Robert Faigin was appointed Special Assistant to the Sheriff in 2001. He currently serves as Special Assistant/Chief
Attorney to Sheriff Bill Gore. He is responsible for
providing legal advice to the Sheriff, Command Staff, and other
As head of the Legal Affairs Unit, Faigin
and his staff provide legal opinions, conduct research on a variety
of legal issues affecting the department, review pleadings
and departmental documents for legal sufficiency, and coordinate various
litigation matters for County Counsel. His current areas of
emphasis include criminal law and procedure, civil rights liability,
employment and labor law, detentions, and peace officer bill of rights.
Prior to joining the department, Faigin served as a Deputy District Attorney in Solano County and
a Senior Deputy District Attorney in Lassen County. As a prosecutor, he handled cases
from charging to sentencing. In Solano County, he
prosecuted family violence cases including domestic violence, child and elder abuse.
In Lassen County, he prosecuted
misdemeanor and general felonies including violent crimes, domestic
violence, property and theft crimes. He has tried over 50 jury
trials to verdict in addition to hundreds of bench trials.
served as the State Chair of the California Peace Officers Association,
Police Legal Advisors section. He is a member of the San Diego
County Bar Association, the California Peace Officers' Association, and
the California State Sheriffs' Association.
Mr. Faigin holds a Juris Doctor from Pepperdine University School of
Law. He is admitted to practice in both California and Nevada.
He holds a Master of Science in Public Administration from California
State University Dominguez Hills. He earned a Bachelor of Science
in Criminal Justice with a minor in Political Science from the
University of Nevada Reno.