Law (2000-2006)
  • Drugged Driving Essentials for the Judiciary (2014, 2016)
  • Today’s Traffic Offender (2014-2016)
  • Issues in DWI Investigations (2014-2016)
  • “No Refusal” and Seizure Orders (2015-2016)
  • SFST Issues from the Defense Standpoint (2014-2016)
  • DRE Qualifications (2014, 2016)
  • Admissibility of DRE Testimony (2014, 2016)
  • Alcohol Test Issues (2014-2016)
  • Forensic and Scientific Evidence (2016)
  • Ethics for Lawyers in Therapeutic Court (2016)
  • Basics of Drug, Alcohol, Mental Health Courts (2016)
  • Effective Representation in Veterans Court (2016)

Selected Articles

  • Nevada Civil Practice Manual, Chapter 5, Parties, 1st through 5th (2013 update) Editions
  • Ethical Obligations, Advanced Real Estate Law in Nevada
  • Liens and Credit Issues, Advanced Real Estate Law in Nevada
  • Ethical Considerations, Fundamentals of Bankruptcy Law and Procedure
  • Automatic Stay Litigation, Fundamentals of Bankruptcy Law and Procedure
  • Sentencing, Criminal Defense Litigation
  • Pretrial Strategies and Preparation, Criminal Defense Litigation in Nevada
  • The Raker Act: Legal Implications of Damming and Undamming Hetch Hetchy Valley, Marc Picker, Boyd Sprehn and Lynn Jacobs, UC Davis Law Review, Vol. 21, No. 4, Summer 1988
  • Environs: An Environmental Law Journal, UC Davis King Hall School of Law, Editor-in-Chief, 1986-1988.
  • The Monkey Wrench Gang Goes to Court, Environs: An Environmental Law Journal, UC Davis King Hall School of Law, Vol. 12, No. 1, January 1988.
  • The Raker Act – Is San Francisco Violating Federal Law?, Marc Picker and Boyd Sprehn, Environs: An Environmental Law Journal, UC Davis King Hall School of Law, Vol. 12, No. 1, January 1988.
  • Is PG&E “Wheeling” Itself into Profits?, Environs: An Environmental Law Journal, UC Davis King Hall School of Law, Vol. 12, No. 1, January 1988.
  • Hodel’s Hetch Hetchy Proposal Draws Criticism and Applause, Marc Picker and Boyd Sprehn,  Environs: An Environmental Law Journal, UC Davis King Hall School of Law, Vol. 12, No. 1, January 1988.
  • Hetch Hetchy Follow-Up, The Authors’ Reply, Marc Picker and Boyd Sprehn, Environs: An Environmental Law Journal, UC Davis King Hall School of Law, Vol. 12, No. 1, January 1988.
  • Interview with Secretary of the Interior Donald Hodel, Environs: An Environmental Law Journal, UC Davis King Hall School of Law, Vol. 12, No. 2, 1988.

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Marc Picker
Defense Attorney
Marc Picker is a criminal justice and litigation expert with 28 years of experience as a private and government attorney. He has represented clients involved in criminal justice matters ranging from misdemeanors to death penalty murder cases, civil matters including wrongful death, personal injury and business litigation, as well as civil rights and bankruptcy representation. He has provided instruction for both trial and limited jurisdiction judges, as well as for practicing and entry level attorneys.

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