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Jeremy Ian Lessem

Criminal defense Attorney at Los Angeles, CA

4.8   38 reviews
  • Licensed for 22 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2001
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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About Jeremy

Learn Jeremy’s areas of practice.

3
Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    50%
    Has handled thousands of criminals cases from DUI and drug cases to serious violent crimes such as murder and rape.

    21 years, 2,500 cases

  2. DUI and DWI
    25%
    Handled in eccess of a thousand DUI cases. This experience includes both felony and misdemeanor DUI cases. I have also been sucessful at trial fighting DUI cases.

    21 years, 1,000 cases

  3. Violent crime
    25%
    I have handled hundreds of criminal cases involving crimes of alleged violence. This includes murder, domestic violence and assault. I have had trial success in all these areas including multiple murder acquittals at trial.

    21 years, 500 cases

SUPERLAWYER 5 STRAIGHT YEARS. CERTIFIED CRIMINAL LAW SPECIALIST. MORE THAN 16 YRS EXPERIENCE.

I am a prominent Southern California based criminal defense attorney with over 16 years of experience representing clients throughout the State. I have successfully defended thousands of cllients in cases ranging from first degree murder and other violent felonies to DUI's, narcotics and theft related offenses. All of my clients recieve aggressive representation and the personal attention they deserve. Whether your goal is to achieve the best possible negotiated settlment, or you want to fight your case all the way to trial, I strive to always provide the best possible results. 

 

