Justin E. Sterling
Mr. Sterling is a top-rated criminal trial lawyer whose cases have included everything from DUI, to murder, to civil rights lawsuits against the police. Regarded as a preeminent criminal defense attorney, Mr. Sterling’s approach to the practice of law is one of honesty, compassion, and integrity.
Mr. Sterling has dedicated himself to criminal defense work since the inception of his legal career, which to date, has spanned over fifteen years. His commitment to social justice is highlighted by his years of committed service as a trial lawyer for the underdog.
As a former trial attorney for the Los Angeles County Public Defender’s Office, Mr. Sterling brought something different to public service. In addition to providing his clients with committed and passionate representation, Mr. Sterling quickly established a reputation within the Los Angeles legal community as being a talented trial lawyer. His devotion to his clients resulted in extensive peer recognition and honors while honing his craft in the courtroom.
Mr. Sterling experienced rapid promotion within the LA County Public Defender’s Office and after just 18 months began his felony practice. During this period, he represented clients accused of only the most serious of crimes. These cases included murder, gang murder, attempted murder, rape, major narcotic crimes, felony DUI, child molestation, residential and commercial burglary, in addition to major fraud litigation.
After years of trial work within the public sector, Mr. Sterling founded the Law Offices of Justin E. Sterling in order to bring high-end legal representation to individuals and businesses facing criminal prosecution. Mr. Sterling’s goal of providing focused and aggressive advocacy is highlighted by his willingness to take on some of the toughest cases. The framework for Mr. Sterling’s success is that he is a trial lawyer not a businessman.
Mr. Sterling’s trial statistics attest to his skill in jury selection, cross-examination, and summation – he has tried over 60 jury trials to verdict in courts throughout California.
Mr. Sterling understands which situations require aggressive tactics and which are best approached with diplomacy and finesse. Whether it’s arguing a case to a jury or resolving a client’s case quickly and discreetly, Mr. Sterling’s approach to criminal practice is defined by his unwavering commitment to his clients. Being a native Angeleno, Mr. Sterling is also well-connected within the Los Angeles community. He is respected by judges, prosecutors, and his peers alike for his trial skills and professionalism.
Mr. Sterling continues to receive the highest honors in the areas of legal ability, experience, industry recognition, and professional conduct. In 2013, Mr. Sterling was named in the “Who’s Who” Registry of Legal Professionals. Who’s Who has become one of the most trusted publishers in the country, spotlighting a select percentage of industry leaders. Mr. Sterling is also an AVVO-rated lawyer, receiving top marks from clients and attorneys. He has been named a Top Criminal Defense Attorney, Under the Age of 40, by the National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys as well as a Top Lawyer in California, by the Legal Network, noting his commitment to ethical standards and professional excellence.
Mr. Sterling has also been named to the National Trial Lawyers Top 100 as well as the Top 40 Under 40. Inclusion into this list is by invitation only and limited only to the top trial lawyers in criminal practice.
Ventura Blvd. Magazine, one of the finest regional lifestyle publications, named Mr. Sterling a trusted advisor within the San Fernando Valley, profiling his local expertise among the Valley communities. By combining in-depth criminal trial experience with local expertise, Mr. Sterling continues to be one of the most sought-after criminal defense attorneys in the Los Angeles area.
Mr. Sterling resides in Los Angeles with his family.