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Angela M Berry

White collar crime Attorney at Encino, CA

4.8   20 reviews

also known as Angela Berry, Angela Berry-Jacoby

  • State Years
    California - CA 32 years
    Hawaii - HI 7 years
  • Licensed for 32 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1991
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 7 years
    State HI
    Acquired 2016
    Inactive No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Angela

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As a native Californian, I grew up skate-boarding and surfing with my brothers.  At  about the same time I stood up on a surf board, I decided I wanted to be a criminal lawyer when I grew up.  I was an avid Perry Mason fan and knew that defense work was my calling.  


When I grew up and out of skateboards, I continued my love of action through marathon running, skiing and hiking.  I recently trekked Kilimanjaro, Tanzania.  When I'm not sweating outdoors, I make the prosecution sweat in the court room.  


I studied political science and pre-law courses when an undergraduate at UCLA and joined Delta Gamma sorority.  I thereafter attended and graduated from Loyola Law School.  While at Loyola, I clerked for the California Attorney General's Office in the Criminal Appeals Section.  There, I worked closely with the Attorney General and staff, writing appeals.  Since law school graduation, I have been defending Californians' rights when facing criminal accusations and/or charges.  


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Angela Berry-Jacoby, A Professional Law Corporation
16133 Ventura Blvd.
Suite 700
Encino, CA, 91436


