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Antonio Villegas

Criminal defense Attorney at Los Angeles, CA

4.9   60 reviews

also known as AVJustice Law Firm, PLC

Licensed for 16 years

About Antonio

Learn Antonio’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    Represents clients in all aspects of criminal cases, including arraignment and plea, preliminary hearing, pre-trial, and jury trial. Mr. Villegas is an extremely talented trial lawyer and has secured acquittals in the most difficult and impossible cases - including 3rd Strike life in prison cases.

    14 years, 12,000 cases

  2. Employment and labor
    Mr. Villegas represents employees in cases involving wage and hour violations, retaliation, wrongful termination, discrimination, and in I.R.S. Whistleblower cases. Mr. Villegas began his career as an Employment Litigation Associate in the Los Angeles office of a National Law Firm.

    14 years, 2,000 cases

  3. Personal injury
    The AVjustice Law Firm represents people injured in car, motorcycle, bus, taxicab, or rideshare accidents, pedestrian injuries, dog-bites, animal attacks, police wrongful death, and serious slip-and-fall accidents, among many others.

    1,000 cases

  4. Discrimination

  5. Sexual harassment

  6. Wrongful termination
    The law prohibits employers from firing employees (including “at-will” employees) in a variety of circumstances.


AVJustice Law Firm specializes in Employment Law, Wage and Hour Violations, Sexual Harrassment, Discrimination and Wrongful Termination.

Wage and Hour Violations

The AVjustice Law Firm aggressively advocates on behalf of workers who have been taken advantage of by their employers. Our attorneys handle wage and hour claims involving employer violations throughout California. For proven violations, California’s labor laws provide for the payment of all unpaid wages, penalties, other damages, and in most cases your employer will be required to pay your attorney’s fees.

Minimum Wage Laws

Overtime Laws

Meal and Rest Breaks

Paystub violations

Other Violations

It is unlawful for employers to require employees to spend their own money for work but refuse to reimburse them
It is also unlawful for employers to require employees to use their personal cell phones for work related purposes and/or their personal vehicles without paying the employee for the cell phone use or use of their vehicle
Individuals who have been misclassified by their employers as independent contractors rather than as employees
Applicants for employment who have been forced to fill out an application that asks illegal questions

Wrongful Termination

The law prohibits employers from firing employees (including “at-will” employees) in a variety of circumstances. Call us for a free consultation if you believe that you have been fired for any of the following reasons:

Acting as a “whistleblower” with regard to corporate wrongdoing (if you have information about corporate wrongdoing, you may also be entitled to a substantial financial award from the U.S. Government)
Refusing to engage in illegal or unethical activities
Complaining about wage and overtime practices
Objecting to discrimination or harassment
Questioning whether your employer has given you or other employees appropriate meal and rest periods
Complaining about accounting irregularities
Protesting fraudulent activity towards customers, vendors, or business partners
Challenging your employer’s decision to classify individuals as independent contracts when they are really employees
Taking necessary medical leave or participating in jury duty
Engaging in lawful conduct outside the workplace
Filing a claim for workers’ compensation benefits


Whistleblower Programs That May Reward You For Reporting Wrongdoing

The lawyers at The AVjustice Law Firm can help you navigate through the state and federal whistleblower programs that may reward you for reporting fraud by your employer (or competitor) committed against the federal or state government or for assisting the Securities and Exchange Commission in enforcing U.S. securities law.

If you have knowledge regarding corporate wrongdoing by your employer or by any other business (including a competitor), you may be entitled to a substantial reward from the United States Government if you act as a “whistleblower” and provide that information to the government. For example, the U.S. Congress created the Dodd-Frank SEC Whistleblower Program to provide monetary incentives for individuals to come forward and report possible violations of the federal securities laws to the SEC. Under the program, eligible whistleblowers are entitled to an award of between 10% and 30% of the monetary sanctions collected in actions brought by the SEC and related actions brought by other regulatory and law enforcement authorities.

