Meet The Team
Vincent R. Ross
Supervising Attorney & Chief Trial Attorney
Vincent Ross was born in Asheville, NC in 1956. He grew up in the mountains of Western North Carolina and became an avid hunter, fisherman and outdoor enthusiast. He attended the University of North Carolina at Asheville and graduated with a degree in philosophy. During school he lived and worked on tobacco farms, saving money for his eventual move to California to go to law school.
Before attending law school, Mr. Ross was involved in numerous projects sponsored by various groups advocating for First Amendment and other civil rights issues. For a number of years he worked as a volunteer for the ACLU and NORML. During this time his passion for the defense of the constitution was incubated resulting in his decision to attend the University of San Diego School of law in 1984.
After graduating from law school in 1987 and passing the California bar examination on the first attempt, Mr. Ross practiced with a large national law firm whose client base was comprised primarily of insurance companies and affiliated entities. After a few years, he realized that his true calling was in the field of criminal defense. Shortly after leaving the big firm he started his own practice which has continued to the present day.
Over the course of almost three decades in practice, Vincent Ross has defended thousands of clients in cases which have encompassed everything from driving on a suspended license to pre-meditated murder. Many of the cases he has defended have been groundbreaking or have had a significant impact on the evolution of criminal law in California. Mr. Ross has been featured on the front page of the New York Times and has been interviewed or chronicled by Dateline, 20-20 and numerous other local and national media.
The lawyers at San Diego DUI Attorney are a team of legal professionals that have one mission: To zealously defend the rights of our clients. Our combined decades of experience along with our single focus on criminal defense sets us apart from the rest of the pack. At San Diego DUI Attorneys you will receive the undivided attention of our staff of lawyers and allied professionals. We pride ourselves on providing a level of customer service that is unparalleled in the community. And, we get results.
If you want the best for yourself or loved one in field of criminal defense, contact our office for a no-cost no obligation consultation.
Thomas J. Beck
Thomas J. Beck, Director of Operations
Mr. Beck joins San Diego DUI Attorneys as the Senior Executive and Director of Client Operations. Mr. Beck has spent nearly 20 years as an industry leader with one of the largest consumer law firms in Arizona. Mr. Beck joins San Diego DUI Attorney’s defense team bringing a dedication of excellence that consistently exceeds client’s expectations, through tenacity and hard work that people have grown to know and trust at San Diego DUI Attorney. Mr. Beck has limited his professional consultations to Criminal Defense and DUI only. Mr. Beck is a critical member in DMV hearing process as well. Mr. Beck has argued DMV cases both in person and telephonically. His area of expertise focuses on all the major elements of the DMV process and provides the most aggressive defense in helping clients who are facing a DMV suspension.
At San Diego DUI Attorney, we make certain that each client is given the best in customer service and we are available to clients at all hours of the day and every day of the week. We strive to make each client feel like our only client and we promise to take the time and listen carefully about your case and work as a team to get the best result as possible.
Attorney of Counsel
Richard Wagner earned his bachelor’s degree from University of California, Santa Barbara, and law degree from Chapman University School of Law in Orange, California. In law school, his academic achievements included serving on the Law Review, being awarded the Dean’s Merit Scholarship and the Dean’s Award for Academic Excellence. Mr. Wagner’s work experience in law school included serving as a law clerk with the Orange County Alternate Public Defender’s Office, and as a judicial extern to the Honorable Justice Edward Wallin (Ret.), California Court of Appeal, in Santa Ana, California.
After graduation from law school, Mr. Wagner worked 2 years as a criminal prosecutor for the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office, the third largest municipal law office in the country. During his tenure as a deputy city attorney, Mr. Wagner prosecuted thousands of criminal cases, including drunk driving and domestic violence cases in Los Angeles. He also was a speaker at the Los Angeles Police Department, Impaired Driver Apprehension Program (IDAP) on Case Preparation and Courtroom Testimony Training, and for the Los Angeles County Bar Association, Trial Advocacy Project (TAP) in May 2000 and March 2001.
Since 2002, Mr. Wagner has been in private practice. In 2006, he presented a lecture, “What to Do If You Are Arrested for Drunk Driving” at Whittier Law School. Mr. Wagner is one of the few dedicated DUI defense attorneys who has successfully completed the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHSTA), International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) DWI Detection and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing Course.
Mr. Wagner managed the Orange County office of Top Gun DUI Defense Attorney® Myles L. Berman, where he learned the art of aggressive DUI defense throughout Southern California courthouses.
In addition to representing privately retained clients, as well as, Mr. Wagner is on the Los Angeles Superior Court panel of attorneys authorized to accept court-appointed criminal defense cases through the Indigent Criminal Defense Appointments Program (ICDA).
