|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 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!"
Posted by anonymous
Melissa is Simply the best attorney out there. I hired Melissa in 2014 for a case that at first seemed simple enough but as we got into it, all kinds of wrong was going out there for me. Melissa helped me through the case step by step, she walked me through motions that were filed, evidence against me as well as evidence for my defense, she kept me updated through phone calls, emails and in person meetings. While this case was going on and being continued Melissa never tired, was always energetic, she was upbeat and able to be positive of her abilities and of the system and how it works. Now in 2015, Melissa was able end this nightmare for me through negotiation and hard work. I appreciate her tireless efforts and investigation through this matter and am happy it ended with a positive outcome and I am forever grateful that she took my case.
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.