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Philip Israels

Criminal defense Attorney at Los Angeles, CA

5.0   21 reviews

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About Philip

Learn Philip’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    60%
    Top-rated Los Angeles criminal defense law firm defending individuals against any type of charges, including drug crimes, theft crimes, violent crimes, white collar crimes, juvenile crimes, fraud crimes, sex crimes, , criminal appeals, evading arrest, probation violations, expungements, domestic violence.

    49 years, 5,000 cases

  2. DUI and DWI
    25%
    Top-rated Los Angeles DUI defense law firm defending individuals against any type of driving under the influence charges, including first offense DUI, felony DUI, DUI accident, underage DUI, prior convictions, out of state DUI, involuntary manslaughter, DMV hearing.

    49 years, 5,000 cases

  3. Domestic violence
    10%
    Top-rated Los Angeles domestic violence attorney defending individuals against any type of charges, including child abuse, child endangerment, criminal threats, intimidation, protective orders, restraining orders, spousal abuse, stalking.

    49 years, 1,000 cases

  4. Federal crime
    5%
    Top-rated Los Angeles federal criminal defense lawyer defending individuals against ant type of charges, including mail fraud, wire fraud, health care fraud, medicare fraud, mortgage fraud, weapons offenses, RICO charges, child pornography, internet crimes, bank fraud.

    49 years, 500 cases

Selected as "Super Lawyer" 2008-2019 with 42 Years of Experience. Top-Rated Criminal Defense Attorney. Former LA Prosecutor. Client's Choice Winner 2014. Recipient, American Jurisprudence Award. Rated AV by Martindale-Hubbel.

 

Phil Israels was born in 1948 and raised in California’s Central Valley where he still has family. After graduating from the University of California at Berkeley where he was a member for Zeta Beta Tau fraternity and studied Economics, he continued his education at the University of San Francisco, School of Law where he received the prestigious American Jurisprudence Award.

 

Upon graduation in 1975 and passing the bar in his first attempt, he was hired by the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office, where he worked for almost four years as a prosecutor gaining extensive trial experience. Since 1979, he has been a criminal defense attorney. He sees his role as the protector of the accused. However, his prosecutorial experience has helped him understand the mindset of his adversaries both in the trial court and in negotiations.

 

Although he has much trial experience his background, skills, and contacts has often allowed him to obtain favorable results without the extra expense associated with trial. As a defense attorney, he has successfully handled cases ranging from accusations of driving under the influence, murder, sexual misconduct, domestic violence, and complicated white collar cases. As a prosecutor, he worked in all of the branch offices including West Los Angeles, Van Nuys, San Fernando, San Pedro and downtown (Criminal Courts Building, Bauchet Street and Metro). As a defense attorney, he has practiced in all the major courts in Southern California and has successfully defended clients in the Los Angeles Criminal Courts Building, Metro, Van Nuys, San Fernando, Torrance, Pomona, Ventura, Airport Court, and Citrus, among other courthouses.

 

When requested he has traveled across the country to represent his clients. As a defense counsel, he has also gained extensive experience in the Juvenile Courts including Sylmar, Inglewood, Los Padrinos, and Easklake. He is a Board Certified Specialist in the field of Criminal Law, a designation which puts him among approximately one percent of those attorneys who refer to themselves as criminal lawyers in the State of California.

 

Mr. Israels has been named “Super Lawyer” by the Los Angeles Magazine, an honor which he has received several times. He is often referred cases by Judges, other attorneys, prosecutors and previous clients. In 2008 he was joined in his practice by his nephew, Sam Israels, also a former prosecutor with extensive trial experience and many contacts in the criminal courts. His clients appreciate the team approach and are happy to know that they can rely both on Phil and Sam when the need arises. In his spare time he enjoys sports including skiing, swimming and softball.

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Licensed for 47 years
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 1975
Updated 11/29/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Contact Philip

