CTLA Officers

Harris Taback, President

Born in Brooklyn, New York, Mr. Taback has been a respected and trusted state and federal criminal attorney in the San Francisco Bay Area since 1983.

Mr. Taback has represented people from all walks of life, including members of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club and corporate executives. He has earned a reputation for successfully representing clients charged with crimes ranging from murder, serious drug offenses, embezzlement, mortgage fraud, sexual assaults, and a wide variety of other serious offenses.

Mr. Taback collaborates with other professionals, including private investigators, forensic and medical experts, and other professionals to fight for the best possible result for his clients. He drives the process and progress of each individual case. Often, he is able to avoid having his client go through the entire cycle of a prosecution or to refrain from going to court at all by aggressively convincing district attorneys from charging his client. This process typically saves his clients time, money, and the agony of defending a criminal prosecution.

Mr. Taback has zealously fought the government on behalf of his clients over a 30-year career. He offers clients Federal and State Criminal Defense at all California and Federal Courts Nationwide.

Frank Z. Leidman, President-Elect

Frank Z. Leidman grew up in New York City, attended public schools, cheered for the hapless Mets from the beginning until they won it all in 1969, all the while demonstrating against the wars in Vietnam and Cambodia. He attended Haverford College, lived at Bryn Mawr, studied philosophy and logic at Bedford College at the University of London, and traveled in Europe before returning to Haverford to finish his philosophy degree. He became a New York City Urban Fellow, working in the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Criminal Justice and the NYC Department of Investigation. He then attended the New York University School of Law, where he was one of the first students to participate for two years in the Criminal Law Clinic, trying both misdemeanor and felonies as a law student.

Following the baseball Giants (albeit quite a bit later), he and his wife moved to San Francisco in 1980 and raised a family. Frank practiced civil litigation with Bronson, Bronson & McKinnon, and then white collar criminal defense with Sideman & Bancroft, from 1980 to 1986. He established his own solo practice in 1986, has had his office in San Francisco ever since, and has practiced all over the Bay Area. He qualified for the Federal indigent panel in the Northern District of California, and the Bar Association of San Francisco’s Indigent Defense panels, took appointments and tried cases in both the Federal and state courts. For decades, he has been a delegate of the Bar Association of San Francisco to the Conference of California Bar Associations, culminating in his service as Chair of the BASF delegation. He serves on the Legislative Affairs Committee of the Jewish Community Relations Council, also serves on the Board of Directors of California People of Faith Working Against the Death Penalty, is the Marin County captain for the SAFE Act campaign, and is an activist in support of Proposition 34.

Frank has served for years as a CTLA/NC officer and is now President-Elect.

Erin M. Crane, Vice President

Erin Crane is a criminal defense attorney in San Francisco. Her practice includes private and court-appointed trial and appellate work in federal and state court. She is currently Vice President of the Criminal Trial Lawyers Association of Northern California.
She is a past pro tem judge for the San Francisco Superior Court, Executive Committee Member of the Criminal Justice Section of the San Francisco Bar Association and Board of Director and Legal Advisor for St. James Infirmary, a free medical clinic in San Francisco.

Adam G. Gasner, Treasurer

Adam G. Gasner is a criminal defense trial attorney based in San Francisco, Ca. He is qualified under the Criminal Justice Act (CJA) to be appointed federal criminal cases in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. He is also qualified by the Bar Association of San Francisco’s Indigent Defense Administration to be appointed serious felony cases in the San Francisco Superior Court.

Prior to his private practice, Adam was a research attorney for the criminal division of the Contra Costa Superior Court. He was also a certified law intern at the office of the San Francisco District Attorney. Prior to that, Adam was a judicial law clerk at the New York Supreme Court, criminal trial division. He attended the University of San Francisco, School of Law, JD ’97 and Boston University, BA in English ’92.

Adam is currently a board member and officer of Criminal Trial Lawyers Association of Northern California, where he serves as Treasurer.

Kenneth H. Wine, Secretary

Kenneth H. Wine is a graduate of the Ohio State University (B.S. 1985, J.D. 1989) where he was a member of the Ohio State Journal on Alternative Dispute Resolution, and authored an article entitled “Latin America and Self-Determination,” which won awards in a international writing competition in Cartagena, Colombia. While at Ohio State, he was employed with a legal fellowship by the American Civil Liberties Union.

Ken has experience trying criminal cases in Federal Courts in San Francisco and San Jose, CA, Cleveland, Ohio, and Alexandria, Virginia, and in State Courts throughout California. Ken was appointed by the State Bar of California to the Federal Courts Committee, and he was honored to be the first criminal defense attorney selected as a keynote speaker at the national convention of the National Association of Treasury Agents in Las Vegas, where he spoke to federal agents in the U.S. Customs, Secret Service, ATF, and Treasury Department regarding the responsibilities of police officers in a free society.

Ken has been appointed by the United States District Court in Northern California to represent indigent criminal defendants under the Federal Courts Criminal Justice Act, and was recently appointed as Co-Chair of the Mental Health Committee for the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. In his most interesting appointment, Ken was named by the Kingdom of Cambodia to the Criminal Defense Panel of the International War Crimes Tribunal.

Joanna Sheridan, Young Lawyers Liaison

Joanna Sheridan became a criminal defense lawyer to stand up for justice one client at a time. She is a graduate of Bowdoin College and the University of San Francisco School of Law, where she was a member of the Law Review.

Ms. Sheridan clerked for the Federal Public Defender in Little Rock, Arkansas in 2006 and worked for the Alameda County Public Defender in Oakland, California in 2007. In 2008, she joined the Law Offices of Douglas Rappaport and enjoys working with the firm’s accomplished team.

Ms. Sheridan is a member of the Criminal Trial Lawyers Association of Northern California, the California Attorneys for Criminal Justice, the Bar Association of San Francisco, and in 2010 she became the Young Lawyer Liaison Officer and member of the Board of Directors of the Criminal Trial Lawyer’s Association of Northern California.