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Jerod Gunsberg

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Jerod Gunsberg is the founder and lead attorney of the Law Offices of Jerod Gunsberg. He is a seasoned criminal law defense attorney, representing clients in all California state and federal criminal matters. He focuses his practice on many different types of criminal cases, including misdemeanors, violent offenses, complex narcotics, white collar crime, medical marijuana defense, sex crimes, elder abuse, computer crime and juvenile criminal issues.

Mr. Gunsberg spent the early part of his career in the entertainment industry and even owning his own independent record label for a time. When he decided to follow his life long dream of practicing law, there was no turning back. He graduated from New York University where he was a University Honors Scholar. He was then recruited by some of Los Angeles County’s top criminal defense trial lawyers to represent clients on serious felony matters including murders, sex offenses, major narcotics cases, and complex fraud cases at both the state and federal level. From this impressive start, he has been able to develop and build a successful law firm with two respected and experienced colleagues, Martin Lijtmaer and Valerie Lopez.

Mr. Gunsberg’s notable recent federal matters include a securities fraud and wire fraud case in which the government alleged a $5 million loss; a 2000kg marijuana distribution conspiracy; one of the largest seizures of PCP in the history of the United States; and representing a client accused of smuggling dozens of weapons into the United States aboard a commercial aircraft. This is in addition to the wide variety of other federal matters Mr. Gunsberg handles, including pre-indictment representation at the early stages of federal investigations. In that vein, he has also worked extensively with federal agencies in defending these types of matters, including the FBI, DEA, Secret Service, Homeland Security, IRS CID, USPIS (US Postal Inspectors), USDA and the Department of Education, among others.

A pursuit Mr. Gunsberg is particularly devoted to is the defense of children and teenagers in the criminal justice system. He received a national award for his work in defending minors in Los Angeles County’s juvenile courts and was featured in the Los Angeles Times for his work towards juvenile justice reform. Mr. Gunsberg has represented juvenile clients in conjunction with of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Public Counsel, and is frequently retained by other criminal defense attorneys as an expert consultant on juvenile delinquency matters.

Named one of California’s 2013 and 2014 “Rising Star” criminal defense attorneys by “Super Lawyers,” Mr. Gunsberg is also active in the legal community he serves. He is a member of the following organizations: the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, California Attorneys for Criminal Justice, the Los Angeles Criminal Courts Bar Association, Americans for Safe Access, the Drug Policy Alliance Network, the Pacific Juvenile Defender’s Association, the Los Angeles County Bar Association, the Beverly Hills Bar Association and the American Bar Association.

Mr. Gunsberg is admitted to practice in all California State Courts and the United States District Court for the Central District of California. He has also been admitted pro hac vice into the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts and the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.


Languages spoken: English, Spanish

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Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 50%
  2. Federal Crime: 20%
  3. Juvenile: 10%
  4. Sex Crime: 10%
  5. Domestic Violence: 10%



Fixed (always), Free consultation (60 minutes)

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Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Todd Stoneman

    Jerod is one of those few attorneys that gets it. He consistently puts his clients' interests first and is truly the type of advocate folks need during tough times. Jerod is someone I turn to when I need a fresh, trusted perspective. For all these reasons and more, I endorse and recommend Jerod's services 100%. If you happen to live in the LA area, be happy someone like Jerod has your back should you ever need it.


    Todd Stoneman Bankruptcy and debt Attorney
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  • Matthew Atherton Sullivan

    I strongly endorse this lawyer. Mr. Gunsberg is my go to lawyer for all criminal matters in Los Angeles. I have found him to be intelligent, knowledgeable, and responsive. I believe he is committed to getting the best possible results for his clients. He has a broad understanding of criminal law issues, and has sound judgement. He also cares about what happens to his clients, which is perhaps the most important thing to look for in a criminal lawyer when you are facing the loss of your freedom.


    Matthew Sullivan Criminal defense Attorney
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Contact info

Law Offices of Jerod Gunsberg

643 S. Olive Street
Suite 717
Los Angeles, CA, 90014

Law Offices of Jerod Gunsberg

433 N. Camden Drive
Suite 600
Beverly Hills, CA, 90210-4416



We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2015
Top AttorneysPasadena Magazine2015
Rising StarCalifornia Super Lawyers2014
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2014
Rising StarCalifornia Super Lawyers2013
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2013
Faculty Appreciation AwardPrivate Defenders of California2013
"A" RatingBetter Business Bureau2012
Admission to PracticeUnited States District Court2009
Admission to AssociationCalifornia Attorneys for Criminal Justice2008
Clinical Student of the YearNational Clinical Legal Education Association2008
First Honors - Trial AdvocacyLoyola Law School Trial Advocacy Program2008
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyLaw Offices of Jerod Gunsberg2008 - Present
OwnerLaw Offices Of Jerod Gunsberg2008 - Present
Public Interest Corps FellowshipPublic Counsel2009 - 2009
Certified Law StudentCenter for Juvenile Law and Policy - Loyola Law School2007 - 2008
Association namePosition nameDuration
The Private Defenders of California, Inc.Attorney Member2011 - Present
Pacific Juvenile Defenders CenterAttorney Member2010 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaAdmitted2008 - Present
State Bar of California, Criminal Law SectionAttorney Member2008 - Present
California DUI Lawyers AssociationAttorney Member2008 - Present
California Public Defenders AssociationAttorney Member2008 - Present
California Attorneys for Criminal JusticeAttorney Member2008 - Present
United States District Court for the Central District of CaliforniaAttorney2008 - Present
State Bar of California, Criminal Law SectionAttorney Member2008 - Present
Beverly Hills Bar Association, Criminal Law SectionAttorney Member2008 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersAttorney Member2007 - Present
American Bar AssociationAttorney Member2005 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
People v. R.H. (Los Angeles County)Domestic Violence Case - Dismissed
People v. B.A.Prostitution - Acquittal After Mistrial
People v. E.M. (Los Angeles County)Reduced - No Jail, No Fines, Probation Reinstated
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Publication nameTitleDate
Los Angeles Daily JournalArrested on Campus: 2019 Edition2015
AVVO Legal GuidesBefore Bailing Out, Call an2013
The Los Angeles Criminal Defense BlogMultiple Articles2013
Los Angeles Juvenile Defense BlogMultiple Articles2013
CaliticsThe Undiscovered Discovery Problem: Prop 9 and the Need for Ballot Proposition Reform2008
Los Angeles TimesCalifornia Ballot Propositions Living Loud on You Tube2008
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Loyola Law School, Loyola Marymount UniversityLawJD - Juris Doctor2008
New York UniversityTheaterOther - Bachelors1994
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
The Private Defenders of California, Inc. MCLECalifornia Juvenile Delinquency Law and Procedure2013
Speaker's PanelCriminal Defense Practice in Los Angeles2013
Los Angeles County Bar Association "Dialogue on Freedom"Search and Seizure, Gang Injunctions2009
Constitution Rights Foundation "Deliberations In Democracy" SeminarDefending Minors in the Juvenile Justice System2009