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Posted by a DUI client, Flag
Ian responded very quickly to a cold call inquiry I had made with respect to a DUI case. I found him forthright, professional, focused and friendly. He went out of his way to steer me in the right direction and provided very helpful, if sobering information. I have dealt with many legal professionals over the years but none has impressed me more than he. I recommend him highly.
Posted by a client, Flag
Right before Thanksgiving I was the victim of a crime which involved stolen property. I emailed Ian to see what my rights were regarding getting my property returned. To my surprise, he called me immediately (while on his Thanksgiving vacation), asked a few questions, and let me know what my options were. I followed up with another email with additional questions, and he once again responded the same day. Ian has a knowledgeable and friendly demeanor, and quickly put a number of my concerns to rest. Hopefully I never have another situation where I need Mr. Wallach's services, but if I do, I know he is a lawyer I would want on my side.
Posted by a Criminal Defense client, Flag
I needed immediate legal representation. I was referred to Ian Wallach, called his office and was able to set up a meeting within a few days. I found Ian to be knowledgeable and confident with his role in the legal world. He did his research, always gave support and guidance throughout our situation. Ian is dedicated, hardworking, intelligent lawyer, who is also well respected by his peers. The outcome of our court experience was positive and my family is very grateful for choosing Ian Wallach for our legal representation.
Posted by a client, Flag
I hired Ian to help me with my DUI case. He was great. Very responsive and intelligent. I knew that he would make this awful experience bearable. When hiring lawyers, he was the only one who told me it would be alright. He helped me stay calm during this process which was very appreciated. I highly recommend Ian.
Posted by a DUI client, Flag
I was referred to attorney Wallach and after speaking with him and getting his 'non-sales pitch' (right!), I fell hook line and sinker! Paid 5K and did not get the representation I expected. I guess I should have known what to expect at the DMV hearing. He shows up and gives my name, but totally mispronounces it, that kinda shock my confidence. We have spoken on the phone and exchanged emails, so I'm not sure why he would that wrong. Prior to the DMV hearing, he had communicated to me via email that he put a stay on my driving restrictions. However, when we were in front of the DMV judge he seemed to forget that fact and told the judge that I could swear under oath that I hadn't driven! Needless to say, my faith was really shaken but haven paid him all the money, I felt stuck! I was stuck. We go to court and he's late, and didn't do anything that without representation would have yielded. After court he tells me all I have to do is pay my fines and we parted ways. Again he flips the script on me, because before court I had asked him to settle and he had asked me to give him one more chance and that he wanted to come to court as if he was ready to try my case, but of course that change and he just had me plea no contest. Fast forward to today, and I'm awaken by three police at my door with a warrant my arrest for failure to appear!! Apparently my attorney failed to tell me that I needed to show some sort of progress on my case, and for being being represented is absolutely unacceptable and truly a lack of ethics and true genuine concern for clients. Worst experience EVER!
Posted by Ashley, Flag
I was fortunate enough to have the pleasure of meeting Ian at the Los Angeles Airport Courthouse during a very difficult and confusing situation. Although he was not involved in my case in any capacity, Ian overheard my questions and concerns while sitting next to me in the cafe. He graciously took the initiative (and out of his brief break) to provide me with the guidance and answers which I was unable to get from the attorney who was involved in my case. I work with attorneys in a professional capacity several times a month; and never have I encountered one whose moral and ethical standards are as impressive as his extensive knowledge, stellar resume and impressive business acumen. Simply put; if you are faced with legal battle, Ian is who you want in your corner.
Posted by Joseph P., a Domestic Violence client, Flag
I was falsely accused and arrested for domestic violence during a custody battle with my former wife. Luckily, I was able to post bail but that hardly brought any relief. My life and everything I worked for and the possibility of not seeing my daughter was to much for me to bear. But I knew that the first thing I had to do was to find a lawyer quickly. When I met Ian, he quickly made gave me some relief and when I presented the evidence he immediately knew how to present it. He also patiently listened to my story and explained the next steps. Once I left his office, I felt much better and relieved that he was on the job. And what a job he did! Because of his manner of presenting the case and his knowledge of the ins and outs of the courthouses, his presentation convinced the city not to file the case. And just like that, it was over.
Personally, this was very important and not just for the obvious reasons. When I was arrested and in jail, I lost all faith in justice and it marked my darkest hour. I thought that my life would be over. It was absolutely horrifying to think that all that I have accomplished can easily be taken away because of a lie. Ian's talent and perseverance gave me back my life and restored my faith in the justice system and, most importantly, my faith in the future for me and my family.
