JOSHUA M. BASKIN

SUPERVISING ATTORNEY

Mr. Baskin earned his Juris Doctorate from Whittier Law School with a Certificate in International and Comparative law. While pursuing his legal degree Mr. Baskin was a valuable extern with two top judges obtaining an instrumental exposure to the justice system. It was during this time and his exposure to the criminal matters that his passion for criminal law defense took shape.

Upon graduating, Mr. Baskin launched his legal career in the Inland Empire focusing on criminal and family law matters. Mr. Baskin expanded his reach into Orange and Los Angeles Counties covering a multitude of matters utilizing his extensive background in addressing the intricacies of DUI, Drug and all types of criminal cases.

Mr. Baskin, being born and raised in Southern California, understands the needs of the community in which he so vigorously serves. After attending the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing, Mr. Baskin began working in the Import/Export industry. After a couple of years Mr. Baskin returned to Orange County and began a career in marketing for consumer products working directly with top executives from a multitude of Fortune 100 and 500 companies. These relationships have created in Mr. Baskin an understanding of meeting and exceeding client expectations. Mr. Baskin is diligent and provides high-quality and vigorous representation to each client he represents.

Mr. Baskin’s experience has given him invaluable insight into the criminal justice system and created relationships that provide an incredible asset in any criminal defense case. Mr. Baskin takes advantage of these connections throughout his practice in advocating for the best resolutions and results for his clients. In addition, to his extensive criminal defense cases, Mr. Baskin also provides full representation in family law matters and was a passionate advocate providing legal services to the California Teacher’s Association in the Inland Empire. Mr. Baskin believes in the value of focused teamwork to solve client problems, and provides dedication, commitment, and service to all matters and clients he serves.

MICHAEL TAIBI

ATTORNEY OF COUNSEL

Mr. Taibi graduated from the prestigious liberal arts school, Davidson College, with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics, in 1989.  With a concentration in pre-law classes as part of his undergraduate studies, Mr. Taibi achieved the top 5% of those taking the LSAT, the entry examination for law school.  While he attended college, Mr. Taibi was very active in college government, holding leadership positions such as Treasurer and President of his fraternity, Phi Delta Theta

In 1992, Mr. Taibi earned his Juris Doctorate degree at California Western School of Law.  While attending law school, Mr. Taibi was the law clerk for one of the top criminal defense and family law attorneys in San Diego County.  During these three years, Mr. Taibi received an invaluable practical education in what it means to be an attorney and how to best represent clients in different areas of law

Mr. Taibi was admitted to practice law in the State of California in 1992, and walked into the Courtroom the very next day after his acceptance into practice and began litigating.  Mr. Taibi is authorized to practice in all Courts of California, including all State Courts, as well as all Federal District Courts and Bankruptcy Courts, and the Supreme Court of California and all Courts of Appeal. He is a member of the American Bar Association, State Bar of California and the Criminal Law Section of the State Bar, San Diego County Bar Association, and National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys

Mr. Taibi has successfully defended clients throughout California in criminal cases from misdemeanor and felony DUI's to felony murder cases, both state and federal, in his over 25 years of practice.  He has also represented military personnel in criminal matters and is familiar with the nuances involved.  Having grown up in New York City, he is very comfortable with the fast pace associated with criminal cases and the time constraints involved

Mr. Taibi is a caring, compassionate, knowledgeable and aggressive advocate for his clients and has been recognized as a top attorney by such organizations as the American Society of Legal Advocates and the American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys.  He has also served as a mediator and arbitrator for civil disputes.  His vast experience and knowledge of the law in many different areas has given him a unique perspective as to the complexity of cases and how to best resolve matters for his clients

Mr. Taibi is very familiar with other countries and cultures and has represented many diverse individuals. He also hails from a family of immigrants and has lived and traveled abroad, extensively in Europe and Asia.  He has also had business dealings overseas and has a background in international law, as well as immigration issues

Mr. Taibi has vast experience in many areas of law, areas that crossover in many cases.  Mr. Taibi has represented and/or counseled clients in thousands of matters.  He has successfully handled felonies/misdemeanors, DUI's with and without injury, theft, violent crimes, drug crimes, both state and federal, as well as those involving military personnel; administrative proceedings; DMV hearings and countless licensure proceedings; immigration issues; business law and related white collar crimes, such as embezzlement, welfare and social security fraud and insurance fraud; probate cases, involving conservatorships, guardianships, and elder abuse, and has prepared, and given advice regarding, wills and trusts; domestic violence and family law matters; adoptions; family disputes; matters involving corporations and contracts; civil litigation, and injury accidents; and international law.  It is necessary to be proficient in all of these areas to properly evaluate criminal cases and represent clients in the most effective and best possible way, to strategize properly and to analyze all options and/or consequences one may have, or have to face.  Mr. Taibi has spent many years learning and practicing all of these areas of law and honing his skills

