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Robert Stanley Ernenwein

Criminal defense Attorney at Torrance, CA

5.0   122 reviews

also known as Ernenwein & Mathes, LLP

  • Licensed for 39 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1984
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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Learn Robert’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    65%
    Arson; Assault; Battery; Burglary; Domestic Violence; Gun Charges; Disturbing the Peace; Driving without License; Hit and Run; License Suspensions; Manslaughter; Molestation; Murder; Rape; Robbery; Sex Offenses; Theft Offenses; Vehicular Manslaughter

    40 years, 10,000 cases

  2. DUI and DWI
    25%
    Alcohol and Drug Related Offenses; Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol or Drugs; Public Intoxication

    40 years, 10,000 cases

  3. Sex crime
    10%

The Law Offices of Robert Ernenwein, PC
1405 Crenshaw Blvd., 2nd Fl. 
Torrance, CA 90501
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Robert Ernenwein is a native New Yorker. He graduated from Manhattan College in 1981. Thereafter, he graduated from Whittier College School of Law in 1984. While in law school Mr. Ernenwein was a member of the Moot Court Honors Board and the Law Review. These organizations are reserved for the best and brightest students. During law school he was a clerk for the Nassau County District Attorney’s Office in Nassau County, New York where he supported Assistant District Attorneys in preparing cases for trial. Mr. Ernenwein also acted as a law clerk for two civil firms during law school; the law offices of Wayne Abb and the law offices of Deems and Carpenter.

 Robert Ernenwein became a member of the California Bar in 1984. Between 1984 and 1987, he was employed as a Deputy District Attorney with the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office. During his tenure with the District Attorneys Office, he acted as prosecutor in over 150 felony and misdemeanor jury trials.  His cases ranged from driving under the influence to rape and murder.  He negotiated to settlement approximately 1500 misdemeanor and felony matters.  In 1987, Robert Ernenwein entered private practice with Bruce McGregor, who was also a Los Angeles Deputy District Attorney.  For the past 37 years, he has been in private criminal defense practice representing hundreds of individuals in misdemeanor and felony cases throughout Southern California. 

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The Law Offices of Robert Ernenwein, PC
1405 Crenshaw Blvd., 2nd Fl.
Torrance, CA, 90501

