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Darren Todd Kavinoky

also known as Darren Kavinoky

About me

If you're facing criminal charges anywhere in California, you need an experiencedefense lawyer fighting for your rights. You can trust us to defend any California criminal charge, including DUI, domestic violence, drug cases, sexual assault and homicide. We have offices in Los Angeles, Riverside, Orange County, San Diego, San Francisco and throughout California. To find out more about how we can help you with your California criminal charge, contact us today for a free consultation.

Attorney Darren Kavinoky is no stranger to the courtroom or television cameras – he is the in-house legal analyst and special correspondent for the syndicated television program The Insider and is a frequent guest on many national media programs, including Entertainment Tonight, Dr. Phil, NBC's Today Show, numerous programs on CNN's Headline News Channel, and many other shows.

When commenting on high-profile legal stories and celebrity legal battles, Darren is able to speak knowledgeably about all aspects of the law, and he has given entertaining and relevant insight on celebrity divorces, DUI cases, homicide and prison sentences, mysterious deaths and other topics. 

Darren has also appeared on many Los Angeles radio stations, including KFWB, KNX, KROQ, KLSX and KRLA. On the east coast, he has appeared on Clear Channel Radio, WSAR, WGIR, WGIN and WGIP. On the radio airwaves in Canada, Kavinoky has become a regular on CHQR in Calgary and Montreal station CJAD. He has also become a regular commentator on KOA News Radio, and frequently talks about criminal headline cases. 

Darren's expertise is also in high demand in print media.  Newspapers, news magazines and websites around the country have found his commentary useful.  He has been quoted in USA Today, The New York Times, The Baltimore Examiner, the New York Post, Santa Monica Daily Press, Men’s Health, and Time magazines.  Kavinoky has been used as a regular legal source by the Los Angeles Times. The Riverside Press Enterprise and the Fort Meyers Press Telegram have also capitalized on Kavinoky’s expertise.

With an enviable record of trial victories since 1994, Darren is known as one of the top lawyers in his area of practice. He has been praised by judges, law enforcement officials, prosecutors, colleagues and even the media; among them Los Angeles Magazine, which named him a Super Lawyer in 2010 and twice named him a “Super Lawyer Rising Star,” an honor reserved only for the top 5 percent of the lawyers in California. He also earned a coveted “AV” rating in the Martindale Hubbell Registry, a peer review honor that singles out attorneys who are at the highest level of skill and integrity.  Kavinoky was recently named one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in California by the American Trial Lawyers Association.

Darren is the founding lawyer of The Kavinoky Law Firm, one of the largest and most respected criminal defense firms in California. Though best known for his work in handling drug and alcohol cases, he and his team of talented and experienced lawyers also defend the rights of those accused of other crimes, ranging from mischief to murder.      




Languages spoken: English, Spanish

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Practice areas


  1. DUI & DWI: 70%
    22 years
  2. Criminal Defense: 30%
    22 years



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Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Raquel Ashley Leah Jakobovich

    Darren Kavinoky has created and maintained an unsurpassable reputation as one of the most talented, sharp and passionate criminal defense attorneys. I am honored and proud to call him a mentor and colleague.


    Raquel Jakobovich Criminal defense Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

  • David Brian Greenberg

    Darren is well-known for his generosity and a fierce defender of constitutional rights. He also has a world class legal mind, with an emphasis in caring for his clients. Darren is a dedicated member of many legal organizations, including National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, where he is also a life member and other numerous associations to practice in both California State and Federal courts. I'm honored to be a colleague.


    David Greenberg Criminal defense Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