The U.S. government also has a False Claims Act that allows the government to punish contractors who defraud government. Under the False Claims Act, anyone with evidence of fraud against the government who sues and recovers any amount will be eligible for between 15% and 30% of the total recovery.

Similarly, Congress also created the IRS Whistleblower Program allows citizens to submit information showing that individuals and corporations have underpaid their federal taxes. Depending on the quality of information provided by a whistleblower, he or she is entitled to 15% to 30% of the taxes recovered as a result of the assistance.

The IRS Whistleblower Program

The IRS Whistleblower Office, which was established by the Tax Relief and Health Care Act of 2006, processes tips received from individuals who spot tax problems in their workplace, while conducting day-to-day personal business or anywhere else they may be encountered.

Such a tip could result in an award worth between 15 and 30 percent of the total proceeds that IRS collects could be paid, if the IRS moves ahead based on the information provided. Under the law, these awards will be paid when the amount identified by the whistleblower (including taxes, penalties and interest) is more than $2 million. If the taxpayer is an individual, they must have at least $200,000 in gross income.

If you believe that you have information regarding a business not paying all taxes owed, call us today.

As a client, you will benefit from the fact that as a former government lawyer, Mr. Villegas developed many professional and personal relationships with Prosecutors and Judges throughout Southern California as he handled over 10,000 criminal cases.

AVJustice Law also specializes in Criminal Defense and Personal Injury

We understand each client has unique concerns, goals and needs in connection with resolving their criminal case. Mr. Villegas will develop and implement an individual case plan tailored to your specific needs and goals. Unlike other lawyers, Mr. Villegas listens, respects and values the opinion of each client.

Certain cases cannot be resolved through negotiation and must proceed to jury trial to obtain the desired results for our clients. Lawyers are not created equal and most lawyers are not trial lawyers. However, Mr. Villegas is a proven trial lawyer who has consistently demonstrated an extraordinary ability to connect and persuade jurors, resulting in an overwhelmingly high percentage of favorable verdicts for our clients. In 2015, The National Trial Lawyers recognized Mr. Villegas as one of the top 100 criminal defense trial lawyers in California.

Personal Injury:

The AVjustice Law Firm represents people injured in car, motorcycle, bus, big rig, taxicab, or rideshare accidents, pedestrian injuries, dog-bites, animal attacks, toxic exposure and serious slip-and-fall accidents, among many others. In cases of death, we represent the family members or estate of the victim.

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Licensed for 16 years
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 2006
Updated 09/14/2022

