CoCo County D.A. candidate Dan O’Malley hired by Mel Gibson’s ex-girlfriend

September 28, 2010 21:03 pm · 36 comments

 Dan O’Malley, who’s a candidate for Contra Costa District Attorney, has just been hired by Mel Gibson’s ex-girlfriend, Oksana Grigorieva, to assist with her on-going domestic violence and child custody case against the well known movie star, according to

TMZ also reports if O’Malley wins the election for Contra Costa County District Attorney, then he must resign his spot as one of Grigorieva’s lawyers. They say he is now on board to advise the team of lawyer’s on domestic violence issues.

O’Malley is in a runoff with Concord City Councilman Mark Peterson in the election for Contra Costa County District Attorney.

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1 Justice September 28, 2010 at 9:21 PM

Dan won’t have to resign his spot… Mark will be our next D.A.

2 Radar September 28, 2010 at 9:29 PM

That development just gave me a better reason to vote for Mark!

3 Babs September 28, 2010 at 9:40 PM

God, I hope not. Why would you want someone who was the Boss of the guy that is causing all the lawsuits and all the sex mess over this dept. People want to clean out people from the govt….here is the perfect example. DA dept needs a good toliet bowl cleaner, and stop the sex crap and get on with frying of the Concord bad guys.

4 Rolo September 28, 2010 at 9:52 PM

Talk about publicity! People love this stuff as evidenced by the popularity of all these tabloid sites. Good for Dan.

5 SK September 28, 2010 at 9:56 PM

I agree with you, Babs. Mark brings nothing new to the DA’s office. He believes he is entitled to the position, just because he has been there so long. The scandals coming out of that office are an embarrassment. I don’t care what O’Malley is doing with his time before the election, I will be voting for him in November.

6 anonamom September 28, 2010 at 10:03 PM

There’s a very big WHY DID SHE CHOOSE HIM in here someplace. Any ideas?

7 Mr. J. September 28, 2010 at 10:20 PM

Typical. Another reason why I am voting for Peterson.

8 creepy September 28, 2010 at 10:48 PM

creepy creepy lips and cheeks This woman is a menace to society , going after stars , provoking them and then suing their as@@es off!

9 inmotion September 28, 2010 at 10:53 PM

Defending a gold digger, real classy guy.

10 Babs September 28, 2010 at 11:36 PM

duh, maybe she picked him because he’s good…..geeez

11 Drunken Noodle September 29, 2010 at 12:52 AM


If you want the DA’s office cleaned out so bad, why would you support Dan? He has been handpicked by the very guys that have driven the office into the ground. If you don’t believe me, go to and look at who is writing him checks. He has gotten money from Paul Sequiera, Bob Kochly, and Kochly’s old campaign. The reason the current DA administration supports him both with endorsements and their money is they know he will preserve the frat house atmosphere where rounds of golf, backroom deals, and secret handshakes rule the roost.

You are crazy if you think that Dan was hired by Oksana’s legal team for his legal skillset; he was hired for his rolodex. His wife is the presiding judge of Contra Costa County Superior Court, his sister is the Alameda County DA and he is a well known DEFENSE ATTORNEY (not a judge) with lots of connections to expert witnesses and the like.

How can he say that he is a professional crime fighter with a plan for Contra Costa County when he is pimping himself to high priced celebrity chasing attorneys involved in a media disaster case on the other side of the state? It is pathetic.

12 anonamom September 29, 2010 at 12:56 AM

Babs; no need to be snotty. What I mean is: There must be a thousand good lawyers with the right experience in her area. Why clear up here in East Bay?

13 Peterson for DA September 29, 2010 at 3:08 AM

Omalley currently defends the scum that the DA’s office is trying to lock up. Just google him for yourself. He proudly defends murderers! Mark is not from the good ole boys club currently at the da’s office and when elected he will change that office for the better. Mark has my vote

14 Who cares September 29, 2010 at 7:30 AM

I don’t believe this women.. There are always two side to every story and the truth lies somewhere in the middle.. I could care less who this guy works for prior to the election..

