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Hooman Kazemi serves as a Deputy Public Defender with the Los Angeles County Public Defender's Office, where he defends clients through Jury Trial against all types of felony charges filed by the prosecutor's office.  In recognition of his outstanding trial record, Mr. Kazemi was named 2010 California Trial Lawyer of the Year by the state-wide criminal defense bar assocation The Private Defenders.


Mr. Kazemi is also a Faculty Lecturer with the University of Southern California, a position he has held since 2007.  He has been a coach of the undergraduate competitive trial advocacy team since 2004 and currently co-teaches "Trial Advocacy: Theory and Practice".  For more information, please visit our website and see USC's recent video and article about our work.
Mr. Kazemi earned his law degree from Loyola Law School.  At Loyola, he was a member of the nationally ranked Byrne Trial Advocacy team and participated in the Williams Civil Rights Litigation Clinic.  He earned First Honors in Franchise Law, Trial Advocacy, and Advanced Trial Advocacy.  Mr. Kazemi earned his undergraduate degree in International Relations from the University of Southern California, where he was a member of the undergraduate trial advocacy team and recipient of the Freeman Foundation Explore East Asia scholarship and Alumni Achievement Award.




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Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 40%
    9 years, 1 thousand cases
  2. DUI & DWI: 20%
    9 years, 450 cases
  3. Juvenile: 15%
    6 years
  4. Domestic Violence: 15%
    9 years, 450 cases
  5. Violent Crime: 10%
    9 years, 350 cases



Pro bono (100%)

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Contact info

Los Angeles County Public Defender's Office

210 W. Temple St.
19th Fl
Los Angeles, CA, 90012


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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Excellence AwardThe Private Defenders of California2011
California Trial Lawyer of the YearThe Private Defenders of California2010
Top Honors - Advanced Trial AdvocacyLoyola Law School2007
Top Honors - Trial AdvocacyLoyola Law School2006
Top Honors - Franchise LawLoyola Law School2006
Alumni Achievement AwardUniversity of Southern CaliforniaN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Deputy Public DefenderLos Angeles County Public Defender's Office2008 - Present
Faculty LecturerUniversity of Southern California2007 - Present
Summer AssociateGilbert, Kelly, Crowley & Jennett LLP2006 - 2007
Law ClerkLaw Office of Bradley Brook2006 - 2006
Association namePosition nameDuration
LA County Public Defender's AssociationMember, Board of Directors2015 - Present
Iranian-American Lawyers AssociationMember, Board of Directors2015 - Present
The Private Defenders of CaliforniaMember, Board of Directors2012 - Present
The Private Defenders of CaliforniaMember - Faculty of Law2008 - Present
Iranian American Bar AssociationMember2004 - Present
California Attorneys for Criminal JusticeMember2007 - 2008
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Resisting Arrest Case Acquitted by JuryAcquittal
Human Trafficking/Slavery/Molestation Case Settled for MisdemeanorsFelonies dismissed, time-served to misdemeanors
Pandering Case Acquitted by JuryJury Acquittal
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Publication nameTitleDate
Associated Press (quoted in article)Police Rely on Injunctions to Curb Gang Activity2010
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Loyola Law School, Loyola Marymount UniversityTrial AdvocacyJD - Juris Doctor2007
University of Southern CaliforniaInternational RelationsBA - Bachelor of Arts2004
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
TPD Sixth Annual Criminal Law SeminarTactical Considerations at Preliminary Hearing2015
TPD Fourth Annual Criminal Law SeminarJuvenile Delinquency Practice2013
Emerging Considerations in Maternal Mental HealthPsychosis: Child abuse and the Law2013
Immigration Law and Crimes: The State-Side PerspectiveThe Impact of Immigration Status on the Decisions of the Criminal Defendant2011
Panel Presentation to Federal Immigration Judges at U.S. Immigration Court in Downtown Los AngelesImmigration Consequences and Criminal Law Litigation: The Defense Perspective2010
Issues in Criminal Law and DUI CasesCriminal Law and DUI: How to Try Your Case, and Win!2010
Immigration Law and Crimes: The State-Side PerspectiveThe Impact of Immigration Status on the Decisions of the Criminal Defendant2010
Menaster's The Year's CasesReview of the Most Significant Cases Published in the Last 12 Months2009
Trial Skills InstituteTheoretical and Practical Trial Advocacy Training2008