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 work in the the Jurist ("No Habeas at Guantanamo? The Executive and the Dubious Tale of the DTA," March 6, 2006, available at http://jurist.law.pitt.edu/forumy/2006/03/no-habeas-at-guantanamo-executive-and.php), the New York Law Journal ("Graham Amendment and Guantanamo," December 29, 2005, at p.2); and for the record, A Publication of Luce, Forward, Hamilton & Scripps LLP ("New 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 Law,” Volume XI, No. 2 Spring/Summer 2002 and "Coverage for Patent Infringement Actions Under Commercial General Liability Policies, "Volume VII, No. 1 Winter 2001). Ian Wallach was a commentator on “Entertainment Tonight” speaking of the international law ramifications of the Amanda Knox trial.
Mr. Wallach recently joined forces with Jason Feldman, a former vice prosecutor and seasoned civil litigator, to form Feldman & Wallach, a boutique civil and criminal law firm of the highest caliber The work of Feldman & Wallach in the field of prisoner’s rights has received a great deal of attention recently as it was the first firm to assist an inmate in gaining access to the Courts in a matter against the USA involving allegations of substandard care.
If you have a dispute of any kind, or have had any unpleasant contact with law enforcement, contact Feldman & Wallach. You could not be in more competent hands.
Languages Spoken: French
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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.
Alexandra Kazarian Criminal Defense Attorney
Relationship: Worked together on matter
|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|Client Distinction Award||Martindale-Hubbell||2013|
|Top Lawyers in California||American Lawyer Media||2013|
|Client's Choice Award||AVVO||2012|
|Attorney||Law Office of Ian Wallach||2014 - Present|
|Member||Feldman & Wallach||2011 - Present|
|Deputy Public Defender||Office of the Public Defender for the County of Los Angeles||2006 - 2011|
|Owner||Wallach Law Office||2005 - 2006|
|Associate||Friedland, Laifer & Robbins LLP||2004 - 2005|
|Associate||Coblence & Warner LLP||2003 - 2004|
|Associate||Luce Forward Hamilton & Scripps||1999 - 2003|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|Bar of the United States District Court for the Central District of California||Member||2011 - Present|
|Association of Surfing Lawyers||Member||2011 - Present|
|National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||Member||2011 - Present|
|Los Angeles County Bar Association Indigent Criminal Defense Association||Member||2011 - Present|
|Bar of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals||Member||2010 - Present|
|National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||N/A||2010 - Present|
|California Public Defender's Association||N/A||2007 - Present|
|Bar of the United States Supreme Court||Member||2006 - Present|
|Los Angeles County Bar Association||Member||2005 - Present|
|Bar of the State of California||Member||2005 - Present|
|Bar of the Second Circuit Court of Appeals||Member||2001 - Present|
|Bar of the United States District Courts for the Eastern District of New York||Member||2000 - Present|
|Bar of the United States District Courts for the Southern District of New York||Member||2000 - Present|
|Bar of the State of New York||Member||2000 - Present|
|Phi Beta Kappa||Member||1995 - Present|
|Abu Ghanem et al. v. Bush, et al., Nos. 05 â€“ 1638; 05 â€“ 1639; No. 05 â€“ 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 Plan||In excess of $2 Million to client.|
|America Radio Now with Ernie Brown||Eric Snowden and the NSA leaks||2013|
|24/7 News||Nidal Hasan's denial of right to assert "defense of others" argument||2013|
|WAJR Morgantown, WV AM-1440 (www.wajr.com)||FISC Order, Obama, Feinstein, and Graham response||2013|
|850 KOA Denver, CO (www.850KOA.com)||FISC Order, Obama, Feinstein, and Graham response||2013|
|Bakersfield Californian||Case highlights cost, complexity of battling valley fever in prisons||2012|
|The Sacramento Bee||Ill prisoner's suit against CA prison can proceed Read more: http://www.sacbee.com/2011/08/27/3866290/ill-prisoners-suit-against-ca.html#ixzz1WLA2m6cD||2011|
|The Jurist||No Habeas at Guantanamo? The Executive and the Dubious Tale of the DTA||2006|
|New York Law Journal||Graham Amendment and Guantanamo||2006|
|FOR THE RECORD, A Publication of Luce, Forward, Hamilton & Scripps LLP, Volume XI, No. 2 Spring/Summer 2002||New 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 Law||2002|
|FOR THE RECORD, A Publication of Luce, Forward, Hamilton & Scripps LLP, Volume VII, No. 1 Winter 2001||Coverage for Patent Infringement Actions Under Commercial General Liability Policies||2001|
|UC Hastings COL||International Law||Juris Doctoc||1999|
|Univ of Oregon||International Studies||Bachelor of Arts||1995|
|WBAI Evening News with Andrea Sears, New York, New York||Motions filed by Department of Defense in pending Guantanamo Bay related habeas actions||2006|
|The UC Hastings Symposium About The War on Terror, Panel Member discussion representation of Guantanamo Bay Detainees||Representation of Guantanamo Bay Detainees||2006|
|Morning Edition, WPFK, Los Angeles, California||Motions filed by Department of Defense in pending Guantanamo Bay related habeas actions||2006|
|First Lecture Series||Status of Guantanamo Bay Litigations and conditions of confinement, effect of Rasul and prospective legal outcomes of Hamdan||2006|