Mr. Wagner has handled thousands of Southern California criminal defense cases, resulting in excellent results for his clients, including not guilty verdicts, acquittals, dismissals, and reductions of charges.
In one particular instance, he won a jury trial in Newport Beach for a woman accused by the Orange County DA of DUI in Corona Del Mar. In another, he got a man’s DUI dismissed who was accused by the Los Angeles DA of DUI in the Compton Courthouse after two jury trials ended in mistrials.
In another DUI case, Mr. Wagner won a jury trial in Whittier for a man accused of his second DUI, defending against evidence put on by the LA District Attorney that his client caused a traffic accident, failed the FSTs, and had a blood alcohol concentration of 0.19% measured by a blood test.
Mr. Wagner’s victories include a complete dismissal of felony charges for his client facing significant state prison time and lifetime drug registration accused by the San Bernardino District Attorney of second degree commercial burglary, transportation of marijuana for sale, and possession of marijuana for sale in the San Bernardino Superior Court.
Mr. Wagner also persuaded the LA District Attorney to dismiss serious felony sex charges in Bellflower, avoiding prison and sex registration for his client.
Mr. Wagner is admitted to practice law and defend clients in Federal Court in the Central and Southern Districts of the United States District Court and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal and in all State courts throughout California. He has successfully represented clients in criminal and DUI cases in Orange, Los Angeles, Ventura, Santa Barbara, San Joaquin, San Bernardino, Riverside, Tulare, Imperial, and San Diego Counties. Mr. Wagner has even been hired to defend clients in Georgia, Idaho and New Mexico. He is a member of the American Bar Association, State Bar of California, and the California Public Defender’s Association.
Supervising Attorney of Counsel, New Client Relations
Paul Guillory joins the Orange County Criminal Defense Attorney Law Firm as the new client relation’s attorney. Paul’s responsibilities include reviewing each party’s case and determining if and how the firm can best meet the client’s needs. Paul’s proven commitment to assisting others is shown by his history of service. As a former United States Marine, Paul is humbled and honored to have twice deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
When he joined the service at 26 he could not have imagined the impact it would have on his life. The patriots he met from all over America forever changed him. Because of this experience, he is determined to assist veterans any way he can including helping them make the transition to civilian life. Paul takes the same approach to his legal clients.
Immediately after completing his active duty service commitment in the Marines, Paul attended law school at California Western School of Law in San Diego. After earning the highest grade in criminal law, he was given the opportunity to intern with the Office of the City Attorney’s Criminal Division—General Trial Unit. There, he held several restitution hearings securing favorable results for the people.
Paul gained valuable experience and respect for the State’s use of the resources available to it. Like his time with the Marines, Paul came away with added insight into the processes in place to protect our citizens. Paul now takes this perspective to serving individual citizens and fights so that all his clients receive much needed legal assistance in the face of overwhelming odds.
After completing law school and passing the California bar exam, Paul enrolled at The University of San Diego School of Law and obtained a master’s degree in the law in taxation. This unique perspective gave him yet another view of the inner workings of government as it levies taxes to pay for State services.
He learned once again that in the face of limitless resources available to the State, citizens must be prepared to mount their own zealous defense of their rights. This includes securing competent legal representation in the form of experienced attorneys. These qualifications combine to better advise his approach to the law and the belief that the American system works best when individuals fight for what they deserve.
Attorney of Counsel New Client Relations
Shakti Vadgama was born and raised in Los Angeles County and earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). After graduating from UCLA, Mr. Vadgama attended California Western School of Law in San Diego. While in law school, Mr. Vadgama received the highest score in his first-year legal research and writing course, which earned him a position as a legal research and writing honors instructor (tutor) for his final two years of law school. Mr. Vadgama was also a member of California Western School of Law’s Pro Bono Honors Society, which he achieved through performing extensive pro bono work for individuals in need.
During law school, Mr. Vadgama gained valuable public interest and criminal law work experience. Mr. Vadgama worked for Affordable Housing Advocates, a non-profit organization, where he advocated on behalf of individuals in Section 8 housing, helping them keep their homes and families intact. Mr. Vadgama also worked as a judicial extern in the criminal division of the San Diego County Superior Court, where he prepared bench memoranda for multiple judges on cases ranging from DUI to serious felonies. Additionally, Mr. Vadgama interned for a criminal defense firm, where he worked on various criminal cases and advocated on behalf of individuals serving life sentences at parole hearings. After working as a judicial extern and as a criminal defense intern, Mr. Vadgama realized that he wanted to pursue a career as a criminal defense attorney in order to advocate on behalf of individuals against entities that are in a position of power.