15 Feckin Irish Mouse September 29, 2010 at 8:34 AM

Dan O’Malley is part of the Warren Rupf/ Bob Kochly “good old boys” club (of which Livingston is also a memeber) and it will be “business as usual” if he is elected. And the whole Gresset thing is a bit suspicious as the woman involved was an attorney and not some hapless clerk who would have little ground to stand on if she “complained”. She filed the charges after she was teminated from the CC DA’s Office and has since gone to work for and has been terminated from Mendicino County DA and has a history of this pattern. She has also refused to come back to testify in the “trail” so the last I heard the charges were being dropped. I’m not saying Michael is a saint but………….He had the balls to run against Kochly and needed to be “punished”, so this was his “punishment”
I may not be a big fan of Mark Peterson but he is the best shot we have at the moment of breaking up the “good old boys” in this County. To bad teh voters were not intellegent enough to bust this up in the Sheriff’s Dept as well.

16 orly? September 29, 2010 at 8:51 AM

LOL, people calling this woman a gold digger.. Oksana is the mother of Mel’s daughter. Haven’t you heard any sound bytes from the Mel-Oksana phone tapes? Didn’t Mel – in a complete rage- threaten to pummel her with a baseball bat? She also claims he physically assaulted her. Oksana is no gold digger..

17 Babs September 29, 2010 at 8:58 AM

I wasn’t being snotty….geez, just seems logical that someone in that position would pick who they thought was the best. It’s pretty cool the this area has some great lawyers……yes, I know lawyers are sharks, until you need one.

Hey, if I had control I would fire the whole DA office…and everyone is right two sides to every story…..the point is there should be NO sex story at all. And I agree Peterson acts like he’s owed the job and I’m not convinced he can be let off …being this guys boss…even if story is a lie …this is still a mess that was known by the dept and nobody is taking responsiblity…that I’ve heard about……If Peterson has been quoted as saying he was wrong and didn’t do what a boss should do…someone refer me to it.

In the private sector….we used to have a saying….you could kill someone and not get fired but don’t mess with the Co.s money, time sheets or women.

I also find it interesting that people want to throw out all the good old boys in other races…..except this one. I found it so funny that we want kids to go to college and get degrees in govt. issues and then we get mad when they want a long time career in the govt.

We definitely need some new blood in this Dept. because obv. keep repeating the same leadership we’re going to get the same results.

I like who I picked because he seems like a normal guy with no hidden agendas and proud of his family’s service. I just don’t get that from Mark…I guess I see it has the difference between serving the people vs.a right to the job.

Hey, I could be wrong but that’s how I read it.

I also don’t think O’M is going to win….maybe I just like the underdog….O’M definitely needed to run a better campaign.

18 Babs September 29, 2010 at 9:14 AM

I just thought of something else….why do people always go after the woman as a gold digger when Mel has already proven to be a nut case with ties to law in that area. I would give her a break on this one, she has a child to protect and I haven’t heard about her and lawsuits with anyone else…not like a career for pete’s sake. Shoot I wouldn’t even feel save near this guy.

Speaking of stories…how about Morgan Freeman having a baby with step granddaughter …who is like 21 or 23. Been having an affair since she was 17……he must be related to Woody Allan…..knocked my socks off.

19 Ian September 29, 2010 at 10:23 AM

Sounds like he’s giving up on the DA spot.

20 mike mac September 29, 2010 at 10:33 AM

My vote goes to O’Malley. Anyone who has the guts to take on that type of case so close to the election gets my vote. I do agree, she is probably a gold digger, but I want new blood in the department to clean it up. I don’t see Mark providing that.

21 SK September 29, 2010 at 11:05 AM

Babs, Morgan’s step-granddaughter is about 27 y/o, which is still totally gross. Ewwww….

