Bob Schwartz has been a Los Angeles criminal defense attorney for 36 years. In 2012, Mr. Schwartz was honored as the Criminal Defense Attorney of the Year by the Los Angeles County Bar Association.
Mr. Schwartz’s ability, fluency and proficiency of criminal law is reflected by the respect he has garnered from his fellow criminal defense attorneys, prosecuting attorneys and judges. Mr. Schwartz has distinguished himself as a leader among Los Angeles criminal defense attorneys. Mr. Schwartz has handled some of the most high profile, complex and challenging criminal cases in Los Angeles.
Mr. Schwartz served as the Chair of the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s Indigent Criminal Defense Appointment Program, and is a Member of the Los Angeles County Bar Executive Committee. He was the former President of the Los Angeles Criminal Courts Bar Association, and is a member of the California Attorneys for Criminal Justice, the Inns of Court, Los Angeles Section, and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.
Mr. Schwartz is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison (1973), and Southwestern University School of Law (1976). Mr. Schwartz’s practice is dedicated entirely to criminal law.
Mr. Naderi was distinguished as a “Rising Star” by Southern California Super Lawyers Magazine (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013), and is a member of the Los Angeles Criminal Courts Bar (Board of Directors), National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, California Attorneys for Criminal Justice, NAACP, ACLU, California DUI Lawyers Association, Los Angeles County Public Defenders Association, Beverly Hills Bar Association and San Fernando Valley Bar Association.
I am a criminal defense attorney that takes pride in what I do. Unfortunately, the practice of criminal defense has become a contest that is more about securing retainers and not about serving the client. I have had clients in my office tell me that a number of other lawyers have promised them dismissals and reduced charges. I have been asked to promise the same. I will refuse every time. It is a lie to the client and it is a dangerous lie. A lie that can end up with the client in state prison.
If you are a potential client and are planning on meeting with several attorneys, I commend you. Take the time, get to know the attorney, feel out the personality, and look for promises and guarantees. If promises and guarantees are made, get up, thank the attorney for his or her time, ask for parking validation, and WALK OUT. There is no single attorney that can guarantee or promise the outcome on a case. We are not psychic. We can advise you on penalties, defenses, your rights, and what we think about the case. And what we think about the case depends on the type of case, and what courthouse it is prosecuted in.
If you are a potential client, and your attorney meeting is primarily about whether you have money, own property, or can get a loan on your home, WALK OUT. The meeting is about the case, not about your liquidity and assets.
PUBLIC DEFENDERS– If your lawyer starts bad mouthing public defenders, or using the term public pretenders, WALK OUT. Contrary to what most people think, being a public defender does not equate to being a bad attorney. This is a fallacy. I have learned a lot of what I know from public defenders and am thankful to the ones that have taken the time to tell me what they think. There are good and bad ones. Some public defenders are lazy and hate their jobs. But guess what? same applies to private attorneys, a lot of them! There is an advantage that private attorneys have over public defenders, and that is time. Also, with a public defender, you cannot choose your representation, but you can with a private attorney.
PRICE– If you are searching for attorneys, and intend on going with the cheapest, save your money and stay with the public defender. The cost of an attorney should not be the determining factor in your choice of representation.
I would rather lose a client, than to promise them something I cannot deliver. I can however, promise the following:
1. I will work hard on your case.
2. You will have my cell phone. I try to return calls within a few hours. If it is an urgent issue, I will return your call as soon as I can.
3. I will always be upfront and straightforward. If you are walking out of court with me, you will know, if you are going to prison, you will know.
4. I have a great reputation with prosecutors and judges. That is because I do not play games with them, and I will not jeopardize my integrity. Prosecutors and judges have been around. They know the attorneys that are solid and honest, and they also know the ones that are dishonest and garbage. They will treat them accordingly. If you have an attorney that is dishonest and lacks integrity, you are harmed, not your attorney.
5. Ask the attorneys you meet with about other attorneys. A confident attorney will not be afraid to comment on the good work of another attorney. I have had potential clients ask me about an attorney, and I have responded with “You don’t need to be here, you are in good hands if you have met with that attorney”.
Call me to speak about your case. We can meet and discuss your case and the different strategies that may apply. I look forward to helping you out.
Stanley Perlo has been a Los Angeles criminal defense attorney for over 35 years. Mr. Perlo has defended individuals in over 300 jury trials in state and federal court, against charges ranging from misdemeanors to capital murder. Among his many achievements, Mr. Perlo was previously honored as the Los Angeles Public Defender of the Year. Mr. Perlo has practiced in numerous criminal courts in Los Angeles, Long Beach, Pomona, West Covina, Orange County and San Bernardino. Mr. Perlo is a graduate of UCLA (1965) and the Southwestern Law School (1974).
