WILLIAM GORDON WALKER III
SBN 109457
Mr. Walker graduated California State University, Northridge, Cum Laude, and with Honors in both Political Science and American History.  He spent some time investigating offers of teaching fellowships at UC Santa Barbara and UC Davis, and instead chose to attend McGeorge School of Law, in Sacramento where he graduated in 1983.

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WGW Law
547 Uren Street
Nevada City, CA 95959
530.478.0675

Mr. Walker graduated California State University, Northridge, Cum Laude, and with Honors in both Political Science and American History.  He spent some time investigating offers of teaching fellowships at UC Santa Barbara and UC Davis, and instead chose to attend McGeorge School of Law, in Sacramento where he graduated in 1983.  At that time, Mr. Walker felt certain that he wanted to pursue a career in courtroom litigation, and find avenues in the Law to help as many people as possible.  His decision was to represent our state’s indigent and low-income people in our courtrooms due to the way he saw our system failing to meet the needs of this large group of people.

Mr. Walker joined the Nevada County Public Defenders’ Office in about May 1984.  At that time, he began training in all aspects of Criminal Defense.  Immediately, he was solely responsible for the Public Defender’s Juvenile Dependency caseload (cases involving state CPS workers).  He also was solely responsible for defending all of the Public Defender’s Juvenile Delinquency caseload (cases involving our children who are accused of crimes).  Additionally, he quickly handled all levels/complexities of misdemeanor and felony cases handled by the Public Defender.

Over the next two decades, he progressed through the levels of Deputy Public Defender, reaching the Department’s highest non-management level of skilled attorney.  He handled the most complex felony litigation handled by the office.  Mr. Walker often reflects how grateful he is that he built strong relationships with judges, prosecutors, and court staff, along with his peers in the legal community, and most importantly, his clients and their families.

In addition to courtroom representation, when the County’s Alternative Drug Courts started, Mr. Walker was selected to represent the Defense Bar on the formation committee led by Judge Ersel Edwards.  He served for the next three years as Nevada County’s Drug Court Attorney, in addition to handling a full felony/misdemeanor caseload, and so had a unique opportunity to learn our justice system from the inside out – from both the prosecutor’s perspective, probation officer’s perspective, while fighting for his clients’ rights in a new forum.

During the 12 years Mr. Walker was a member of the Wayne Brown Correctional Facility’s Inmate Welfare Fund, he gained a complete understanding of the County Corrections System, working with jail inmates and guards and administration during that time.

In 2004, at the end of his tenure with the Public Defender (about 20 years total), he was handling felony defense and was supervising the Juvenile Department for the Office, where he had been charged with “re-vamping” that program, along with Nevada County’s Juvenile Drug Court program with Judge M. Kathleen Butz.  Mr. Walker worked closely with all our courts’ departments as well as the county’s drug/alcohol treatment providers, while ultimately remaining a tireless defender of the offenders’ rights.

Following a sabbatical of about 2-years, he entered a part-time private law practice in early 2006, as a solo practitioner.  In the Fall of 2007, he joined the Law Offices of Ronald A. Lange to gain experience in law office management, and private practice of the Law.

Currently having returned to being a solo-practitioner, he has offices directly across the street from the Nevada County courthouse and employs a Legal Secretary, as well as making frequent use of a Paralegal, and Private Investigator to help provide an excellent level of professional service.

Mr. Walker is currently certified to handle all types of Juvenile cases, as well as still being prepared and willing to handle all misdemeanor and felony cases/litigation, at all levels of complexity.

Mr. Walker is now particularly interested in handling Family Law cases involving child custody and related issues, along with helping people taking a new approach … Bill is now able to choose his own battles.  His trial experience, along with a personal commitment to his clients, combine to offer his clients representation in a supportive, hands-on environment. As a criminal defense attorney, his philosophy is grounded in the strong belief that his clients should be fully informed about every aspect of their case as it progresses.  Mr. Walker’s law practice promises fierce advocacy with an eye always toward practical problem-solving.

Bill Walker graduated from high school in Chatsworth, California.  He then graduated Cum Laude from California State University, Northridge, taking Honors in Political Science and American History.  While attending CSUN, Bill was a student-lecturer for two tenured professors, and was the President of the National Political Science Honor Society, Pi Sigma Alpha.  He was also involved in the Associated Students Corporation as their Legislative Analyst, and CSUN’s lobbyist.  Following graduation, Mr. Walker then relocated to Sacramento and attended McGeorge School of Law.  Throughout law school, he participated in the Juvenile Law & Appellate Clinic program and wrote and presented juvenile appeals in the 3rd District Court of Appeal.  Having realized he had a love of being in and around the courtroom, after passing the bar exam Bill joined the Nevada County Public Defender’s Office as their fourth attorney.  At that time, 1983, it was said Bill was the youngest attorney ever to come to Nevada County.  During the next 20 years, he was daily in Nevada County’s courtrooms, fighting for the county’s indigents.  He has handled literally thousands of criminal cases and dealt with numerous complex felony prosecutions.  When California began its Drug Court movement, Bill was selected to represent the Public Defender in the Court’s organizing the first Drug Courts, and was his office’s first attorney in the Drug Courts.  His last assignment for the office was to re-organize the Office’s efforts in the Juvenile Courts, where he led efforts to revitalize the Juvenile Drug Court.  During his time with the  Public Defenders’ Office, Mr. Walker learned the justice system from both the prosecutorial perspective as well as the defense perspective, gaining a complete understanding of the system.  During the 12 years Bill was a member of the Wayne Brown Correctional Facility’s Inmate Welfare Fund, he also gained a complete understanding of the County Corrections System, working with both sides during all that time.  Additionally, he built strong relationships with judges, prosecutors, and court staff.

Mr. Walker then finished his tenure with the Public Defender and sought a time of re-collection and rededication to the law.  Upon re-joining the practice of Law at the beginning of 2006, Bill is now able to choose his own battles.  His trial experience, along with a personal commitment to his clients, combine to offer a prospective client competent representation in a supportive, hands-on environment. As a criminal defense attorney, his philosophy is grounded in the strong belief that his clients should be fully informed about every aspect of their case as it progresses.  Mr. Walker’s law practice promises fierce advocacy with an eye always toward practical problem-solving.

Mr. Walker is now on your side and ready to represent you and preserve your rights from the start! As a career defender, since 1983, he has a broad perspective on our justice system and knows what it takes to give you the best in your case! Call now before it's too late!

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