Local attorney named OC Bar Chair

Deputy District Attorney Craig Cazares of the Orange County District Attorney’s Office (OCDA) was named Chair of the Orange County Bar Association’s (OCBA) Criminal Law section for 2018.

Cazares was elected by fellow section members as the Criminal Law section’s Chair-Elect in 2017 and he progressed to be the section’s Chair for 2018. He joined the OCDA in December 1990 after earning his Juris Doctor degree from the University of San Diego School of Law. Cazares has held various assignments throughout his career with the OCDA including vertical assignments to the Major Fraud Unit and the Family Protection Unit, where he specialized in the prosecution of elder and dependent adult cases. Cazares is currently assigned as a senior member of the Felony Charging Unit at the Harbor Justice Center in Newport Beach.

The OCDA is the largest law firm in Orange County and employs more than 250 attorneys who review and prosecute cases ranging from misdemeanor DUIs to special circumstances murders in more than 34 cities in Orange County. 

The OCBA is one of the largest voluntary bar associations in California, with more than 9,000 members who meet regularly in sections and committees dedicated to discussing several areas of law. The OCBA Criminal Law section serves as a forum for open discussions, networking and continuing legal education for the practice of criminal law.