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Vik Monder is principal and managing attorney at Monder Criminal Lawyer Group. The San Diego law firm’s practice areas include assault and battery, domestic violence, drugs, driving offenses, fraud, firearms, military criminal defense, and theft.

By Jennifer McEntee

Vik Monder is often at people’s side during the worst times of their life. As an attorney, he specializes in criminal defense and DUI cases in San Diego County. In his philanthropy, he volunteers and donates to nonprofits that help U.S. military veterans grappling with traumatic brain injuries and post-traumatic stress disorder.

“On a personal level, we feel it is our duty to assist the less fortunate and show them they are not alone in their struggles,” Monder said.

He lends his support to nonprofit Wounded Warrior Homes, a San Marcos-based organization that provides transitional housing and integrative services to post-9/11 veterans, and to the nonprofit Shelter to Soldier, an Oceanside-based group that trains shelter dogs to become psychiatric service dogs for post-9/11 veterans. Both local organizations have earned GuideStar’s Gold seal for transparency.

Monder said his philanthropy and work for his law firm, Monder Criminal Lawyer Group, is rooted in a commitment to the well-being of the community.

“Most people just want an advocate,” said Monder. “That’s why people turn to us. It’s one of our strengths.”

Vik Monder is principal and managing attorney at Monder Criminal Lawyer Group, founded in 2012. The firm has four attorneys and an office on F Street in San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter.

The law firm’s practice areas include assault and battery, domestic violence, drugs, driving offenses, fraud, firearms, military criminal defense, and theft.

Monder said he’s handled cases from simple misdemeanors to complex felonies, including some that have made headlines. Monder was one of the attorneys to defend Tieray Jones, the man charged with murdering 2-year-old Jahi Turner of Golden Hill in 2002. The case was dismissed in 2018 after the jury deadlocked.

He also served as the defense attorney for a former Carlsbad Unified School District employee charged with embezzling nearly $149,000 from the district by renting out school facilities and then keeping the money. Daniel James Czypinski pleaded guilty in 2016 and was sentenced to six weekends in jail and probation.

Meanwhile, Monder is representing a La Jolla man who allegedly beat his neighbor with a wooden club in June 2019. Defendant Robert Whitaker pleaded not guilty to kidnapping and attempted murder charges.

Monder said he often handles cases with “collateral consequences” — for instance, defendants whose criminal charges put their immigration status in jeopardy, or defendants in the military and law enforcement at risk of losing their ranks, firearms, and jobs because of criminal charges including domestic violence.

“There are ancillary issues that come up in a case,” he said. “I work toward mitigation on behalf of the client.”

Monder has a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of San Diego, a law degree from Thomas Jefferson School of Law, and a master’s in criminal trial advocacy from California Western School of Law.

Monder describes Monder Criminal Lawyer Group as a boutique-scale firm focused on the consumer, so much so that clients and their families can contact him on his cell phone at any time.

“We just want to make ourselves as available to clients as much as we can to satisfy their needs,” Monder said. “We’re all here in San Diego working together to handle cases for people who need representation. That’s what drives us.”

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