Cron, Israels & Stark
11755 Wilshire Blvd
15th Floor
Los Angeles, CA, 90025
Cron, Israels & Stark
401 Wilshire Blvd
#1200
Santa Monica, CA, 90401
Cron, Israels & Stark
21250 Hawthorne Blvd.
Torrance, CA, 90503
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Posted by anonymous | February 22, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Dedicated and loyal
When Phil makes promises, he keeps them. He is so loyal and dedicated to his clients; he makes miracles happen! What an amazing lawyer! Phil not only got me the best deal we could get in the beginning, he ultimately convinced the judge to terminate my probation, reduce felony to misdemeanor, and expunge the whole thing! I am finally a free person who can pursue any job and leave the state and/or country freely. After finding nothing but terrible lawyers who couldn't do anything for me, I finally found Phil and I am so so thankful for him - he is a true life saver. I HIGHLY recommend him to anyone! He is the BEST!
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Posted by anonymous | February 14, 2020
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Excellent attorney
Mr. Israels represented me in case recently, and he did an amazing job, very professional, very skilled in criminal law, and a very nice gentleman. My case got resolved in probation, and a little community service, but I was facing jail time, and I am so grateful to Phil, for his efforts and his experience, for the way he represented me, anyone that needs an excellent lawyer, look no further, Mr.Israel is the man you want. CB
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Posted by Eric S. | March 29, 2019
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Highly Recommend
I typically don’t leave reviews unless I have an extremely bad or good experience. Luckily, I’m on this page to speak of a good one. Philip Israels and his team were extremely professional, considerate and timely in handling my legal matter. I’ve worked with various legal teams in the past and even had a retainer at one. I honestly wish I knew Philip then because I’m 100% sure he would have done a better job. I liked his communication skills among other things. I highly recommend Philip if any of you are questioning whether or not to move forward with a lawyer. He is definitely my go to for your future legal matters I may have.
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Posted by B. B. | March 26, 2019
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Case Dismissed!
My 17-year-old son was charged with a criminal case. It was a big issue for my family, not to mention the potential of a criminal record at such a young age. The prosecutor was attempting to hit us hard. Philip Israels and his partner were able to get the case dismissed with minimal financial cost. I liked how we always kept me updated. I highly recommend his law firm.
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Posted by Eyeguy | October 19, 2018
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The best
Philip Isreals is the best lawyer in Los Angeles point blank. If you are facing any type of criminal charges major or minor trust me, this gentleman is the one to have on your side. He did the best job I could ever imagine. I was very very afraid of what may occur despite the charges that may or may not be filed against me, however, Mr. Israels assured me and guided me through the process, gave me instructions, very specific instructions and my ordeal ended up being dismissed. This is the best lawyer to ever have on your side. Thank you Mr Israels.
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Posted by Brian B. | October 2, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Phil gave our family great legal representation
When someone in our family wound up unfairly in a tough situation, we were referred to Phil Israels. He came highly recommended and offered to meet us immediately. He was a very pleasant and transparent gentleman who listened carefully and asked many questions. He was very reassuring without delivering false hope. As soon as he heard our case in full, he shared his experience and qualifications to make sure we were comfortable. After we agreed he was the best choice, he immediately laid out a strategy. He was in contact every step of the way always kept us updated. Phil is very familiar with the legal predicament in Santa Monica. After a few weeks. He was able to have the entire thing removed and no charges were ever filed. On behalf of our family, I highly recommend Philip Israels as a top, one in a million guy. This is the type of attorney you need even the prospect of a potential accusation. Phil is the only real choice!
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Posted by anonymous | March 21, 2016
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Phil is a life-saver!
If I could give more than 5 stars, I would. Phil did the impossible and negotiated a great deal on my felony DUI/hit and run. If not for him, I may be in prison right now and not at home with my family. He is highly experienced, extremely sharp and quick-witted, well-versed on all legal matters, and seems to know just about everyone in court. I never second-guessed his abilities and I'm 100% positive he was the BEST option. Phil is highly intelligent, extremely professional, and an absolute pleasure to work with. He worked diligently, sometimes staying up all hours on my case. I felt reassured knowing he was always available to respond quickly and ease me of any worries/concerns. He was even able to save me thousands of dollars in fines! I also had an issue with getting my new job and Phil was able to make arrangements to ensure I secured it. Thanks to his assistance, I am employed, out of jail, and doing better than ever! Phil is truly a life-saver! I don't even want to imagine how terrible my life would be right now if not for Phil. I was petrified about all of this since day one, but Phil has calmed me every step of the way, and brought back new hope for me to pull out strong. For anyone who may find themselves in an unfortunate situation, don't hesitate. Call Phil.
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Posted by John C. | December 8, 2015
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Phil worked an absolute miracle for me on my felony DUI case
Last May I was charged with an aggravated DUI, and Phil Israels worked an absolute miracle for me! He negotiated a fair deal with the prosecutor that was the best-case scenario for an extremely difficult case. I was very pleased with the outcome, and so relieved. From our first meeting, Phil was incredibly nice and professional. I had the utmost confidence in his abilities and the whole process was completely smooth and pain-free. I really liked his knowledge of the system and top-notch legal strategy. I would highly recommend you Phil a call if you're in need of legal representation. You're not going to find a more qualified firm than Cron, Israels & Stark!
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Posted by Eric | May 12, 2015
Mr. Israels eased the burden on my family through my court case and established a life long bond them.
I went Mr. Israels as I had a difficult past to work with within the court system. I was facing misdemeanor charges that could possibly put me in jail for a long time. He helped me get back on my feet and helped me to get into a program where I could get control of my life again. They are the reason I am a successful businessman today. I was headed down for the final count. Phil and his legal team are knowledgeable of all California case law and know everyone in the District Attorneys office. They are well worth every penny that I spent. In addition, his firm eased the burden on my family and loved ones through my court case and established a life long bond with my family. I really liked how Mr. Israels and his staff kept me updated through every stage of the process and were always willing to discuss my case when I called.