Posted by Allan, a Criminal Defense client, Flag
When my college going child in west LA faced a drinking in pubic charge 2 months ago, I called a number of soCal attorneys with concern that it might taint my child's record. I was either left confused or with the choice of a large retaining fee. That's when I came upon an online advice Mr. Wallach wrote pertaining to this charge years ago and I left a message at his number not knowing whether I'd get a reply. He called me back that same evening and in the first few sentences made me realize that I'd found the right help. After reviewing the citation, he gave me actionable advice on working with the City Attorney and court to resolve the case as an infraction, which my child followed on arraignment day to the desired outcome. He stayed in contact with concise and reassuring guidance through the whole process. Because he guided us towards self-help, which itself says a lot about an attorney, I did not really get to hire him. But if I ever need legal assistance in LA, he will be the first one I turn to. For all you did, Mr. Wallach, I am truly grateful.
Posted by LeeB, a Civil Rights client, Flag
Outstanding and exceptionally ethical attorney specializing in criminal defense but knowledgeable in every other area as well. Takes his clients' welfare to heart and fights hard for them. Met him when he did a terrific job representing an indigent client in a criminal trial; I sat on the jury that acquitted. Passionate but not overly emotional, he presents a rock-solid, perfectly organized, and logical case. I contacted him later on a civil matter, he replied that day, and his advice has been invaluable. If I were litigating, I'd call him in a heartbeat.
Posted by a Criminal Defense client, Flag
Ian represented me on a controlled substance charge and made me feel at ease from the very first call. He was knowledgable on all of the options within the system and fought for me to the best of his ability. I am beyond satisfied with the result and highly recommend him to anyone that isn't sure what to do in a similar situation.
Posted by Tiani, a Criminal Defense client, Flag
I would HIGHLY recommend Ian Wallach! This man fought 100% for my family. It is rare to find true dedication these days, and I can assure you, Ian Wallach is dedicated to his clients. He is a fighter and will not leave you unsatisfied. If you hire him once you'll hire him again.
Posted by a Criminal Defense client, Flag
When charged with shoplifting an item of $300 value in Los Angeles, I was worried about possible outcomes, considering my professional background and future goals. I knew that I required the best possible legal defense that I could find; by great fortune and excellent reference, I received recommendation for Ian Wallach as a criminal defense attorney on the westside of Los Angeles. From the beginning, Mr. Wallach helped me to understand the charge I was facing, outlined the possible approaches and outcomes, and realistically presented the facts of the case and the plausible prosecutorial actions. Throughout the pre-arraignment period of the case, he stayed in close contact with me while he negotiated a deal with the district attorney, helped me to engage in restorative actions, and gather the proper supporting materials to further reinforce my defense. Weeks before the arraignment, Mr. Wallach had successfully secured a favorable deal with the prosecution, ensuring no criminal record at the conclusion of an informal sentencing, minimal fines ($200), and a swift arraignment that concluded my case within minutes of the court's time. With Mr. Wallach's indispensable legal defense, the judge decided on an informal, and essentially 'off-the-record', sentencing that requires me to complete 10 days of community service (non-labor) and continue my regular therapy (which is of no burden to me considering my attendance preceding this case). I cannot thank Mr. Wallach enough for his diligent, resourceful, and courteous work on my case.
Posted by Alpha and Dorothy, a Criminal Defense client, Flag
Atty Wallach was more than I ever expected from any attorney. He was professional, knowledgeable, open to suggestions, very accessible at any time day or night as well as through email. He left no page unturned, he was like I had known him for years, he acted like I was a million dollar client, I was saddened to have our case concluded, because we began to see him as a long time family friend. God Bless him and his Family.
Posted by Harvey, a Criminal Defense client, Flag
Ian advised me on a 5150 hold matter. My wife had reacted badly to a new medication and had been kept for 72 hours. By the end of the 72 hours she was back to normal, but the facility psychiatrist seemed as if she was planning to extend the hold. Ian explained the process, advised best practices and searched for colleagues able to spring into action. All this without being retained, which he advised against until the psychiatrist made her decision. He said, "I may be bad at marketing, but this is the right thing to do." He further advised that the public defenders are very good and do their jobs well. Ian generously offered his time and expertise -- several hours -- for free and said the public defender was the better way to go in most cases. He said he loves what he does and that his main concern was that the right outcome is achieved.
