About Us

firm-overview-350-600Clarence Dyer & Cohen is a premier litigation firm that provides aggressive, cost-effective representation to companies and individuals in complex criminal and civil matters.  We provide top-quality legal services in the nimble, responsive environment of a small law firm.  We are listed as a leading firm by Chambers and Partners USA and have earned Martindale Hubbell’s highest AV rating.  The firm is proudly certified as a Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE).

Our clients’ needs are our paramount concern.  We measure success by achieving just, swift, and lasting results for the people and entities who come to us with significant challenges.

Although we regularly take cases to trial, many of our greatest victories are achieved outside the courtroom and far from the media’s glare.  We have recently negotiated favorable out-of-court settlements of multimillion-dollar civil disputes for major corporate clients and secured dismissals or non-prosecutions of serious criminal charges against individual defendants.  We are frequently called upon by large multinational law firms to conduct sensitive internal investigations or represent corporate officers and executives in high-stakes criminal investigations.  Though we commonly litigate against powerful government agencies with much greater resources than our clients, we succeed by carefully managing pretrial strategies and focusing on our clients’ ultimate goals. 

Our attorneys graduated from top colleges and law schools and clerked for federal judges.  Several worked in government service before entering private practice, and most came to us from much larger, blue-chip law firms in search of greater autonomy and challenge.  Founding partner Nanci Clarence is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, an invitation-only group comprising the top 1% of trial lawyers in the United States and Canada.  We are proud that our lawyers are engaged in the community, holding leadership position in local and national bar organizations, teaching law students, and mentoring disadvantaged youth.

Though our cases are venued nationwide and frequently take us far abroad, we are first and foremost a Bay Area firm.  Our lawyers trained with San Francisco judges and tried their first cases before Bay Area juries.  We maintain close relations with the local bar, including judges, prosecutors, and elected officials.  Ms. Clarence is a past president of the 8000-member Bar Association of San Francisco, and our attorneys sit on numerous committees and organizations dedicated to the practice of law in San Francisco and the greater Bay Area.  For insight into the Bay Area bench and legal community, there is no more knowledgeable firm.