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Law Offices of Rodney Gould (818) 981-1760

What are we doing differently that makes us the premier DMV law firm in California?

The Law Office of Rodney Gould is a new kind of law firm. Drawing from our combined skills as former civil prosecutors, police officers, scientists and computer programmers, we approach cases like no other California lawyers. Equally comfortable arguing in federal court or trending on social media, we know what it takes to win cases in the 21st Century. And win them we do! Nestled in the heart of Los Angeles’s San Fernando Valley, we are just a short flight away from any court in the State of California. We have won DMV writ cases from San Francisco to San Diego, often providing assistance in the background to the client’s attorney of record.

Principal & Founder

Our principal, Rodney Gould, is a former Assistant U.S. Attorney who has been practicing law for more than two decades. He began his career as a civil prosecutor in mail fraud cases for the United States Postal Service in Washington, DC. During that time he litigated in federal district courts throughout the country, establishing a name for himself as an aggressive litigator. He then served with distinction at the Department of Justice as a Special Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Columbia. Since leaving government service, he has provided legal services to some of the nation’s largest companies including MCI, Bank of America and Countrywide Financial. Mr. Gould earned a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Eureka College and a Juris Doctor from the University Of Illinois College Of Law. When he is not fighting DMV, Mr. Gould is an active philanthropist, serving on the boards of several nonprofit corporations.

Educated Administration

Our administrator, Lee McCoy, is a retired attorney whose own practice focused on DMV litigation. Now running the firm and spearheading this website, he also brings a wealth of DMV experience to the firm. He holds an Instructor’s Certificate in Standardized Field Sobriety Tests from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the International Association of Chiefs of Police. He was one of only a handful of California attorneys accepted into the Robert F. Borkenstein Course in Highway Safety—the country’s premier drunk driving course for prosecutors and state toxicologists. Mr. McCoy is a former law professor at the Southern California Institute of Law and regularly taught DMV seminars to other attorneys. Mr. McCoy studied microbiology in college and earned both his bachelor’s degree and his Juris Doctor from the University Of Illinois College Of Law.

DMV isn’t fair nor do they follow the law 100% of the time. Sometimes, you need a writ attorney to step in and fight the DMV on appeal. Rodney Gould is the only attorney I will refer possible writ cases to. Every one of my clients Mr. Gould retained for writ has resulted in a reversal of the DMV decision as well as a stay of suspension. I endorse Mr. Gould and look forward to working with him in the future. Julia Simmons, Esq.


Rodney Gould not only got my license back, but also made DMV pay my attorney’s fees! The judge was so impressed with the way Rodney presented my case that he hammered the DMV attorney in front of everybody! Matt S., Palm Springs

Law Office of Rodney Gould

14827 Ventura Blvd #210
Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
(818) 981-1760

Rodney Gould, Esq.

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Timely Responses

We pride ourselves on our responsiveness. If we are not able to speak to you immediately, you can expect a return call within hours, not days.

Innovative Ideas

We’ve learned that even when cases seem hopeless, there is more than one way to beat DMV. Our thinking outside the box keeps people driving.

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Clear Communication

Our ability to communicate effectively with our clients and their attorneys in preparing their cases maximizes the chance of success.

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California DMV Audit Ordered for Long Wait Times

A California DMV audit has been ordered by the governor for the ridiculous wait times reported by motorists at numerous DMV field offices across the state. Based on a law practice that deals with DMV offices across California every day, we could add our own observations that we hope the audit addresses. First, the Mandatory Actions Unit frequently does not even answer its phone, dumping callers after navigating the long voice-response queue. MAU is the front-line of contact for the significant number of motorists involved in licensing actions, and it is inexcusable that they cannot get through. Second, in the last 12 months or so, we have noticed increasing numbers of calls and letters to Driver Safety offices simply being ignored. San Francisco Driver Safety is the lead culprit, pretending numerous times not to have received facsimile transmissions and refusing to do anything about it. State Finance Director Keely Martin Bosler (who is appointed by Brown) notified the agency that her office will conduct the California DMV audit amid concerns about the agency’s performance. “As we have discussed, long wait times at the Department of Motor Vehicles do not reflect the high standards of service that Californians expect from their state government,” Bosler wrote in a letter Friday to DMV Director Jean Shiomoto.  Shiomoto responded that DMV welcomes “the Department of Finance’s input into DMV’s ongoing efforts to reduce wait times and improve customer service and stand ready to assist with the audit.” The delays have been worsened by frequent computer crashes, including one Thursday that interrupted operations at 68 of the DMV’s 172 field offices for more than...

Rodney Gould wins San Francisco DMV Appeal

The First District Court of Appeal in San Francisco just overturned a DMV suspension for one of Mr. Gould’s motorist clients. In Miller v. Department of Motor Vehicles (May 2, 2018; A147050), a unanimous appellate panel agreed with Mr. Gould that the motorist’s arrest was illegal and that therefore, so was the suspension of his license. In the wee hours of the morning of  July 31, 2014, CHP Officer Christopher Pettyjohn was investigating a single car collision in an unincorporated area of Humboldt County.  The vehicle was registered to Mr. Miller at an address some two miles away. Officer Pettyjohn, under the pretense of “checking his well-being,” directed another officer to Miller’s house. The second officer gained entrance to the house through Miller’s roommate and then barged into Miller’s bedroom and awakened him. He ordered Miller outside and waited for Pettyjohn to arrive. When Officer Pettyjohn arrived, he initiated a DUI investigation and ultimately arrested Miller for DUI. When DMV suspended Miller’s driver’s license administratively, he hired an attorney to file a writ petition. The judge in Humboldt County refused to issue the writ. Then Miller hired Mr. Gould. Mr. Gould argued on appeal that there was no justification for the police officers to go into Miller’s bedroom. There were no exigent circumstances to justify it, nor any permission to enter his bedroom granted, as the roommate did not have the authority to give that permission. “We conclude that Miller’s detention was not lawful. A vehicle involved in a single-car accident without more does not indicate that the driver was under the influence of alcohol, nor do these facts indicate that...

U.S. House Passes Sweeping Autonomous Car Bill

The U.S. House today unanimously approved a sweeping proposal to speed the deployment of self-driving cars without human controls and bar states from blocking autonomous vehicles. The bill now goes to the Senate and would allow automakers to obtain exemptions to deploy up to 25,000 vehicles without meeting existing auto safety standards in the first year, a cap that would rise to 100,000 vehicles annually over three...
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