Most people working regular nine-to-five jobs find the entire legal process a difficult concept to grasp and moving forward with any kind of legal action almost an impossible task to begin. That’s where the expertise of a seasoned and well-educated U.S. attorney comes into play. With a solid education from Columbia College, obtained while working full-time as a Oakland police officer, John Bakhit was a prime candidate to consider a career in law. Bakhit then obtained his juris doctor from Santa Clara University in Silicon Valley, whereupon he interned for the county’s DA office under the county’s gang unit. John now works for the prestigious law firm of Mastagni Holstedt under their labor and employment department where he oversees numerous cases involving “complex employee contracts” as well as representing fellow peace officers.

(Photo Courtesy of John Bakhit)

(Photo Courtesy of John Bakhit)

What does your job entail?

“As an attorney representing public safety employees and union members, I spend the majority of my time representing clients in labor and employment matters, administrative/disciplinary investigations, contract negotiations and criminal matters.”

Any parts of your job you find rewarding?

“There is nothing more rewarding than achieving the desired results for the falsely accused. As a retired police officer, I particularly enjoy helping the hard-working men and women that put their lives on the line to serve their communities.”

What was your past education?

“I obtained my bachelor’s degree while working full-time as a police officer for the City of Oakland. I later attended the Santa Clara University School of Law where I graduated with a juris doctor degree.”

Any advice for future attorneys?

“Yes, it is my belief that anyone who has the time, discipline and drive can graduate from law school and pass the California State Bar exam. The possibilities are truly endless afterwards. Find an excellent law firm to work for because it will make a significant difference on your career development.”

Paulo Acoba is a California native raised in the Bay Area and living in the Central Valley. He enjoys distance running, cycling and grassroots motorsports. He holds a degree in management from the University of California Merced. Paulo has been writing for since 2012 and covering the Fresno area.