Before opening his law office, Mr. Hermansen dedicated five years to helping his clients and honing his skills as a Trial Attorney at the nationally renowned Federal Defenders of San Diego, Inc., five years as a research attorney for the federal court, and two years for the state court.
As a federal public defender, Mr. Hermansen represented hundreds of clients in federal court from initial court appearance, through trial, and on appeal against felony criminal charges involving mostly border related crimes such as drug smuggling, people smuggling and illegal entry after deportation.
He also represented clients accused of aggravated assault, bank robbery, and complex matters involving wiretaps and charges of fraud, money laundering and conspiracy. Besides handling his heavy caseload of trials and appeals, Mr. Hermansen also helped train new trial attorneys and supervised them during trials and motion hearings.
Mr. Hermansen attended Loyola Law School where he served on the Law Review as the Chief Note and Comment Editor, and authored a published law review comment denouncing the military’s anti-gay exclusionary policy.
While attending law school, Mr. Hermansen also summer clerked for a civil law firm in Los Angeles and for the American Civil Liberties Union. In addition, he was active in the National Lawyers Guild and Lawyers for Human Rights.
After graduating from Loyola Law School in 1993, Mr. Hermansen garnered valuable experience as a criminal research attorney for the San Diego Superior Court. He then expanded his knowledge of criminal law and procedure as a staff attorney handling hundreds of habeas corpus matters for the United States District Court for the Southern District of California.
While at the district court, Mr. Hermansen was instrumental in helping the judges implement an efficient system for handling the large volume of habeas petitions to ensure that meritorious petitions got the time, attention and careful consideration they deserve.
Not many attorneys can say they have five years of habeas corpus experience, but Mr. Hermansen can. And, he can put his extensive habeas, trial, and appellate experience to work for his clients.
- LAW OFFICE OF KURT DAVID HERMANSEN (Dec. 2005 to present)
- CALIFORNIA WESTERN SCHOOL OF LAW (2009 to 2016)
- FEDERAL DEFENDERS OF SAN DIEGO, INC. (Dec. 2000 to Dec. 2005)
- LOYOLA LAW SCHOOL, LOS ANGELES, CA,
- UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, LOS ANGELES (UCLA)
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