Sam O’Keefe

Sam O’Keefe is a native of San Francisco.  He started working at the Law Office of Douglas Horngrad in 2009.  He has extensive experience handling misdemeanor and felony cases in both state and federal courts in California.  He has spent his entire career defending individuals charged with criminal offenses. Mr. O’Keefe is a graduate of St. Ignatius College Preparatory and the University of California, Santa Barbara.  He earned his law degree from the University of San Francisco School of Law in 2009 where he graduated cum laude and was awarded the CALI Awards for Excellence in both Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure.

  • University of San Francisco School of Law, J.D. (cum laude)
  • University of California, Santa Barbara, B.A.
  • St. Ignatius College Preparatory


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Raymond Schwarte

Raymond Schwarte's interest and experience in criminal defense started early in law school. While attending the University of San Francisco School of Law he interned at the San Francisco Public Defender's Office, and worked as a law clerk on a death penalty case while awaiting his bar results. After graduation and admission to the bar in 1999 Mr. Schwarte began working for Mr. Horngrad's firm and several other prominent Bay Area criminal defense attorneys while also developing his own criminal defense practice. He started working for Mr. Horngrad exclusively in 2007 and has collaborated with him on thousands of cases. In 2015 Mr. Schwarte moved to Oregon. He continues to work with the Horngrad firm, filling the firm's of counsel position and supervising its motions practice. 

  • University of San Francisco School of Law, J.D.
  • University of California, Santa Barbara, B.A.



Laurel Simmons

Laurel Simmons has a decade of experience as a defense attorney. She maintains a robust trial and appellate practice in state and federal court, while serving as an adjunct law professor at UC Berkeley School of Law and UC Hastings College of the Law. She worked for six years doing white collar defense and government investigations at WilmerHale in Washington, DC and in the Silicon Valley.  She also clerked for The Honorable Julie E. Carnes, then Chief Judge of the Northern District of Georgia. She is a graduate of Stanford Law School, where she participated in the Capital Defense Clinic and helped found the Three Strikes Clinic.

  • Stanford Law School, J.D. (pro bono honors)
  • Wake Forest University, B.A. (summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa)