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Ian Michael Wallach

About Ian Wallach

About me

Ian Wallach is a trial lawyer at heart. He zealously and vigorously fights for his clients, taking great pleasure in his work.  He combines his strong academic and writing skills--polished while at a national law firm -- with the litigation tactics learned in his many jury trials as a public defender.


While at U.C. Hastings in 1999, Mr. Wallach was chosen for a clerkship with the Office of the Prosecutor for the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia in the Hague, and participated in drafting the indictment of Slobodan Milosevic. He then joined the prestigious firm of Luce, Forward, Hamilton & Scripps at its New York office where he worked in civil litigation until 2003.  He is admitted to practice in both New York and California, and is a member of the Bar of the United States Supreme Court, among other Federal Courts.


Mr. Wallach opened his own firm in 2005, and his pro bono work included representing three Guantanamo Bay detainees in federal habeas actions in connection with the Center for Constitutional Rights. 


In 2006, Mr. Wallach moved to Los Angeles and joined the Office of the Public Defender.  He tried approximately 30 jury trials in less than two years, and established himself as an exceptional trial attorney.  He was also able to resolve hundreds of matters without needing to push for trial, although he was always willing, if not hungry, to try the case -- a quality that distinguishes him from most attorneys and makes him exceptionally effective in obtaining favorable outcomes for his clients.


Mr. Wallach has published several articles on justice, hosted a show about issues of criminal justice reform ("Wallach on Law"), and appeared on radio and television shows nationwide addressing issues of criminal justice.  His firm, The Law Offices of Ian Wallach, is dedicated exclusively to criminal defense and civil rights.