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"SuperLawyer" 2008-2015. 39 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.


Languages spoken: English, Spanish

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Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 60%
    42 years, 5 thousand cases
  2. DUI & DWI: 20%
    42 years, 5 thousand cases
  3. Domestic Violence: 10%
    42 years, 1 thousand cases
  4. Federal Crime: 5%
    42 years, 500 cases
  5. Appeals: 5%
    42 years, 100 cases



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Cron, Israels & Stark

1801 Century Park East
Los Angeles, CA, 90067

Cron, Israels & Stark

1541 Ocean Ave
Santa Monica, CA, 90401

Cron, Israels & Stark

21250 Hawthorne Blvd.
Torrance, CA, 90503



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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
California Super LawyerThomson Reuters2009
California Super LawyerThomson Reuters2008
California Super LawyerThomson Reuters2005
American Jurisprudence AwardThomson West Publishing1975
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerCron, Israels & Stark1979 - Present
Prosecuting AttorneyLos Angeles County District Attorneys Office1976 - 1979
Association namePosition nameDuration
Santa Monica Bar AssociationMember1975 - Present
San Fernando Valley Bar AssociationMember1975 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaMember1975 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember1975 - Present
Criminal Courts Bar AssociationMember1975 - Present
California Public Defenders AssociationMember1975 - Present
California Attorneys for Criminal JusticeMember1975 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Domestic Violence Case DismissedCharges Dismissed
Battery & Child Abuse Charges DismissedCase Dismissed
Not Guilty Verdict in Assault with a Deadly Weapon CaseNot Guilty Verdict
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Publication nameTitleDate
San Fernando Valley Bar AssociationDefending Criminal Cases2011
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of San Francisco School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1975
University of CaliforniaEconomicsBA - Bachelor of Arts1970
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Defending Juvenile Caseslosangelesjuvenilecrimes.com2012
Defending DUI Caseslosangelesduilawoffice.com2012
Defending Criminal Casescronisraelsandstark.com2012