San Diego defense attorney with over 36 years of experience including over 120 jury trials, and successful settlements of thousands of cases.
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Attorney William Burgener is a prominent and well-known criminal defense lawyer in San Diego. He graduated from University of San Diego Law School in 1979 and has been a sole practitioner for 31 years, specializing in criminal litigation, in both State and Federal courts.

With an impeccable court appearance record and commitment to handling each and every stage of the case proceedings, criminal defense attorney Burgener is diligent in his representation of clients.

Attorney Burgener is an appointed CJA (Criminal Justice Act) attorney who has served on the San Diego panel for the past twenty years. With over 31 Years Experience in all San Diego County Courts—State and Federal, Downtown, South Bay, Vista and El Cajon—criminal defense attorney Burgener knows the court system process and its many components.

Attorney Burgener handles major felonies, including: drugs, theft, sex crimes, “three strikes”, smuggling, violent crimes, and probation violations or parole hearings. He is also greatly experienced in working with misdemeanor matters such as: DUI’s, domestic violence, assaults, battery, drugs, and driving on a suspended license. His career spans over 36 years and includes over 120 jury trials and successful settlements of thousands of cases, including: dismissals, acquittals, favorable plea bargains, and winning motions.

Communication is vital to attorney-client relationships, and if you or a loved one has been accused of a crime, there are many questions and concerns. Therefore, attorney Burgener makes a point to speak directly to his clients, their family and friends, and has all phone calls promptly answered.


University of San Diego School of Law

Doctor of Law (J.D.), Law

Additional Organization

San Diego Bar Association

Lawyer Referral & Information Services (LRIS)

Criminal Justice Act Panel

ARAG attorney network, San Diego Federal Defenders

Areas of Practice

Misdemeanor Offenses

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You may contact the office during business hours, 9am-5pm Monday through Friday. The goal of William R. Burgener’s Law Office is to resolve cases in a timely and direct manner while protecting the rights and records of its clients.

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