Mordechai Pelta most recently served as a Contract Attorney with the international law firm of Winston & Strawn LLP. From 2008 to 2011, Mordechai Pelta was a Deputy District Attorney of Del Norte County along the north coast of Northern California near the border between California and Oregon, where he prosecuted over 30 trials, including felony and misdemeanor charges, including burglary in the first degree and possession of methamphetamine for sale, felony assault with great bodily injury and other crimes. Mordechai Pelta also prosecuted general, serious and violent felonies at preliminary hearings. Post-trial or conviction, Mordechai Pelta successfully prosecuted at numerous probation violation hearings, as well as other post-trial motions.
Mordechai Pelta has also worked on cases involving the cultivation and sale of illegal substances, child support issues, and domestic violence, relying on his extensive training with the California District Attorney’s Association, in addition to his proficiency in using LexisNexis and Westlaw. Mordechai Pelta successfully prosecuted at many pre-trial motions to suppress evidence in felony and misdemeanor cases. Additionally, Mordechai Pelta managed a misdemeanor calendar and assisted law enforcement officials with investigations by, among other means, providing legal advice to law enforcement. He was also responsible for managing a felony calendar involving Pelican Bay State Prison inmates. Mordechai Pelta’s trial skills include making effective opening statements and closing arguments, organizing evidence for trials, and conducting cross and direct examinations.
Before serving as the Deputy District Attorney, Mr. Pelta was a Contract Attorney for Finkelstein & Kamali, LLP, where his duties included drafting opening statements, trial briefs, organizing cases for trial, and drafting motions in limine. From 2006 to 2007, he served as a Document Manager with Paul Hanley & Harley, LLP. Previously, he was a Contract IRB Analyst with the University of California, Berkeley, Lawrence Berkeley Lab and a Contract IRB Manager with Stanford University. From 2002 to 2003, he was a Discovery Law Clerk with Brayton Purcell.
Mr. Pelta continues to advance his education by taking seminars or receiving other forms of training on a variety of subjects, including sexual assault cases, felony prosecution, marijuana dispensary investigations, and divorce.
Mordechai Pelta earned his Juris Doctorate from City University of New York School of Law in May of 2002. While attending the institution, he was the Executive Articles Editor of the New York City Law Review and, in the fall of 2000, a Moot Court competitor.