• 1350 Columbia Street, Suite 600, San Diego, California 92101

Marcus S. Bourassa

Marcus S. Bourassa

Marcus S. Bourassa

Trial Attorney
Federal Criminal Defense, White-Collar Criminal Defense, Civil Rights, Serious Criminal Defense in State Courts
1350 Columbia Street, Suite 600, San Diego, California 92101


Along with the Honorable Larry A. Burns, Tim Scott is the author of the Ninth Circuit Criminal Handbook, which is updated annually.

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Marcus Bourassa received undergraduate and graduate degrees from Stanford University before earning a juris doctor from Stanford Law School. Between stints at Stanford, Marcus served as an intelligence officer in the United States Marine Corps, where he deployed to Afghanistan and managed a team of professional interrogators and confidential sources. At Stanford Law School, Marcus became a regional mock trial champion, was elected student-president, and received the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Service as well as top honors in criminal law, administrative law, and contract law.

He externed in state and federal prosecutors’ offices, performed pro bono work for low-income tenants, and represented a man relieved of serving 25-to-life for a nonviolent drug offense.

After graduation in 2016, he was a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Christina A. Snyder of the United States District Court for the Central District of California. Marcus then joined the San Diego Federal Public Defender’s office, where he tried numerous cases to verdict, argued before the Ninth Circuit, and earned numerous federal felony case dismissals over the course of three years. He is tirelessly committed to advocating for the little guy.

Marcus was born in Texas and raised in New Mexico. Outside of work, Marcus is an amateur gardener, raises chickens, and volunteers with youth in dependency proceedings.

Marcus is admitted to practice in California state and federal courts.

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  • 2005 - 2009
    B.A., Stanford University
  • 2008 - 2009
    M.A., Stanford University
  • 2013 - 2016
    J.D., Juris Doctor, Law School