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

Contact Antonio

AVjustice Law Firm, PLC
AVJustice Law Firm, PLC
12155 Mora Drive
Ste 17
Santa Fe Springs, CA, 90670
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4.9 / 5.0
  60 customer reviews
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Posted by Ankita | May 19, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Would love to work in future.
Antonio listened to my issues patiently and guided me on next steps. I had an issue with different state employment so we could not proceed further. In future i would love to work with him.
Posted by Miriam | June 3, 2021
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Buen abogado
Es muy buen abogado me esta ayudando mucho con mi hermano lo recomiendo te explica muy bien te lleva pasó
Posted by David silva | April 23, 2021
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Thanks you
First of all just want to say that Antonio help me on something that I was getting stressful about it but he help me step by step.
Posted by Jose Alfredo Ruiz Valencia | March 13, 2021
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| Consulted Attorney
I honestly would like to recommend This lawyer, he's really good he'll take care of you.
Posted by Andrew | March 9, 2021
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Awesome attorney
I hired Mr. Villegas after I was involved in a traffic accident. The other parties insurance company offered me $750 for pain and suffering and damages. Mr. Villegas got me the medical treatment I needed to recover and a settlement check from the other parties insurance company for $50,000! Must have attorney! Recommend Mr. Villegas to anyone who needs an attorney.
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Posted by Michelle | November 16, 2022
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Great feedback!
Spoke to him in regards to a malpractice inquiry and he provided great information on how to approach my situation. I appreciate the time and feedback he provided me during the traumatic events I experienced. Would definitely love to work with him in the future as needed.
Posted by anonymous | October 27, 2022
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Criminal Case
Mr Villegas represented me in a criminal case that was one sided against my favor due to the fact that I am Law Enforcement Officer. The Deputy DA told Mr Villegas that he wanted to make an example out me because of my career status which would have costed me my career and everything I worked so hard for. After his impressive argument against the DA and citing case law and legislature to the judge. The case was settled without any criminal charges against me. I highly recommend this attorney. Thank you Mr. Villegas
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Posted by Jonathan | October 26, 2022
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Criminal case
Extremely knowledgeable about my criminal court case. I definitely recommend
Posted by Audelio | September 3, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Muy Buen Abogado
Consulté con el abogado Antonio Villegas sobre el caso de mi hijo. Fue muy útil para comprender cómo funciona todo el proceso del juicio, cuáles son los cargos, y qué podemos hacer para ayudar a mi hijo. Respondió todas las preguntas que mi familia y yo teníamos. A pesar de que todavía no lo contratamos para que tome el caso, se ofreció a mantenerse informado sobre el caso y a brindarnos consejos durante todo el proceso. Definitivamente lo recomendaría a cualquiera que necesite un abogado de defensa criminal.
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Posted by Randy | July 16, 2022
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Dedicated, passionate, & relentless.
I got into some trouble out of state and I called up multiple lawyers all of whom we’re interested in nothing except the money they didn’t wanna talk about anything except getting paid first. My experience with AV however, was the complete opposite. When Mr. Villegas gave Me a call, A lot of my concerns and my anxiety were puts a rest. He listen to me, we discussed options, And we formulated a plan. He did not pressure to talk about Monia like the others dude and it was very clear that he has a passion for defending his clients and he will be dedicated to you. This man will go to bat for YOU. You are more then just another case to him. He sees you as the person you are and understands and values the things you hold dear to yourself. Thank you !
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Posted by Veronica | June 29, 2022
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The Attorney you need on your side !
I contacted Mr.Villegas with a legal matter and with no hesitation he started making all contacts with the right people to resolve my problem, he also stayed in direct communication with me until the issue was resolved… I’m THANKFUL he represents me !
Posted by Elena | June 15, 2022
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Review for Lawyer Antonio Villegas
Antonio Villegas 5 STAR LAWYER EXCELLENT 100% RECOMMEND Antonio Villegas is an amazing lawyer!!! He helped me with my case. He did not disappoint! He is very easy to talk to. I loved his confidence and knowledge in law. His confidence made me comfortable working with him. Antonio thank you so much for all your help!!! I appreciate all your help and time!!!
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Posted by Vicente | March 26, 2022
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100% recomendado
Fui con los defensores y me espantaron mas . Me recomendaron a señor Villegas y solo con una llamada por teléfono sentí confianza en el . Tube dos felonias ( violencia doméstica y vandalismo ) y en los dos casos el señor Villegas me resolvió todo ,gracias al abogado hoy estoy sin ningún cargo penal .
Posted by Sammy | March 4, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
AV is the real deal!!!
My case had been going for months and the DA insisted that I serve jail time as part of the deal. Antonio Villegas was brought in by my original attorney as the case neared trial to get me a no jail resolution. AV showed up to Court for me ONCE and he was focused and confident. He walked in and took over and settled my case for no jail! He is a special talent.
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Posted by David | March 4, 2022
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Don't worry...
Antonio's got your back. Don't stress, he's on top of everything. Just be honest and upfront with him. I was at a low point when a mutual friend recommended him to me. We got through it. No BS from your lawyer? This dude's your attorney. Professional in front of the judge? Utmost.
Posted by anonymous | March 2, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly recommend
Antonio and his firm is great they made a promise to me that they would get my DUI expunged and years later they followed up on their word and actually did it . I value ppl that actually say what they really are going to do for you.
Posted by Mariah | January 19, 2022
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| Consulted Attorney
Antonio was a great lawyer to call just to give me a consultation about a case with amazing advice to help my boyfriend out!
Posted by Joshua | December 6, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Amazing work
Having to deal with my 1st DUI I was terrified. Despite having a BAC level above a .20 Antonio was able to settle my case for a basic DUI conditions, specifically Antiono was able to get the DA and DMV to agree to allow me to complete a 3-month program instead of the 9 month program that the prosecution was insisting on all along.
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Posted by Jose "PePe" | September 3, 2021
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Highly Recommend Attorney Villegas
I highly recommend Mr. Villegas, his team eased my mind about the whole process. Definitely great customer service and professionalism. He responds with in 24 hours and keeps you updated on your case. This has been the second time I've needed his services and, as always, he exceeded my expectations.
Posted by Jose | December 20, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
When you hire the best you get the the best results!
Antonio represented me in a situation where the judge had it out for me, Antonio made me feel at ease and explained the process and how the judge was just trying to scare me. On the day of court the judge was surprised to see Mr. Villegas stand next to me and COMPLETELY changed his tone. If you're in the hot seat I HIGHLY recommend Antonio Villegas as your attorney. He is now my #1 On my speed dial.
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Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Deputy Public Defender
  • Los Angeles County Public Defender's Office
  • 2008 - 2015
  • Litigation Associate
  • Morgan Lewis & Bockius
  • 2007 - 2008
  • Litigation Associate
  • Baker Hostetler
  • 2005 - 2007
  • Summer Associate
  • Baker Hostetler
  • 2003 - 2004
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  • University of California at Los Angeles School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2005
  • Univ of California at Los Angeles
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2001