Oops, sorry about the threadjack, Mayor! :)

22 Feckin Irish Mouse September 29, 2010 at 11:06 AM

O’Malley is the hand picked boy of Warren Rupf and Bob Kochly. He is smack dab in the middle of the Good Old Boy next work. He is part of a legal “dynasty” in the East Bay.
As for the “sex scandal”……….It was no scandal. She was an Temp Attorney in the office. There was no promise to keep her. She had worked in various DA’s offices in the State prior and since this was hired/fired by the Medicino DA’s Office. Like I said Michael is no saint buyt Kochly and the “boys” had to punish him for having the balls to run. And they will punish Mark if he loses justlike Kolinoswki is being punished. He will be at the “ranch” until he retires. His career is over. Buthey they go their hand picked boy Livingston in place so whats the harm.
To be honest if people really want to “clean things up” and “fresh blood” they would have voted for Elle.

23 the Shi ite September 29, 2010 at 11:14 AM

A.) Should not have gotten married.
{cancel that, they weren’t married}

B.) Should not have knocked Her up = We would never be hearing about this case and about the MONEY $$$ She’s going to get Blah blah blah.

24 Vindex September 29, 2010 at 11:26 AM

I was voting for O’Malley. This article just changed my vote. I’m now voting for Peterson. Not thrillled with Peterson, but O’Malley just showed himself to be a money-hungry lawyer. Not fit for the DA spot.

25 inmotion September 29, 2010 at 11:29 AM

The only reason she is relevant is Mel.
The only reason she hired high price lawyers is Mel.
The real reason is money.. lots of it, hence gold digger.

26 SK September 29, 2010 at 11:42 AM

@Feckin Irish Mouse, I did vote for Elle, for all the good it did. Sigh…

Kalinowski will definitely be buried for the next four years, but only until Livingston runs for Attorney General. The SO is just another stepping stone in his political career, as was Concord PD. It is possible that there will be a small light at the end of Kalinowski’s tunnel at that point. Hard to say for sure.

27 Feckin Irish Mouse September 29, 2010 at 12:29 PM

Sk the reason nothing changes or gets busted up in this County is CC County still is stuck in Mayberry circa 1955. We have 3 major political machines that run the show
1) City of Richmond/Richmond City Council/Chevron – the bigggest players
with the most money behind them. The are the Captains of the CC ship
2) City of Concord/Concord City council – controlled by Seeno and other
developers – the are 2nd in Command of the ship
3) City of Pittsburg/Pittsburg City Council – Same as Concord, a bit
Smaller. Third in line to the Command
These City Councils tend to seatthe BOS member for the district they are in and have major control in all races.
As for Kalinowski – he is DOA but he knew that was change when he ran. To bad as he was another that would have busted up the Good Old Boy network. Trust me Rupf/Livingston already have the next Sheriff lined up

28 lorrielovesparties September 29, 2010 at 4:31 PM

Thanks Fekin Irish Mouse (I like your name by the way). We won’t be voting for O’Malley in this household.

29 Bug-Etta September 29, 2010 at 5:19 PM

Correct me if I’m wrong here, but…didn’t this woman illegally record her obviously baited and one-sided “conversations” with Gibson? Just listen to her lack of emotion and short responses in those tapes and tell me she wasn’t fishing for cash. And if WE know what she did was illegal, then doesn’t Mr. O’Malley also know that? And didn’t this woman also unethically release these illegal recordings to the media outlets?

Looks like two unethical parties collaborating to me. Kick this guys ass, Mr. Peterson!

30 Moneypenny September 29, 2010 at 7:31 PM

I used to be a fan of Mel Gibson in his Mad Max, and Lethal Weapon days. Now he’s just a deranged nutball. However, I don’t trust this Oksana Grigorieva woman at all.
Her more recent recordings show that she forgives him and says that she provoked him and didn’t mean to cause him all this pain. Yeah right. Some couples are like combustible materials and shouldn’t mix or have kids at all……

31 It really comes down to one issue... September 30, 2010 at 8:57 AM

Who has a better chance of bringing a Olive Garden to Concord. Mark has been on the city conusel for a number of years and still hasn’t been able to perform.. sounds like we need to give Dan a chance now!

