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Sara Azari

Criminal defense Attorney at Los Angeles, CA

4.3   20 reviews

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About Sara

Learn Sara’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    A zealous trial lawyer, Ms. Azari fights tirelessly for her clients' freedom and reputation, providing them with aggressive representation in defense of municipal, state, and federal criminal charges. Ms. Azari provides A-to-Z representation to her clients in misdemeanor and felony matters, from investigation through trial and post-conviction, and before administrative and licensing boards.

    18 years, 750 cases

  2. Federal crime
    Defense of sex offenses, drug offenses, computer crimes, fraud and healthcare fraud matters in federal court in Southern California and other jurisdictions in the U.S.

    18 years, 50 cases

A fearless and aggressive trial lawyer, Sara Azari provides her clients with quality representation.


After graduating from Southwestern University School of Law in 1999, Ms. Azari joined the international law firm of Baker & McKenzie in their Rio de Janeiro Offices.


As of 2001, Ms. Azari has devoted her career to state and federal criminal defense. In 2005, she started the Law Office of Sara Azari in Los Angeles, California, on the famous Sunset Strip in West Hollywood.


An aggressive trial lawyer, Ms. Azari provides her clients with tough and honest representation in the defense of criminal cases. She has successfully defended major criminal cases in state and federal courts throughout Southern California and the southwestern United States.


In addition to her outstanding trial record, Ms. Azari has negotiated successful resolutions and dispositions in criminal, regulatory, and administrative matters.

Ms. Azari provides A to Z representation to her clients in misdemeanor and felony matters from the investigation phase through trial, as well as in post-conviction matters and before administrative boards and departments.

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Licensed for 17 years
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 2005
Updated 11/28/2022

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

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Law Office of Sara Azari, PC
8961 W Sunset Blvd Ste 2C
Los Angeles, CA, 90069