After law school, Mr. Vadgama returned home to Los Angeles and spent the first year and one-half of his legal career as a plaintiff’s attorney fighting for employees who were wronged by their employers. In this capacity, he successfully managed, negotiated and litigated on behalf of hundreds of clients in both state and federal court. Mr. Vadgama joined Los Angeles DUI Attorney as the firm’s Supervising Attorney in order to pursue his true passion and desire of practicing as a criminal defense attorney.
Attorney of Counsel
Sami Haddad is licensed to practice law in the State of California and in United States Southern District Court of California. Sami represents family law and criminal law clients throughout California.
Before joining the Ross Law Center, Sami owned his own law practice, emphasizing issues in criminal law, family law, and both Civil and Domestic Violence Temporary Restraining Orders. Sami handled all client intakes and consults, and received top reviews from each of his clients, who emphasized his empathy, listening skills and command of the attorney-client relationship.
Sami was previously the managing attorney for The Curran Law Firm, where he handled complex issues in criminal law, DUI and family law. Sami managed a staff of three attorneys, and six interns, providing them with legal tasks and coordinating the firm’s strategy. Prior to managing The Curran Law Firm, Sami was an associate litigation attorney with the firm of Lee, Shome & Kennedy.
Before graduating from California Western School of Law with a Juris Doctorate with Honors in Business Law, Sami had broad experience in criminal law, civil litigation and family law. Among other things, he was a law clerk for the Office of General Counsel for Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR).
Sami is a first time bar passer. While attending law school, Sami was the Editor-in-Chief of the Commentary, California Western School of Law's only student-run newspaper. During Sami’s tenure as its Editor-in-Chief, the American Bar Association nominated the Commentary as Best Law School Newspaper in the Nation.
Before attending California Western School of Law, Sami attended the University of California, Los Angeles, graduating with a degree in Economics and a minor in Political Science.
Sami was born and raised in Point Pleasant, New Jersey. His father and mother are in the Navy and he moved to San Diego in 2007.
Sami is a member of the Italian National Bar Association, the San Diego Bar Association and the American Bar Association. He is a member of the San Diego Volunteer Lawyers Program and the Community Law project, giving back to his community and providing the indigent with free or low cost legal services. In his free time, Sami enjoys poker, watching sports, cooking, and playing chess.
Attorney of Counsel Orange County, D.M.V. Hearing Expert
Attorney Brandon S. Naidu attended the University of Utah where he obtained a B.A. and a M.A. in economics. Mr. Naidu knew his passions led him towards criminal defense, and he eventually attended California Western School of Law. During his time at California Western School of Law, Mr. Naidu obtained the highest grade in class for courses involving legal research, legal writing, and a professional responsibility. Mr. Naidu has worked with some of the best criminal defense attorneys in San Diego, and is now happily working with the very best criminal defense attorney in San Diego.
Private Investigator of Counsel
K.T. served honorably in the United States Navy from 1997 – 2001. While stationed in San Diego, California, K.T. was deployed twice (Onboard the USS Abraham Lincoln) to the Persian Gulf in support of operation Southern Watch. During the 1998 deployment, the USS Abraham Lincoln carrier battle group launched Tomahawk cruise missiles against two sites. The first was a Sudanese pharmaceutical factory suspected of assisting Osama Bin Laden in making chemical weapons. The second was Bin Laden's terrorist training camps in Afghanistan. These strikes were ordered by President Clinton thirteen days after terrorists bombed the US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania and was codenamed Operation Infinite Reach. While serving in the US Navy, K.T. received several awards / recognitions.
Personal Accomplishments / Awards:
Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (2)
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (2)
Meritorious Unit Commendation (2)
Good Conduct Medal
Coast Guard Unit Commendation with Operational Distinguishing Device
Battle “E” Award
Flag Letter of Commendation
Navy Achievement Medal
Letter of Commendation from Rear Admiral, United States Navy
Sailor of the Month
Junior Sailor of the Month
Letter of Appreciation from Commanding Officer HS-4
Letter of Commendation from Commanding Officer HS-4
After serving honorably in the US Navy, K.T. attended the Golden West Police Academy (Huntington Beach, CA) from November 2001 – April 2002. Due to K.T. being at the top of his class, he was hired by the Cypress Police Department in February 2002. As a police officer with the City of Cypress, K.T. was worked as a patrol officer, training officer, SWAT team member and a criminal investigations detective. K.T. has approximately 2,000 hours of formal training, as well as thousands of additional on the job training. K.T. has also attended / completed hundreds of hours of advanced officer training, some of which are listed below.
