Over 50 Combined Years of Criminal Trial Experience

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Marc+Master-PlaqueThe law firm of Bardsley & Carlos, L.L.P., is recognized as one of San Diego and the Southern California region’s premier criminal defense firms, combining over fifty years of criminal law trial experience. The firm is dedicated to the aggressive defense of all criminal matters in both state and federal courts.

Bardsley & Carlos specialize in high profile cases

Mr. Carlos has handled a large number of high profile cases in San Diego, including two trials broadcast nationally on Court TV. He is a frequent contributor as an expert legal analysis and interviewed regarding his criminal expertise on COURT TV, TODAY SHOW, DATELINE NBC, SIXTY MINUTES, MSNBC, COURT TV, FOX NEWS, and PBS. One of his murder cases has been the subject of a nationally syndicated documentary, “What Ever Happened To Baby Jasmine?”. Two other of his murder cases have been made the subjects of a published books; Living Between Danger and Love: The Limits of Choice by Dr. Kathleen Jones (Rutgers University Press, 2000) and No Good Deed (Berkeley Publishing Group, 2006) by Tom Basinksi.

Bardsley & Carlos extensive client list includes:

  • Professional Athletes
  • Elected and Public Officials
  • Law Enforcement Officers
  • National and International Corporations

Bardsley & Carlos, LLP defends all types of serious felonies

Bardsley & Carlos, L.L.P., emphasizes expert representation in all aspects of criminal trial work. We have provided superb representation to our clients defending all types of serious felonies, homicides, narcotics and white collar offenses.

Bardsley & Carlos, LLP is recognized by Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers

Bardsley & Carlos, L.L.P., is listed in the Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, a national directory limited only to the most distinguished law practices. The rating is the result of a nationally recognized peer review system based upon confidential opinions of practicing attorneys and members of the judiciary.

Both Mr. Bardsley and Mr. Carlos earned the AV ® Rating

The partners, Francis J. Bardsley and Marc X. Carlos, have extensive experience as lead counsel in capital cases and over thirty five homicide cases, as well as numerous complex narcotic and white collar cases. Both Mr. Bardsley and Mr. Carlos have individually earned the AV ® Rating which is the highest possible rating by Martindale-Hubbell in determining an attorney’s legal ability, expertise, experience, integrity and overall professional excellence. In addition, Marc Carlos has been certified as a Criminal Trial Specialist by the National Board of Trial Advocacy, and by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization.

Bardsley & Carlos, LLP is known for the best client representation.

Bardsley & Carlos, L.L.P., specializes in client service and is known for delivering the very best representation possible in every case. The firm also handles select civil matters, including civil rights litigation.

Bardsley & Carlos, LLP is conveniently located

The firm’s offices are conveniently located in the heart of San Diego’s Downtown, adjacent to Horton Plaza in the Gaslamp Quarter.

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The Bardsley & Carlos Team


Marc Carlos

Marc Carlos is a partner and co-founder of Bardsley and Carlos LLP. Mr. Carlos has been practicing criminal law since 1987. Mr. Carlos has tried over 200 jury trials and represented thousands of clients in complex criminal matters ranging from fraud to murder.


Francis Bardsley (Ret)

Mr. Bardsley has been in successful private practice with the firm of Bardsley & Carlos since 1997 and specializes in serious felony criminal matters as well as white collar litigation. He is also retained and consults as an expert in criminal defense matters.

Of Counsel

Amanda Luman

Amanda Luman provides invaluable Of Counsel services to Bardsley & Carlos, LLP. Ms. Luman has experience in a wide range of complex criminal and civil legal issues. Ms. Luman is licensed to practice law in the State of California and in Federal Court.

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