Fighting Aggressively For
Your Safety & Liberty

Meet Attorney Ray Buenaventura

Bay Area Criminal Defense Attorney With 25+ Years of Experience

Attorney Ray Buenaventura

Attorney Ray Buenaventura believes in vigorous advocacy for each and every client. A former Los Angeles deputy Public Defender, he now devotes his practice to fighting for the rights and safety of those who have been charged with a crime, striving to build trust and lasting relationships with his clients. Without judgment, he takes on cases from simple shoplifting to capital murder and is a death penalty qualified criminal defense attorney. He is seasoned and skilled in the courtroom, having provided counsel in more than 100 jury trials. Mr. Buenaventura is a Certified Criminal Law Specialist, a designation reserved for a select few lawyers deemed qualified through a rigorous review of trial work, evidentiary hearings, case investigations, case law research, trial strategy preparations, and motion litigation.


  • B.A., University of California at Berkeley
  • J.D., Whittier College School of Law


Attorney Ray Buenaventura
  • ​​​​​​Certified Criminal Law Specialist
  • Former Los Angeles deputy public defender
  • Public Servant and 3 Time Mayor
  • Graduate of the renowned Gerry Spence Trial Lawyer's College
  • Death Penalty Qualified Attorney
  • Member of the CA State Bar Criminal Law Advisory Commission
  • Licensed to Practice Law in California, New York and Washington D.C.
  • Certified Veterans Administration Claims and Benefits Attorney

3 Time Mayor and Well Respected in the community

Mr. Buenaventura is personally invested in the community. In addition to being a trusted Bay Area criminal defense attorney, he served as mayor for three terms and currently serves as a councilmember. He also served on the Library Board of Trustees for more than four years. As the executive director of the Youth Court Program, he developed a Youth Court Justice Center in Santa Clara County to provide an alternative, community-based system of juvenile justice. Mr. Buenaventura graduated from the Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College, a program that designed to increase attorneys’ integrity and effectiveness. Mr. Buenaventura was awarded the prestigious Joe Morozumi Award for Exceptional Legal Advocacy by the Asian American Bar Association of Northern California, recognizing his commitment to justice and fighting for his clients. He also received the Outstanding Volunteer Attorney Award – Justice & Diversity Center from the San Francisco Bar Association and the Jose Rizal Award for Public Service from the Filipino Bar Association of Northern California.

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"No one who will fight more aggressively than me for your safety and liberty."

Attorney Buenaventura loves what he does, helping people get their lives back. That’s why he always obsess over results and never backs down to a prosecutor or judge. When it comes to his clients’ defense, he is persistent all the way. See what his clients have said about working with him.
  • Three-Time Bay Area Mayor
  • Board Certified Attorney
  • Tried Over 100 Jury Trials and Over 25 Years of Experience
  • Accredited By The Veterans Administration for Benefit & Claims
  • Commissioner of the California State Bar Association
  • First Executive Director of The Santa Clara Justice Program