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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 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 immersed himself in the field of criminal law over fifteen years ago when he worked for a Northern California legal aid clinic. In this capacity, he represented indigent clients accused of a variety of offenses.
Mr. Sterling’s commitment to social justice eventually led him to the San Francisco Public Defender’s Office where he assisted lead counsel in defending clients charged with misdemeanors and serious felonies. During his time at the office, Mr. Sterling received numerous accolades which included Outstanding Achievement in Public Service and Excellence in Oral Advocacy. The latter was an award Mr. Sterling received from members of California’s 9th Circuit Appellate Court.
Life circumstances eventually brought Mr. Sterling back to the city where he was born and raised – Los Angeles. He gained extensive insight into local practice when he worked for two prominent Los Angeles defense firms. During this time, he assisted in high-profile criminal cases as well as consulted on complex legal issues for law firms within the private sector.
Once back in Los Angeles, Mr. Sterling quickly returned to his passion for public service. Despite being offered a position at one of the most prestigious international law firms, Mr. Sterling took a job as a trial attorney with the Los Angeles County Public Defender’s Office. He brought something different to the Public Defender’s Office. 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 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. Named after the nationally renowned death-penalty lawyer, the achievement recognized Mr. Sterling’s prowess as a fierce trial lawyer. He experienced rapid promotion within the office and after a very short amount of time began his felony practice. During this period, he represented clients accused of only the most serious of crimes. These cases included murder, attempted murder, rape, major narcotic crimes, felony DUI, child molestation, in addition to major fraud litigation.
Mr. Sterling founded the Law Offices of Justin E. Sterling in 2011. Mr. Sterling’s goal of providing focused and aggressive advocacy is highlighted by his willingness to take on some of the toughest cases. The Law Offices of Justin E. Sterling represents individuals and businesses who are under criminal investigation or facing criminal charges. The framework for Mr. Sterling’s success is that he is a trial lawyer first and foremost, 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.
His extensive experience in both the private and public sector allows him to navigate his clients’ cases effectively and successfully through the court process to achieve the best possible result. 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 of the highest tradition. His reputation and the relationships he has formed within the legal community serve his clients well. Being a native Angeleno, Mr. Sterling is well-connected within the Los Angeles community. He is respected by judges, prosecutors, and his peers alike for his dedication, trial skills, and professionalism. 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 courts throughout California.
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.
In addition to managing a thriving practice, Mr. Sterling is actively involved with many community outreach projects and charitable organizations. He resides in Los Angeles with his family.
Justin E. Sterling
Law Offices Of Justin E. Sterling
16501 Ventura Blvd., Suite 400
Encino, California, 91436
Tel: (747) 233-3663
Fax: (818) 824-3533