|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Top Attorneys||Pasadena Magazine||2014|
|Partner||TOUCHTON & WEINBERGER LLP||2015 - Present|
|Associate||Law Offices of Mark J. Werksman||2005 - 2014|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||Attorney Member||2005 - Present|
|American Bar Association||Attorney Member||2005 - Present|
|Federal Bar Association||Attorney Member||2005 - Present|
|California Public Defenders Association||Attorney Member||2005 - Present|
|Los Angeles County Bar Association||Attorney Member||2005 - 2014|
|Felon in Possession||Dismissed|
|Resisting Arrest||Not guilty|
|Conspiracy, Bribery, Mail and Wire Fraud||All charges dismissed (successfully negotiated Federal diversion)|
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|Los Angeles Lawyer||How to Apply Prop. 47's Reclassification and Firearms Provisions||2015|
|California Defender Magazine (CPDA)||Expanding Application of People v. Hofsheier||2009|
|ABA White Collar Crime Newsletter||International Extradition and Constitutional Rights: Time for Change||2007|
|Loyola Law School||Law||JD - Juris Doctor (Law Review 2003-2005)||2005|
|American University (Magna Cum Laude; Dean's List; Phi Beta Kappa; University Honors Program)||International Relations and Spanish/Latin American Studies||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1999|
|Live Free Strategy||Implementation of Prop. 47||2015|
Posted by Frankie
I've been struggling for a long long time and from time to time I would become very confused and Abrasive............ to the point where I think it concerned certain folks........... Well, so I landed myself down in the County Clinker and thanks to a law office just around the corner from where I live.............. I was referred to the very Gracious and Exceptionally Incredible work of a woman who navigated the troubles I was in with a beautiful sense of both Understanding and a tremendous amount of consideration for all the Parties involved............. I will truly be forever grateful and in the future if ever I have more troubles, I've got her on speed dial and I wouldn't hesitate.............. What an Unbelievable soul and Guide through some of the more difficult experiences that can become very stressful and painful............. I was facing 2 felonies and in the end I walked away with a single misdemeanor but an understanding that I needed to improve my Public Relations and Consideration for everyones Safety, Security and Sense of Well being............. I will feel forever grateful for the very Wonderful and Incredible abilities of Mrs. Melissa A. Winberger and her Unblievably Beautiful Partner, Mrs. Amanda Touchton who during my Trial was equally as helpful and compassionate............ Cheers to these Women with a such an AMAZINGLY GREAT sense of both Community and Well being for all............... I am forever Grateful.............
Posted by anonymous
My family hired Melissa to represent me in a case involving extradition across state lines, a complicated tangle of financial and property issues, and an investigation tainted by both a vindictive third party and a (purported) victim who had descended into dementia. She was able to not only quickly break down and comprehend an incredibly convoluted and bizarre set of circumstances, but to effectively synthesize dozens of pieces of evidence and hundreds of supporting details into a compelling defense against a case that included both a felony abuse charge and two misdemeanor fraud charges. I credit this to a combination of being phenomenally intelligent and having a great work ethic and sense of pride in the quality of the work she does.
On an interpersonal level, Melissa is also excellent. She's encouraging, warm, energetic, and optimistic. Also, she's never condescending and has proven exceedingly punctual and willing when it comes to answering additional questions as they've come up. What's also reassuring is that she's very comprehensively informed within her areas of expertise and able to discuss these things with a confidence that's totally commensurate with this depth and breadth of knowledge.
I almost immediately got the sense that she makes a point of continuing to stay informed about developments and emergent trends both within the area of criminal defense and within the law at large. However, I never got the sense that she was being anything other than 100% honest about my situation and what she could do for me at any given point in the proceeding. I also applaud her ability to parse the various cruxes of the case against me in a way that made my process of gathering evidence to refute the charges exponentially more efficient than it would've been otherwise.
After my case was dismissed, Melissa also took the time to reach out to other professional contacts in order to explore potential civil remedies to cover the hardship inflicted by the ordeal of being falsely accused, jailed, forced to lose work time etc. She also continued to provide valuable guidance in helping me navigate the process of cleaning up my records so as to minimize further damage to my reputation or loss of professional opportunities. She wasn't obligated to, but she did it anyways because she's just that good a person period. Hiring her was not cheap (it rarely is when someone is this good at what they do), but she was very accommodating and was more than fair in terms of billing and accounting.
In short, If you're facing these kind of accusations, I can't recommend Melissa highly enough.
Posted by Carey
Melissa Weinberger is the best lawyer in Los Angeles. She is very patient, caring, highly intelligent and saved my life. She will not stop until you are happy and satisfied. Melissa is great at making things happen quickly and professionally, answers calls and emails daily and will win your case. Melissa Weinberger deserves "Best Lawyer of 2015!"
R. James Christie, Criminal defense Attorney
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
I was asked to help find a top notch criminal defense attorney in SoCal. Ms. Weinberger was intelligent, honest and obviously well-versed in the law. Moreover she demonstrated sincerity and real compassion to the unique circumstances of this particular case. She is a credit to the profession.