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Posted by P.S. | February 16, 2015
Mr. Israels got my assault and battery charges dismissed right before trial
I was charged with assault and battery after one of my employees accused me of intentionally throwing scalding hot water from the microwave on him resulting in 1st and 2nd degree burns. My case had tremendous potential civil consequences as the employee was asking for hundred of thousands of dollars in damages. Mr. Israels work aggressively and was able to prove the accusations and charges were not credible and my case was dismissed on the last day prior to trial. I really liked how Mr. Israels aggressively challenged the prosecutor's evidence and was able to convince them they had no case. I highly recommend him.
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Posted by Thomas | February 11, 2015
Mr. Israels got my felony assault charge reduced to a simple misdemeanor disturbing the peace
I was originally charged with felony assault by means of force likely causing great bodily injury and two misdemeanor probation violations. At the first court hearing, Mr. Israels was able to get my case reduced to a misdemeanor and the judge said they did not see my case as one that should result in jail. The prosecutor was then asking for jail time on my probation violations. Mr. Israels continued to negotiate for a better deal. On the day of trial, my case was resolved for the much reduced charge of disturbing the peace with no jail time and no penalties on my probation violations. I could not have asked for a better result. I really liked how Mr. Israels aggressively negotiated with the prosecutor all the way up to my trial date. He always keep me informed on the progress of my case and took all my phone call promptly. I highly recommend Mr. Israels.
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Posted by Peter T. | January 15, 2015
Mr. Israels was able to quickly have my failure to appear charge dismissed
I had a failure to appear for a misdemeanor charge resulted in a bench warrant. I tried to just ignore it for a few months but eventually decided to A) see if there was a warrant, and B) if YES, see what could be done about it. Phil Israels, who has three and a half decades of experience and knows the ins and outs of LA Courts, and had the case dismissed. I cannot describe the sense of relief that came when they did that, and so quickly. I really liked Mr. Israels calm manner throughout this entire process. A true professional. Thank you again!
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Posted by anonymous | December 19, 2014
First Rate Attorney
I hired Phil to represent my son in two cases - one as a minor and one as an adult. For both matters, Phil was diligent in keeping both me and my son up to date. As my son was the client. Phil had many meetings with only my son. Besides clearly explaining the law and court procedures to my son, he also had several conversations with him regarding how he should conduct himself and become a more productive citizen. I would not hesitate at all in recommneding Phil to anyone needing a criminal defense attorney. His knowledge of the law and the courtroom players is excellent.
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Posted by Javier | December 10, 2014
Mr. Israels exceeded my expectations regarding the outcome of my case.
I only have great things to say about Phil Israels. He was professional, courteous and very good at his profession. He handled my case from start to finish, including all court appearances. Phil had my case dropped, which saved me thousands of dollars. He GREATLY exceeded my expectations regarding the outcome of this case. I especially liked how he always promptly returned my calls and took all the time necessary to answer all my questions. I could not be happier with these results and I am very grateful. Phil is fair, honest and a very skilled attorney. I highly recommend him.
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Posted by Keith | November 20, 2014
Phil handled my DUI case with professionalism and went above and beyond his role as just a lawyer
Hired Phil Israels for my DUI case, He was very considerate and courteous as well as being reasonable. He did far more than i expected, if you ever are going to put your money into the pockets of a firm or an attorney. I would bar none recommend Phil Israels. He not only cares about you as a client, he is extremely knowledgeable, honest and truly seeks justice. He handled my case with professionalism and kept me notified as to what the situation was each and every time he went to court for me. He also followed my case into post-conviction status through circumstances i did not for see turning out in a positive manner, but he took care of everything, went above and beyond his role as just a lawyer. Resulting in an unimaginable positive outcome in my favor.
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Posted by Juan M. | November 12, 2014
I was arrested for grand theft and Phil was able to untangled it to save me
The license numbers on my car came back as stolen and I was arrested for grand theft. It turns out that it was the dealer's problem when he bought the car. It was a mess and Phil was able to untangled it to save me. He was always quick to respond to my calls and answer all my questions.
Posted by Bilal J. | November 4, 2014
I had a hit and run and Phil was able to get the case dropped
I had a hit and run where I got hit and im the one who ran. Any assumptions are correct as of why. Phil Israels is who I was referred to by my business attorney and let me just say he had the case dropped. Never even got booked. He is that good.
Posted by Brandon Young | October 31, 2014
Phil is great! Incredibly professional and walked me through every aspect
Phil was great! Honest and upfront. I was put at ease knowing they had my back. Incredibly professional and walked me through every aspect. If you are looking for great attorneys then they are your guys!
Posted by Thomas S. | October 29, 2014
Phil Israels exceeded my expectations and potentially saved me 10 thousand dollars in fines, fees
Phil Israels exceeded my expectations. He potentially saved me upwards of 10 thousand dollars in fines, fees and insurance inflation, in addition to the hassle and time of the entire judicial process- which is truly priceless. He was always reachable, returned my calls promptly, answered all my questions, and were as ambitious as I in achieving the best possible outcome. I was genuinely concerned and resistant to higher a lawyer, but they made every penny worth it, and reassured me all the way to the end.
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Posted by Leah M. | October 17, 2014
He genuinely cared about my case and well-being during the most stressful time in my life.
My family and I hired Phil Israels during a time of crisis. He was smart, thorough, and has almost 40 years experience, so I felt like I was in good hands. He genuinely cared about my case, and my well-being during the most stressful time in my life. I would absolutely recommend him to anyone.
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Cron, Israels & Stark
  • 1979 - Present
  • Prosecuting Attorney
  • Los Angeles County District Attorneys Office
  • 1976 - 1979