Patrol Officer – As a patrol officer, K.T. provided for public safety by maintaining order, responding to emergencies, protecting people and property, enforcing motor vehicle and criminal laws, and promoting good community relations. Identify, pursue, and arrest suspects and perpetrators of criminal acts. Patrol officers shall review facts of incidents to determine if criminal acts (state and federal) or city municipal violations were committed. Part of the job of a patrol officer is to testify in court to present evidence or act as witness in traffic and criminal cases. K.T. often had to process prisoners, prepare and maintain records of prisoner bookings and prisoner status during booking and pre-trial process.
Training Officer – As a training officer, K.T. was responsible to train / evaluate new officers to insure that they can work unaccompanied in a safe, skillful, efficient and professional manner. The new officer is assessed on performance (including but not limited to report writing, knowledge of city, state and federal laws, driving skills and officer safety), improvement and overall conduct.
SWAT Team Member – As a SWAT team member, K.T. responded to SWAT “callouts”, which were most commonly used in order to ensure the safety of other police officers in case a large, violent outburst occurs. These situations include the arrests of violent criminals, hostage situations, riots, counter-terrorism, perimeter security, identifying threats in high-security situations and many other police situations where the safety of the public or police officers is in danger. As part of the West County SWAT Team, K.T. also carried out high risk search/arrest warrants. K.T.’s primary position on the SWAT Team was the breacher, responsible for breaching the structure in question to allow the entry team access to the structure in question.
Criminal Investigations / Detective – K.T. was a criminal investigator for 4 years. While a police detective, K.T. worked on fraud cases (including but not limited to identity theft, fraudulent use of access cards, etc.) property crimes (including but not limited to burglary (residential and vehicle), vandalism, theft, etc.) as well as crimes against persons (including but not limited to sexual assault cases, domestic violence, robbery and homicide). As a detective / investigator K.T.’s job tasks included performing regular investigations for all crimes and establishing appropriate witnesses and suspects, maintaining knowledge on all factual requirements, coordinating with the crime lab team to perform various tests on evidence collected from scene and monitor all conditions of victims and assist to obtain all required statements. K.T. also worked directly with the district attorney’s office to build strong cases for jury trials. Writing search warrants, meeting with the district attorney to review the search warrant and meeting with a judge to review and sign the search warrant was a common occurrence as a police detective / investigator. As a police investigator / detective, K.T. also spent hundreds of hours conducting undercover surveillance operations following suspects involved in criminal activities (including but not limited to narcotics and homicides). K.T. spent hundreds of more hours conducting static surveillance on locations in preparation for search / arrest warrants. As a lead investigator, K.T. would oversee a group of detectives / investigators and often times outside law enforcement (FBI, DOJ, Secret Service, etc.) to work complex cases. This involved overseeing and managing up to 25 other law enforcement professionals.
Personal Accomplishments / Awards:
Gold Distinguished Service Medal – Awarded for heroism and bravery displayed during an officer involved shooting of an armed robbery suspect.
Letter of Commendation – From the Orange County District Attorney’s Office during my investigation of a high profile case.
Letter of Commendation – Following bank robbery that resulted in a vehicle pursuit with the apprehension of the “Cash and Carat” bandits.
Letter of Appreciation from Los Alamitos Chief of Police for apprehension of suspects who fled from officers.
Formal recognition from the Cypress Chief of Police for the apprehension of an illegal narcotic suspect who fled from officers.
I designed and implemented a new “department wide” form that is used when investigating subjects under the influence of illegal narcotics.
Letter of Appreciation from American Rentals for Solving a Complex Theft Case Involving Industrial Equipment.
Letter of recognition from the Cypress Chief of Police for “team effort and dedication” with regards to a large scale search for a robbery suspect.
Letter of recognition from the Cypress Chief of Police for the successful apprehension of several felony vandalism suspects who were unable to escape due to “planned approach that thwarted any escape.”
Letter of recognition from the Cypress Police Narcotics Sergeant regarding a confidential informant referral that resulted in a search warrant service, resulting in the arrest of two subjects, for a large amount of methamphetamine, packaging material, scales, paraphernalia and a firearm.
Advanced Officer Training:
Criminal Investigations – Riverside County Sheriff’s Department
Courtroom Testimony – Riverside County Sheriffs’ Department
Advanced Interview and Interrogation – Riverside County Sheriff’s Department
Child Abuse / Sexual Assault – Riverside County Sheriff’s Department
Homicide Investigation – Orange County Sheriff’s Department
Elder Abuse Investigation – Orange County Sheriff’s Department
Drug Abuse Recognition – California Narcotic Officer Association
Search Warrant Instructions – San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department
Emergency Response To Terrorism Incidents – Orange County Sheriff’s Department
Certificate of Training in the Identification Of Counterfeit Digital Video Disc (DVD) – The Motion Picture Association Of America, Inc.
