Justin E. Sterling
Many attorneys have deep convictions about justice and work hard for their clients. Very few are acknowledged for devoting their career to the cause of justice and representing the criminally accused. Regarded as a preeminent criminal trial lawyer, Mr. Sterling’s approach to the practice of law is one of honesty, compassion, and integrity.
Born and raised in Los Angeles, Mr. Sterling has dedicated himself to trial defense work since the inception of his legal career. His commitment to social justice is highlighted by his years of committed service as a trial lawyer for the underdog.
Mr. Sterling is a unique combination of sophistication and street. As a former trial attorney for the Los Angeles County Public Defender’s Office, Mr. Sterling has defended some of the City’s most gruesome crimes. Never deterred by the unlimited power and resources of the government, 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 dedication 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 these years in the trenches, Mr. Sterling represented clients charged with murder, gang murder, attempted murder, rape, major narcotic crimes, felony DUI, child molestation and pornography, residential and commercial burglary, in addition to major fraud litigation. During his tenure with the office Mr. Sterling won numerous acquittals for clients facing multiple life sentences in addition to countless favorable settlements.
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. Taking advantage of his select and diverse network of contacts within the City, Mr. Sterling is uniquely connected to the pulse of Los Angeles. As such, Mr. Sterling’s clients have access to the best investigators, experts, and legal professionals. Oftentimes, a criminal prosecution will trigger collateral issues such as tax audits, public corruption, or corporate investigations. As it relates to these other potential practice areas, Mr. Sterling is able to navigate his clients through these issues by having access to some of the City’s leading law firms who, together, provide the client with unmatched representation at the highest level.
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. 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 National Trial Lawyers Top 40 Under 40. Inclusion into this list is by invitation only and limited only to the top criminal trial lawyers in the country.
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. Mr. Sterling is routinely featured in both print and digital media as an expert in criminal defense. 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.