There can be no doubt that when jail, prison, your money, and even your reputation are on the line, you need the best on your side.
What makes Washington & Associates unique is our dedication and determination, not only to win your case with every tool in our arsenal, but to give you the service you deserve. Many private attorneys will say they can get results but will sometimes at the first or second appearance plead you to the most damaging charges in order to keep their profits high and minimize the amount of time and energy they put into your case. We are not afraid of hard work. We will do everything in our power to get the best result for you because criminal cases can have a far reaching and devastating effect on the rest of your life.
Qiana Washington, Managing Partner
Qiana has spent over ten years dedicated to criminal defense work. She accepts nothing but the best from her team of investigators, attorneys and legal assistants. The reason is simple--you deserve the best on your side. Qiana attended two of the top schools in the country to prepare herself to do battle for you. She received her bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of California, Berkeley. When dealing with the criminal justice system, she puts her psychology degree to work by analyzing the witnesses, the judge, the prosecutor, and the jurors to determine the best way to present your case. In order to get the best outcome, Qiana recognizes she needs to get into her opponents' heads.
She went to law school at one of the most prestigious schools on the West Coast, the University of Southern California. While there, she did not wait to garner the experience she needed to best serve you. Rather, she worked in criminal justice clinics, interned in the office of the Los Angeles County Public Defender, externed in Alameda County and was on Moot Court. Qiana won her very first mock jury trial defending an armed robbery client. She also worked with real life clients in and out of prison on misdemeanors, felonies, and parole. She learned the system from the inside out. (Third Year Dissertation).
Once she completed law school, she worked for a year as a member of a capital defense team at the Contra Costa County Public Defender's Office. She left the Contra Costa Public Defender's Office to join the Sonoma County Public Defender's Office. There, she took no prisoners and won case after case. Two years later, it was time for a change so she joined the elite office of the San Francisco Public Defender.
The San Francisco Public Defender's Office is arguably one of the best defense firms in the United States. She worked there for six and a half years learning all the best defense skills and exercising her talents to the benefit of thousands of people charged with crimes from misdemeanors to the most serious felonies. A long career at various Public Defender Offices has given her the opportunity to work on any and every type of criminal case imaginable.
Upon leaving there, she founded this firm to give the same level of elite defense to a broader range of clients throughout California, particularly San Francisco, Richmond, Walnut Creek, Hayward, San Leandro, San Mateo, Oakland, Marin, Vallejo, Fairfield, Vacaville, Fremont, Berkeley, Pleasanton, Santa Rosa, Sacramento, Sonoma, Napa, Petaluma, Dublin, San Jose, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Yolo County and the 9th Circuit. Qiana is fluent in Spanish.
Joy Antonette Diaz,
Joy graduated cum laude from Chapman Fowler University School of Law in 2017, ranking in the top 6% of her class. She received her bachelor’s degree in Political Science from University of California, Irvine with a minor in Sociology.
She was a member of Chapman Law Review for two years, serving on the editorial board as Senior Editor. As editor, she excelled in legal research, writing, and editing. She completed a directed research paper as a law review member, where she proposed an implementation of small-scaled truth commission programs for communities affected by school shootings.
Joy was also member of the highly ranked Chapman University Alternative Dispute Resolution Competition team, achieving the spot of regional finalist in an annual client counseling competition. She was also enrolled in the Chapman juvenile hall clinic, where she taught conflict resolution skills to young men detained at the Riverside Juvenile Hall. These classes not only helped these men toward rehabilitation, but it also helped many of them get released.
During law school, Joy was heavily immersed in juvenile work. She worked at East Bay Children’s Law Center, where she advocated on behalf of minors within the foster care system. There she affirmed her love for advocacy and further sharpened her courtroom skills.
She researched and wrote about controversial issues relating to the underrated field of juvenile representation, doing whatever it took to ensure that her clients were taken care of.
Joy also externed for the Honorable Joanne Motoike during her last year in law school, where she assisted the judiciary on juvenile delinquent cases in the criminal superior court. By helping deliberate legal questions and judicial decisions, Joy can now anticipate the views of the judge and tailor her arguments to best suit her client’s needs.
Before joining Washington & Associates, Joy worked as a certified post-bar law clerk at the Sacramento Public Defender’s Office where she worked on juvenile and adult misdemeanor and felony cases. She litigated motions on behalf of her clients, negotiated the best pleas, and refused to settle on a triable case or until the prosecutors agreed to a dismissal.
Throughout her legal career, Joy has been dedicated to ensuring the best for her clients and knew she needed to work at a firm who shared the same fervor and devotion. Her experience has given her the skills necessary to fight for every client that comes through her door, and she wanted a team who shared that same goal. That is why she chose Washington and Associates.