Awards

Client's Choice 2018,2017,2016
Client's Choice
2018 2017 2016

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Location

Lessem, Newstat & Tooson, LLP
3450 Cahuenga Blvd
Unit 102
Los Angeles, CA, 90068

Reviews

4.8 / 5.0
  38 customer reviews
Client's Choice 2018
Client's Choice
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Posted by anonymous | October 25, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best possible out come for very serious charges
I can’t begin to express how satisfied I am with hiring Jeremy Lessem as my attorney. Prior to hiring Jeremy I was involved in a high profile criminal case were I had hired a high profile criminal defense team. I still had to serve prison time which complicated my most recent case due to my record. In the this most recent case I was fighting two very serious charges and was looking at more prison time due to my old case. Jeremy was recommended to my family from people who had experience with cases similar to mine. Those who recommended him spoke very highly of him and his results. What we wanted from Jeremy was a very unrealistic outcome for the case and he did not make any promises about achieving that out come. However, he gave us a clear and well advised path at achieving this unrealistic result. Within 8 months of hiring Jeremy we were granted the best possible outcome and I was able to avoid prison time and was also able to avoid my record being tarnished further. I advise clients not to question his process much because the steps he asked me to take after my arrest are what secured this favorable out come. I also noticed that Jeremy was very well respected by the various judges, DAs and attorneys in the court house. Most have heard of him, or had a past personal or professional relationship with him. This made things smoother in my particular case because there seemed to be a level of trust and respect that the judge and the DAs office had for Jeremy and his word. Jeremy also had a natural ability to stay on the Judge's “good side”. I ethusaticly recommend Jeremy to anyone with legal trouble. God forbid I have any issue in the future I would certainly hire him again. Jeremy might come off serious and cautious. He is not the type of attorney to sell you hot air, (I’ve delt with many that have and charge more it) but in the court room he fights intelligently for the best out come. He was always two steps ahead of the DA. He’s worth more than he charges. I rate him 12/10.
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Posted by Dickson | June 20, 2019
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Trustworthy and Experience
I constantly telling myself that I was so blessed to have Jeremy Lessem be my attorney for my Sexual Offense Charges. I was represented by another very well established Legal firm at the expense of thousands of dollars and unnecessary frustration before I allowed Jeremy to take over my case. Compared with the ex-legal counsel, I could see immediately the professionalism, knowledge, and dedication from Mr Lessem and his entire Legal representative department in helping the case and also the attentiveness of the office staff in handling the administrative and logistic work. I found Mr Lessem to be very experienced and most importantly very trustworthy. I was truly amazed by his abilities to manage the difficult situation created by my ex-legal counsel as cleverly as he did. I consider myself a very demanding and difficult client to work with, constantly needing to know every minute detail. He and his office staff were all very understanding and patient, however, and answered my every inquiry. I am so grateful to Mr Lessem and his entire team to walk with me through this stressful time in the most caring and thoughtful way.
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Posted by anonymous | November 7, 2023
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Best of the best !
From the beginning to the end this team has been amazing and helpful. Jeremy was able to have my case rejected before it was even filed. Being a nursing student this was really important to not get filed in order for me to continue on with my career. Ariana and Tony were by far amazing to have along this process. They were there whenever I had a question and really helped with explaining the process and calming nerves. I will be recommending them for anyone that is looking for a criminal case lawyer.
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Posted by Lindsay | November 7, 2023
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Treats you like family
I was referred to Jeremy through a close friend of mine, and from the first time we talked he made me feel like a priority. Not only did Jeremy insure that I had the best medical team, he made sure I knew how big my case was and that none of it was my fault. Winning my case was very life changing for me, and i couldn’t have done it with out Jeremy. He will always be my go to attorney if I ever need one again.
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Posted by anonymous | February 3, 2023
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There is no one better
Mr. Lessem and his team will fight rigorously to get you the best possible outcome. There is no doubt in my mind that he and his team are the most hard working, and always put their clients first. Hiring this firm gave my case the devoted time, attention to detail, and tailored defense strategy that obtained me a full dismissal! Great job Jeremy and Team. Thank you for saving my life!
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Posted by anonymous | October 16, 2022
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Best Lawyer and Team
Jeremy and his team are outstanding, they handled my case amazingly and as a result it was rejected before even making it to filing. If anyone is looking for a great attorney with a great team, Jeremy Lessem is your go to. His reputation and ample experience is hard to find. Not only Jeremy, but Arianna was also very helpful throughout the process and was available for any questions I had.
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Posted by Carole | October 10, 2022
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Exemplary legal services
Jeremy Lessem was extremely knowledgeable, helpful, understanding, and kind. He went above and beyond to make sure we understood his advice, and worked consistently to obtain the most favorable interim situation, and ultimately the best possible outcome for us. Ours was not the biggest case, but it was big to us, and Jeremy understood that; he always made us feel that we mattered just as much as more high-profile cases. He was very easy to communicate with and quickly responded to any questions we had. Because of Jeremy, our family is back on track, and I will forever be grateful.
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Posted by howard | February 15, 2022
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Heartfelt Appreciation
Jeremy and his team navigated my son's defense in a very complicated matter. What makes Jeremy stand out is his personal touch and professionalism. His staff is always available and was on call 24 / 7. I will only recommend him to friends and associates for any criminal matter.
Posted by anonymous | February 12, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Compassionate and Incredible
Jeremy is one of the greatest lawyers working today. In our situation he was able to get a first degree murder charge down to a four year manslaughter deal in one of the most Draconian counties of California. Yes, he is a brilliant lawyer but he is also compassionate, kind, ready to help answer any questions 24/7, and always has the client's best interests at heart. Fair, thorough, and one of the best. I cannot recommend Jeremy enough.
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Posted by Michelle | May 23, 2019
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Great lawyer!
Mr Lessem defended our dear friend for something he didn't do. His personal service was very comforting to us all. His interaction with the jurors made him likeable. Thank you for getting our dear friend off and free again to live his best life!! Sincerely Michelle Price Friend of Mr Ong
Posted by Rashad A Rose | March 18, 2019
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Excellent LA Defense Attorney
Jeremy Lessem, is an outstanding person and a excellent example of what great & caring defense attorney is suppose to embody. Jeremy took time to study my case & cross examine it with other similar cases to find the best outcome. In the end Mr Lessem was able to confidently prove my innocence event with evidence against me. He has a great grasp and knowledge of the law. I would reccomend him to anyone in need of a defense attorney
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Posted by anonymous | July 12, 2018
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Trustworthy & diligent, highly recommended!
Jeremy represented me in a misdemeanor case in which I was initially offered 120 days in jail. He was highly attentive to the case, and presented a strong enough argument to secure a plea deal of only 30 days community service. This also saved me the considerable cost of going to trial. Jeremy & Jamaal of Lessem, Newstat & Tosoon are both honest, trustworthy attorneys. I vouch for them personally to handle your criminal defense needs.
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Posted by anonymous | May 1, 2018
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Esq.
Jeremy I can't thank you and Adriana enough for the most terrific outcome on my case. Adriana was very helpful when I was so scared and calmed me down and kept me on track. She is the best, kind and always trying to help me, to help you. Jeremy you did a fantastic job; thank you
Posted by Doug | April 30, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Couldn't be happier
I got super lucky finding Jeremy Lessem, he happened to be the first lawyer I contacted. I was stopped by a state parks officer and given a ticket for a misdemeanor. I contacted Jeremy and he listened to my story sent me out to where the incident happened with an investigator. They built an argument that proved the officer's story was weak and plead me down to an infraction. This option was the shortest and cheapest option for me that kept me from having a criminal record.
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Posted by anonymous | March 15, 2018
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HIGHLY recommend
Incredible experience with everyone in the firm. They were responsive and informative every time. Arianna never missed one of my many calls/texts and called me the moment she heard my case was dropped to put my mind at ease. Best possible outcome! I highly recommend this firm to anyone.
Posted by Federico | March 14, 2018
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Client review
Mr. Lessem was extremely helpful with my case. He laid out all of the options I had and made sure I was aware of every possible outcome. I would definitely recommend him and his firm. His parallegal was superb, making sure to keep me updated in all aspects of the case. She also went above and beyond, calling the district attorney every chance she got in order to give me the most current information. I am very thankful because I don’t think I would have gotten the outcome I got without their help.
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Posted by Nelson | March 13, 2018
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Attorney that will go above and beyond to win your case.
Jeremy represented me in a civil case against a family member. It was not easy because we only had an oral agreement more than 10 years ago. Jeremy pick up my case with only a few months left before trial, and worked diligently with his associate Daniel, even on weekends. He helped me won the trial with a 12 to 0 juror decision and a very comfortable damage compensation. If you are looking for a professional to win your case, look no further. Jeremy and his attorneys are friendly, courteous, understanding, caring and be able to provide a worry-free experience for their client. They are definitely worth more than five stars!
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Posted by Markell | March 6, 2018
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Arrest
I looked up an attorney online and couldnt have been happier hiring Jeremy Lessem. He immediately put me at ease and put an investigator on my sons’d case that very day. I was in contact with Arianna nearly every day and i’m sure I drove her crazy but she was always there for me! I couldn’t have made it without her! My son got the best possible outcome for his case and Jeremy and Ariana made it happen!
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Posted by anonymous | September 25, 2017
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Conscientious, Thorough, Hardworking Defense
From the beginning of my lawyer/client relationship with Jeremy, I felt that I was being listened to, cared about, and fought for. I also felt, which was equally important, that I was being given the straight scoop, presented with all the possibilities (not just the ones I wanted to hear), and realistic expectations based on his and his firm’s experience with the courts in which my case was litigated. Jeremy fought for me through several setbacks in my case (primarily an unreasonable, unstable ex, hell-bent on vengeance) and the loss of a close friend and coworker in his own life, never wavering in his professionalism and thorough defense. I would definitely recommend Jeremy Lessem to anyone in need of a good defense in LA or Ventura County.
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Posted by Oscar. | September 22, 2017
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the best lawyer
Mr. Lessem and his assistant Arianna are Very professional and friendly. always available for any questions I may have. Is definitely the best lawyer in Ventura county.
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Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Lessem, Newstat & Tooson, LLP
  • 2016 - Present
  • Adjunct Professor
  • Alliant International University
  • 2011 - 2012
  • Partner
  • Lessem & Newstat, LLP
  • 2010 - 2016