4.3 / 5.0
  20 customer reviews
Posted by anonymous | April 10, 2014
I Received the Best Possible Outcome because of Sara Azari
I was charged with two felonies related to drugs. One charge was dropped, and the other charge is about to be dismissed because of the deal Sara arranged for me. Sara made certain all of my questions were answered (thoroughly), and I was educated about Fourth Amendment rights as they applied to my case. She also made certain that by the time of arraignment I fully knew what to expect. Sara made an ugly experience for me into something that did not have to ruin my life. She gave me all of the advice and guidance I needed to help myself and put me in a position to do just that. I would highly recommend Sara Azari.
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Posted by anonymous | March 13, 2010
Outstanding representation in federal medical fraud case
I was charged with multiple count of medical insurance fraud in a federal case involving multiple dependents I was facing several years in federal prison, a loss of my license to work in medical field, and deportation in the US. Ms Azari heavily litigated my case in the central district of CA for nearly 2 years. As a result of her tough representation and expertise, I was the only defendant in the case to change my plea to a minor offense with a short period of probation, allowing me to continue practice in my profession, and the ability to continue living in the US. I highly recommend Ms Azari as criminal defense attorney for anyone who is being investigated or charged with health care fraud in federal court. She fights tirelessly and she is and excellent attorney.
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Posted by Cindy | December 21, 2009
Best Results!!
Ms. Azari helped out my family with her excellent knowledge, hardwork, and dedication! My brother was chared with possession of 17 kilos of exctacy and was facing over 10 years in federal prison. She was able to get him a sentence of just 18 months!! This is totally unheard of especially with the judge we had assigned to this case. She is always available no matter what time of day to answer questions, concerns or requests you have.
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Posted by anonymous | November 9, 2009
One of the Best.
She's one of the best. She answered all of my questions, and gave me the honest truth. Professional, Honest, and Communicative. When I heard that my case got rejected because of her, it was a weight lifted off my shoulders. I would definitely recommend her to anyone who has gotten in trouble with the law.
Posted by Deborah | September 21, 2009
Sara is a GREAT lawyer and knows exactly what she's doing
My case was included a DUI (BAC 0.07/0.08), underage drinking (20 yrs. old), and excessive speeding (104 mph). The judge said she would take the DUI off if I just paid the fine for the speeding, which I agreed to without a doubt. So I ended up with no DUI, no suspended license, just a fine of $1821 for the speeding and a restricted license for 3 months. Sara knows what she's doing so just let her do her thing and trust her. She's straightforward and honest. I recommended her to my friend who got a DUI in Riverside not too long after I did. Sara's the first lawyer I've ever worked with and I will continue to recommend her!!
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Posted by Anthony | September 17, 2009
An aggressive and dynamic chameleon even Uncle Sam could not defeat
Sara Azari jumped right into my General Court-Martial for Attempted Rape and Indecent Assault within minutes of our first conversation. Her military court knowledge and etiquette matched that of the government's and on the day of the findings she had the judge so convinced of my innocence that he scolded the prosecution for, to paraphrase, wasting everyone's time. The case was one which, unfortunately, happens too often (especially in the military); my accuser got caught cheating on her boyfriend with me. I need't say more if this is your situation... other than go with Sara! The Air Force was trying their best to make an example. Sara showed through her comprehensive examinations, fierce cross-examinations, and the raw data provided by her investigator, the only reasonable doubt left to consider was that of the accuser's sanity. She honestly made the prosecution and accuser look ridiculous; and that gave me a feeling of at least partial vindication.
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Response from Sara Azari October 2, 2009
Justice was certainly served!!!!
Posted by anonymous | August 7, 2009
Would highly recommend Sara Azari
My son was charged with a drug misdemeanor. On the recommendation of a friend, I hired Sara to handle the case. She was always very prompt in returning my calls and represented my son in court in a very professional and knowledgeable manner. Thanks to her involvement, advice and genuine concern for his recovery he was placed in a diversion program. I would highly recommend her services to future clients.
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Posted by anonymous | August 6, 2009
Sara Azari is very sharp and concise. She has an amazing understanding of the law and works hard for her clients. Working with her was a team effort as she kept me abreast of all the intricate aspects of my case. As each new problem presented itself, she had multiple solutions. Her follow through was always consistent and her demeanor was a perfect blend of professional, friendly and upbeat. I have recommended to her to several people and will continue to do so. I am grateful to know her.
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Posted by anonymous | July 31, 2009
Great and thorough
Very thorough. Great Communication. Very Aggressive. Expensive, but worth it and every penny is explained and accounted for I think the best lawyer I ever had.....
Posted by anonymous | July 31, 2009
She has helped my out in many ways
She could answer all my questions, and everything she said she could do for me, she did. I would definently recommend her to anyone
Posted by anonymous | July 30, 2009
Former client
Words cannot express how grateful I am for having had Miss Azari as my attorney. She was there with me every step of the way. At no time did I feel disrespected, misrepresented or confused. Miss Azari informed me of my rights and never exaggerated the facts. I will refer her anytime.
Posted by anonymous | July 30, 2009
Extremly bright and fearless
Sara was recommended to me by a friend who happens to be a Police detective, and who saw her in action while she was representing the "Other side" (his suspect). I was in trouble! I was arrested and had three assault and or battery charges staring me in the face. Sara made ALL the assault/battery charges go away. She also made sure that the record will be expunged in one year. I am happy to recommend her to anyone in need. She is very aggressive and very bright. She returns all calls and I was never left in the dark.
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Posted by anonymous | July 30, 2009
Powerful Criminal Attorney
Sara uses a lethal combination of legal expertise, contacts within the justice system, and a assertive personality to produce the exact results I needed.
Posted by anonymous | July 30, 2009
Outstanding Person and Lawyer
I was in the fight of my life intil Sara Azari steped into my life and took control of my legal matters she is trustworthy, responsive keeps you informed and holds no punches fights till the very end and beyond. Her job is too fight and that is what she does, fights no matter what time, day, night , minute , hour, seconds that is what she will do. Keep fighting there are people like me out there who needs you everyone is not guility are a bad person and sometimes we has people need a hero, Well world I would like too introduce you too my laywer and friend she is my hero ( SARA AZARI ). My family and I thank you for all that you have done for me. WOW!!! For the record she is my second lawyer and now my only lawyer til this present day.
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Posted by anonymous | July 30, 2009
Sara is the best Attorney Period. If you want someone who gets the job done you will use Sara.
Back in 2005 I used Sara Azari for a criminal case. Sara worked with my financial situation and did not sugar coat anything that might or might not happen in the case. I spoke with several attorneys that were offering me the stars and time in jail while Sara told me what will more then likely happen and gave me great advice on what I should do in order to help me case along. She kept me informed throughout the entire process and had a wonderful staff. Everytime I called in to the attorneys office I was able to speak directly with Sara and she knew everything about my case. I did not feel like a number. By the end of the entire thing I ended up simply completely community service and she got the entire case dismissed. Although my situation was unique because of my past and the actual facts about the case rather then the accusations coming from the complainant, I still feel that If I never found her, then I would have ended up with a record that was unjust. Sara, you saved my life and my future and I hope that anyone looking for a lawyer at the least speaks with you first. I have recommended family and friends to use Sara for other unrelated issues and they were completely satisfied with her by the end. Once again, if you need a reliable, honest, trustworthy and knowledgeable attorney, you will use The Law Office of Sara Azari.
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Posted by anonymous | July 30, 2009
Gorgeous AND smart!
Sara was easy to work with, friendly and willing to answer the myriad of questions I had regarding my case. I have never needed a lawyer before and Sara went out of her way to calm me down and help me to understand what was likely to happen and how to best handle my situation. In addition, the charges against me were dropped so I was very, very happy with the results.
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Posted by anonymous | February 8, 2014
Did not work out for my case
I am reading all these success reviews and perhaps mine is Attorney Sara's only court loss. She's good looking and she's expensive. Mine was a first time misdemeanor case that received the highest punishment. I certainly did not receive what she promised me but then, I also understand that she's not the judge. I did the crime and did my time even though I hired this expensive attorney. She over promised and under delivered. The reality of life is we win some and lose some. She lost this one. Badly too!
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Posted by anonymous | June 29, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Nasty, unprofessional, confrontational and easily provoked
My experience with this woman was an absolute nightmare. She sounded great until she got our money, then it was as if we were playing on different teams. She treated us as though we were her subordinates and working for her instead of it being the other way around. We hired her to defend my son and she never even took the time to meet with him once, never even spoke to him on the phone. We paid her in advance a flat fee which she did not honor and withdrew from the case because we refused to pay her more money. We had a contract and she did not honor it. If there are any oversights on her part she will blame you and is never responsible. She may know the law, but her people skills are absolutely abhorrent . This was by far the worst experience with someone who claims to be a professional I've ever had. I would not recommend her to my worst enemy.
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Posted by Carmen | October 7, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Big Talker
Ms. Azari only met with me 2 times in the almost 6 months since she was hired for my case. I was 'promised' much and very little was delivered. I felt as though the paralegal was my actual lawyer.
Posted by anonymous | September 6, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
BEWARE of this attorney, I hired her off the bat i got bad vibes. once I hired her she wanted me to pay for more attorneys and her paralegal,her pi which is the only other person here whom has left a review edsolis. All she is going to do is ask for more money for your case, the way she went about my legal defense did not make sense to me so I fired her. she is a good talker so dont get fooled by her ways of talking to you . you will regret it. SARA WILL TAKE YOU FOR AS MUCH MONEY AS SHE CAN WHILE NOT CARING ABOUT YOUR CASE. TRUST ME YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED.
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Payment methods
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AVVO RATING 9.8 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Principal
  • Law Office of Sara Azari, PC
  • 2005 - Present
  • Associate
  • Baker & McKenzie
  • 2000 - 2002