Vehicle Theft – Orange County Sheriff’s Department
Identity Theft – San Diego Regional Training Center
Alcohol Sensor Device Certified – Orange County Sheriff’s Department
Certified in the Lawful Interception of Wire and Electronic Digital Pager or Electronic Cellular Telephone Communications – State of California Department of Justice
DNA Evidence Collection – City of Cypress
Certified with the QUICKCHECK Narcotic Identification Kit
Training on the PENI Street Gang (Public Enemy Number One) – The Southern California Skinhead Task Force & The Orange County Training Managers Association
In 2013, after receiving a retirement from the Cypress Police Department, K.T. started a private security firm. As a business owner / vice president, K.T. was tasked with developing a business plan that includes a description of the product or service, how to finance the business (loans, investors), deadlines for the business and the overall goal. K.T.’s duties include reviewing sales reports and financials, and comparing them to goals set out in short- and long-term plans. K.T. was also tasked with reviewing profit-and-loss statements and other financial reports related to the company balance sheet. As a business owner other duties / responsibilities include (but not limited to) identify problems, make decisions, interpret results based on quantitative techniques and improve quality and productivity by streamlining systems and processes. Below are some of K.T.’s personal accomplishes as well as the accomplishments of the company.
Accountable for the direction and successful operation of the Sales Division / Operations Division of the company which resulted from zero revenue from the start of the company to over 4 million dollars by the end of year three. Part of my accomplishment was forecasting a sales growth of 5.5 million by the end of year four, while maintaining a 40 percent profit margin and 150 employees company-wide.
Directly responsible for the purchasing, deployment and maintenance of 35 patrol vehicles into the company fleet.
Orange County Business Journal – Named the second fastest growing small business within Orange County, CA.
San Jacinto School District Certificate of Recognition for service to the community.
In 2015, while owning the private security firm, K.T. opened up a Private Investigations Firm. As the owner and private investigator, K.T. worked Criminal / Civil Defense Investigations, AOE/COE Investigations, Welfare / Insurance Fraud as well as provide expert witness testimony.
While being very busy during a professional career, K.T. has still found time to continue his professional education and obtain professional licenses, see below.
55+ General Education units from Cypress College, Golden West College and Coastline Community College
Basic Peace Officer Standards and Training certificate
Intermediate Peace Officer Standards and Training certificate
Advanced Peace Officer Standards and Training certificate
Private Patrol Operator – Bureau of Security and Investigative Services
Private Investigator – Bureau of Security and Investigative Services
Guard Card – Bureau of Security and Investigative Services
Certificate of Completion Used Vehicle Pre-Licensing Education Program
Department of Motor Vehicle Specialist
Chris Vaughan joins the team at San Diego DUI Attorney as the firm’s expert in the DMV administrative proceedings. Mr. Vaughan has focused his entire career in assisting the clients of San Diego DUI Attorney whose livelihood and/or careers are tied to their ability to operate a motor vehicle. From pilots to Commercial Truck Drivers, Mr. Vaughan works very close with each client in developing a personal strategy as it pertains to the administrative law process of the DMV. Mr. Vaughan has been recognized in the Southern California legal community as an expert in the process of DMV hearings. Mr. Vaughan has handled issues ranging from DUI suspensions to license revocations and his tenacity and creative approaches to each client’s case set him apart as an expert in the DMV hearing process. Chris Vaughan’s success representing drivers against the DMV is a product of his experience, knowledge and reputation. Chris has conducted well over 1,000 administrative hearings and has assisted in several successful Writs of Mandamus, which is an appeal in civil court where the driver sues the DMV for wrongfully suspending the license after a hearing. In order to succeed against the DMV, Chris exhaustively studies the statutes, codes and case law that govern the administrative hearing procedures. Chris’ constant presence at the Driver Safety Office over the years enabled him to foster positive working relationships with the various personalities involved in the process and he has gained an intimate knowledge of the constantly evolving practices and idiosyncrasies of the DMV. Chris is skilled in handling numerous types of suspension actions including DUI (“APS”), negligent operator (“Neg Op”), physical and mental (“P&M”), lack of skill, financial responsibility (“FR”), fake IDs and both regular and emergency re-examinations. Chris is proud to represent his clients, who find him friendly, sympathetic, savvy and highly accessible.