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Posted by HF | June 13, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Angela is one of the BEST in Los Angeles! She will do everything in her power to Guard your Rights and fight for you.
First off I'll say Angela got me the best possible outcome for my case. In simplest terms Angela Berry not only lives up to her reputation, but she far surpasses it. Her services were worth every penny. Right from the beginning I could tell I was in good hands. She is kind, attentive, knowledgeable, and in my case, she was helpful in every possible way. When it comes to law and court procedure, she demonstrates an expert level of knowledge, and confidence, and also very important to note is that she seems to have great relationships with the various judges and prosecutors (at least she does at the court house we went to for my case). I had never had to hire a lawyer before and I was SO unbelievably nervous about court, about my case, about my future, and pretty much the whole process. Angela was immensely helpful for every step of the process, explained things clearly, and she effectively helped calm my nerves and my concerns. I was calmed and assured not only by her kindness and general demeanor, but also by her knowledge of the law, the courts, the legal system, as well as her confidence that things would be OK for me. Even after only our first meeting, I felt protected knowing that she would be looking out for me...with how nervous I was about my case, and also how last minute I was in reaching her, it really says a lot about Ms. Berry that she was so helpful and willing to be there for me. Angela has that special a combination of being both a genuinely kind and caring person, while also being a total Bad A$$ of a warrior-lawyer, ready and willing to fight for you and get you your best possible outcome. Never did I expect that I would like my hired lawyer on human level as much I like and appreciate Angela. She really is one of a kind and I'm as glad to now know her as a person, as I am glad to have hired her as my lawyer. I hope to never need a lawyer again, but if I ever do, Angela will always be my first call.
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Posted by Very Satisfied | November 17, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best Possible Result - Case Dismissed
Angela did a phenomenal job at staying the course and representing me to the best possible outcome on a case that dragged out super long (entirely out of our control) due to ongoing pandemic. The prosecution thought they had this one going their way, and the case was scheduled for trial. But Angela did her research, found laws and precedents to support her argument that the case lacked evidence sufficient for trial, articulated it extremely convincingly in pre-trial in court, and the judge was clearly more convinced by her than the prosecution, and sided with us, dismissing the case without a trial. All throughout the process, including during the coronavirus delays, she was always available to answer my many questions and concerns related to the pending case and provide advice I needed on my situation. I highly recommend Angela, due to my personal experience of her bringing about the best possible outcome -- charges all dismissed without trial.
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Posted by Iris | November 11, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly recommended attorney
I reached out to the law office of Angela Berry after being arrested. I was very confused about what I needed to do or expect. Angela Berry, was able to listen to my concerns and instantly knew the plan to take for my kind of case. She was very familiar with the court I was assigned, in the downtown LA area. I felt confident in my decision to go forward with her as my attorney. She made me feel safe about discussing painful details of my case. She was very clear about the steps to take to get my case resolved. Angela Berry had great communication about the status of my case. She answered my questions throughout the process. My case was dismissed as she had planned, only weeks after meeting with her. I am beyond thankful for her great work with me.
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Posted by Arsen Banjaryan | January 11, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I have hired and know Angela for 28 years at that time she was with Howard Bekler who I miss dearly..Since then she has been strong and courageus to fight and protect whats wright and wrong.
Posted by Tom | August 26, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
White Collar Crime
Angela is a great attorney with tremendous insight, compassion and knowledge, she has great respect in the courtroom and her approach is always honest and concise. While there this no way to determine the outcome of a case, Angela delivered on one key desire, "no jail time"I highly recommend Angela as attorney.
Posted by Tina Davis | August 20, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
The Best Criminal Defense Attorney Ever
Angela helped represent me years ago with my Felony DUI.. I was at fault but I did not do it on purpose. She was able to help me get through the guilt and the shame that I turn gave me the confidence to plunge through to whatever sentence I got.. Angela being a wonderful and caring person she is really took the time out to make me feel more at Ease which helped me feel more at ease.. Angela has compassion and love for her work which reflects in how she shows up with her clients.. me being one of them..I got through the scary part of my case and was able to deal with the end results which was serving 5 days in jail.. it was hard but I got through it witjh both ease and grace because of Angela's love and understanding and superb guidance.. I am grateful.. Thank You❤️
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Posted by L. Scott | August 14, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Ms. Angela Berry is the best!
Ms. Berry is very detail oriented and knows her way around the courtroom, in fact it seems that she knows every Judge in The greater Los Angeles area! I have worked with many attorneys over the years (as an expert witness) and would hire Angela without hesitation if I ( or a loved one) ever needed a criminal defense attorney. You're in good hands with Ms. Berry!
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Posted by Jaya | March 30, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Honest Attorney
Facing 21 years in prison can be devastating to hear. My friend got released from prison after serving just 7 years as Ms.Berry represented him - post conviction Writ of Habeas Corpus case. What we thought would be multiple court days and a long drawn out process only took 1 court day for the Judge to come back with a time served ruling. Even after the Judge ruling, Ms. Berry followed up on my friend to ensure his freedom. She answers multiple calls and emails from family/friends after the ruling. She has offered referrals for civil case attorneys. Just overall a pleasant experience with her. Very honest, straight forward. She uses layman terms when speaking to you, so youre not lost in legal jargon. But most importantly, she did not drag us through a long drawn out court process - she got my friend off and he can now enjoy his youth as a free man.
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Posted by anonymous | April 6, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Son's Dismissal - Thank you!
Angela stayed in there and fought diligently for the dismissal of my sons trespassing case. She is a superb and conscientious lawyer, and my family is extremely grateful, and would recommend her without hesitation. Although I certainly hope we won't require her help in the future, it is a great comfort to know that she is out there. We wish her continued success in her career and much happiness in her life too.
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Posted by Mario | May 17, 2013
Thumbs up
Angela was most careing about my situation and she showed me nothing but respect. I would highly recomend her too any of my friends or family. Thank you Angela.
Posted by Hernan | May 2, 2013
After finding out that I could end up in jail for damaging somebody's car I figured I can't take any chances, so I looked and looked and kept looking, until I found Angela's site and emailed her explaining my problem. She called me next day and set up a free appointment to review my case, as soon as I talked to her for a few minutes I could tell she's not afraid to hurt anyone's feelings and she won't be scare to fight anyone for you. I may say, we always think about "the money" first but after you put yourself in her hands, just take in consideration that you're getting someone that knows and feel assured that her charges are worth every penny. As I told her I would settle for a misdemeanor but I thought that was a long shot because the damages were guided towards a felony!!. To my surprise she got the charges dismissed and she even offered to returned $2000 back because there was no case to follow anymore. I really appreciate such honesty and excellent job from her and her team. Hopefully I don't commit anything stupid again but I will always keep her in my contacts list in case me or anyone I know ends up in troubles. Thank you so much for your very professional help Angela. Hernan P.
