Danielle Nygren works hard and relishes a challenge. She recently graduated from the U.C. Irvine School of Law with High Honors for working more pro bono hours than anyone else in her class. While Danielle was excelling academically, she put in over 400 hours on real-life cases at a number of Public Defender’s offices in Southern California. Her enthusiasm and talent make her an exceptional young attorney, and we are proud to have her on our team.
Danielle currently works in our misdemeanor and domestic violence units, where hard work and dedication matter. Fascinated with the criminal justice system and the power to protect people’s rights, Danielle says, “What motivates me to work so hard is feeling like I am someone’s advocate, their warrior – trained, informed, and ready to go to battle for them.”
Danielle fights many of those battles in the pre-trial phases of her cases. “I get fired up about discovery issues and police misconduct. Holding the District Attorney accountable to turn over their information and challenging police misconduct can really turn the tables in our favor. I love bail review arguments because I can get my client out of custody and that makes a difference for them.”
While in school, Danielle worked for the Sacramento County Public Defender, the Orange County Public Defender, the Santa Barbara Public Defender, the Clemency Project (where she sought a presidential pardon for her client), the Innocence Appeal Project (where she sought exoneration for her clients from the California Supreme Court), and a Criminal Justice Clinic and an Immigrant Rights Clinic through U.C. Irvine.
Her work experience in law school earned Danielle some notoriety in the community and brought her to the attention of the Cohen Defense Group’s managing partner, David Cohen, who says, “Adding Danielle Nygren to the Cohen Defense Group was an easy decision. She graduated from one of the state’s most innovative law schools in the top of her class, worked extensively on informant issues arising from the infamous Orange County jail snitch program, and successfully overturned the deportation of a U.S. Army veteran while working with the UC Irvine Immigration Clinic. This showed me that Danielle has a high level of dedication to the work and, more importantly, Danielle is a winner. She has quickly proven herself a strong advocate for our clients.”
When she is not working, Danielle enjoys music, being outdoors, and spending time with family and friends.
Danielle was born in Fair Oaks and raised in El Dorado Hills and Folsom. She became a member of the state bar in 2018. Education: University of California, Irvine, CA (B.A. Social Ecology 2014); University of California School of Law, Irvine, CA (J.D., 2018). Member: State Bar of California, Placer County Bar Association.