During the course of his distinguished career, Mr. Perlo has served as a mentor and teacher to many criminal defense attorneys, and is immensely respected by judges, prosecutors and criminal defense attorneys throughout Los Angeles. He has lectured at the California Death Penalty Seminar, and served as the chairman of the Pasadena City College paralegal program.
Naderi & Weinrieb is honored to have Mr. Perlo as an expert consultant. His expertise, experience, insight and strategic thinking are invaluable assets to clients charged with any criminal offense.
Garret Weinrieb, a graduate of the UCLA School of Law and the University of California, Berkeley (Phi Beta Kappa), draws on twelve years of experience as a Los Angeles and San Fernando Valley criminal defense attorney and litigator to aggressively represent and protect his clients’ rights and interests against all felony and misdemeanor criminal charges.
Born and raised in Los Angeles, Mr. Weinrieb is particularly adept at representing and relating to clients from a broad diversity of backgrounds. He is unwavering in his determination to achieve justice for all people, regardless of race, color, economic background or orientation, and he never settles when a more favorable result is achievable.
Mr. Weinrieb defends his clients with strategic thinking and unwavering determination. Mr. Weinrieb has been repeatedly distinguished as a Rising Star by Southern California Super Lawyers Magazine, and is a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys, the California Public Defenders Association, California DUI Lawyers Association, California State Bar, Los Angeles County Bar Association and the International Footprint Association.
Named a “Rising Star” by Southern California Super Lawyers Magazine (2007, 2008, 2011, 2012, 2013 & 2014) (click here)
Mr. Weinrieb has over thirty years of experience as a Los Angeles Immigration and Nationality law attorney. Mr. Weinrieb earned his undergraduate degree from UCLA (1965), and his law degree from the UCLA School of Law (1972). Mr. Weinrieb graduated from the Russian Language program at United States Department of Defense Language Academy (1966).
Mr. Weinrieb’s immigration and nationality law expertise includes matters of Citizenship, Lawful Permanent Residence (family and employment based), Specialty Occupations (H-1B), Intracompany Transferees (L-1A/L-1B), Treaty Investors (E-2) and Treaty Traders (E-1).
In addition to representing his clients, Mr. Weinrieb served as the Director of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, Immigration Law Clinical Education Project, and as a member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association Special Committee on Deportation and Removal of Aliens. Mr. Weinrieb has supervised law students from UCLA, USC and Loyola in the provision of preliminary legal information for assistance to persons with immigration law problems.
Mr. Weinrieb has been distinguished as a Super Lawyer by Southern California Super Lawyer Magazine, and is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and the Los Angeles County Bar Association Immigration Law Section. Mr. Weinrieb is fluent in the Spanish language.
Naderi & Weinrieb is honored to have Mr. Weinrieb as an expert consultant. His expertise, experience, insight and strategic thinking are invaluable assets to clients facing immigration and nationality related issues.
Salman Borhani is an experienced and aggressive criminal defense and constitutional law attorney who represents clients in a vast variety of criminal defense cases ranging from traffic matters and DUIs to misdemeanors and serious felonies. Mr. Borhani’s complex criminal law practice included being part of the defense team at the Sierra Leone War Crimes Tribunal. Mr. Borhani earned his undergraduate degree from Florida State University (multiple Dean’s List recipient), his master’s degree from the Whitehead School of Diplomacy at Seton Hall University, and his law degree from John F. Kennedy University.
In addition to his criminal defense practice, Mr. Borhani is a Certified Mediator, a contributing editor for the United Nations Association, and has served as the editor of two academic journals.
Mr. Borhani is a member of the State Bar of California, the American Bar Association, the Los Angeles County Bar Association and the Beverly Hills Bar Association.
Antionette Lias is a Los Angeles criminal defense attorney, who represents clients in matters ranging from misdemeanors such as DUI’s and Petty Theft cases, as well as more complex felonies. Ms. Lias received her BA in Psychology from Spelman College. After graduating with honors, Ms. Lias earned her Juris Doctorate from Thomas Jefferson School of Law. Motivated by a deep seeded need to give back to her community, Ms. Lias joined the San Diego Public Defender’s Office as a law clerk while attending law school. She also served as President of the Black Law Students Association at Thomas Jefferson.
Ms. Lias’ experience with the Public Defenders Office cemented her passion and commitment to criminal defense. Ms. Lias takes great pride in defending people from different backgrounds and works vigorously to obtain the best possible outcome for her clients.
Ms. Lias is a member of the California Bar, Los Angeles Bar Association, California Public Defenders Association and the Langston Bar Association.