Richard O. Middlebrook
Position: Founding Partner. Born Phillipsburg, New Jersey, June 6, 1968; admitted to bar, 1993, California.
Background: Mr. Middlebrook is Southern California Super Lawyer and is considered the preeminent
DUI attorney in the Southern San Joaquin Valley. He spends hundreds of hours a year attending, moderating and lecturing in seminars focusing on the representation of persons accused of driving under the influence of alcohol and
drugs and the forensic science associated with those areas. He is a graduate of multiple summer sessions of the National College of DUI Defense held at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts and Winter Sessions held worldwide. He is trained as an Instructor in the administration of Standardized Field Sobriety Testing through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and is a regular attendee at Mastering Scientific Evidence Seminar.
He has tried 213 DUI cases throughout his career and acted as lead counsel in over five thousand administrative hearings, writ proceedings, motions, and appeals. His success rate in those proceedings is unmatched anywhere in the Southern San Joaquin Valley.
Education: California Lutheran University (B.A., Magna Cum Laude, 1990); University of California, Davis, Martin Luther King School of Law (J.D., 1993).
Professional Duties: Judge Pro Tem, Kern Count Superior
Court. judicial Arbitrator, Kern County Superior Court.
Community Involvement: Kern County Sheriff's Mounted Posse, Board of Directors (1998-2003); Bakersfield Active 20-30 Club, Board of Directors (2000-2003), 2nd Vice-President (Fall 2001), 1st Vice-President (Spring 2002), President (Fall 2002). National Director, Region 3, Active 20-30 International (2002-2003), National President-Elect, (2004-2005), National President (2005-2006), International President-Elect (2006-2007), and International President (2007-2008
Professional Affiliations: California Bar Association; Kern County Bar Association; American Bar Association; Member, National College of DUI Defense; Specialist Member, California DUI Lawyer's Association; National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers; American Chemical Society; Applicant for Associate Member, American Academy of Forensic Science.
Position: Managing Partner. Born Nigeria, 1974. Admitted to Practice before all State Courts by the California Supreme Court and all Federal District Courts in California.
Background: Mr. Brehmer has been selected 2013 Sounthern California Super Lawyer Rising Star, an honor limited to the top 2.5% of attorneys in California. He holds a Juris Doctorate degree from Abraham Lincoln University School of Law and a Bachelor of Science Degree from California State University holding a 3.93 Grade Point Average. He completed law school on an accelerated program by graduating 6 months early and becoming the first graduate to achieve this standard before scoring in the top 3% nationally on the multistate bar examination.
Mr. Brehmer achieved a well rounded science background. In addition to holding a Bachelors of Science degree, he has prepared and analyzed thousands of organic samples for the world's largest carrot producer where he was the lead analyst for all domestic and international product. His reported analytical results of sterile packaging for USDA compliance, muli-daily fresh and waste water and other biological analyses for the main plant cemented his position in the community. He has consulted with the USDA regarding out of country harvest and shipping. Mr. Brehmer and his colleagues developed protocols to increase product life through modified storage and shipping design.
Mr. Brehmer then shifted his focus into the field of nephrology as a certified hemodialysis technician and certified phlebotomist. After completing the training with perfect marks he was selected to care for children in the pediatric department. During his tenure Mr. Brehmer conducted more than five hundred blood draws, venipunctures, and subcutaneous administrations.
Mr. Brehmer has received specialized training and further education in areas including standardized field sobriety testing; drug recognition examinations; gas chromatography; solid drug dose analysis and airway gas exchange. He regularly consults with both private and public attorneys throughout the country on DUI issues focused on the areas of discoverable information and breath/blood alcohol analysis. Mr. Brehmer utilizes his knowledge in sterile technique, the physiology of blood alcohol metabolization, the errors found in breath and blood alcohol analysis, and the details of the instruments used to analyze breath and blood to defend clients accused of driving under the influence of alcohol.
He is honored to have presented to the American Academy of Forensic Science, American Chemical Society, various law schools, multiple Public Defender Associations, and others associated with the forensic and legal community. Mr. Brehmer is a contributing author on breath and blood alcohol analysis in the 2013-2014 Michigan Criminal Law and Procedure with Forms book published by West.
Mr. Brehmer is dedicated to playing a part in effecting a paradigm shift of the public's misunderstanding of forensic analysis used in DUI cases and supports the finding by the National Academy of Science's 2009 Report to Congress.
Mr. Brehmer is a California State Bar trained Fee Arbitrator who is routinely selected to Arbitrate matters by the Kern County Bar Association.
Professional Affiliations: American Academy of Forensic Sciences, American Chemical Society, National College of DUI Defense, American Bar Association, American Association of Trial Consultants, California Attorneys for Criminal Justice, Christian Trial Lawyers Association, California DUI Lawyers Association, State of California Department of Consumer Affairs, Commercial Law League of America, Kern County Bar Association, Los Angeles County Bar Association, Texas Criminal Bar Association, and is a board member of Lead Symposium, LLC.
Community Associations: American Sailing Association, East Coast Hockey League-Off Ice Official, and Covenant Community Services Committee Member.