Mr. Taibi is highly respected as litigator and counselor for over 25 years as a practicing attorney, by attorneys and judges alike, and has the knowledge and experience to properly handle virtually any matter

THOMAS (TJ) FILICIA

ATTORNEY OF COUNSEL

Thomas Filicia joins the Orange County Criminal Defense Attorney Law Firm. Thomas is responsible for extensively evaluating each case, and then consulting with the rest of the team to determine how the specific needs of each individual client can best be addressed. Thomas’ attention to detail, team mentality, and communication skills have made him a valuable asset to our firm

Thomas was born and raised in San Diego and has resided in Southern California for most of his life. He is a graduate of the Syracuse University College of Law, where he was a member of the school’s American Bar Association Negotiation Team. At Syracuse, he developed a passion for criminal defense law and clerked for a law firm that handled primarily criminal appeals. He has drafted appellate briefs in several areas of criminal law including Parole Violations, Domestic Violence, Rape, and Murder. After graduating from law school, Thomas worked for one of San Diego’s preeminent Construction Defect and HOA law firms. He is also a member of the St. Thomas Moore Society for Catholic Attorneys. 

Prior to attending law school, Mr. Filicia studied Communications at Loyola Marymount University, where he also played Varsity Baseball. He then went on to earn his bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from St. John’s University. At St. John’s, he was a member of the University’s Ethics Debate Team, which competed annually in national competitions.

Thomas is an avid sports fan, who enjoys staying active, and rooting for the Padres, Lakers, and Cowboys, in his free time.

DAVID RUYLE

ATTORNEY OF COUNSEL 

David J. Ruyle, Jr. focuses his criminal and DUI defense practice in San Diego where he was born and raised. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Baylor University in 1998 and his law degree from Trinity Law School in 2002.  During law school, Mr. Ruyle interned with the San Diego County Public Defender’s office where he was exposed to felony related matters.

After working for a few years as an attorney on DUI and other criminal matters, he had a calling to better understand the public perception of law enforcement and the realities officers face. That calling led him to attend a California POST certified Police Academy in 2007 and become a Reserve Police Officer with the City of El Cajon. As a police officer, he was certified to use the PAS and Intoximeter to determine the level of intoxication.  He was exposed not only to the policies and procedures a police department and its officers must follow but the effects they have on the community as well. During his commission as an officer, he was exposed to drunk drivers, domestic violence, and narcotics offenders along with many other issues a patrol officer encounters on a daily basis. He enjoyed his participation in many community outreach events sponsored by the police department.

While he was a reserve police officer he continued his legal practice representing clients in criminal matters and was able to effectively apply his experience as a police officer to his cases and addressing his clients’ needs. He has since resigned his commission with the City of El Cajon but has a passion for sharing what he learned.  He was able to share his real world and academic experience as an adjunct professor in the Criminal Justice Department of both Westwood College and the University of Phoenix. He now continues to work with students studying for the Bar Exam.

As a criminal defense attorney, Mr. Ruyle has represented clients charged with misdemeanors such as DUIs, domestic violence, drug possession and theft to felony cases such as severe domestic violence, burglary, robbery, and narcotics. He takes pride in understanding his clients’ situations and being attentive to their needs while seeking a favorable outcome for their case.  Also of importance to him is his clients’ ultimate well-being and the correction of any patterns of behavior that may be the underlying factor in their criminal case. 

Mr. Ruyle is in good standing with the State Bar of California, a member of the San Diego County Bar Association and California Public Defender’s Association.

S.A. Sue

Attorney of Counsel

Orange County Criminal Lawyer is proud to introduce the newest addition to our team: Samuel Sue, J.S.D., as the Senior Attorney of Counsel. With over 20 years of experience studying, teaching, and practicing law under his belt, Mr. Sue will be bringing his remarkable skills to our prestigious firm.

Mr. Sue has an impressive list of credentials and educational achievements, beginning with his undergraduate degree at Wake Forest followed by an MA in International Studies from the Washington DC-based American University. He then went on to attain his JD degree, an M.L. in International Tax, and his doctorate (with a dissertation published on the subject of International Finance and Taxes), all from the highly respected Thomas Jefferson Law School in San Diego.

