Nanci L. Clarence is a founding partner of Clarence Dyer & Cohen LLP, a boutique litigation firm in San Francisco where she specializes in the defense of white-collar criminal investigations and prosecutions, including securities, antitrust, trade secret, banking and other business and environmental crimes as well as civil litigation and internal investigations. She also represents indigent criminal defendants in trial and capital habeas corpus matters and secured the release of her client from California’s death row in February 2019 after he served 34 years.
Ms. Clarence is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and has served as Chair of the Northern California State Committee as well as the Federal Criminal Procedure Committee. She recently completed her tenure as a member of the United States Sentencing Commission Practitioner's Advisory Group. Ms. Clarence is past President of the Bar Association of San Francisco and consistently has been named as one of the “Top 75 Women Litigators” in California by the Los Angeles Daily Journal. Before founding her firm, Ms. Clarence was a litigation associate at Morrison & Foerster in San Francisco and an Assistant Federal Public Defender in the Northern District of California.