Biographical Information

Mr. Makler has been practicing Criminal Defense in California since 1996.  Prior to becoming an attorney, he spent a number of years filling various roles in law enforcement.   Mr. Makler is an accomplished criminal defense attorney known for his effectiveness as a trial attorney.  In addition to managing a busy law practice, Mr. Makler was on the regular faculty as an Evidence professor at Santa Barbara and Ventura Colleges of Law.  His mainline practice is DUI defense but he is experienced in all variety of criminal matters as well as select civil rights and class action litigation, particularly having to do with police procedures and in helping people remedy their criminal convictions and arrest histories.  His work in this regard has been widely recognized.  Mr. Makler has received the highest attorney rating “A-V” by Martindale Hubbel and has been rated consistently a 10 out of 10 on Avvo.com.

Admission Dates & Jurisdictions

State Bar of California, December 1996

Eastern District of California, December 1996

Central District of California, June 0f 2000


UC San Diego, Muir College Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, 1991

UOP, McGeorge School of Law, Juris Doctorate, 1996

Professional Experience

Deputy Public Defender, Santa Cruz County Public Defender’s Office, 1997-2000

Deputy Public Defender II, Santa Barbara County Public Defender’s Office, 2000-2002

Makler & Makler LLP, Partner, 2000-2003

Law Offices of William C. Makler, P.C., CEO, 2004-present

Faculty, Santa Barbara and Ventura Colleges of Law, 2006-2008

Faculty, Basic Trial Skills Seminar, CPDA, 2008

Honors & Awards

Honors in Trial Advocacy by McGeorge School of Law 1991

10 out of 10 rating by Avvo 2010-

A-V Rated by Martindale Hubbel 2013-



Professional Associations

Califonia Attorneys for Criminal Justice

California DUI Lawyers’ Association

California Public Defenders’ Association

National College of DUI Defense

Speaking Engagements

ACLU  Santa Barbara Chapter, “Know Your Rights”, 2015

Rotary International, “DUI”, 2014

And approximately 40 speaking engagements to college students, law students, members of the community, judges and lawyers on topics such as DUI, Constitutional Rights and Trial Practice.