Education

  • University of Michigan Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2000
  • University of California - Santa Barbara
  • undergraduate
  • N/A

Sample of Legal Cases

  • People v. Powell
  • Not guilty at trial on all counts

Associations

  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • San Fernando Valley Bar Association, Criminal Law Section
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • California Attorneys for Criminal Justice
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2021
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2018
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2017
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2016
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2015
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2014
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2013
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2012
  • Certified Specialist - Criminal Law
  • State Bar of California
  • 2012
  • Counselor of the Supreme Court
  • Supreme Court of the United States of America
  • 2011
  • Preeminent 5.0 out of 5
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2011
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Speaking Engagements

  • L.A. County Public Defender training seminar
  • Jury Selection
  • 2010

Attorney endorsements

Received (15)
Given (19)
Endorse Jeremy
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 21
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Jeremy and I have worked against each other on hundreds of cases together and he is unquestionably one of the finest attorneys I have ever seen. He is a master of trial skills with a flawless sense of when to fight like hell and when to ease off. Jurors love him. And even if you're not planning on fighting all the way through trial, he is excellent at getting the best deals for his clients because he knows exactly where to focus to find the weaknesses of any case. He is a 10 out of 10 in my book!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 05
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have known Jeremy for over a decade - we first met at college and then came to know each other again as deputy public defenders in L.A. County. While working for the government, Jeremy had a reputation for being extremely bright and adept in the courtroom. He is all of those things and more now that he is in private practice - we both stopped working for the government at around the same time, and have appeared in court together on several occasions. Were I to find myself in legal peril, I would not hesitate to contact him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 23
Relationship: Co-worker
"Mr. Lessem is cool under pressure but an absolutely incredible defense attorney. He knows how to anticipate opposing counsel's moves five steps down the line and sees the big picture. He is thorough and precise. He is a great attorney to have on your side."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 12
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Jeremy is the lawyer to call when the situation looks very very bad. His ability to analyze a case and identify defenses is unmatched. In court he is aggressive and professional and his clients always get the best possible outcome whether its through a plea bargain or trial. I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Jun 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"One of the absolute best. Exceptional attention to detail, service next to none. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jeremy's reputation as a relentless Defense Attorney proceeds him. I have had the opportunity to work with him for many years and always have been very impressed."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"An excellent lawyer I highly recommend his services"
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Lessem is highly experienced and an excellent attorney."
Litigation Attorney | Sep 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jeremy has continuously and repeatedly proven to be a hardworking and intuitive attorney capable of handling any type of case."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 26
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Mr. Lessem to any of my friends or family members in need of help. His brains and guile are only surpassed by his strength of character."
Unknown Attorney | Aug 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 17
Relationship: Co-worker
"Extremely talented attorney that has grown up around the criminal courts. Fantastic in trial and has achieved some outstanding results. Including a recent acquittal in a gang related first degree murder case. I know I'm bias because he's also my son, but I truly believe he's one of the best defense attorneys I've seen in my 35 plus years in practice."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 16
Relationship: Co-worker
"Mr. Lessem is a legal force to be reckoned with. He is well respected in the courts and constantly achieves unparalleled results for his clients. If you want a tireless, responsive and aggressive advocate on your side, contact him today."
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