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University of California, Hastings College of the Law, San Francisco, California
J.D. – 2003
University of California, Berkeley
B.S., Political Science – 1999
*Honors: High Academic Honors
**Honors: National Golden Key Merit Scholar.


CBC Emerging Leader, Congressional Black Caucus Annual Legislative Conference, Washington, D.C., 2006

Adante Pointer has been in practice for more than ten years. Mr. Pointer primarily practices in the area of civil rights litigation, specializing in representing victims of police abuse. In addition, he fights to recover funds on behalf of clients that have suffered catastrophic personal injuries due to the negligent or intentional conduct of others. Mr. Pointer also regularly provides aggressive criminal defense on behalf of clients facing serious criminal charges in courts throughout the Bay Area. In November of 2007, Mr. Pointer secured a $6 Million jury verdict against the City of Oakland in federal court. (Smith, et al. v. City of Oakland, et al. USDC Case No.: C-0504045). In that case, Mr. Pointer and his associate, Mr. Ben Nisenbaum brought a federal civil rights suit against two decorated police officers for falsely arresting their clients.

Mr. Pointer has represented NBA and NFL professional sports players.  He also set a record for single largest jury verdict returned on behalf of an individual plaintiff in a civil rights case in the Federal Northern District of California. Mr. Pointer’s previous employment includes having worked for Congress Woman Barbara Lee.

Meet Your Attorney


  • University of California, Berkeley
  • University of California, Hastings College of the Law

Courts Admitted

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeal, Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Courts for the Northern, and Eastern Districts of California
  • All California State Courts

Civic Groups, Volunteer Organizations, & Awards

  • Featured in the February 2008 Ebony Magazine article entitled 30 On The Rise;
  • In 2006, the Congressional Black Caucus recognized him as a CBC Emerging Leader at their Annual Legislative Conference in Washington, DC.
  • Superlawyers Magazine Rising Star Award Winner, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
  • National Bar Association Nations’ Best Advocate Award Winner 2013.


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