Justin E. Sterling
Mr. Sterling is a top-rated criminal trial lawyer whose cases have included everything from DUI, to murder, to multi-million dollar lawsuits against the police. Regarded as one of the most skilled criminal defense practitioners in his field, Mr. Sterling's approach to the practice of law is one of honesty, compassion, and integrity.
Mr. Sterling has dedicated himself to defense work since the inception of his legal career. Mr. Sterling has over thirteen years of experience in the criminal defense field. Early on he was the director for a Northern California Legal Aid Clinic where he represented indigent clients accused of various offenses. Originally a staff volunteer, he was ultimately elected by the Clinic's supervising attorneys to become a director. As director, he managed others and focused his efforts entirely on providing quality representation to the poor.
Mr. Sterling’s commitment to social justice grew while at the San Francisco Public Defender’s Office. During his time at the office he received numerous accolades which included Outstanding Achievement in Public Service and Excellence in Oral Advocacy. The latter was an award given to Mr. Sterling by members of California’s Appellate Court. Before permanently relocating to his native Los Angeles, Mr. Sterling gained invaluable insight into local practice when he worked for two prominent LA area defense firms where he assisted in high-profile criminal cases as well as consulted on complex legal issues.
Once back in Los Angeles, Mr. Sterling was hired as a trial attorney by the Los Angeles County Public Defender’s Office. Returning to his passion for public service, his devotion to his clients resulted in him receiving extensive peer recognition and honors. In 2008, Mr. Sterling was honored to be the recipient of the Charles Gessler Award for Excellence in Misdemeanor Practice. Mr. Sterling experienced rapid promotion within the office. After only a year and a half with the office Mr. Sterling began his felony practice. During this period he represented clients accussed of only the most serious of crimes. These cases included murder, attempted murder, rape, major narcotic crimes, felony DUI, child sex crimes, in addition to major fraud litigation.
Mr. Sterling's trial statistics attest to his skill in jury selection, cross-examination, and summation - he has tried over 50 jury trials to verdict and many of those have resulted in acquittals and dismissals. For others, Mr. Sterling has successfully argued for alternative sentencing, securing program placement and rehabilitation in lieu of jail and/or prison time.
His extensive experience in both the private and public sector, combined with the knowledge gained from conducting jury trials throughout the state, allows Mr. Sterling to navigate his clients' cases effectively and successfully through the court process to achieve the best possible result. He knows 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 law is of the highest tradition. His reputation and the relationships he has formed within the legal community serve his clients well. He is respected by judges, prosecutors, and his peers alike for his dedication, trial skills, and professionalism.
Mr. Sterling's high client satisfaction and referral rate is due not only to his knowledge and skill, but to his willingness to provide personal attention and to communicate openly with his clients and their families. Mr. Sterling brings integrity and credibility to criminal defense and this is reflected in the remarkable results he achieves for his clients on a daily basis.
In addition to managing a thriving practice, Mr. Sterling is actively involved with many community outreach projects and charitable organizations. He also participates in selective media projects, offering commentary and analysis on current legal topics. Mr. Sterling resides in Los Angeles with his family.