32 anon5 September 30, 2010 at 1:07 PM

A few points of clarification—

O’Malley isn’t “representing” any of the parties in the Mel/Oksana case, he was retained by her lawyer (who is from Contra Costa) as a consultant on domestic violence/victim’s rights issues. He has a long history of involvement with STAND Against Domestic Violence and with victim’s rights issues. Whether or not one thinks Oksana is a “gold digger”, all of the public information seems to point to the likelihood that she was in fact physically assaulted by Mel Gibson (which is a crime), and has every right to seek assistance in making sure an investigation takes place and he is held accountable. O’Malley is currently a private attorney and free to take cases that come his way. I fail to see any negative connection with the D.A.’s race – aren’t victim’s rights issues pretty central to effective criminal prosecution?

Here’s an article describing the situation:
Candidate for Contra Costa County District Attorney and Former Judge, Dan O’Malley, has agreed to act as a victims rights advisor to the legal team representing Oksana Grigorieva, the former partner of Mel Gibson.
O’Malley agreed to act as an advocate on the case based on his family’s longtime involvement and support of victims’ rights groups such as Stand Against Domestic Violence.
“When (Chief Counsel Daniel Horowitz) called me, I said I would help out because many law enforcement officers and seasoned prosecutors don’t understand the subtleties of the larger issue,” O’Malley said.
“As a society, we often blame the victims rather than focus on the crime. But we should be teaching the batterers not to batter. We should not blame the victim.”

“I will use my resources through my relationship with Stand Against Domestic Violence and my sister and the things I have learned in the past 25 years to help (Horowitz) get out the message, one that is really a victim’s rights issue,” O’Malley said.

Also, Irish Mouse, you say that the Concord City Council is one of the main “political machines that run the show”, yet you also say that you are supporting Peterson to break up the “good old boys network”. Are you aware that Peterson has been a long time member of the Concord City Council? You also imply that the rape charges against Michael Gresset were fabricated as a “punishment” because he ran against Kochly some years back. Interesting, since a lot of the complaints about the office’s handling of the Gresset case were that they didn’t move quickly enough to investigate and remove him from the office. Now, if they really were trumping up these charges as a punishment, why wouldn’t they have removed him immediately and let the charges come to light at the time that the victim made the complaint?

33 anon5 September 30, 2010 at 1:20 PM

In response to Drunken Noodle’s comment,
“You are crazy if you think that Dan was hired by Oksana’s legal team for his legal skillset; he was hired for his rolodex. His wife is the presiding judge of Contra Costa County Superior Court, his sister is the Alameda County DA and he is a well known DEFENSE ATTORNEY (not a judge) with lots of connections to expert witnesses and the like.
How can he say that he is a professional crime fighter with a plan for Contra Costa County when he is pimping himself to high priced celebrity chasing attorneys involved in a media disaster case on the other side of the state? It is pathetic.”

Just to set the record straight – O’Malley was a prosecutor for 13 years, and a judge for 9 years. He retired from the bench in order to be eligible to run for DA (sitting judges cannot run for office). He is currently a managing partner in a private law firm, which involves a variety of cases, not only criminal defense. Not sure how it is unethical to have Contra Costa and Alameda county legal connections (which any decent attorney would have)? And how would those connections unfairly influence a domestic violence case in Los Angeles County? And again, how is this relevant to the D.A.’s race?

34 Feckin Irish Mouse September 30, 2010 at 3:57 PM

the woman that claimed Rape (interesting that she and Gressett had a long albeit, kinky relationship) filed the “charges” after being dismissed by the CC DA. She then went to the Mendicino DA where once again she was dismissed. She also refused to come back and testify at Michaels hearing so charges were dropped. Let’s just say the woman is, at best, of questionable character.
O’Malley is part of the Young/Rainey/Rupf/Livingston/Kochly etc “Old Boys” club. Yes teh “club” goes all the way back to Sheriff Walter Young. O’Malley’s family has built their own little legal dynasty which generations of O’Malley’s will be able to feed from.
Yes Concord is a major “player” but is you read what I said it is Richmond/Chevron that has the ulimate control. Chevron wants O’Malley.

