Criminal Defense

We have the instinct and judgment to recognize subtleties unfolding in a courtroom during a criminal case that will determine the outcome of the case. We are trial lawyers who understand the prosecutor’s burden of proof, and we are experts in identifying golden opportunities to obtain tactical advantages that lead to courtroom victories.

If you are accused of a crime, you need a lawyer who understands the system.  We get it. We are former prosecutors and public defenders who know the rules and moves required in criminal cases. Our lawyers are intimately familiar with every phase of a criminal case, and we manage each phase of each case to secure the best possible outcome, regardless of the facts.  We have spent years working directly for judges, at the trial and appellate levels, and many more years successfully advocating for our clients in courtrooms.  We know instinctively which issues matter, and we have successfully defended many dozens of individuals charged with crimes.  We have won far more cases than we have lost, which is a rare accomplishment for a criminal defense firm.  We have the instinct and judgment necessary to find the path around obstacles that other lawyers often never even see coming.

James W. Spertus is a former federal prosecutor who has more than 20 years of trial experience handling cases in state and federal courts involving a wide variety of crimes including wire fraud and mail fraud, bank fraud, government fraud, structuring, money laundering, health care fraud, crimes involving computers (criminal trade secret theft, unauthorized access, identity theft and child pornography), and narcotics offenses.  As a defense attorney, Mr. Spertus has a strong reputation for obtaining remarkable defense verdicts, including multiple dismissals and acquittals after trial.  Mr. Spertus is currently a Ninth Circuit Lawyer Representative, and was selected for inclusion in Southern California Super Lawyers for each year from 2009 through 2014, and was selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2012-14 in the field of Criminal Defense.  Mr. Spertus also serves on the Board of Directors of the ABA White Collar Crime Subcommittee, Los Angeles Chapter.

Matthew Umhofer, also a former federal prosecutor, has handled cases ranging from securities fraud and health care fraud to violent crime and terrorism, at the investigation, trial, and appellate stages.  Mr. Umhofer was previously at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, and was a lead member of the defense team that secured the dismissal of charges against Broadcom’s former Chief Financial Officer.  He has also published several articles on criminal law and procedure, and has taught trial advocacy at UCLA and Loyola law schools.

Samuel Josephs is a former Deputy Federal Public Defender for the Central District of California.  Mr. Josephs has significant criminal trial experience, both in federal and state court, and has argued numerous criminal appeals before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.  Mr. Josephs has represented hundreds of individuals in connection with both federal and state criminal matters, including wire fraud, mail fraud, healthcare fraud, bank fraud, money laundering, identity theft, computer-related crimes, and cases involving controlled substances.

Julia Tuverson is a former Public Defender for the County of Los Angeles who has handled more than 1,500 criminal cases.  With more than 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.