Legal Cases

  • Uber Driver Arrested for Assualt
  • Informal Diversion - Dismissal


  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • 2016 - Present
  • Mexican American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association, Criminal Justice Section
  • Executive Committee Member
  • 2015 - 2018
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • English


  • Client's Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2019
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2015

Attorney endorsements

Received (7)
Given (2)
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I’ve known Antonio “Toni” for over 3 years as a colleague and as a friend. As a criminal defense attorney, Toni has been successful in vigorously representing his clients with whom he establishes a one-on-one professional relationship to get the best results. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 13
Relationship: Co-worker
"Antonio and I had worked together as Deputy Public Defender's in Los Angeles County for 7 years. He possesses the perfect blend of confidence and the iron will that it takes to be powerhouse trial lawyer. He comes highly recommended!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Antonio Villegas is well respected by fellow members of the SoCal defense bar. He is helpful with assisting his colleagues, and passionate about defending his clients' rights and vindicating their innocence at jury trial."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Villegas has built a practice based on his years of experience doing both criminal defense trials and civil litigation. His skills in the courtroom are unparalleled and he has impeccable credentials and training that help him excel when legal research and writing is necessary. Mr. Villegas is well rounded in his ability to fight for his clients and I have not seen a weakness in any aspect of his practice. Antonio is adept at dealing with his clients, opposing counsel, jurors, witnesses, and the Bench. I would trust him with my own case."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Employment and labor Attorney | Sep 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have referred many employment law cases to him and each time the clients have been extremely happy with the outcome. Antonio has a very impressive trial background that enables him to get the best results for both his civil and criminal clients. I don't always endorse other attorney's however I have no problem giving him my full recommendation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 17
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Antonio and I were adversaries when I was a district attorney and now we are colleagues as criminal defense lawyers. His experience is unmatched by other lawyers in the community and most importantly he isn't afraid to go to trial. Whether you are his client, his adversary, or his co-counsel, you are with a fantastic lawyer"
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Criminal defense
Los Angeles Criminal defense Lawyer Antonio Villegas
Antonio Villegas
Criminal defense Attorney
Los Angeles, CA
Licensed for 16 years