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About Our Firm

The Winning Team

Don Bartell believes in the team approach.

That is why he works on every case with his partner, Lara Gressley. Lara has been an attorney for almost 15 years and brings her serious felony trial experience and outstanding research and writing abilities to the firm. Lara worked on all of the leading DUI appellate cases with Don, is a contributing author to his book, and leads the firm's criminal appellate practice. Lara was a speaker at the California DUI Lawyers Association Seminar in San Francisco in March of 2013 and the California Attorneys for Criminal Justice Seminar in Palm Springs in November of 2013. Lara also lectured at the California Public Defenders Association Seminar in June of 2015 in Monterey and lectured at the California DUI Lawyers Association Seminar in August of 2015 in San Francisco. She is a speaker again this August, at the California DUI Lawyers Association Annual Seminar, in San Francisco. 

Partner Donald Hensel practices Family Law, Civil Litigation, and Criminal Defense. Don Hensel's zealous advocacy, coupled with his outstanding knowledge of the law, has resulted in numerous victories for his clients. Both Don Bartell and Lara Gressley regularly consult with Donald Hensel on cases. 

The GO-TO source for other lawyers

Lawyers call BH&G when they, or their loved ones, need help. Why go elsewhere, when you can hire the source? That is because they know Don Bartell and his team are the best criminal defense and DUI attorneys around. They know they will get quality representation and individual attention from a team of lawyers who have a command of the field. If you've been charged with a crime, you should not settle for anything less than the best representation you can find. At BH&G, that's exactly what you will get. Just ask any lawyers around.

The Firm's Specialties

  • DUI Defense 

BH&G specializes in DUI defense. But that does not only include routine DUI first offenses. The firm specializes in second, third, and fourth DUI offenses, as well as DUI manslaughter and murder.

The firm's expertise also includes the handling of any criminal defense matter. Those non-DUI matters include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Hit and Run
  • Drug Offenses
  • Domestic Violence
  • Homicide/Murder
  • White Collar Crimes
  • Robbery/Theft Crimes
  • Assault Crimes
  • Appeals

Don and Lara have worked on all the major DUI appellate cases in California. Those include People v. Vangelder, People v. Harris, People v. Arredondo, and Espinoza v. Shiomoto. Don and Lara also drafted amicus curiae briefs in the cases of People v. Dungo in the California Supreme Court, and Williams v. Illinois in the United States Supreme Court. Lara routinely handles criminal appeals. Those include appeals after a denial of a 1538.5 motion to suppress, as well as appeals after trial. Lara has won several criminal appeals over the last few years.

  • DMV Hearings and Writs

Having a driver's license in California is critical. BH&G specializes in DMV hearings and has saved many clients' driver licenses. The firm routinely handles DMV writs and appeals.

Finding the Right Firm

Searching for the right attorney is an important process. Making this task even more difficult, the internet is filled with various information and endorsements. It's often hard to know what information to trust. That's why BH&G not only stands by everything posted on this website, BH&G encourages you to ask other lawyers about the firm. In fact, if other lawyers have questions, they call BH&G for the answers. Other attorneys will tell you that there is no firm more knowledgeable about the law, and no firm that has obtained more successful outcomes for its clients.

Please visit the Case Results link so that you can see some of the outcomes that BH&G has obtained for clients just like you. BH&G lawyers won't settle for anything but the best possible results for you. BH&G looks forward to providing you with the best representation the defense bar has to offer.