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About me

I have fiercely advocated for over 2,500 clients throughout Southern California over the last decade.  I am a confident, experienced advocate who will fight for you to enure the best result possible.  As a solo practioner I provide very timely and personalized legal service that is not available at larger private firms or public defenders offices.  I am always happy to provide a free initial consultation either in person or over the phone, so call me to discuss your case or visit me online at



Languages spoken: Arabic, Spanish

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Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 100%
    9 years, 1 thousand cases



Fixed (always)

Payment types:

Cash, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

15 total 

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  • Antoine Demarcos Williams

    Mr. Shawky is a knowledgeable and skilled criminal defense attorney. He truly cares about his clients and makes every effort to get them the best possible result. He is a zealous advocate and has great reputation in the legal community. I endorse this lawyer.


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  • Ahmed Shaikh

    In a jam? Looking for someone to trust? This is where you go.


    Ahmed Shaikh Trusts Attorney
    Relationship: Friend

Contact info

Law Office of Tarek Shawky

871 E Washington Blvd Ste 205
Pasadena, CA, 91104


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top One PercentNational Association of Distinguished Counsel2015
Rising StarSuperLawyers2015
Rising Star 2014Super Lawyers Magazine2014
2014 Client Choice AwardAVVO2014
Top Attorney 2013Pasadena Magazine2013
2013 Client Choice AwardAVVO2013
Top Attorney 2012Pasadena Magazine2012
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerLaw Office of Tarek Shawky2012 - Present
Deputy Public Defender IILos Angeles County Office of Alternate Public Defender2011 - 2012
Deputy Public Defender IIRiverside County Public Defender's Office2006 - 2011
Association namePosition nameDuration
Pasadena Bar AssociationCriminal Bar Section2015 - Present
Pasadena Chamber of CommerceN/A2013 - Present
New Horizon School PasadenaDevelopment Committee Chair2013 - Present
California Attorneys for Criminal JusticeN/AN/A
National Lawyers Guild (Los Angeles chapter)N/AN/A
State Bar of CaliforniaN/AN/A
National Legal Aid and Defender AssociationN/AN/A
California Public Defenders AssociationN/AN/A
Northwest Pasadena Citizens CommissionVice Chair2012 - 2014
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Dismissal on the first day of trialDismissal by the prosecution
Federal Case DismissedDismissal
$10 Million Dollar Federal Fraud Case DismissedFederal Case Dismissed
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Publication nameTitleDate
Criminal Law Online PublicationSecret Behind Not Guilty Verdicts2014
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Southwestern University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2006
University of California - Los AngelesEconomicsOther - Bachelors1996
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
American Civil Liberties UnionKnow Your Rights Workshop2014
American Civil Liberties UnionKnow Your Rights Workshop2013
National Lawyers Guild, Celebrating 25 Years of Law for the PeopleTransition to Opening Your Own Practice2012