Chris Boscia

Chris Boscia

Senior Counsel

A former prosecutor, Chris tries civil and criminal cases in Santa Clara County Superior Court and the United States District Court in San Jose.  He advises clients on immigration-neutral dispositions, post-conviction relief, and other immigration issues.

In a driving under the influence (DUI) trial, a nationally-recognized expert witness, whose testimony appeared in the Netflix documentary Making a Murderer, described Chris’ cross-examination as among the best she had faced in the United States.  

Additionally Chris has drafted California legislation that was signed in to law.  His outstanding work writing legislation was recognized twice by the San Jose Mercury News.

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  • Credentials

    Admissions

    • State Bar of California
    • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
    • Executive Office of Immigration Review (EOIR)

    Education

    • J.D., Santa Clara University School of Law, 2008
    • M.A., Boston College, 2000
    • B.A., Boston College, 1998
  • Experience
    • Secured dismissal of all charges against hard-working immigrant pulled out of vehicle at gunpoint by police, in front of her children, for committing a traffic violation.
    • Challenged District Attorney’s case against Stanford alumnus and obtained dismissal of charges that could have prevented client from attending medical school.
    • Represents a green card holder (Legal Permanent Resident) in post-conviction relief motions in Santa Clara County Superior Court and removal defense before the San Francisco Immigration Court, Executive Office of Immigration Review, United States Department of Justice.
    • Lead trial attorney before a jury in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California on behalf of a homeowner in a breach of contract action against a national bank.
    • Prosecuted a Mexican drug cartel’s senior lieutenant in a four and a half month jury trial that included hundreds of pieces of evidence and dozens of witnesses from as far away as Rangoon, Burma.
    • Won the Robert L. Webb Award for Trial Advocacy in 2011 for his work on People v. Gill, a case involving a novel challenge to crime lab procedures.
    • Drafted two pieces of legislation signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown to improve California’s criminal justice system and one piece of legislation signed into law by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to provide remedies for individuals who were wrongfully convicted.
  • Awards & Honors
    • Robert L. Webb award for Trial Advocacy
    • Northern California Super Lawyers Rising Star, (2017, 2018)
    • American Law Institute-American Bar Association Scholarship and Leadership Award
    • Young Alumnus Rising Star, Santa Clara University School of Law
    • Santa Clara County Employee Excellence Award
  • Articles & Blogs
    • “Strengthening Forensic Alcohol Analysis in California DUIs: A Prosecutor’s Perspective,” Santa Clara Law Review
    • "Where You Live and What You Will Do,” Conversations in Jesuit Higher Education
    • "Santa Clara Learning and Living Together,” Conversations in Jesuit Higher Education
    • "The Opportunity of a Lifetime," Conversations in Jesuit Higher Education

    Blogs

  • Professional & Community Contributions

    Christopher is a board member of the St. Thomas More Society of Santa Clara County. He is also a barrister for The Honorable William A. Ingram American Inn of Court, San Jose. Christopher was previously on the board of directors of the Outer Islands Partnership, Micronesia and served on the board of advisors of the Mission Schools International, Rwanda and the Education Pioneers, San Francisco.