Spertus, Landes & Josephs, LLP

In our firm there’s one side to every story: the client’s side.

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We think the future is bright. Both our future and yours.


We are former federal prosecutors, former public defenders, and alumni of big law firms. Most of our lawyers began their legal careers clerking for federal judges.

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Practice Areas

We have achieved remarkable success in a wide range of practice areas and courts – civil and criminal; state and federal; trials and appeals. We understand how to present facts to win cases, and we have the track record to back it up.



The Firm

Spertus, Landes & Josephs is a litigation boutique that has built its reputation for excellence in civil litigation and criminal defense by achieving, and exceeding, client objectives.

Amanda Farfel

Ezra D. Landes

Ezra D. Landes, Partner

Hans Allhoff

Hans Allhoff, Senior Associate

James W. Spertus

A seasoned trial attorney and former federal prosecutor who has been litigating cases in federal and state courts for more than 26 years.

Julia L. Tuverson

Julia L. Tuverson, Counsel

Kevin J. Minnick

Kevin J. Minnick, Partner

Kirsi Luther

Lindsey M. Hay

Lindsey M. Hay, Senior Associate

M. Anthony Brown

M. Anthony Brown, Partner

Matthew M. Wallace

Matthew M. Wallace, Associate

Michelle Sosa-Acosta

Payton Lyon

Payton Lyon, Associate

Ryan Dunn

Samuel A. Josephs

Samuel A. Josephs, Partner


We are experienced appellate lawyers who use crisply composed arguments to correct errors and defend favorable rulings.

Civil Litigation

In civil litigation, every move we make is with trial in mind.

Consumer Class Actions

We defend class action lawsuits and help companies minimize the risk of facing a class action.

Student Discipline and Title IX

We regularly reverse university disciplinary findings, whether within the internal university system or in court.


We have the experience, instinct, and judgment to win at trial.

White Collar Criminal Defense/Government Enforcement Actions

Collectively, our attorneys have dozens of years of experience prosecuting and defending criminal cases. We know how to successfully defend a criminal case.

Alleged Medicaid Fraud Investigation Closed with No Charges

Firms Slays Goliath Finance Firm Edward Jones in Dispute Over Fees.

Appellate Victory: Rosenmann v. Strain

Appellate Victory: United States v. Mirando

Best Lawyers® Recognizes Our Attorneys

Best Lawyers® Recognizes Our Attorneys

City of Bell Counsel are Former Prosecutors (National Law Journal)

Creating New Law Under Fourth Amendment Border Search Doctrine

Criminal Charges Against Health Care Provider Dismissed on Eve of Trial

Daily Journal Recognizes James Spertus as "Top 100 Lawyer"

Dismissal of All Claims Against Household Staff of Prominent Media Mogul

Dismissal of All Claims for Client Accused of Civil Rico and Unfair Business Practices Claims

Dismissal of Criminal Sexual Battery Charges Against Doctor

Dismissal of Disciplinary Charges Against University Student

District Attorney Investigating Business Fees in Bell

Appellate Victory: Edwards v. First American Corporation

Firm Guts Government’s Tax Fraud Theories, Resulting in Sentence Far Less Taxing.

Favorable Sentence for Ponzi Scheme Defendant

Firm Achieves Dismissal on behalf of Real Estate Developer

Firm and James Spertus Receive Prestigious Chambers Ranking

Firm Beats International Jurisdictional Challenges to Bring 8-Figure Fraud Claims Against Entity

Firm Defends Client Accused of Workers Compensation Fraud

Firm Guides Major Cannabis Company through Internal Investigation

Firm Obtained Stay of Expulsion and Ensured Seamless Transfer for Student Facing Disciplinary Action

Firm Obtains Dismissal in $10M Workers' Compensation Insurance Premium Fraud Case

Firm Obtains Post-Trial Acquittal for Client Wrongfully Accused in Federal Trial

Firm Obtains Reversal of College's Decision to Expel Student

Firm Prevails against City of Los Angeles in Monell Claim

Firm Prevails in Domestic Violence Restraining Order Cases

Firm Prevails in Title IX Appeal

Firm Prevails in Title IX Appeal

Firm Protects National Corporation from Millions of Dollars of Liability

Firm Recognized by Chambers and Partners as Prominent CA Firm

Firm Saves Client Over $7 Million in Large-Scale Unfair Business Practice Lawsuit

Firm Saves Student from Expulsion

Firm Saves Third-Year Law Student from Expulsion

Firm Obtains Acquittal of Client by Federal Jury After Eight-Week Trial on Bribery Charges

Firm Obtains Multi-Year Civil Harassment Restraining Order that Allows Client to Now Sleep Safely.

Firm Squashes Six-Figure Damages Award for Cannabis Brand Ambassador

Firm Secures Dismissal of All Criminal Charges Against Client

Appellate Victory. University Suspension Vacated. Graduation Assured

Firm Successfully Negotiates Full Ownership of Royalties from UK-Based Corporation

Firm Wins $600 Million Appeal for Planned Parenthood

Firm Wins Appeal at USC Reversing Client’s Expulsion

Firm Obtains Complete Dismissal in $130 Million Healthcare Fraud Case, Touted by DA as Largest Healthcare Fraud Case Ever Filed in California.

Fourteen Nuclear Missile Protesters Exonerated

High School Student-Athlete Cleared of Sexual Assault Allegations

In The Media: Spertus Landes & Josephs, LLP Hires 7, Opens Downtown LA Office

John Cassese et. al, v. Fox Broadcasting Company et. al.

John Mark, Petitioner v. Superior Court for County of Riverside

Judge Awards $307.5 Million to Terrorist Victim

Judge Dismisses $600M Lawsuit Against Planned Parenthood.

Judge Tosses California’s Civil Suit Against ex-Bell Leaders

Trial Victory: Katharine West v. Max Shinsuke Nakazawa

Los Angeles Art Dealer Accused of Fraud

$100 Million Case Against Planned Parenthood Dismissed

Firm Out To Score Trial Victory For FOX CEO in FIFA Bribery Case

Firm Wins $307M Judgment: Oveissi v. Islamic Republic of Iran

Reliance Medical Systems Files Suit Against Federal Government

Robert Rizzo’s Lawyer Says No Laws Were Broken in Bell Scandal

Firm Secures Substantial Settlement in Case Involving Employee Classification

Selected Tier 1 Best Law Firm by US News and World Reports

Successful Representation of Students in the College Admissions Scandal

Terrorism Case to Be Governed by French Law

The People of the State of California ex rel. Edmund G. Brown Jr., Attorney General v. Robert Rizzo

U.S. Supreme Court Seals Firm Win in False Claims Act Case

U.S. News – Best Lawyers Recognizes the Firm as a Tier 1 Best Law Firm

U.S. News & World Report / Best Lawyers Recognizes the Firm and its Lawyers

United States ex. Gonzalez v. Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California

United States ex rel. Bloedow v. Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest

Trial Victory: United States v. Alaa El Beialy

Appellate Victory: United States v. Alaa El Beialy

Appellate Victory: United States v. Burkholder

United States v. Daniel Ellsberg, Cindy Sheehan, Louis Vitale, et al.

United States v. Goldfinger

Appellate Victory: United States v. Hamid Tabatabai

Appellate Victory: United States v. Ibrahim

Trial Victory: United States v. Karen Montoya

Appellate Victory: United States v. Prakash, Case 2:08-cr-00427-MCE

Appellate Victory: United States v. Waknine