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Reviews

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Posted by James | September 10, 2023
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Absolutely brilliant attorney
I could not be more pleased than I am with the superb expertise and professionalism of the law firm of Ernenwein & Mathes, LLP. Robert and his colleagues defended me in what could have been a very serious offense. His outstanding knowledge and skill, his understanding of the Veteran’s Diversion program as well as the support from his top drawer team, were critical in helping me avoid very serious repercussions. You could not find a better skilled attorney than Ernenwein & Mathes, LLP. WELL DONE!!!
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Posted by Jay | July 27, 2023
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38 Years of Experience and It Shows. An Excellent Attorney!
I found Robert from a close family member and was in dire need of legal support. Initially, she had called 2 other attorneys and they both recommended Robert as the go-to attorney. First and foremost, describing Robert as a great attorney would be an understatement. He is not only incredibly intelligent but also possesses an impressive depth of legal knowledge that goes unmatched. His remarkable ability to strategize and anticipate every move in the legal proceedings is nothing short of awe-inspiring. I always felt reassured and confident with Robert at the helm of my defense. What stands out the most is his kind, charming demeanor that makes those around him, including his clients at ease and that they are in safe hands. He proactively communicated with me and my family throughout the entire process and ensured that I would receive the best outcome. And I did—all thanks to Robert and his legal partner, Michelle.
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Posted by Lisa V | June 16, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
You can count on him
Robert handled two cases for my kids. It was a very stressful time for me, since both of my children were in legal trouble. He was there to help us through the difficult process every step of the way. With his guidances and instructions my children were able to get the legal help they needed with a positive outcome. He offered a listening ear on these sensitive matters. Robert is a person you can count on doing difficult times.
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Posted by Anna K | October 22, 2022
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Trustworthy and the best lawyer!
I was referred to Robert Ernenwein for a DUI incident in 2018. This was my first one and I was very nervous about the entire process. As soon as we walked into Robert's office, he explained everything in detail. He didn't beat around the bush, he was direct, precise and on point. My husband and I left his office feeling confident we made the right choice. Through the court hearings, etc. he was always present and supportive. The entire process was flawless. He assured us every step of the way that all will be taken cared of and settled. He was right! We trusted him and he came through. I highly recommend him!
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Posted by Tracy | May 29, 2022
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Robert is a compassionate lawyer!
With opiate addiction at an all time high it took a massive hold on my son for 14 years. Robert Ernenwein took a compassionate, humanitarian approach with my son's case. He believes that addicts need recovery and time to heal, not time spent behind bars. The case went on for 2 1/2 years mostly due to Covid related postponements. Robert was steadfast and unwavering in his support. I am elated to say that today I am one grateful mom because my son is free, released from the shackles of addiction, and happy. All with the help and guidance from Robert Erenwein.
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Posted by Adrian | April 28, 2022
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First time in court
I have never been in trouble with the law before my DUI. The moment I called and got in contact with his team there was an overwhelming feeling of confidence. All appointments were honored on time, and I was able to reschedule with no issues if I had another engagement. I can't imagine many lawyers with more expertise in their field coupled with his impeccable professionalism. As far as results, my court case was extremely smooth and his team was able to get the best possible outcome that we discussed. I would, with out a doubt, recommend Mr. Ernenwein to my friends and family for any case that under his umbrella of expertise.
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Posted by anonymous | February 11, 2022
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Anonymous
It is difficult to come up with the right words to express our complete gratitude to Robert and his entire legal staff for all they did to get our son through the most horrific time in his life. He recently experienced a mental health episode that resulted in serious criminal charges and would have ended his professional career. We live out of state and had no idea where to turn to get our son the best legal representation. We were frantically searching for criminal attorneys in the Los Angeles area and were not happy with what seemed to be mostly disingenuous prospects until we came across the Ernenwein Mathes Law website. The videos on this website explained many of the types of cases he represents and we liked his calm and intelligent delivery. We contacted him and were impressed with the time he took to meet with our son to discuss the details of the case and the next steps involved. Throughout the entire process he and his staff demonstrated integrity, honesty and quick responses to our numerous questions and concerns. Nick Jonsson, Operations Manager was extremely helpful and kind when coordinating the numerous conference calls and necessary documentation throughout the case. Most importantly, Robert was successful in obtaining a mental health diversion for our son’s case that when completed will result in a complete expungement of his charges. We are sure this would not have occurred without his vast knowledge and experience with the court officials in the area. We highly recommend Robert and his legal team and would honestly give him more than a five star rating if it were possible. Do not hesitate to hire him if you ever find that you are in need of a criminal defense attorney.
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Posted by anonymous | November 17, 2021
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DUI Miracle Worker
Robert Ernenwein and Michelle Mathes are unmatched in their knowledge and prowess over the legal system. While I interacted with both attorneys, I was represented primarily by Michelle. She was a pleasure to work with and was responsive and helpful in explaining issues and translating legal jargon into layman's terms. She is professional, reliable, and goes beyond the extra mile to get the job done. It is clear that both Michelle and Robert care about the clients that they represent, and it shows in their attitudes and the results that they produce. All of the people at Ernenwein & Mathes that I interacted with were pleasant and helpful. When it came to scheduling and general questions, Nick was attentive, friendly, and even took the time to respond to my concerns when on vacation in Germany. My case was dismissed and my record sealed through diversion that they succeeded in getting granted.
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Posted by Marc | November 9, 2021
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Knowledgeable, Professional and Competent
Robert and his excellent staff earned the appreciation of my family for helping us get through a difficult matter by being completely professional, courteous, responsive, caring and most importantly by being very competent at their jobs. Not only did Robert guide us through the complexities of the court system successfully from beginning to end, but he also went above and beyond to help me avoid civil issues stemming from my criminal case with his wise advice. Highly recommended,
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Posted by anonymous | September 30, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Godsend
It's rarely good when you have to contact an attorney. From my first consultation with Mr. Ernenwein, I can tell he is someone you can count on. He responds promptly and of course is very professional and knowledgeable drawing from decades of experience in criminal defense and previously as a DA. He is well rooted in the community. He explained the process, then thoroughly described the possible outcomes and his strategy. Knowing I have his backup is very reassuring.
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Posted by Andrew | September 16, 2021
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Robert is the best
If I could leave more than 5 stars, I would... I found Robert with a Google search of attorney's near the Torrance Courthouse. He was 1 of 3 that I either left a voicemail with, or filled out a webform for. He was the first to respond. He responded that same evening (with his partner, Michelle, on the line as well), listened to my story for 10 minutes, asked some pointed questions, and after 25min on a late evening call we had an entire legal strategy in place to have my felony reduced and/ or dismissed. And that's exactly what happened over the next 6 weeks. All without me ever having to travel to CA and appear in court (I live in CO). I can not recommend this team highly enough. They were knowledgeable, professional, empathetic, attentive, and most importantly, highly effective.
