Christopher Darden is a writer, lecturer and practicing attorney. He is a 15-year veteran of the Los Angeles County District Attorney, where he was assigned to the prosecution of O.J. Simpson.
During his tenure as a prosecutor, he was the Assistant Head Deputy Attorney of the Special Investigations Division. There for 6 years, his division investigated corrupt public officials, election law violations and police officer shootings and allegations of excessive use of force by police. Past assignments also included the Hardcore Gang Division and the Major Crimes Division. He has tried 21 homicide cases.
Darden received his B.S. in Criminal Justice Administration from California University at San Jose (1977) and his law degree from the University of California, Hasting College of the Law (1980). After leaving the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office in 1995, Darden joined the faculty at California State University, Los Angeles, where he taught criminal law.
That same year, he was appointed Associate Professor of Law at Southwestern University School of Law, Los Angeles. Darden taught and specialized in criminal procedure and trial advocacy. He left the law school in 1999 and immediately started his own firm, Darden & Associates, Inc., specializing in criminal defense and civil litigation.
Darden continues to be an advocate against domestic violence and is active in a variety of local and national organizations, including the National Bar Association (Lifetime Member), American Trial Lawyers Association and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity (Lifetime Member).
In 1998, Darden received the Crystal Heart Award from Loved Ones of Homicide Victims, an organization devoted to aiding families that have suffered the loss of loved ones as a result of violence. In 2000 he was recognized as “Humanitarian of the Year” by Eli Horne, A California shelter for abused children and women.
Darden has lectured at America’s leading colleges and universities, including but not limited to, Indiana University, University of Pittsburgh, Yale, University of Miami, Mercer University, Pennsylvania, Case Western and Georgia State University. He has also spoken on a variety of legal and social issues at major fundraisers, state and regional bar association convention, and corporate gatherings.
Darden is a former legal commentator for NBC and CNBC, and a frequent guest and commentator on CNN, Fox News Network and Court TV. He has appeared on every major television news or talk show. He has made guest appearances on “Touched By an Angel,” “Girlfriends,” “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno,” “Roseanne” and the movie “Liar Liar.” He is the former principal attorney in the syndicated legal show “Power of Attorney.”
Darden is also an accomplished writer. He is the co-author of the former number one New York Times best seller, “In Contempt” (1996) and “The Trials of Nikki Hill” (1999) and “LA Justice” (2000) “The Last Defense” (2002).
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