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Ian Michael Wallach

About Ian Wallach

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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 work in the the Jurist ("No Habeas at Guantanamo? The Executive and the Dubious Tale of the DTA," March 6, 2006, available at, 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.

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