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Bill Fazio

Bill Fazio

Lifelong San Franciscan, widowed in 2009:  33 years of marriage, three children, two grandchildren.


City College of San Francisco, A.A., 1967

San Francisco State University, B.A., 1969

San Francisco State University, M.A., 1970

University of San Francisco, J.D., 1974

Associations and Memberships:

Bar Association of San Francisco,1974-Present   

Board of Directors, BASF, 1990-1991

Judiciary Committee, BASF, circa 1988

President, Municipal Attorney’s Association, 1989 & 1990

American College of Trial Lawyers, 1990-Present

Northen California “Super Lawyer” six  consecutive years, 2005-2011   

Teaching and Training:

Lecturer: USF, Hastings, Golden Gate, Stanford Law School

CA District Attorney’s Assoc

National Institute of Trial attorneys

Legal analyst for all local media; Court TV, locally and NYC, 1989-Present

  • As San Francisco’s next District Attorney, my top priorities will be:
  • Aggressively prosecuting violent crime
  • Providing adequate training to ensure expertise and professionalism in the courtroom
  • Collaborating with law enforcement to make San Francisco safer
  • Creating a Special investigation Unit (SIU) to deal with diverse crimes; environmental, building, labor code and other areas not usually associated with the District Attorney by partnering with the City Attorney     
  • Assigning an Assistant District Attorney to each police district station for community outreach                 
  • Fast-track triaging of misdemeanor cases to diversion or prosecution
  • Making the District Attorney’s office a Professional Organization Dedicated to the Balanced Administration of Justice

During 20 years as a prosecutor for the City and County of San Francisco, I tried over 150 felony cases to verdict and achieved over a 90% conviction rate overall, 97% in sexual assault cases.  My courtroom experience far exceeds that of the other candidates, and I am the only candidate to have prosecuted a case in the San Francisco criminal courts. 

I tried many high-profile and high-pressure sexual assault and homicide cases.  In 1985 I obtained one of the first “gay bashing” murder convictions in the country.  The organization ‘Community United Against Violence’ called the conviction a turning point in the prosecution of hate crimes against gays and lesbians. I charged a domestic violence homicide as a first-degree murder and the jury convicted the defendant of first degree murder, another first in the country.  I have also lent myself to assisting with and/or writing prosecution-related publications. I worked with the National Gay Rights Advocates to write a manual for prosecution of gay hate crimes, wrote and published a manual to support sexual assault victims coping with the criminal justice system, and wrote and published an article on using expert testimony in domestic violence cases.

For over fifteen years, I have successfully managed a law practice, and practiced criminal defense litigation.  The diversity of my clientele gives me a breadth and depth of experience not shared by any other candidate. My entire career in law has prepared me to be San Francisco’s next District Attorney. My criminal defense experience has given me a BALANCED view of seeking real justice.  I am the candidate with the EXPERIENCE to make the District Attorney’s Office the first–rate office the residents of San Francisco deserve.