Throughout the course of his rigorous studies, Mr. Sue taught classes on international law at this same law school and worked for a highly respected law firm whose specialties were trust laws and estate policy. He also became licensed by the California Department of Corporations to be allowed to lawfully work as a certified investment adviser representative (IAR). With this license in hand, he has worked tirelessly to provide top-notch legal consulting on financial, estate, and investment affairs for corporations and private individuals alike. Mr. Sue has also consulted for overseas employers to set up operations in accordance with business laws in the United States.

Mr. Sue proudly belongs to the American Immigrant Lawyers Association and has worked as an immigration lawyer for over 20 years. Consequently, he has done exhaustive work in helping non-citizens and immigrants secure citizenship or legal status as permanent residents. Thankfully, he will bring this tremendous knowledge to Orange County Criminal Lawyer and help any non-citizens who may be facing deportation and particularly harsh consequences for their alleged criminal charges.

Although the Senior Attorney of Counsel is technically a supervisory role, Mr. Sue has a very hands-on approach when it comes to working with clients such as yourself. This begins with the preliminary, intelligence-gathering stages and goes all the way through to the end of the case. These early consultations are crucial as they will allow Mr. Sue to give a comprehensive analysis of your case, including any strengths to focus on or weaknesses to work through.

Furthermore, this comprehensive analysis is done by Mr. Sue working carefully with you, the other criminal defense attorneys at our firm, and any outside consultants, particularly former law enforcement officials or private investigators, to gather all the requisite information and data. This will result in Mr. Sue developing an overall legal strategy that is customized for your particular case in order to maximize your chances of success.

As Senior Attorney of Counsel, Mr. Sue can utilize the all-encompassing resources that Orange County Criminal Lawyer can provide in order to develop your customized legal strategy. However, both the law firm and Mr. Sue specifically are always focused on the needs and satisfaction of our clients and both parties are always ready and willing to give the necessary time and energy for your criminal case.

Over the years, Mr. Sue managed to gather an impressive breadth of experience, knowledge, and skills, both inside and outside the courtroom. He will work closely with you, your team of criminal attorneys, and third-party consultants to have the best chance of securing a positive outcome for your criminal case.

THOMAS J. BECK

DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS

Mr. Beck joins Orange County Criminal Defense 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 Orange County Criminal Defense 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 Orange County Criminal Defense Attorneys.  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 Orange County Criminal Defense Attorneys, 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.

LILY BASKIN

SPANISH CASE MANAGER

Lily Baskin es la gerente de casos e interprete de Ingles y Español en las oficinas de Orange County Criminal Defense Attorneys. En esta posición, la señora Baskin provee ayuda a muchos de nuestros clientes de habla hispana y es la persona de contacto para programar citas. Ella también participa en las reuniones con nuestros abogados y clientes, a través de interpretación legal al Español.

La señora Baskin inicio su carrera hace 10 años como asistente administrativa y traductora en múltiples oficinas de Real Estate. Ella también ha trabajado con varios abogados ayudándoles a manejar y administrar casos legales por todo el condado de Orange.

La señora Baskin ha ampliado su experiencia atendiendo distintos juzgados, desde el condado de Orange hasta el condado de Los Ángeles, interpretando cuestiones legales a nuestros diversos clientes cuando es necesario.

Su conocimiento en la rama legal, eficiencia y enfoque al cliente nos ayuda y beneficia al tenerla como parte del equipo.

JOHN PARK

DIRECTOR OF NEW CLIENT DEVELOPMENT

John Park joins the Los Angeles team as the Director of New Client Development.  He is the first point of contact for all new clients, acting as a liaison between attorney and client.  Before coming to the firm, John’s passion for social justice and desire to be an advocate for all people led him into the education sector, working as a lead educator, principal, and marketing director for 15 years.  John strongly believes in the importance of preserving and fighting for the rights of all people.  Through these experiences, John has developed the capacity to clearly and effectively inform new clients on the services of law firm and provide individual care for each client.  He has a Bachelors in Education from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and a Master of Science in Educational Leadership from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.  His objective is to provide potential clients with utmost care and importance, ensuring their needs are completely met by the firm.

LESLIE POLLERO

DIRECTOR OF NEW CLIENT RELATIONS

Leslie Pollero joins the team as the Director of New Client Development. She is the first voice new clients hear, serving as an intermediary between attorney and client. Leslie believes deeply in the right of all people to be treated fairly and receive the justice they deserve. It is her pleasure not only to deliver excellent customer service but also ensure that the client knows they are truly being listened to. Her goal is to provide customized service to each client. Leslie was born and raised in San Diego and has for years been active in various social justice movements. Leslie attended college for library science and previously had a successful career in the biotechnology field as a technical writer and project coordinator. In her free time, Leslie enjoys the outdoors and spending time with family.

