Harris Taback

Harris Taback is a criminal defense attorney with over three decades of experience in the courtroom. When he takes on a case, he brings with him a strong sense of passion and diligence to obtain the best outcomes for his clients. Harris operates on the principles of empathy and reason when negotiating and working on a case. His focus is on ensuring that the client's rights are protected throughout the criminal justice process.

Throughout his career, Harris has been responsible for handling a large number of difficult and arduous cases. Through perseverance, experience, and intellect, Harris has a history of achieving successful results, through both skilled negotiation and aggressive trial tactics.

He has strong and trusted relationships with the court, and uses these to his advantage when negotiating with prosecutors and judges for favorable outcomes. In addition, Harris works with a network of professionals that include private investigators, expert witnesses, medical professionals and highly trained co-counsel to best prepare the appropriate defense for your case.

Harris has a team of experts who work with him on your case

Harris Taback, Esq., Northern California Criminal Defense Attorney

  • President, 2011 – 2012, Criminal Trial Lawyers Association of Northern California
  • Federal and State Criminal Defense at all California and Federal Courts Nationwide

Harris offers his clients:

  • Aggressive representation.
  • Perspective.
  • Preparation.
  • The ability to think on his feet.
  • Knowing what to do - and doing it!


Born in Brooklyn, New York, Harris Taback has been a respected and trusted state and federal criminal attorney in the San Francisco Bay Area since 1983.

Who He Works For

Harris has represented people from all walks of life, including members of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club and corporate executives. He has earned a reputation for successfully representing clients charged with crimes ranging from murder, serious drug offenses, embezzlement, mortgage fraud, sexual assaults, and a wide variety of other serious offenses. Mr. Taback has zealously fought the government on behalf of his clients over a 37-year career.

How He Works

Harris collaborates with other professionals, including private investigators, forensic and medical experts, and other professionals to fight for the best possible result for his clients. He drives the process and progress of each individual case. Often, he is able to avoid having his client go through the entire cycle of a prosecution or to refrain from going to court at all by aggressively convincing district attorneys from charging his client. This process typically saves his clients time, money, and the agony of defending a criminal prosecution.

Recent Blog Posts


  • Formidable Advocate

    ‘The cream rises to the top', the saying goes, and it certainly applies to superlative criminal defense lawyer Harris Taback. His inventiveness in crafting defenses in seemingly hopeless cases is legend, as is his prodigious talent in effectively and persuasively presenting those defenses to judg...
  • Creative and Tenacious

    I have worked in the area of criminal defendant sentencing for almost 40 years, both as a probation officer and sentencing consultant, and have worked with Harris on cases ranging from sophisticated fraud to homicide. He is clearly one of the most creative and tenacious advocates I have worked with.
  • Well-informed, Well-prepared, and Compassionate

    I have known Harris Taback for many years, am familiar with his criminal defense work, and have consulted with him as an expert witness. Mr. Taback's clients have ranged from Hell's Angels motorcycle club members to elderly women accused of driving under the influence of prescription drugs. He ha...