The Law Offices of Alexandra McClure is devoted entirely to criminal defense.  Ms. McClure brings her expertise to cases that involve a wide range of alleged criminal conduct, including RICO conspiracies, wire and mail fraud offenses, immigration offenses, embezzlement, tax violations, marijuana cultivation, gun possession, bank robbery and drug trafficking.  She also represents individuals charged in local courts throughout California with charges including assault, domestic violence, and, drug possession.  Ms. McClure has an appellate practice that has seen victories in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. With this combination of trial and appellate skills, Ms. McClure brings a unique perspective to each phase of her clients’ cases. Ms. McClure understands that state court convictions often must be attacked in a habeas corpus proceeding in federal court. With her extensive federal experience, including litigating federal habeas corpus matters both at the district court level, on appeal to the Ninth Circuit and in the U.S. Supreme Court, Ms. McClure is vigilant about preserving federal issues in state court, and aggressively pursues those issues at every level in the federal court system. Ms. McClure also represents corporate and individual clients under investigation so that they avoid prosecution altogether.


K. Alexandra McClure is a state and federal criminal defense lawyer who has been practicing in the Bay Area for nineteen years.  She began her career as a Law Clerk for the Honorable Susan Illston in the United States District Court in San Francisco.  Ms. McClure then worked as an associate at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe in Silicon Valley where she litigated business and intellectual property cases, including patent, copyright, trademark and trade secret theft cases. She also litigated complex habeas corpus and immigration pro bono matters.  Ms. McClure joined the Office of the Federal Public Defender in San Francisco in 1999, where she represented hundreds of clients charged with federal criminal offenses.  As an Assistant Federal Public Defender, Ms. McClure represented her clients through all stages of the proceedings, trial and on appeal to Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Ms. McClure has worked extensively within the federal court system.  In addition to her experience with Judge Illston, she served as an Extern for the Honorable D. Lowell Jensen, United States District Court Judge, and also clerked for United States Magistrate Judge Joseph C. Spero.


Ms. McClure fights each case to win it.  To her, aggressive representation is essential for people who are faced with the full weight, force and resources of the government.  In vigorously defending the rights of the accused at every stage of the case, she is able to achieve the best results for her clients. While some cases are ultimately resolved through plea bargaining, an excellent and vigorous defense is always the path to the best possible plea if that is what is best for the client.

For clients

Ms. McClure cares about the people she represents.  While Ms. McClure’s practice has included very serious cases including those with possible life sentences, she recognizes that someone who has been accused of any crime, no matter how small, is experiencing a crisis.  A case is never “small” to a client.  Ms. McClure has a client-centered practice, which ensures the best possible representation.  She understands that early and thorough investigation is critical not just for keeping a client out of jail, but in cases where charges have not yet been filed, in order to take control of the case immediately and prevent prosecution.  Ms. McClure works hard to understand the person – not just the case – and can be much more effective in negotiations where a deeper understanding of the client and his or her unique personal circumstances can make all the difference to the outcome.

Education & Bar Admissions


  • Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, B.A. English, minor in Psychology
  • Santa Clara University School of Law, J.D.
  • Associate Editor, Santa Clara Law Review

Bar Admissons

  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • California State Bar

Professional & Volunteer Activities


  • California Attorneys for Criminal Justice
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Federal Indigent Defense Panel in the Northern District of California


  • RAWdance – Board Member
  • Project Legal Link – Advisor
  • The Reading Tree – Former Board Member

Contact Us

214 Duboce Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94103