2016 Top Lawyers in Sacramento Sacramento Magazine

Emily Doringer represents individuals and businesses in state and federal white collar criminal investigations and prosecutions, including those involving tax fraud, health care fraud, mail and wire fraud, mortgage and bank fraud, forfeiture, and occupational regulatory violations. She represents clients during criminal investigations, throughout the criminal discovery process, at pretrial evidentiary hearings, at trial and on post-conviction direct appeals as well as pretrial writ petitions and post-conviction habeas corpus proceedings. Emily also represents clients in civil litigation matters, particularly when those cases intersect with criminal matters in which she is providing a defense.

Emily Doringer began her legal career as a civil litigator, handling cases on behalf of both plaintiffs and defendants in disputes involving breach of contract, construction defects, personal injury, land use, employment discrimination and environmental regulation enforcement. A large part of her civil litigation practice included defending California physicians against professional malpractice claims.

Beginning her career as a criminal defense attorney in 2003, Emily joined a well reputed Sacramento criminal defense firm, working on cases ranging from misdemeanor actions to multi-million dollar fraud cases and first degree capital murder prosecutions.

Emily is a fourth generation native Californian, born and raised in the Sacramento area. She pursued a liberal arts education at California State University, Humboldt and returned to Sacramento to attend law school at the University of California, Davis.

Among her many community activities, Emily enjoys volunteer work at the U.C Davis School of Law. Emily has also been invited as a guest lecturer within the U.C. Davis Psychology Department, the Asian-American Studies Department, and at the U.C. Davis School of Law.


Representative Matters

  • Emily Doringer obtained defense verdict at trial concerning a breach of contract claim involving a construction project on a community college campus.
  • Successful in defending against multiple summary judgment motions involving personal injury and professional malpractice cases.
  • Obtained favorable state trial court evidentiary ruling in a murder prosecution, allowing the admission of expert testimony in an emerging area of psychology involving cutting edge brain imaging technology.
  • Extensive experience litigating criminal search and seizure law, including challenging the sufficiency of search warrant applications, search warrant execution by law enforcement officers, and law enforcement wiretap applications in both state and federal prosecutions. Successfully appealed a criminal conviction in a burglary and electronic eavesdropping case on complicated search and seizure grounds.
  • Obtained favorable settlement results in a state case against a licensed psychiatrist involving alleged Business and Professions Code violations, and in a major federal narcotics prosecution, after raising complex search and seizure issues.
  • Successfully appealed the sentence imposed in an involuntary manslaughter prosecution, based upon the trial judge’s errors at the sentencing hearing. Upon re-sentencing, the client’s original sentence was reduced by half.
  • Successfully challenged the special circumstances allegations included in a grand jury indictment for first degree murder on evidentiary and legal grounds, defeating the prosecution’s attempt to seek capital punishment.
  • Obtained extraordinary writ relief in a capital murder prosecution after raising highly complex factual and legal issues related to the racial composition of the indicting grand jury, and following extensive evidentiary hearings in the trial court that included several days of expert testimony regarding the field of psychology, the cultural history of racial minorities in the United States, and involving detailed demographic statistical analyses.

Education and Background

University of California, Davis, King Hall School of Law, J.D.; ranking in the top 25%; California State University, Humboldt, B.A., Sociology; summa cum laude.

Professional Associations and Memberships

Federal Bar Association; American Bar Association, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers; California Attorneys for Criminal Justice, National Trial Lawyers; Sacramento County Bar Association.


Sacramento Magazine’s Top Lawyers in Sacramento, 2016; Sacramento’s Outstanding Young Lawyers, Sacramento Magazine 2011; Northern California Rising Star Under 40, Super Lawyers, 2009-2013; National Trial Lawyers, Top 40 Under 40, 2012-2013.

Bar Admissions

California, 2000
United States District Court, Eastern and Northern Districts of California.

Published Cases

People v. Wilkinson, 163 Cal. App. 4th 1554 (2008).