An eleven-year veteran of the Federal Public Defender’s Office in Los Angeles, John Hanusz is a seasoned trial attorney who has successfully litigated matters in state and federal courts throughout the country. John has obtained numerous acquittals, dismissals, non-prosecution agreements, and appellate victories, and is well-known for his attention to detail and his tireless work ethic. With over 15 years of litigation experience, John has represented hundreds of clients throughout the United States in misdemeanor and felony cases, and has obtained remarkable results at all stages of the criminal process, from pre-indictment disposition to outstanding outcomes at trial, sentencings, and during appeals. John has handled a wide range of matters, from wire and mail frauds to narcotics, firearms, immigration, and regulatory offenses.

Among other successes, John obtained a jury acquittal for a client charged with passport fraud; convinced the government to decline to charge a number of physicians suspected of committing Medicare fraud; and secured a probationary sentence for a political figure charged with bank fraud.

Prior to joining the Federal Public Defender’s Office, John was a staff attorney with the Georgia Resource Center. He previously worked as a journalist in Los Angeles and Atlanta, and was a book editor in Jakarta, Indonesia. John earned his law degree from the Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, and graduated summa cum laude from Ohio University with a major in Political Science.

  • Obtained acquittal for a client charged with passport fraud.
  • Obtained acquittal for a client charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm.
  • Obtained acquittal for a client charged with a violation of the Marine Mammal Protection Act.
  • Convinced the government to decline to charge a physician suspected of Medicaid fraud.
  • Obtained dismissal of charges for a client accused of public-benefits fraud.
  • Obtained dismissal of charges for a client accused of illegally reentering the United States.
  • Secured post-trial probationary sentence for a client convicted of illegally lighting a campfire which resulted in a loss of more than $8,000,000.
  • Secured probationary sentence for a former assemblyman convicted of bank fraud which involved a loss of more than $400,000.
  • Secured probationary sentence for a client convicted of possession with intent to distribute five kilograms of heroin.
  • Secured probationary sentence for a high-ranking non-commissioned military officer convicted of falsifying combat-related injuries and illegally receiving more than $100,000 in benefits.
  • Secured probationary sentence for a client convicted of falsifying pathogen testing results for ground beef.
  • Obtained dismissal of a federal probation violation petition for a client convicted of conspiracy to commit murder.
  • Authored an appellate brief that convinced the government to concede error and agree to a remand for resentencing, and negotiated a time-served sentence at resentencing.