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Raffi Manuelian

also known as R.J. Manuelian

About me

R.J. Manuelian is a criminal defense attorney, a speaker, legal expert, consultant and legal commentator for all major media outlets including FOX News, CNN, MSNBC, HLN, NBC, CBS, ABC and has covered highprofile cases such as: Linsday Lohan, Senator John Edwards, Dr. Conrad Murray (death of Michael Jackson trial), Casey Anthony, Former IMF Managing Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn, Amanda Knox, Penn State Coach Jerry Sandusky, Drew Peterson, Colorado Mass School Shooter John Holmes, Fort Hood Military trial of NidalMalik Hasan, Irish Mob Boss James "Whitey" Bulger, OJ Simpson, Jodi Arias, George Zimmerman, Justin Bieber, Patriots Star Aaron Hernandez, Boston Bomber Dzhohkar Tsarnaev, Eddie Ray Routh (American Sniper Trial), Robert Durst and many others.

RJ was voted by his peers as a Rising Star between (2007 to 2011) by Southern California Super Lawyers, Superlawyer (2013-Present), Top 100 Lawyer by the National Trial Lawyers (2013-Present). His office is headquartered at the OUE Tower (formerly US Bank Tower) in downtown Los Angeles with satellite offices in Boston and Washington D.C.


Languages spoken: Armenian, Spanish

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Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 100%
    13 years, 5 thousand cases



Fixed (always), Retainer (always)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

5 total 

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  • Nathaniel Greenberg Kelly

    I consider RJ Manuelian to be a mentor. We have worked together on several matters, and each and every time he has impressed me with his knowledge and strategy. I endorse this lawyer.


    Nathaniel Kelly Business Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Alexi Ozols

    I think the best way to describe RJ Manuelian is he is one of the passionate lawyers I have ever met. This guy will literally fight for you until death, he does absolutely everything he can for his clients and is a great litigator as well. I would recommend this lawyer to anyone!


    Alexi Ozols Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Manuelian Law Firm

633 West 5th Street, #2622
Los Angeles, CA, 90071


DCActive 200705/24/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2015
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2014
The National Trial LawyersTop 100 Trial Lawyer2014
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2013
Rising StarSuper Lawyers Magazine2011
Rising StarSuper Lawyers Magazine2010
Rising Star MagazineSuper Lawyers2009
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Trial AttorneyManuelian Law Firm2002 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
NAACPMember2009 - Present
National Association for Equal Justice In AmericaMember2009 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersOfficer2003 - Present
Armenian Bar AssociationMember2002 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaOfficer2001 - Present
Association of Trial Lawyers of AmericaOfficer2000 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
People v. Gerardo Cazarez and Manuel Moreno - Assault With a Deadly Weapon on a Peace OfficerNot Guilty On All Counts For Both Clients - $4.5 Million Federal Civil Rights Verdict
People v. Deon Dirks - Assault on a Peace Officer, Resisting ArrestCase Dismissed After Criminal Trial- $7 Million Federal Civil Rights Verdict
People v. Eric Hoxey and Shatwan Smith - Possession of a Controlled Substance For SaleCase Dismissed Before Jury Verdict - $650,000 Settlement
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Publication nameTitleDate
Long Island University ThesisRacial Influences Between Juror and Defendant1998
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Massachusetts School of Law at AndoverLawJD - Juris Doctor2000
Long Island University, C.W. Post CampusCriminal StudiesMS - Master of Science1998
St John's UniversityCriminal StudiesOther - Bachelors1993
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
NAEJA Community ConferenceVictims of Racial Profiling2012
NAEJA - Legal Process From Arrest to TrialUnderstanding the Criminal Justice System2011
Knowing Your RightsRights of Citizens Against Police Use of Excessive Force2009
Community RelationsLos Angeles Sherriff's Department Relationship With the Community in Compton2009