Kevin Roncevich (K.T.)

PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR

As the lead private investigator at Orange County DUI Attorney, Kevin Roncevich has extensive expertise and accomplishments. Mr. Roncevich started his professional journey by serving in the U.S Navy. For a period of 5 years, between 1997-2001, Mr. Roncevich was stationed in San Diego, California. His notable achievements include being deployed twice to the Persian Gulf, where he served onboard the USS Abraham Lincoln.

The hallmarks of his service include launching Tomahawk missiles against a Sudanese Pharmaceutical factory and an Osama Bin Laden terrorist training camp in Afghanistan. President Bill Clinton ordered these strikes in response to attacks on U.S Consulates in Tanzania and Kenya (in 1998).

During his time at the U.S Navy, Mr. Roncevich achieved numerous personal accomplishments. These awards are a testament to his strong background in intelligence, leadership, and experience. Some of his awards from the U.S Navy include:

  • 2 Deployment ribbons for his Sea Service
  • 2 Expeditionary medals for his service to the Armed Forces
  • A Medal of Good Conduct
  • Commendation for his services with the Coast Guard unit
  • An achievement medal with the U.S Navy
  • Recognitions for “Sailor of the month” and “Junior Sailor of the month”
  • Commendation letter from Rear Admiral of the U.S Navy  
  • Commendation letter from Commanding Officer HS-4

Upon finishing his honorable service from the Navy, Mr. Roncevich proceeded to attend the Golden West Police Academy in Huntington Beach, California. He received about 2000 hours of professional training between November 2001 and April 2002, which put him on the path towards serving in the Cypress Police Department in February 2002.

Mr. Roncevich finished top of his class during his 17-month training, prompting the Cypress Police Department to hire him as a patrol officer. Next, he was elevated to becoming a training officer and eventually a member of the Cypress Police Department SWAT Team. His on-the-job training, coupled with hours of advanced officer training, also made him qualify for hiring as a Criminal Investigations detective.

Mr. Roncevich was one of the most distinguished officers in the Cypress Police Department, owing to his extensive experience in the U.S Navy- and his thousands of hours of professional and work-based training. Some of his experiences and accomplishments with the Department include:

Patrol Officer: 

Mr. Roncevich was part of a team responsible for maintaining public order and protecting people/property. Patrol Officers are typically the first point of contact that the community has with law enforcement. Therefore, Mr. Roncevich played an important role in ensuring that he enforced all relevant motor vehicle laws, responding to emergencies, and enforcing criminal laws (while being cognizant of community relations with law enforcement).

Mr. Roncevich would also testify as a witness to criminal or traffic cases. His responsibilities involved preparing and maintaining records of prisoners (including bookings and status) before a trial would be carried out. Mr. Roncevich’s experiences as a patrol officer formed the foundation for his future work in investigations and training.

Training Officer: 

After his excellent service as a patrol officer, Mr. Roncevich assumed his responsibilities training new officers set to join the Cypress Police Department. In this capacity, Mr. Roncevich trained and evaluated new officers so they could perform their duties safely and skillfully. He also placed emphasis on professional and efficient service to ensure that all new officers provided the best possible services to the general public.

Mr. Roncevich assessed new officers on their performance in the following areas:

  • Report writing
  • Officer safety
  • Knowledge of surrounding terrain
  • Driving expertise

SWAT Team Member: 

His experience as a patrol and training officer elevated Mr. Roncevich to eventually become a SWAT Team member. SWAT Team members respond to emergency situations where the general public and members of law enforcement are in potential danger. They’re typically called upon during hostage situations, the arrest of violent criminals, suspected terrorist activity, riots, among other similar situations.

As a SWAT Team member, Mr. Roncevich conducted high-risk search and arrest warrants. He specifically played the role of a breacher; the person responsible for penetrating a structure so that the entire team can gain entry.

Criminal Investigations Detective: 

Mr. Roncevich’s experience as a SWAT team member elevated him to become a Criminal Investigator. Over the course of 4 years, he investigated cases of fraud, personal crimes, property crimes, vandalism, and many more. Among the cases that Mr. Roncevich has experience investigating include:

  • Identity theft
  • Residential/vehicle burglary
  • Vandalism
  • Sexual assault
  • Homicide
  • Domestic violence

During his role in criminal investigations, Mr. Roncevich would find and record statements from witnesses, facilitate the collection and testing of evidence, ensure the authenticity of all information collected, and monitor the condition of victims. Mr. Roncevich also built cases that would appear before a jury. He would spend hours carrying out surveillance (often undercover), working with the District Attorney’s office, and observing suspects engaged in criminal acts such as homicide and narcotics (and much more).