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Posted by Gema | August 10, 2021
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An outstanding attorney and hard working legal team.
Robert and his legal team are excellent. There is no doubt that I would hire him again if I needed serious legal help. He will make you feel like you're his number one priority. A family member faced serious criminal charges. During the initial consultation, he stood out as being more competent, experienced, and assured handling our case than other attorneys. He is upfront and matter of fact but also very personable and patient. At every step, Robert and his team walked us through our options and prepared us for plausible outcomes. He took the time to explain to us the legal proceedings, answer our never ending questions, and share his reasoning throughout our ordeal. He and his team were always very organized and ready to go. Ultimately, his representation made us all feel less anxious and more optimistic during a very difficult period. Most importantly, he was successful in getting all charges dropped for our relative. Thank you Robert and team!!!
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Posted by anonymous | August 3, 2021
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Very good Advice on a damage claim
I called to inquire about a damage claim on my car and Robert was nice enough to give me great advice on what to do. I feel that he would be an awesome attorney for any legal problem his advice was right on the money.
Posted by Tracey | July 28, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
A Lifeline Through the Muddy Waters of the Court System
It was a phone call I never expected to receive. At first, I thought it was a joke: “Mom, I’ve been arrested. I’m in jail.” The voice of my 18-year-old son was grave. I felt shock nestle into the pit of my stomach. That shock remained a solid weight of dread until we met Robert Ernenwein. It was the first moment we had hope. We weren’t alone in this horror. It meant the world that Mr. Ernenwein believed in my son’s innocence. We now had someone working on our behalf, navigating the unknown world of The Law and The Court System. The entire process was so overwhelming that Mr. Ernenwein became our lifeline. His professionalism and adeptness as a lawyer made the difference in my son’s life. Literally. We knew that Mr. Ernenwein and his office were 100 percent working on our behalf. They answered any questions promptly and provided representation at a reasonable rate. Mr. Ernenwein walked with us every step of the way until my son was completely exonerated. I strongly recommend Mr. Ernenwein’s legal services. You will not be alone!
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Posted by anonymous | May 21, 2021
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Look no further!!
I was arrested by Beverly Hills Police and had a case filed in LAX. The case was complicated and required a lot of attention. I am a person with no record and I was not guilty. I know that sounds like a line, but in my case it was true. I hired an attorney on my case. It became clear pretty quickly that he was not able or willing to put the time in. He actually recommended that I settle the case. I fired him. On to attorney number 2. Again, the effort lacked. I fired him thinking that I was lost. I asked anyone I could think of for an attorney referral and was recommended to contact Mr. Ernenwein. I met with him. He took the time. He listened. He reviewed all my documents. He was expensive, but I believed that he was going to work hard. I took a leap of faith. He met with me at several appointments and carefully prepared my case. He is very meticulous and detailed in his work. We had multiple extensive meetings. I was impressed as my previous attorneys didn’t take the time to study my case. His staff were always available to answer my questions, My calls and emails were all responded to promptly. My case was so well prepared. Mr. Ernenwein submitted a lengthy letter with documents to the DA. He prepared the perfect strategy showing all the weaknesses in the case and that I was not guilty of the serious charges. It took months and a lot of patience but he was able to get my case dismissed! The bottom line. He is worth every penny. Not only did I get the result I wanted, but his professionalism and care made me have a sense of peace through the process. Thank you so much Mr. Ernewein. And a big thank you to his partner Michelle Mathes who was also involved in my case. One more thing; he is now moving to seal and destroy my arrest record. Robert Ernenwein will restore your faith in lawyers. He receives my highest possible recommendation.
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Posted by Timothy | March 10, 2021
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Helpful and honest
He took care of an old matter for a issue across the county for me and it was handled perfectly. He was professional, honest and most of all, got the matter taken care of beyond expectations. I highly recommend for any needs you want handled with speed and integrity.
Posted by Sandra | February 15, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Thank you Robert!
I found Robert after reading positive reviews about him, and also from reading his website - it seemed that he was experienced with my situation (I was changed with domestic violence). We spoke on the phone and he was able to see me that evening. After I met with him I felt more at ease about my situation, because after he heard my story he said that he was cautiously optimistic that my case would be dismissed as it sounded like self defense. And he was right it was dismissed - it was such a load off of my shoulders. Thank you to Robert and his team for the work you did to help me get out of a bad situation!
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Posted by anonymous | January 25, 2021
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Hire Him!
I had a Domestic Violence Felony Charge against me. Mind you I am a woman, and a nursing student! I was worried about the case because it meant that I would not be able to be a nurse. Due to covid, it did take a while to get the charges dropped. It was about a 9 month waiting period. And I am so happy it got dropped! He is worth every penny! Now he is working on getting my record clean by taking the arrest off my record. THANK YOU AGAIN ROBERT AND MICHELLE!
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Posted by anonymous | December 7, 2020
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BEST LAWYER
After getting arrested for drug possession and public intoxication, I thought my record was done for since I already had a prior DUI. Stressed out, going through various websites and reading many reviews on different lawyers, I came across Robert's name. I called and set up an appointment to meet him. We spoke about my case for a few minutes and his confidence was obvious off the bat. Robert is knowledgeable, experienced & also down to earth and was easy to talk to. He talked about how he & his terrific staff are very familiar with the surrounding local courthouses especially Torrance courthouse. He was very assuring that if I made a valiant effort on doing my part which was staying out of trouble & getting treatment for drugs and alcohol that it would not only help myself as a person but that he would do his part and make sure it led to a good result in court. I entered drug and alcohol treatment for 6 months, did some AA meetings, & sobered up. Robert was able to use that in court & show I was trying to change and become a better person. Eventually, I received my first plea deal which was the drug possession charge getting dropped & no probation. Robert said it was good deal but he thought he could do better. Robert felt confident that he could get my case dismissed if I was willing to be a little more patient. Within a couple months from there, I got a call from Robert that he did just that. My case was dismissed. I could not have asked for a better lawyer. I really appreciated the way Robert did not settle for the first option and went above and beyond for a better result. Not only has Robert given me a 2nd chance at life but I have come out of this a much better man. Getting sober was greatest prize after going through all this. However, Robert made all my efforts that it took to accomplish my sobriety worth it and I thank him for that. Thank you Robert!
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Posted by Joseph | December 7, 2020
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A good lawyer and a very nice guy !
Mr.Ernenwein and staff are very professional yet warm, friendly and supportive .The legal process was explained so we knew what to expect.The resolution was positive due Mr.Ernenwein's knowledge of the law and It addition. This was very helpful .
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  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
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Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Founder
  • The Law Offices of Robert Ernenwein, PC
  • 2017 - Present
  • Partner
  • Ernenwein & Mathes, LLP
  • 2019 - 2022
  • Partner & Co-Founder
  • McGregor & Ernenwein
  • 1987 - 2016
  • Deputy District Attorney
  • Los Angeles District Attorney Office
  • 1984 - 1987
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Education

