About Mark Reichel

Mark is one of the few criminal lawyers in the Sacramento region who can say that they have taken a case all the way from the arraignment to an argument before the United States Supreme Court in Washington D.C.

In that case, he fought to suppress the evidence in a criminal case because the officer refused to show a homeowner a copy of the warrant when they were searching the home.

After losing the motion in the trial court, he took the case all the way to an oral argument before the U.S. Supreme Court, an honor very few lawyers achieve in their lifetime. (USA v. Grubbs, No.04-1414.)

Mark Reichel has been an excellent civil and criminal attorney in the Sacramento area since 1991.

In law school at UOP McGeorge in Sacramento, Mark was selected as a Finalist for the Best Brief and Best Oral Argument Award; he was then selected as the Commencement Speaker for his law school class in 1991. Within one year of graduating law school, Mark handled a civil rights lawsuit in a case that was featured across the nation and highlighted in the December 1992 issue of Life Magazine. Mark then distinguished himself as a Trial Attorney with the Office of the Federal Defender in Sacramento for 13 years, handling literally thousands of cases including very serious major felonies and complex white collar crimes. These included a large number of high profile cases which were covered in the national media (CNN, NBC, ABC, CBS, MSN, NPR, FOX).

Mark has also handled approximately 25 cases on appeal to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and has had numerous appeals in the state criminal courts in California.

Mark has lectured on different aspects of the criminal process to various professional groups. He was also provided the chance by the federal courts to represent inmates at Guantanamo Naval Base in their federal terrorism trials, but that opportunity was taken away when Congress stripped the courts of that power in late 2005. After the many years in the “trenches” of the federal court room, Mark now handles a small number of cases at any given time so that he can dedicate his full energy to each and every case he takes.

Mark is a 1995 graduate of the National Criminal Defense College in Macon, Georgia, Vice President of the Sacramento Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, a Life Member of the California Attorneys For Criminal Justice, The National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys, American Bar Association Committee On Criminal Justice, and the California State Bar Committee On Federal Courts.

Mark has consistently been awarded the distinction of being listed as a Super Lawyer for Northern California

Super Lawyers is a designation of top-rated practicing attorneys selected through extensive evaluation. Mark has been honored with the distinction of being listed as a Super Lawyer from 2008 to 2013 and again from 2015 to 2018.


“I could not more highly recommend an attorney to anyone than Mark Reichel. I hired Mark in 2003 and my case finished in 2009. He never ever gave up. Ever. He fought to get me out on bail when no one else would. He filed so many different motions in federal court to suppress the evidence in my case that the judge issued an order directing the clerk’s office to not accept any more. Mark still fought. We won in the appellate court, and the federal prosecutors with the Department of Justice were so mad that they took it to the U.S. Supreme Court. Mark, by himself, kept on fighting tirelessly, spending literally hundreds of unpaid hours researching the original history of the Fourth Amendment to our Constitution. We went back down to the appellate court in San Francisco, and Mark kept fighting and fighting. We then came back down to the original trial judge who heard everything in 2003 and 2004 and he agreed with Mark’s arguments about what little was left of my case. Mark spent 6 years of his life so I would not have to spend one day in jail. My wife and sons and I could never repay him for that. That is Mark Reichel.”
– Jeff Grubbs
Sacramento, CA

“As a first time offender, I was scared, confused, and clueless as to what to do to get myself out of the mess I created. Between my family and some friends, we began to research and consider choosing an attorney. We knew that this decision would be critical to ensuring the best results in my case. Steve was a God-send! We were lucky to be referred to him and when we met him everything about him made it clear that he was the man for the job. Mind you, its not an easy decision to make. Steve’s clearly, confidently, communicated with us about what the case, helping bring peace to a tremendously stressful situation and showed genuine care to my family. Throughout the process of court appearances and finally to my plea date, Steve was a constant calm in the midst of my storm and helped me to get to be on home detention from a situation that could have had me away from my infant son and family for more than 10 years. Even after the plea, Steve has continued to show care and concern for my family when I have had to ask him about things post court. As a new mom and wife, words cannot express the gratitude we have for Steve. In one word, he worked a miracle.”