  • Southwestern University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1999
  • Univ of California at Los Angeles
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • 1995

Legal Cases

  • People v. Hamid R.
  • All charges dismissed
  • U.S. v. M. Gonzalez
  • 1 yr of federal probation
  • U.S. v. Glen G.
  • 1-year drug program
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  • American Health Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Director & Life Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • California Attorneys for Criminal Justice
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • Criminal Courts Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • Beverly Hills Bar Association
  • Executive Committee
  • 2005 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • French
  • Spanish
  • Farsi
  • Portuguese
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Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2011
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyer
  • 2010
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyer
  • 2009

Speaking Engagements

  • Moments of Change
  • Legal Consequences of Addiction
  • 2008
  • Moments of Change
  • Treatment v. Prison - Alternative Sentencing
  • 2007
  • University of Southern California
  • Ethics & Bias - Substance Abuse in the Legal Profession
  • 2006
  • University of Southern California - Law School
  • Ethics & Bias
  • 2005
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Attorney endorsements

Received (20)
Given (5)
Endorse Sara
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Oct 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer.She has a great reputation in the defense community."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 30
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Sara is an excellent criminal defense attorney. I have had the pleasure to work with her in the past. She has excellent trial skills and works very hard to obtain great results for her clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Serious."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 04
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | May 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attonrey Azari is an oustanding attorney and a zealous advocate for her clients. She is a credit to the legal profession and I strongly endorse her."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Her knowledge of complex legal issues is extensive, based on her AVVO answers."
Litigation Attorney | Sep 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Sara is a class act. She is a hardworking and brilliant criminal defense attorney. She brings creative strategies to every case she handles. I regularly refer clients to Sara and I fully endorse her. Those I have referred to her in the past have always thanked me for my referral, always pleased with the outcome of their case. I highly recommend Sara's services to anyone in need of a fearless advocate in the area of criminal defense."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 04
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Sara is a hard worker. She is honest and easy to work with. It was a pleasure working on a case with her even though we were on opposing sides."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 26
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I am a prosecutor for the City of Los Angeles and I have worked with Sara Azari for years. She is a tough, capable, competent adversary. She is one of the few criminal defense attorneys that I trust; this is because of her integrity. She is a tenacious advocate for her clients that combines passion for her client with brilliance in her work. I have personally referred friends to her and I strongly endorse this lawyer's work."
Litigation Attorney | Aug 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. She is a colleague of mine and I know her personally and professionally and am very confident with her skills and ability. I would definitely recommend her to those clients who seek the services she provides."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"She is highly competent and judges seem to like her. She takes complex issues and simplifies them into common themes that resonate with jurors. She also has a good relationship with many prosecutors in Los Angeles...and that never hurts."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Sara Azari is a dedicated defense attorney with impressive courtroom skills."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 30
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Sara is an aggressive defender of individual rights. She will make sure you get the best outcome possible. If I needed a criminal defense attorney, she would be one of my top choices. You are lucky to have her defend you."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 30
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer's work."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. In my dealings with Ms. Azari, she has always been responsive, professional and conscientious."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. She is an excellent attorney and passionate about defending her clients. I would recommend her to anyone who needs a criminal defense attorney."
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