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Posted by AnthonyM | December 1, 2012
Genuine professional that helped me with DUI case
I decided to ask for help Ms. Angela Berry Jacoby when I had DUI case (and - yes - it was my fault!) and because of that I was not able to get governmental job that I just applied for two weeks before DUI. She was recommended by friends. In a down-to-earth way she explained how many things I did wrong. Five days later I had first appointment, she collected and prepared all necessary documents and saved me from embarrassments by representing me in the court. She wrote few letters and after three years probation she managed to expunge my case from public records! She is - plain and simple - excellent lawyer that I would recommend to anyone! And did I mention that thanks to her I have my governmental job? AnthonyM
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Posted by james | June 3, 2012
The Queen of the Courtroom
Now I know why everyone calls Angela "the Queen of the courtroom." She knows everyone...Case dismissed!! Thanks Angela!!
Posted by Marc | April 1, 2012
The Best Experience I have had with a Lawyer under desperate circumstances!
I met Angela under "less than ideal circumstances". She was recommended by my first Attorney on this matter that was unable to fulfill his commitment due to health reasons. Angela was a "beam of light" at a very "dark" moment in my life. I have hired many Attorney's and have had dealings on Corporate, Civil, Estate, Contracts, Real Estate and many General Contract / Agreement issues. Angela exemplified everything that you want a Lawyer to be....Confidant, Sympathetic, Understanding and Not Judgmental in any way. My issue was complicated and she stuck with me from the very beginning and was and is fearless in her defense. Total realist yet used her years of experience to defend me to get the best possible outcome. Always told me what was happening and set expectations that I could live with. Throughout the process Angela was able to target the issue and propose solutions, kept me safe and negotiated on my behalf. I never had a Criminal allegation against me and as a first timer was scared and suddenly in an environment that was un-like anything I could have imagined. She got me home and I am having a normal life. Angela negotiated a "deal" that I could live with. Angela knows her way around the Court System and The Process. She has a great reputation with the District Attorney and all of the Judges that she comes in contact with. Angela maintains a level of Professionalism that commands respect from everyone that she encounters. I can not say enough but after my experience if you need someone to defend you in a Criminal Matter; do yourself a favor and engage will not be disappointed. My case was focused on issues pertaining to money, finance, accounting and some complicated financial issues which Angela has the aptitude to understand (not many Lawyers do) so if your case involves complex "money issues" feel comfortable that she knows what's going on. I can not say enough how wonderful she is and she made what was a very bad thing into a "acceptable event" in my life.
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Posted by Chris Antaplyan | March 27, 2012
Review for Angela.
Angela is by far the best attorney I have ever dealt with. Ruthless, cut throat and will fight for you to the very end. I have had many attorneys unfortunately in my lifetime and she has been the best. Real honest and what I liked the most about Angela was that she wasn't afraid of the DA or judge and was willing to take everyone of my case's to trial. I felt safe with her defending me.
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Posted by anonymous | March 26, 2012
Angela was very effective negotiating a settlement for me. Kept me weill informed of the process and the progress and kept my best interest and situation as her top priority. She is a solid professional that I could trust during a difficult situation
Posted by Tom | March 26, 2012
Professional Service
Angela did a great job of leading us through the legal maze. She handled all the details. We were very pleased with her service.
Posted by anonymous | March 24, 2012
I've caused a lot of mess in my life. I'm no Criminal, just made some bad decisions relating to my driving. Legal issues relating to an aging/unresolved DUI, Driving on Suspended, and Misc Issues. Angela has been the one I've turned to and she has come through every time. She is very knowledgable, easy to work with, and has been a Godsend. I am very grateful that people like her exist in the world. I hope to never have to hire here again but if I do she's on speed dial.
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Posted by Dr. G. | March 24, 2012
EXCELLENT Counsel Worth Every Penny!!
Angela has a wealth of experience in many aspects of criminal law. She is also very well-connected which allows her to reach out to industry experts in order to consistently ensure that her clients receive the best defense possible and, if you are able to substantiate your claims of innocence, Angela is DEFINITELY the attorney who will make sure you will NOT go to jail for something you did NOT do!!
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Posted by anonymous | August 8, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Never hire this lawyer
I hired Me. Berry for my sister's criminal case first she didn't know where my sister's court was going to take place, second my sister got arrested because Ms. Berry send the file to the wrong court, second we had a court day a month after my sister got arrested and Ms. Berry this told us that she had another court in some other place until I saw she was going to live that day when my sister had her court and she told me that one of her collegiate was going to stay in her behalf that was like around 9:00 am and she collegiate left at 11:00am without saying anything so my sister and they just told us the next court is in one month from today's day I say why and she didn't even took sometime to explain this lady did my sister's case so long and complicated that we end hiring another lawyer and we end up firing her the we paid her 5,500 and she didn't do anything the only thing she did was robbing me and my family our money we ask for our money back and she told us that the only balance we had was 900 dollars wow yes 900 but the only thing I can say is god bless you Ms. Berry maybe you need that money more than me and my family and thank for try to make us may another 5,000 dollar for the doctors appointment. I don't recommend this lawyer to anyone she will charge you almost 400 per hour and she is going to tell you am going to give you a discount am going to charge you 250 plz be aware of this lady
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Response from Angela Berry August 9, 2017
First let me say that I am sorry (and honestly surprised) that you were unhappy with my representation of your sister. I take great pride in serving my clients. In fact, this is the first complaint I’ve received in my 25-year-career. Perhaps I can provide some clarity (given that you were not present for all the meetings I had with your sister, and you are not familiar the facts). Your sister was arrested as the result of her confession to the police- and in court, prior to me having met her. When your sister had her first court appearance, I had not yet been retained. When the case was presented to the court, the D.A’s office had charged your sister with several violent felonies, all allegedly occurring on separate days. The charges included criminal threats, assault with a deadly weapon, vandalism, breaking and entering the residence of another for the purpose of assault, residential burglary, domestic violence and violating a restraining order. The charges related to two separate alleged victims. You may not be aware, but I invested many hours in the defense of your sister/my client. I very much appreciate how grateful you and your family were when I negotiated the immediate release of you when you were arrested for a drive-by shooting/murder. As you know, no charges were ever filed against you due to my involvement. Again, I’m very sorry that you were not completely satisfied in this case and wish you and your family the very best going forward.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • attorney in charge
  • Angela Berry-Jacoby, A Professional Law Corp
  • 1998 - Present
  • deputy public defender
  • Los Angeles County Public Defenders Office
  • 1994 - 1998
  • lawyer
  • Law Office of Howard Beckler
  • 1991 - 1994
  • law clerk
  • California Attorney General's Office
  • 1990 - 1991
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  • Univ of California at Los Angeles
  • undergraduate
  • N/A
  • Loyola Law School
  • law
  • N/A