35 anon5 October 1, 2010 at 10:11 AM

Irish Mouse, I don’t know where you are getting your information from but the charges have NOT been dropped (and you didn’t give any information to support your earlier claim that these charges were manufactured by the office as a “punishment” to Gressett – that’s a pretty serious allegation.) Yes, there is a strange and complicated history between the woman pressing charges and Gressett, and kinky is probably an appropriate word. But, although it was thought for a while that she would not come back to testify, she did in fact show up, and is expected to return later this month to give more testimony. The case is very much on and the investigation continues and I think we’ll leave it to a court of law to determine who is telling the truth here.

You seem to like to overuse this “good old boys network” phrase, along with “legal dynasty”. These phrases are just overused soundbites, meaningless without any facts to back it up. Yes, obviously attorneys in that office at all levels (and anyone working in law enforcement) has a strong interest in who the next DA is – are they violating any rules by making campaign contributions or providing endorsements? There are attorneys in that office who have contributed to Peterson’s campaign as well – are they forming their own “network” or doing something unethical? And these accusations about “secret handshakes, rounds of golf, an back door deals” – can you back these up with any examples? That office has been understaffed for years and yet has managed to maintain a very high conviction rate – not a lot of time for golf there. A legal dynasty? Please. Yes, his father was DA (a very well respected one), and yes his sister is DA (again, very well respected). Both Dan and Nancy O’Malley worked their way up through their offices and paid their dues and earned their reputations. Are you supposed to be penalized for having a family that has a great reputation for public service? Dan met his wife working at the DA’s office – many DA’s go on to become judges – again, where’s the scandal there? Frankly, all of them could have made a great deal more money working as corporate lawyers.

And finally, your comments about Chevron – can you back that up? Now your accusations are getting a little desperate. You seem to be backtracking on your earlier comment about how the Concord city council is “2nd in command of that ship and controlled by Seeno and other developers”. Why would Chevron have a strong interest in the DA race? Chevron’s issues are not related to criminal prosecution – they are much more concerned with city councils and the county Board of Supervisors (who are most certainly not in cahoots with the DA’s office, quite the contrary).

If you can’t defend your choice of candidate without throwing baseless accusations around, citing gossip/rumor sources, and misrepresenting facts, that doesn’t speak very well for the candidate you are supporting.

36 Drunken Noodle October 1, 2010 at 11:25 PM


Just to set the record straight, Dan was a prosecutor for 13 years and a judge for barely 6 years. He didn’t retire from the bench, he quit, not to run for DA, but to take a job at private firm where his bread and butter is defending criminals. There is nothing unethical about his career change, but rather his refusal to own up to it. I find it unethical that his campaign materials have photographs of him wearing a judge’s robe giving the illusion that he is still somehow a judge.

His Alameda and Contra Costa County legal connections aren’t unethical nor unexpected. What is unethical is the fact that his minion Barry Grove has placed a strangle hold on the DA’s association and uses it as his personal Elect Dan O’Malley DA PAC. Further, accepting and seeking campaign donations from DA’s that appear before his wife (the sitting Contra Costa County Superior Court Presiding Judge) raises serious questions and conflicts about the impartiality of the judiciary in Contra Costa County. If I were in his position I would refuse these donations to eliminate any possible conflict, but I guess dollars are more important to him than principals. Additionally, he and his wife have both been scolded for her illegal appearance in one of his early campaign videos.

You are right about the Mel vs. Oksana case having no relevance to the race for DA. That is precisely the point. Dan is a month away from possibly being elected to the top law enforcement position in Contra Costa County and he has jumped into a tawdry celebrity drama. I think he did it for the money and possibly the free press. How can he say he is committed to turning around the DA’s office and serving the people of Contra Costa if he is down in LA playing attorney to the stars with Horowitz?

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