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Theresa Ristenpart, Trial Attorney

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Theresa Ristenpart is a practicing trial attorney with over 10 years of experience in criminal law. In Chicago, Ms. Ristenpart worked prosecuting high-tech and white-collar crimes. She continued on to work as an children’s law advocate, specializing in juvenile delinquency criminal law and children’s rights. Ms. Ristenpart moved to Reno, Nevada and works with the Washoe County Public Defender’s Office. While there, Ms. Ristenpart worked her way up as one of the premier trial attorneys in the intensive trial unit handling high-profile murders, sexual assaults, and multi-jurisdiction drug cases. Ms. Ristenpart has tried over thirty jury trials and fifty bench trials. She is known for her zealous advocacy, creative trial skills, and incorporation of the latest technology into trial.

In 2012, Ms. Ristenpart was chosen to lead an NGO in West Bank, Palestine, mentoring local criminal defense lawyers and setting up a working indigent criminal defense system. She conducted court observations throughout the West Bank, implemented specialized training programs on trial skills and legal writing, and organized mock trial courtroom programs.

Ms. Ristenpart is an adjunct professor with University of Reno, Nevada. She also instructs local sheriff deputies on criminal law and procedures in intensive five week courses. She volunteers as a mock trial coach and presents continuing legal education courses with the Nevada State Bar. She supervises certified third-year law school students, mentoring them in trial litigation skills.


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