Contact info

The Kavinoky Law Firm

16255 Ventura Blvd.
Suite 200
Encino, CA, 91436

The Kavinoky Law Firm

2029 Century Park East
14th Floor
Los Angeles, CA, 90067-2901

The Kavinoky Law Firm

4158 14th Street
Riverside, CA, 92501-3426

The Kavinoky Law Firm

5000 Birch Street
West Tower - Suite 3000
Newport Beach, CA, 92660-2140



We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerSuperLawyers2015
Super LawyerSuperLawyers2014
Super LawyerSuperLawyers2013
Super LawyerSuperLawyers2012
Top 100 Trial Lawyers in CaliforniaThe National Trial Lawyers2011
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2011
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2011
Top 100 Trial Lawyers in CaliforniaAmerican Trial Lawyers Association (ATLA)2010
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2010
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2010
Top 100 Trial Lawyers in CaliforniaAmerican Trial Lawyers Association (ATLA)2009
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2009
Top 100 Trial Lawyers in CaliforniaAmerican Trial Lawyers Association (ATLA)2008
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2008
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2007
Top 100 Trial Lawyers in CaliforniaAmerican Trial Lawyers Association (ATLA)2007
Super Lawyer Rising StarSuper Lawyers Magazine2006
Super Lawyer Rising StarSuper Lawyers Magazine2005
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
FounderThe Kavinoky Law Firm1994 - Present
PartnerFloyd, Skeren & Kelly LLP1994 - 2001
Association namePosition nameDuration
State Bar of CaliforniaN/AN/A
San Fernando Valley Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Ventura County Criminal Courts Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Orange County Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Trial Practice Inn of Court Los Angeles ChapterN/AN/A
Criminal Law Inn of Court Los Angeles ChapterN/AN/A
Los Angeles County Criminal Courts Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Los Angeles County Bar AssociationN/AN/A
California DUI Lawyers AssociationN/AN/A
California Attorneys for Criminal JusticeN/AN/A
Resolutions Committee of the Conference of Delegates of California Bar AssociationsN/AN/A
United States District Court for the Central District of CaliforniaN/AN/A
National College of DUI DefenseN/AN/A
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersN/AN/A
Beverly Hills Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Publication nameTitleDate
Strategies for Defending DUI Cases in California: Leading Lawyers on Understanding the DMV’s Involvement in the Case, Reviewing Settlement Options, and Preparing Your Client for Court“Knowledge as the Foundation”2008
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of La Verne College of LawN/AJD - Juris Doctor1994
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Entertainment TonightOctuplet Mother2009
CNN - Issues with Jane Velez-MitchellCasey Anthony murder case2009
CNN - Issues with Jane Velez-MitchellCaylee Anthony Case2009
CNN - Headline News - Headline PrimeChris Brown/Rihanna domestic violence case2009
CNN - Headline NewsHaleigh Cummings kidnapping2009
truTV — In Session — Lisa Bloom: Open CourtHaq and Entwistle murder cases2008
truTV — In Session — Jami Floyd: Best DefenseOJ Simpson robbery case — bail revocation hearing2008
truTV — In Session — Bloom & Politan: Open CourtWisconsin vs. Jensen murder case2008
The BIG Idea with Donny DeutschBusiness Partnerships Gone Bad2008
The BIG Idea with Donny DeutschLegal problems in tough economic times2008
Dr. PhilFighting Back Against Injustice2008
Dr. PhilCasey Anthony and OJ Simpson2008
CNN — Showbiz TonightWesley Snipes tax evasion case2008
CNN — Showbiz TonightRichie Sambora DUI2008
CNN Headline News — Headline PrimeAshley Dupre underage model for “Girls Gone Wild” videos; Elliot Spitzer prostitution scandal2008
CNN - Showbiz TonightOJ Simpson Verdict2008
CNN - Showbiz TonightJennifer Hudson Family Murders2008
CNN - Showbiz TonightCelebrity Divorce2008
BBCPhil Spector retrial2008
The InsiderParis Hilton DUI Case2007
The InsiderLindsay Lohan DUI / Drug Arrest2007
The InsiderNicole Richie DUI case2007
The InsiderKiefer Sutherland DUI arrest2007
Inside EditionOrlando Bloom Car Accident2007
Entertainment TonightBrandy car accident charges2007
Entertainment TonightLindsay Lohan DUI / Drug Arrest2007
Entertainment TonightLindsay Lohan and Nicole Richie DUI cases2007
Entertainment TonightLindsay Lohan legal troubles2007
DUI-DWI National Attorney Seminar"Business Management for DUI Lawyers"2007
Court TV - The Best Defense with Jami FloydAnna Nicole Smith, New Jersey v. Mcguire and the Phil Spector case2007
Court TV - The Best Defense with Jami FloydPhil Spector Murder Trial2007
Court TV - The Best Defense with Jami FloydPhil Spector Murder Trial2007
Court TV - The Best Defense with Jami FloydMichael Vick case, Georgia v. Davis murder case2007
Court TV - Open Court with Politan and BloomAnna Nicole Smith & Melissa McGuire murder case2007
Court TV - Open Court with Politan and BloomPhil Spector Murder Trial2007
Court TV - Open Court with Politan and BloomOJ Simpson Arrest2007
Court TV - Open Court with Politan and BloomCynthia Sommers Murder Case2007
Court TV - Open Court with Politan and BloomBarry Bonds and the Wisconsin vs. Tran Murder Case2007
Court TV - "Closing Arguments"Michael Vick Dog Fighting Case, Phil Spector Trial2007
DUI-DWI National Attorney Seminar“The CEO Model: A Business Guide for Attorneys”2006
DUI-DWI National Attorney Seminar"Client Communications for the Criminal Defense Attorney"2006
Arizona Attorneys for Criminal JusticeJury Selection2006
Minnesota DUI Seminar“Cross-Examination of the Arresting Officer”2005
Lawrence Taylor's DUI Seminar“Handling the Media in a High Profile Criminal Case”2005
Lawrence Taylor's DUI SeminarCross-Examining the Arresting Officer2005
Georgia Criminal Defense Lawyers Association“Ethical Issues in Criminal Cases”2005
Iowa Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers"Advanced Issues in DUI Defense"2004
Los Angeles County Bar Association“Handling the Media in a High Profile Criminal Case”1997