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Debra Sarah White

also known as Client's Choice Award & Super Lawyers 2016 Top 2.5% BEST for, Professional Excellence, Legal Ability & Ethical Standards.

About me

Dear Potential Client,

I am dedicated to providing you with the highest quality of legal representation, both in the courtroom, and out of the courtroom. I love being a criminal defense attorney and I genuinely care about my clients and about getting the best results possible. I am known for my creative strategies, legal knowldge, solid work ethic, honesty, and obtaining victories in cases that appeared impossible to win.

I handle all criminal matters in state and federal court. I am based out of Los Angeles, but I frequently handle cases in Ventura, San Bernardino County, Orange County, and San Deigo. I work with a team of excellent attorneys and experts, as may required for a particular case, but I am always the lead attorney--I do not send an associate to do my work for me in court, and I always work directly with my clients. 

As my awards and high ratings show, my criminal law experience, legal knowledge, and reputation among other attorneys, prosecutors, and Judges, are all outstanding. These qualites, coupled with my sincere compassion to fight for my clients, make me a fierce advocate to have on your side.

I look forward to hearing from you for a free initial consultation.

Very truly yours,

Debra S. White, Esq.







Languages spoken: English, Spanish

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Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 50%
    17 years, 1 thousand cases
  2. DUI & DWI: 50%
    17 years, 1 thousand cases



Fixed (always), Retainer (always), Free consultation (60 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

32 total 

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  • Melissa A Weinberger

    Deb is one of the smartest, toughest and most caring criminal defense attorneys I know. She is an excellent advocate and I highly recommend her.


    Melissa Weinberger Criminal defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Karen Lynn Goldstein

    Debra is one of the smartest and most diligent criminal defense attorneys in Southern California. She works tirelessly for her clients and obtains spectacular results for her clients both in and out of the courtroom.


    Karen Goldstein Criminal defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Law Offices of Debra S. White - Main Office

21900 Burbank Blvd.
3rd Floor
Woodland Hills, CA, 91367

Hollywood Office

1645 N. Vine Street
Suite 306
Los Angeles, CA, 90028

Downtown LA Office

515 S. Flower Street
36th Floor
Los Angeles, CA, 90071



We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2016
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2015
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2015
Bar Register of Preeminent Women LawyersMartindale-Hubbell2013
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2012
Florence Wilson ScholarshipUCLA School of Law1996
Dean's ListPierce Comminuty College1993
Dean's ListPierce Community College1992
Dean's ListPierce Community College1991
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Owner and Lead Trial AttorneyLaw Offices of Debra S. White2006 - Present
Criminal and DUI Defense AttorneyLos Angeles Criminal and DUI Defense Law Firm1999 - 2006
Criminal ExternshipLos Angeles Federal Public Defender's Office1997 - 1998
Association namePosition nameDuration
National College for DUI DefenseMember2012 - Present
Criminal Attorneys for Criminal Justice (CAJC)Member2012 - Present
San Fernando Valley Bar Association, Criminal Law SectionMember2012 - Present
The California DUI Lawyer's AssociationMember2009 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL)Member2008 - Present
USDC - Eastern DistrictAdmitted to Practice2005 - Present
USDC - Northern DistrictAdmitted to Practice2000 - Present
USDC - Central DistrictAdmitted to Practice2000 - Present
Los Angeles County Bar Association, Criminal Justice SectionMember2000 - Present
USDC - Southern DistrictAdmitted to Practice2000 - Present
State Bar of California, Criminal Law SectionAdmitted to Practice1999 - Present
United States Supreme CourtMember1999 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
People v. M. CovarrubiasNot Guilty by Jury Verdict
People v. RodriguezDismissal after Hung Jury
People v. D. WrightDismissal by Diversion (Deferred Entry of Judgment)
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Publication nameTitleDate
West Services Inc.Strategies for Defending Crimes2014
Valley Lawyer magazine (SFVBA)Maintaining Client Confidentiality2012
Los Angeles TimesA Man's Nightmare Turned Real - Part I - False Accusations of Attempted Murder, Rape and Torture2011
LA TimesA Man's Nightmare Turns Real - Part 22011
24-7 Press ReleaseHow An Innocent Man Can End Up On "To Catch A Predator"2009
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of California at Los Angeles School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1999
University of California - Los AngelesPhilosophyBA - Bachelor of Arts1995
Pierce Community CollegeEconomicsN/A1993
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Family Law ConferenceDefending Against False Accusations of Crime in Civil Court2015
Bob McCormick Radio Show KFWBDrug DUI Testing and Refusals2013
Family Law ConferenceFalse Allegations of Abuse in Divorce Proceedings2012
Bob McCormick Radio Show KFWBDUI Checkpoints2012
Bob McCormick Radio Show KFWBMoney 101 - Criminal Law - Stages of a Drunk Driving Case2012
Bob McCormick Radio Show KFWBMoney 101 - DUI Questions and Answers2012
Peirce Community CollegeCrimes and Punishment2010
Pierce Comminuty College Business LawRepresenting the Criminal Defendant2009