Patrick Vanier is the Supervising Deputy District Attorney for the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office Narcotics Prosecution Team. Patrick has been a prosecutor with Santa Clara County since 2006, where he has served on the Burglary, Assault and Theft Team, Sexual Assault Team and the Narcotics Prosecution Team. In 2015 Patrick was awarded California Narcotics Officers’ Association State Prosecutor of the Year and in 2017 the San Jose Police Department’s Excellence in Prosecution Award.
Prior to coming to Santa Clara County, Patrick was a Deputy District Attorney at the Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office for seven years. Over the course of his career, Patrick has prosecuted more than 50 jury trials and prosecuted thousands of felony cases.
Patrick has spent more than half of his career working with law enforcement agencies investigating and prosecuting major narcotics cases with a particular emphasis on Mexican National drug cartels operating within California. Patrick’s area of expertise is in the area of wiretap investigations. He has utilized his expertise by collaborating with federal, state and local law enforcement on more than 100 wiretap applications targeting major drug traffickers, street gangs and murders.
Patrick has trained law enforcement and attorneys for the California District Attorneys’ Association, California Narcotics Officers’ Association, Northern California High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) and various law enforcement agencies within Santa Clara County. Patrick has taught on the subjects of wiretap investigations, legal updates in search and seizure law, California Electronic Communications Privacy Act and most recently Proposition 64 (Adult Use of Marijuana Act).
Working a variety of jobs during the day, Patrick completed law school at night and was awarded his Juris Doctorate in 1998 by John F. Kennedy University School of Law. He received a B.S. in Business and Accounting from San Francisco State University in 1995 and a B.A. in Political Science from University of California, Irvine in 1991.
Patrick and his wife, Anaite, live in San Ramon with their three daughters where he has coached soccer for more than a decade.