Legal Cases

  • credit card fraud
  • Residential Burglary with gang enhancement
  • Case dismissed
  • DUI and hit and run
  • Not Guilty Verdict by Jury on DUI; court dismissal on Hit and Run when jury deadlocked 10-2 for Not Guilty:
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  • San Fernando Valley Bar Association
  • Attorney Referral Service Board Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • San Fernando Valley Bar Association
  • Attorney Referral Service Board Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Indigent Criminal Defense Association
  • Executive Board Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • San Fernando Valley Bar Association, Criminal Law Section
  • Former and Current Chairperson
  • 2008 - Present
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • 2005 - Present
  • Indigent Criminal Defense Association
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • Worthwhile Referral Services
  • 2004 - Present
  • California Public Defenders Association
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • The National Trial Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Certification in Field Sobriety Tests-DUI defense training
  • National Highway Safety Traffic Admin
  • 2005
  • Attorney of the Year
  • Constitutional RIghts Foundation
  • N/A


  • WRS
  • Dealing with a DUI
  • N/A
  • Website
  • Tips for Car Dealers
  • N/A

Speaking Engagements

  • Defending Sex Cases
  • Defending Sex Cases
  • 2015
  • Annual Celebration of the US Constitution
  • US Constitution
  • 2011
  • Annual Celebration of the US Constitution
  • Latest Fourth and Fifth Amendment Issues
  • 2010
  • In-house Legal Education Hour
  • You are their only call-what's your advice?
  • N/A
  • WRS - monthly meeting
  • Beating the Red Light Photo Traffic Ticket
  • N/A
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Attorney endorsements

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Divorce and separation Attorney | Aug 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Angela is a first class defense lawyer. Her knowledge of the law is unparalled, and her smooth demeanor masks her tenacity and grit. Highly effective. -Anthony Munoz, Esq."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly endorse Mrs. Berry-Jacoby. Truly exceptional and caring attorney who achieves great results in representing clients! I want all people to contact her for help."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Whether the case is pre-filing, or already at the appeal stage, any client that is fortunate enough to be represented by Angela can rest assured that she will fight passionately, and effectively for their rights. She is knowledgable, experienced, and extremely well respected--all vital traits of a great attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Jun 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 24
Relationship: Other
"I endorse Counsel Angela Berry-Jacoby for her remarkable legal ability to make a difference in people' lives representing her clients with verve, dedication and competence."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Angela M Berry-Jacoby is a top criminal defense attorney in Los Angeles, and her clients can rest assured knowing that they have as much protection as money can buy. She is easy to talk to, compassionate, and incredibly knowledgable."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 24
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I've known Angela for about 7 years. She is hard-working and very knowledgeble in criminal law and appeals. I often go to her for advice on cases. If I had a family member or someone close to me, I would trust their life in Angela's hands."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 01
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Angela is a first class defense lawyer. Her knowledge of the law is unparalled, and her smooth demeanor masks her tenacity and grit. Highly effective."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 01
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Angela has years of experience in Criminal Defense and is an amazing advocate of her clients. I have referred matters to her as well worked on some matters with her. It never ceases to amaze me that she knows everyone at the courts from the law enforcement officers to the prosecutors and the judges. She obtained great results for her clients including "not guilty" verdicts on matters that did go to trial."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I fully endorse this diligent, hard-working, and effective criminal defense attorney!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 24
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Angela is competent to handle any criminal matter. She is well respected by judges and prosecutors alike and is a pleasure to work with."
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