James W. Spertus is an experienced trial attorney who has been litigating cases in federal and state courts for more than 23 years. He has won dozens of jury trials and appeals in federal and state courts, and was a federal prosecutor for nearly eight years in the United States Attorney’s Office, Criminal Division. Mr. Spertus founded the firm in 2006, and was selected for inclusion in Southern California Super Lawyers each year from 2009 through 2014, and for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® from 2012 through 2014. Mr. Spertus earned his law degree from the University of Southern California Law Center in 1991, where he was Order of the Coif (Top 10%), Phi Kappa Phi (Top 5%), and Managing Editor of the Southern California Law Review.
Jennifer E. LaGrange is a seasoned litigator who has handled trials and appeals, and managed complex e-discovery.
Elizabeth J. Lee is a civil and criminal trial attorney with extensive experience in both state and federal courts around the country. Ms. Lee has handled hundreds of state and federal criminal cases and has experience with criminal trials, preparing defense investigations, evidentiary hearings, and arguing dispositive motions.
Ezra D. Landes handles a wide variety of civil and criminal matters, with a special emphasis on intellectual property and entertainment litigation. Mr. Landes is a creative thinker and persuasive writer, and has successfully authored and argued numerous motions in state and federal court, including motions to dismiss, motions for summary judgment and special motions to strike under California’s anti-SLAPP statute. Mr. Landes has also authored a number of successful appellate briefs in the Second, Ninth and District of Columbia Circuits and the California Court of Appeal.
Matthew Donald Umhofer is a former federal prosecutor who clerked for two federal judges and handled high profile cases for years at one of the most prestigious law firms in the nation, and was named Attorney of the Year by California Lawyer magazine.
Samuel A. Josephs is an experienced trial and appellate lawyer who has handled hundreds of federal criminal cases and argued numerous appeals in the Ninth Circuit.
Suzanne S. Obeda is an experienced lawyer with extensive experience preparing civil and criminal cases for trial. Before joining the firm, Ms. Obeda worked for the civil litigation law firm of Bergman and Wedner, in Westwood, California where she practiced in a variety of practice areas including insurance, environmental and business litigation. Ms. Obeda handled all phases of the civil discovery and trial preparation phases of a case.
Julia Tuverson is a former Public Defender for the County of Los Angeles who has handled more than 1,500 criminal cases. With over 5 years of trial experience, she has worked in dozens of courtrooms throughout the county and has represented defendants through all stages of criminal proceedings, from arraignment through trial. Her expertise ranges from DUIs and domestic violence to burglary and sex crimes.
Dolly K. Hansen is an experienced attorney whose practice includes both complex large-scale civil litigation and a wide range of criminal defense matters. Prior to joining the firm, Dolly was an associate in the Los Angeles office of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, where her practice included the representation of large institutions and prominent individuals in both high profile and discreet matters. As part of her practice, Dolly represented clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to individual pro bono clients.