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frank zeccola


Selected as a Super Lawyers Rising Star in 2018, 2019, and 2023, Mr. Zeccola dedicates roughly half his practice to employment law, representing both employers and employees in workplace issues and litigation, and the remaining half he devotes to all other areas of law, including personal injury, medical malpractice, criminal, and more. For that second half of his practice, Mr. Zeccola states, “Any case where I believe an injustice or misapplication of the law has occurred, either by judges, litigants, or attorneys—those are the kinds of cases I want to take to right the wrongs that so frequently occur in our justice system.” For Redemption Row—and with this ethos in mind—Mr. Zeccola has worked on 1437 petitions and habeas matters. He is open to pro bono and “low bono” cases depending on the case, but will always do his best to keep costs low for underserved litigants.


Costanzo Law Firm

111 W. St. John St, #700

San Jose, CA 95113



Rich Pfeiffer has more than two decades of experience representing clients in criminal and juvenile cases, fighting systems that can often be unfair. Rich’s expertise extends to both the trial and appellate courts. 

Rich’s criminal defense practice specializes in post conviction cases. Those matters are expanding rapidly due to new laws being introduced that permit early release from custody. The changes involve parole hearings, writs challenging denial of parole, and trials and appeals for new laws for resentencing that have recently been introduced to reduce prison overcrowding and include three strikes reform.

Rich began his legal career with the Orange County Public Defender’s Office and quickly started writing legal briefs that resulted in published opinions. After leaving the Public Defender, private practice that included taking appointments from courts enabled Rich the flexibility to take on causes, the first one was changing California’s parole system. One of Rich’s current “projects” is trying to change how youthful offenders are treated by the courts and Board of Parole Hearings. Some of these cases involve getting sentences changed that were as severe as life without the possibility of parole to actually getting some of these clients out of prison.

Rich Pfeiffer attorney at law

P.O. Box 721  Silverado, CA  92676






Karen spent almost two decades on the California Board of Parole Hearings as a Deputy Commissioner. Now, she's on the other side of the table providing representation for those who want  private legal assistance when appearing before the Board. Karen's clients benefit greatly from her experience as a former Deputy Commissioner and understanding of the law. She is widely respected by the Board and prison officials statewide. Her no-nonsense approach to the facts while being empathetic to her clients and their families can be measured in positive results achieved.  Getting people home to their loved one's is her highest priority. 

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