Education

  • University of San Francisco School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1975
  • University of California
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1970

Legal Cases

  • Drug Possession Charges Dismissed
  • Charges Dismissed
  • Not Guilty Verdict in Assault with a Deadly Weapon Case
  • Not Guilty Verdict
  • Battery & Child Abuse Charges Dismissed
  • Case Dismissed
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Associations

  • Santa Monica Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1975 - Present
  • San Fernando Valley Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1975 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • 1975 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 1975 - Present
  • Criminal Courts Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1975 - Present
  • California Public Defenders Association
  • Member
  • 1975 - Present
  • California Attorneys for Criminal Justice
  • Member
  • 1975 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • Thomson Reuters
  • 2017
  • Super Lawyer
  • Thomson Reuters
  • 2016
  • Super Lawyer
  • Thomson Reuters
  • 2015
  • Super Lawyer
  • Thomson Reuters
  • 2014
  • Super Lawyer
  • Thomson Reuters
  • 2013
  • Super Lawyer
  • Thomson Reuters
  • 2012
  • Super Lawyer
  • Thomson Reuters
  • 2011
  • Super Lawyer
  • Thomson Reuters
  • 2010
  • California Super Lawyer
  • Thomson Reuters
  • 2009
  • California Super Lawyer
  • Thomson Reuters
  • 2008
  • California Super Lawyer
  • Thomson Reuters
  • 2005
  • American Jurisprudence Award
  • Thomson West Publishing
  • 1975
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Publications

  • San Fernando Valley Bar Association
  • Defending Criminal Cases
  • 2011

Speaking Engagements

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Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 30
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Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 19
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Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 08
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"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Israels is a very knowledgeable and effective advocate for his clients."
Unknown Attorney | Dec 16
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Unknown Attorney | Sep 01
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Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 30
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Unknown Attorney | Nov 29
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"Lawyers who spend time giving back in pro bono forums like this are special and should be commended and endorsed. Kudos."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly endorse Mr. Israeis. Very experienced and caring attorney who achieves great results in representing clients! I want all people to contact him for help."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 12
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"I endorse this lawyer for his hard work, knowledge, experience and dedication."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Philip. Highly respected in the legal community with a strong reputation for client advocacy and dedication."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Apr 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Keen attention to detail and exceptional client service. One of the best DUIs attorneys there is. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 28
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"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 27
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"I endorse Mr. Israels, unlike other attorneys he is a born investigator. He knows how to track down the facts."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Based upon the quantity and quality of contributions on AVVO, I have found the contributions to be thoughtful, informative and practical. I highly recommend his legal services"
DUI and DWI Attorney | Apr 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Israels is a leader in his field and is one of the most respected attorneys in his area. He is knowledgeable, professional and a zealous advocate for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Mr. Israels. A review of his credentials makes it clear that is well-established in the community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I strongly endorse Mr. Israels to anyone who is charged with a crime. He is a highly experienced and aggressive attorney who fights to defend each of his clients. I would encourage anyone who is facing charges to contact him to prepare their defense."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Israels is an excellent attorney who does the work that it takes to get favorable outcomes for his clients. I strongly endorse him for anyone who has been charged with a crime."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 06
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"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Philip. He is a great lawyer and very knowledgeable. Feel free to read his contributions on AVVO and you will see what I mean."
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