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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 nothing less than the highest quality of legal representation possible. I love being a defense attorney and I genuinely care about the people I defend. I fight tooth and nail to obtain the best result for each client. I am known for my creative  strategies and my ability to obtain victories in seemingly impossible cases. These qualities, coupled with my knowledge of criminal law and my experience in the courtroom, make me a fierce advocate to have on your side.

I have practiced criminal defense in Los Angeles for more than 16 years. I have earned the respect of Judges, prosectuors, and my peers - they have rated me among the top 2.5% best criminal defense attorneys in Southern California (Super Lawyers 2015, 2016 and Martindale-Hubbell AV-Preeminent rated).

I defend clients in all Los Angeles courthouses and I frequently represent clients charged in surrounding counties throughout Southern California.

For expert help, please call my office at (866) 663-7779 and let my staff know you would like to schedule a confidential consultation with me. I offer telephonic consultations and I am happy to meet with you at my office as well. I offer a free initial consultation.

All the best,

Debra S. White







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 (30 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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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

  • Evan Ephraim Zelig

    Very professional and excellent in court!


    Evan Zelig Criminal defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

San Fernando Valley Office (Main)

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

Downtown Los Angeles Office

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

Hollywood Office

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



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. RodriguezDismissal after Hung Jury
People v. D. WrightDismissal by Diversion (Deferred Entry of Judgment)
People v. M. CovarrubiasNot Guilty by Jury Verdict
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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