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About Me

Practicing criminal defense since 1990, was a Deputy Public Defender in Los Angeles for seven years, served as a 1LT in the US Army as a JAG, completed an international fellowship with the ILF in Nepal in 2010 and formed a non-profit, the Center for Juvenile Justice in Colorado to serve kids in the delinquency system and teach law students.  I am committed to my clients and love to teach and mentor youth in the community as well as in college and law schools.  I am devoted to the pursuit of truth and justice in all things.


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Practice Areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 50%
  2. Appeals: 20%
  3. Violent Crime: 10%
  4. Federal Crime: 10%
  5. Other: 10%
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Attorney Endorsements

6 total 

  • Johnny T Lai

    I endorse this lawyer.


    Johnny Lai Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Peter Joseph Sauer

    I had the opportunity to work with Ms. Polansky on a complex, high-profile criminal matter. Ms. Polansky is an elite criminal defense attorney with the experience, legal skill, and strategic thinking to get the best results in the most challenging situations. And her dedication to clients is second to none. I highly recommend Ms. Polansky.


    Peter Sauer Intellectual Property Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact Info

Polansky Law Firm

100 Wilshire Boulevard.
Suite 1300
Santa Monica, CA, 90401



Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers Association2014
Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
AttorneyPolansky Law Firm2000 - Present
Founder and Executive DirectorCenter for Juvenile Justice2010 - 2014
1LTUs Army Jag Corps2002 - 2004
Deputy Public Defender IIILos Angeles County Office Of Public Defender1993 - 2000
AttorneyLisa A. Polansky, Attorney at Law1990 - 1993
Association NamePosition NameDuration
California Criminal Courts Bar AssociationMember2014 - Present
California Attorneys for Criminal JusticeMember2014 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2000 - Present
Los Angeles County Bar AssociationMember1990 - Present
Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
MontoyaClient released and exonerated.
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School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Pepperdine University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1990
State University of New York, AlbanyCriminal Justice/SociologyBA - Bachelor of Arts1987
Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Colorado Public Defender ConferenceCoerced Confessions2014