Dorian A. Peters



I am an Easy Bay native, born and raised in Berkeley. I began my education at Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill, and then transferred to UC Berkeley, where I double majored in political science and mass communications. Go Bears! Through UC Berkeley, I was able to serve as a press and policy intern in Congresswoman Barbara Lee’s office in Washington, D.C.

I then traveled to Nashville, Tennessee, to attend Vanderbilt Law School, where I participated in the moot court and mock trial programs. I had the opportunity to intern in the chambers of U.S. District Court Judge Kenneth Hoyt in Houston, Texas, and I also worked as a law clerk for the Metropolitan Nashville Public Defender’s Office, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Nashville and the Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office. Upon graduation, I become a prosecutor in the CCC District Attorney’s Office, where I tried about 35 cases to a jury and worked in several units.

One of the highlights of my career so far was a brief stint at the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation as part of the Employment Advocacy and Prosecution Team, where I investigated and litigated employee misconduct matters in front of the State Personnel Board. After that, I went into private practice for about two years, focusing mostly on criminal defense work, and recently, I joined the Gagen, McCoy, McMahon, Koss, Markowitz & Raines law firm as an associate attorney, where I practice criminal defense and handle employment discipline issues involving misconduct or licensing.

I am active in many different parts of the Contra Costa County Bar Association. Currently, I am a committee member and a panelist on our Criminal Conflict Program, a volunteer fee arbitrator for both the CCCBA and the State Bar, and a CCCBA delegate to the California Conference of Bar Associations. I participate in the Robert G. McGrath American Inn of Court and I also served as a board member of the Barristers Section, where I assisted in the drafting of the current bylaws.

Outside of the CCCBA, I am a member of the Leadership Council for the nonprofit Center for Youth Development through Law, a pipeline program focused on exposing under-privileged youth to the legal system, and encouraging them to attend college and pursue careers as attorneys.

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Dorian A. Peters, Esq.