Kirk McAllister


Mr. McAllister received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Stanford University in 1966 and his Juris Doctorate from the University of Southern California in 1969. He was admitted to the California Bar in 1970. 

Mr. McAllister served in the United States Army from 1970 to 1972, where, as a Captain, he prosecuted courts martial. For over ten years Mr. McAllister was a Stanislaus County Deputy District Attorney, with a title of Senior Trial Deputy. For several years he was responsible for all of the drug prosecutions of the Stanislaus County Drug Enforcement Unit.

Since 1977, Mr. McAllister has been certified as a specialist in criminal law by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. On September 28, 2007 he was honored at the California State Bar Convention for his thirty years of service as a Certified Criminal Law Specialist.

Kirk's Extended Biography

In 1983 Mr. McAllister joined the law firm of Zuckerman, Hartmann and Walden, as its civil litigator.

In 1986 Mr. McAllister established his own office concentrating on criminal defense and civil litigation.

Mr. McAllister has taught evidence at California State University, Stanislaus. He has twice served as the President of the Stanislaus County Criminal Courts Bar Association and has served as a director of the Stanislaus County Bar Association. He is a member of the Stanislaus County Bar Association, the Sonoma County Bar Association, the Merced County Bar Association, California Attorneys for Criminal Justice, the American Bar Association, and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL).

Since 2007 Mr. McAllister has been listed in California Super Lawyers.

Mr. McAllister was inducted into the American College of Trial Lawyers in 2008. He is the author of The Criminal Trial Book (Promakos 2008), a procedural and constitutional law text for the courtroom criminal lawyer.

On January 2, 2009 Kirk McAllister went to press with the Third Edition of his book, “The Criminal Trial Book”. It has been hailed by one commentator as “the Swiss Army knife of criminal trial practice”.

In 2009 Kirk McAllister was chosen as an adjunct professor at the University of Santa Clara School of Law. He taught Criminal Law.

On July 20, 2017, Kirk McAllister published his second book, “The Brady Book.” It has been called “the bible for seeking, exposing and punishing the deceitful prosecutor” by one commentator.

Jane McAllister


Jane E. McAllister graduated from Stanford University with honors, after which she received her Juris Doctor degree from Humphreys College School of Law. She joined the Modesto firm Damrell, Nelson, Schrimp, Pallios and Ladine, specializing in estate planning, civil litigation and real property law. She then became a founding partner of McAllister & McAllister, where she has continued to practice general business law.

Ms. McAllister has served on the mediation panel of Merced County Superior Court and the mediation panel of Stanislaus County Superior Court. She is member of the Stanislaus County Estate Planning Council. She is also a member of the Stanislaus, Merced and Los Angeles County Bar Associations as well as the California State Bar Association and American Bar Association.

Since 2015, Jane E. McAllister has served as a commissioner on the California Law Revision Commission. She was first appointed by Governor Jerry Brown and in 2019 was reappointed by Governor Gavin Newsom. Ms. McAllister was the chairperson of the commission for 2018-2019.

Jane E. McAllister has been a member if the California State Bar since 1988 and is authorized to practice in all California courts and before the Eastern and Northern Districts of California and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal.