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Todd Randall Means

Criminal defense Attorney at Long Beach, CA

5.0   1 review

also known as Todd Means

  • Licensed for 9 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2014
    Active No misconduct found

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About Todd

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Todd Means initially became interested in law to help "the little guy." After working for an educational nonprofit during and after college, Todd entered Loyola Law School, Los Angeles to become a civil rights attorney. However, he quickly realized that protecting the constitutional rights of the accused was his true passion. During law school, he interned at the Ventura County Public Defender’s Office, was a member of Loyola Law School's Juvenile Innocence and Fair Sentencing Clinic, and was a Judicial Extern for the Second District of the California Court of Appeal.

​After receiving his J.D. from Loyola, he began working as a Ventura County Deputy Public Defender. There, he learned that even though the criminal justice system is stacked against the defendant, hard-work and a willingness to fight for your clients gets results. His tenure as a Deputy Public Defender exposed Todd to almost every criminal allegation imaginable, from Penal Code to Fish and Wildlife Code violations. He is

most comfortable in the courtroom, cross-examining adverse witnesses, arguing motions, and fighting for his client's rights. During his three years in Ventura County, Todd handled hundreds of cases a year and took the second highest number of cases to jury trial (Bailey K.F. Means had the highest).

Some criminal defense attorneys shy away from legal writing, but Todd sees thoughtfully crafted motions and appeals as important tools. At the time of this writing, a case he briefed and argued before the Ventura County Superior Court Appellate Division while a Deputy Public Defender is awaiting decision from the California Court of Appeal.

After leaving the Public Defender's Office, Todd served as a State Bar Prosecutor with the Office of the Chief Trial Counsel in Los Angeles, California. While he values the time he spent protecting the public from the misconduct of unethical attorney, he missed fighting for his clients.

Todd also holds a B.A. in Business Administration, cum laude, from California State University, Fullerton. In his free time, Todd enjoys spending time with his wife and two dogs, playing guitar, soccer, and a good horror movie.

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Means & Means LLP
4401 Atlantic Ave.
Suite 200-85
Long Beach, CA, 90807

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Posted by Taylor Angelique | September 22, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Mr.Means was my public defender in Ventura County, he was amazing!. He managed to get the court to take mercy on me, not a minor task in Ventura County. Because of him, I did not lose my financial aid for school. Because of the work Mr.Mean's put into my case and the faith he had in me, I was able to continue attending junior college and have since obtained my AA. I am currently pursuing my BA in addiction psychology. He listened to what I had to say, and if you know anything about public defenders that's rare!. He never made me feel like I was nothing more than the crime I had committed and again that's rare. I Can't express what a tremendous difference he made in my life and in helping me to get my head on straight. He is a rare gem and will always be a superhero to me.
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AVVO RATING 8.6 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Partner and Attorney at Law
  • Means & Means LLP
  • 2018 - Present
  • Deputy Trial Counsel
  • The State Bar of California
  • 2017 - 2018
  • Deputy Public Defender
  • Ventura County Public Defender's Office
  • 2014 - 2017


  • Loyola Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • N/A
  • California St Univ Fullerton
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • N/A

Sample of Legal Cases

  • People v. Grona
  • Acquittal/Not Guilty After Jury Trial
  • People v. Chapin
  • Acquittal/Not Guilty After Jury Trial
  • People v. Bustos
  • Dismissal
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  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • N/A
  • Japanese American Bar Association
  • N/A

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Best Brief
  • American Bar Association National Appellate Advocacy Competition - Las Vegas Regionals
  • 2014
  • Top Oralist - 8th Place
  • American Bar Association National Appellate Advocacy Competition - Las Vegas Regionals
  • 2014
  • Scott Moot Court Best Brief Award
  • Loyola Law School
  • 2013

Speaking Engagements

  • Ventura County Family Law Bar Association MCLE Dinner
  • Ethics Crash Course: Top State Bar Complaints Ethics MCLE
  • 2019
  • Long Beach Bar Association MCLE
  • New Conflicts Rules: Ethics Training
  • 2019
  • MCLE Event
  • Litigating Marijuana and Combination Substance DUI cases
  • 2017
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Attorney endorsements

Received (3)
Given (3)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 23
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Todd is an excellent criminal defense lawyer who cares about his clients and will undertake extraordinary efforts to defend them against "the man." I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 05
Relationship: Co-worker
"Todd is an amazing advocate for his clients and an individual who I was always excited to work with when we had the chance. He is the epitome of a zealous advocate for his clients and is the star of the show when representing his clients' constitutional rights."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 05
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
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