  • Whittier College School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1984
  • Manhattan College in New York City
  • 1981

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Beau Espeso
  • Pending

Associations

  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • N/A
  • California Attorneys for Criminal Justice
  • Member
  • N/A
  • California Public Defenders Association
  • Member
  • N/A

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Preeminent 4.9 out of 5
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2013
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2012
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2011
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2010
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2009
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2008
  • Certified Specialist in Criminal Law
  • California Board of Legal Specialization
  • 2003
  • Alumni of the Year
  • Whittier College School of Law
  • 1993
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Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I enthusiastically endorse this lawyer. Robert is a true professional, from start to finish. He is highly experienced and one of the hardest working folks around. He is honest and ethical. Most importantly, he is genuinely respectful and kind-hearted."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Robert. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer wholeheartedly."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Robert is an excellent Lawyer. I trust his judgment and highly endorse this lawyer."
Domestic violence Attorney | Oct 14
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Robert and his firm appreciate the technical crossover issues domestic violence allegations create in divorce and criminal matters. Typical plea bargains by most public defenders can create presumptions in divorce proceedings which can prevent a person from receiving spousal support or custody of their children. As a divorce lawyer I know that when I work with Robert the matter will be handled carefully and expertly."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 03
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"When I was a District Attorney, I referred all potential criminal defendants to Mr. Ernenwein--even my own friends and family members. Now as a practicing criminal defense lawyer, I look to him for guidance and expertise as he knows just about everything in the book. He is a great lawyer, and even greater person. You cannot go wrong with Robert as your lawyer, as your co-counsel, or even as your adversary."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Bob is a true fighter and passionate about the defense of his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 24
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Mr. Ernenwein is one of the most competent and knowledgeable attorneys that I have ever encountered in both my personal life and my professional career. He is a man who puts in the hard hours at work, day after day, with the kind of dedication and energy that puts men half his age to shame."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 28
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"You cannot go wrong with hiring McGregor & Ernenwein. They are top notch!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Robert Ernenwein is a remarkably skilled, proficient and diligent criminal defense attorney. His knowledge of criminal law is virtually encyclopedic. Given his background as a Deputy District Attorney and 25 years of dedicated criminal defense work, his expertise is unmatched by most criminal defense attorneys. Highly recommended!"
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Torrance Criminal defense Lawyer Robert Stanley Ernenwein
Robert Stanley Ernenwein
Criminal defense Attorney
Torrance, CA
Licensed for 39 years
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