Posted by a Car Accident client, Flag
I hired Ian Wallach as personal injury attorney with the goal to get compensation from a large rental car agency. He was a pleasure to work with. His friendly demeanor is accompanied by great legal knowledge, strong work ethics (worked many long hours, including evenings and weekends, and always responded in a timely manner), good listening skills, amazing negotiation tactics, and creative thinking. Due to all these great qualities, he was able to obtain higher compensation for me than anyone expected. I can highly recommend Ian Wallach!
Posted by Miguel, a Car Accident client, Flag
I Hired him for a traffic collision compensation. He knew his job well very informative and reliable got my case done in a short time and happy with the result.
Posted by Tina, Flag
While I wasn't able to hire Ian, I did have the opportunity of speaking with him on the phone twice. He was very knowledgeable and took the time to answer my questions. His advice was clear and concise and he made me feel much more comfortable about my situation. Thank you again for your time, Ian...both my husband and I truly appreciate it.
Posted by Robin, a Business client, Flag
Ian is an absolutely amazing attorney - and coming from an attorney that means a lot! He is extremely bright and knowledgeable, grasps legal issues in a flash, does not waste any time deciphering the legal principles involved, and is incredible at keeping you informed and reassured. Ian was definitely the best choice.
Posted by Derek, Flag
I just got off a phone consultation with Ian. He is a straight shooter who is clearly passionate about what he does. I'd talked with several other attorneys about my issue and they were all either unresponsive or feeding me fear tactics. Ian gave me a clear assessment of my options, my difficulties, and the costs I could expect. His candor and willingness to help were deeply appreciated. Thanks, Ian!
Posted by Carolina, Flag
I called Ian Wallachs office and Being unexperienced as far as legal advise on my part, he was extremely helpful, a great listener, and expressed to me that I was doing the right thing and going in the right direction. He referred me to a lawyer who currently handles the type of business I was looking for and although he couldn't help me legally because he does not handle the services I need legally right now he spent his time to make sure I was referred to a lawyer who could advise and take care of my legal situation. I definitely recommend Ian Wallach.
Posted by a DUI client, Flag
Ian Wallach helped me more than I anticipated. As a minor with no experience, I felt scared about the consequences of my situation. However, he informed me well enough that I was knowledgable about the situation and gave me a plan to take care of it. I don't see any other person but to hire but him!
Posted by a Contracts client, Flag
I own a music production company in New York, NY and had left Mr. Wallach a voicemail requesting his expertise regarding an Exclusive Artist Agreement for a new artist we were signing. Mr. Wallach returned my call quickly and ensured my questions had been resolved. Great guy, great attorney!
Posted by Kimberly, a Debt Settlement client, Flag
Ian handled two entirely different cases for me, both had outcomes that I was THRILLED with. He was easy to talk to, made me feel very comfortable (no question was a dumb question) and was extremely knowledgeable and professional. In addition, he got results much faster than I had expected! I would highly recommend him to anyone!!
Posted by J. an Arbitration client, a Arbitration client, Flag
I can't say enough of Ian. He is knowledgeable and a very compassionate person. He was very responsive and patient with me and with all my questions. He was professional and I felt that i was in a very capable hands. Honestly, i didn't have to call to check on the status of my case, Ian was very good about keeping me informed on a regular basis. I highly recommend this attorney.
Posted by a Civil Rights client, Flag
A genuine caring hard working individual...fair, honest, dedicated, I would so highly recommend him to anyone..Ian represented my son twice and one of the 2 times the consequences could have destroyed my sons life....I often wonder how many attorneys could have accomplished what he did in this particular case....we are eternally grateful to him for the way he treated our son and for the results he delivered....I can't say enought about him except that we are grateful he came into our lives.....
Posted by RJ, a Litigation client, Flag
Mr. Wallach gives the his profession justice. Most attorneys are in it for the money, but Ian actually adds a personal touch to his work. He is the consumate professional, trustworthy and straight. He has gone above and beyond what is required and It has been an absolute pleasure to have him represent me.
Posted by Robert, a Appeals client, Flag
I'm not going to write a whole lot, what I will say though,is that I was extremely nervous about my entire situation. Thank god for Ian Wallach, he just made it easier for me to breath. He was extremely confident, knowledgeable, and honest w/ my situation. He represented me very well.