Mr. Roncevich often held the position of lead investigator. He would supervise up to 25 other law enforcement professionals when working on both local and large-scale projects. In fact, Mr. Roncevich often worked on complex cases that involved the FBI, Secret Service, and DOJ.

Throughout his service in the U.S Navy and Cypress Police Department, Mr. Roncevich accumulated numerous personal accomplishments. From obtaining Distinguished Service medals to multiple letters of commendation, Mr. Roncevich has extensive accomplishments in the field of public service, criminal investigations, and intelligence. Some of his personal awards and accomplishments include:

  • Gold Distinguished Service Medal- Mr. Roncevich received this medal for the bravery he displayed during an armed robbery. The robbery involved a police officer shooting, and Mr. Roncevich is acknowledged for his bravery and heroism during the incident.
  • Commendation letters - Mr. Roncevich also received Commendation letters for incidents involving a high profile case in the Orange County D.A’s office and a bank robbery that involved a vehicle pursuit and apprehension of the criminals involved.
  • Los Alamitos Chief of Police Letter of Appreciation - Mr. Roncevich received a formal letter of appreciation from the Los Alamitos Chief of Police. The letter recognized his efforts at apprehending suspects who were fleeing from police officers.
  • Cypress Chief of Police: Formal recognition - During his service in the Cypress Police Department, Mr. Roncevich was formally recognized for successfully apprehending a narcotics suspect who eluded police officers.
  • Investigations involving illegal narcotics - Mr. Roncevich also played a role in making narcotics investigations more efficient within the Cypress Police Department. During his time there, he designed and implemented a new form that was adopted across the department. The form is used to investigate suspects who are currently under the influence of illegal narcotics.
  • American Rentals: Letter of Appreciation - American Rentals also formally recognized and appreciated Mr. Roncevich for his role in solving a complicated theft case that involved their Industrial Equipment.
  • Cypress Chief of Police: Letter of Recognition - The Cypress Chief of Police also formally recognized Mr. Roncevich for his role in arranging for the search and finding of a robbery suspect. Mr. Roncevich participated in a team effort and was recognized for his outstanding dedication towards the end goal.
  • Cypress Police Narcotics: Letter of Recognition - The Narcotics division of the Cypress Police Department also formally recognized Mr. Roncevich for his role in finding a confidential informant whose information led to a warrant, the arrest of two suspects, and the recovery of drugs and paraphernalia.

Advanced Officer Training experience: 

  • The Riverside County Sheriff Department 
    • Criminal Investigations and Courtroom Testimonials, Advanced Interviewing and Interrogation Techniques, Child abuse and Sexual Assault.
  • Orange County Sheriff’s Department 
    • Homicide Investigations, Investigations regarding elderly abuse, Alcohol Sensor Device Certification, vehicle theft, and emergency responses to terrorism.
  • California Narcotic Officer Association 
    • Recognition of Drug Abuse cases.
  • Motion Picture Association of America 
    • Training in identifying counterfeit DVDs.
  • San Diego Regional Training Centre 
    • Identity theft.
  • California Department of Justice 
    • Certification in lawfully intercepting both wire and electronic digital pagers (and electronic cellular communications).
  • City of Cypress
    • Collection of DNA Evidence.
  • Narcotic Identification Training: Quick check narcotic certification 
  • Southern California Skinhead Task Force
    • PENI Street Gang Training.

Establishment of Private Law Firm  

Upon retiring from the Cypress Police Department in 2013, Mr. Rocenvich started his own security firm. He was responsible for developing the initial blueprint, establishing long-term and short-term goals, describing all products and services, and preparing all relevant financial documents. Mr. Roncevich has accomplished many personal and professional goals since starting his own security firm.

Personal Accomplishments 

  • Mr. Roncevich directed and supervised his law firm to grow from zero revenue (at the beginning) to over $4 million by the end of the 3rd year. He also employs about 150 people and is forecasting sales of $5.5 million after the 4thyear of business.
  • Mr. Roncevich has also been handling the purchase, use, and maintenance of 35 patrol vehicles in his official fleet.

Company Accomplishments 

  • Mr. Roncevich’s business was officially recognized as the fastest growing small business in Orange County by the Orange Country Business Journal.
  • Recognition of Service to the Community by the San Jacinto School District

Professional Education and Licenses 

  • General Education Units from Golden West College, Coastline Community College, and Cypress College
  • Training Certificate as a Basic Peace Officer and Intermediate Peace Officer
  • Bureau of Security and Investigation: Private Investigator, Guard Card, and Private Patrol Operator
  • Completion Certificate: Pre-licensing of used Vehicles, Education Program