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Ian Wallach is a trial lawyer at heart. He zealously and vigorously fights for his clients, taking great pleasure in his work.  He combines his strong academic and writing skills--polished while at a national law firm -- with the litigation tactics learned in his many jury trials as a public defender.


 


While at U.C. Hastings in 1999, Mr. Wallach was chosen for a clerkship with the Office of the Prosecutor for the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia in the Hague, and participated in drafting the indictment of Slobodan Milosevic. He then joined the prestigious firm of Luce, Forward, Hamilton & Scripps at its New York office where he worked in civil litigation until 2003.  He is admitted to practice in both New York and California, and is a member of the Bar of the United States Supreme Court, among other Federal Courts.


 


Mr. Wallach opened his own firm in 2005, and his pro bono work included representing three Guantanamo Bay detainees in federal habeas actions in connection with the Center for Constitutional Rights. 


 


In 2006, Mr. Wallach moved to Los Angeles and joined the Office of the Public Defender.  He tried approximately 30 jury trials in less than two years, and established himself as an exceptional trial attorney.  He was also able to resolve hundreds of matters without needing to push for trial, although he was always willing, if not hungry, to try the case -- a quality that distinguishes him from most attorneys and makes him exceptionally effective in obtaining favorable outcomes for his clients.


 


Mr. Wallach has published several articles on justice, hosted a show about issues of criminal justice reform ("Wallach on Law"), and appeared on radio and television shows nationwide addressing issues of criminal justice.  His firm, The Law Offices of Ian Wallach, is dedicated exclusively to criminal defense and civil rights.  


 

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Languages spoken: French

Practice areas

Licensed

  1. Criminal Defense: 100%
    12 years, 1 thousand cases

Payment

Fees:

Free consultation (20 minutes)

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Cash, Check, Credit card

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  • Alexandra Siranush Kazarian

    Ian is not only an amazing attorney, both in the civil and criminal fields, but I can say, without hesitation, that he is one of the most motivated people I have ever met. Ian represents every client with a fervor and zeal rarely seen in the mostly stuffy, and formal legal arena. Any client that is fortunate enough to have him on their side has a secret weapon, and couldn't ask for more.

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    Alexandra Kazarian Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Donald R Hammond

    Ian is super knowledgeable and charismatic. He's doing great things to improve inmate's rights and help people in tough situations. I highly recommend Ian's services.

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    Donald Hammond Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Law Offices of Ian Wallach, PC

6080 Center Drive
Suite 600
Los Angeles, CA, 90045

Law Offices of Ian Wallach, PC

43 West 43rd Street
Suite 036
New York, NY, 10046

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Resume

License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
CAActive200511/22/2015
NYCurrently registered 200003/13/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
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Awards
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Client Distinction AwardMartindale-Hubbell2013
Top Lawyers in CaliforniaAmerican Lawyer Media2013
Client's Choice AwardAVVO2012
Preeminent LawyerMartindale-Hubbell2012
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyLaw Office of Ian Wallach2014 - Present
MemberFeldman & Wallach2011 - Present
Deputy Public DefenderOffice of the Public Defender for the County of Los Angeles2006 - 2011
OwnerWallach Law Office2005 - 2006
AssociateFriedland, Laifer & Robbins LLP2004 - 2005
AssociateCoblence & Warner LLP2003 - 2004
AssociateLuce Forward Hamilton & Scripps1999 - 2003
Associations
Association namePosition nameDuration
Bar of the United States District Court for the Central District of CaliforniaMember2011 - Present
Association of Surfing LawyersMember2011 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2011 - Present
Los Angeles County Bar Association Indigent Criminal Defense AssociationMember2011 - Present
Bar of the Ninth Circuit Court of AppealsMember2010 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersN/A2010 - Present
California Public Defender's AssociationN/A2007 - Present
Bar of the United States Supreme CourtMember2006 - Present
Los Angeles County Bar AssociationMember2005 - Present
Bar of the State of CaliforniaMember2005 - Present
Bar of the Second Circuit Court of AppealsMember2001 - Present
Bar of the United States District Courts for the Eastern District of New YorkMember2000 - Present
Bar of the United States District Courts for the Southern District of New YorkMember2000 - Present
Bar of the State of New YorkMember2000 - Present
Phi Beta KappaMember1995 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Abu Ghanem et al. v. Bush, et al., Nos. 05 – 1638; 05 – 1639; No. 05 – 1678 (D.C. Cir.)Release or Cases Pending (Matters transferred after Mr. Wallach joined the Office of the Public Defender for the County of Los Angeles
Ricatto v. Ricatto, 4 A.D.3d 514 (N.Y. App. Div. 2d Dep't 2004).Injunction upheld
The Union Labor Life Insurance Co. v. Olsten Corporation Health And Welfare Benefit PlanIn excess of $2 Million to client.
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Publications
Publication nameTitleDate
America Radio Now with Ernie BrownEric Snowden and the NSA leaks2013
24/7 NewsNidal Hasan's denial of right to assert "defense of others" argument2013
WAJR Morgantown, WV AM-1440 (www.wajr.com)FISC Order, Obama, Feinstein, and Graham response2013
850 KOA Denver, CO (www.850KOA.com)FISC Order, Obama, Feinstein, and Graham response2013
Bakersfield CalifornianCase highlights cost, complexity of battling valley fever in prisons2012
The Sacramento BeeIll prisoner's suit against CA prison can proceed Read more: http://www.sacbee.com/2011/08/27/3866290/ill-prisoners-suit-against-ca.html#ixzz1WLA2m6cD2011
The JuristNo Habeas at Guantanamo? The Executive and the Dubious Tale of the DTA2006
New York Law JournalGraham Amendment and Guantanamo2006
FOR THE RECORD, A Publication of Luce, Forward, Hamilton & Scripps LLP, Volume XI, No. 2 Spring/Summer 2002New York District Court Elaborates On Restored Copyrights, And Holds That For Museums And Artists, The First Amendment May Trump A Privacy Claim Under New York Law2002
FOR THE RECORD, A Publication of Luce, Forward, Hamilton & Scripps LLP, Volume VII, No. 1 Winter 2001Coverage for Patent Infringement Actions Under Commercial General Liability Policies2001
Education
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of California, Hastings College of the LawInternational LawJD - Juris Doctor1999
University of OregonInternational StudiesBA - Bachelor of Arts1995
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
WBAI Evening News with Andrea Sears, New York, New YorkMotions filed by Department of Defense in pending Guantanamo Bay related habeas actions2006
The UC Hastings Symposium About The War on Terror, Panel Member discussion representation of Guantanamo Bay DetaineesRepresentation of Guantanamo Bay Detainees2006
Morning Edition, WPFK, Los Angeles, CaliforniaMotions filed by Department of Defense in pending Guantanamo Bay related habeas actions2006
First Lecture SeriesStatus of Guantanamo Bay Litigations and conditions of confinement, effect of Rasul and prospective legal outcomes of Hamdan2006