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Justin Edward Sterling

Criminal defense Attorney at Encino, CA

5.0   22 reviews

also known as Justin Sterling, Justin E. Sterling

  • Licensed for 16 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2007
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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About Justin

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  1. Criminal defense
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    The Law Offices of Justin E. Sterling is a top-rated law firm specializing in criminal defense. Our firm advocates for its clients in state and federal court at both the trial and appellate levels. We offer comprehensive representation in all criminal matters. Mr. Sterling is a premier trial lawyer whose cases have included everything from murder, to DUI, to multi-million dollar lawsuits against the police.

    11 years, 10,000 cases

Mr. Sterling is an award-winning criminal trial lawyer and civil rights attorney who has been nationally recognized for his advocacy of the criminally accused as well as those who have been victimized by law enforcement. Mr. Sterling is experienced in both federal and state court. Representative cases include murder, drug conspiracy crimes, DUI, and federal civil rights lawsuits against governmental entities. 

Regarded as one of the most skilled trial practitioners in his field, Mr. Sterling's approach to the practice of law is one of honesty, compassion, and integrity. Mr. Sterling is consistently and repeatedly awarded the highest honors in the areas of legal ability, experience, industry recognition, and professional conduct.

Recent case results include the acquittal of a young man charged with attempted murder and facing life in prison, as well as the recovery of millions of dollars on behalf of female inmates who were sexually abused while in police custody. 

Mr. Sterling's in-depth trial experience coupled with his local expertise is what sets him apart from other attorneys. Mr. Sterling is available 24/7 to personally address the concerns and questions of each of his clients.

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Location

Law Offices of Justin E Sterling
15760 Ventura Blvd.
Suite. 700
Encino, CA, 91436
Law Offices of Justin E Sterling
433 N. Camden Drive
Suite 400
Beverly Hills, CA, 90210
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Posted by anonymous | February 23, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
TERRIFIC LAWYER, AMAZING RESULT
Needing a criminal defense attorney is a scary experience but Justin immediately put me at ease when I met with him and hired him and I knew I was in good hands. He was the only lawyer I met with that didn't just give me lip service and brag about about themselves! He answered all of my questions, was always there for me, and I personally saw Justin in court doing his thing. Never once did he have another lawyer touch my case which is VERY common with many defense attorneys. I never felt like I was in the dark about my case, and he knew my case backwards and forwards. He handled my main case which was in Van Nuys and probation violation out of the Airport Court and was able to make everything go away with no jail, a reduced charge, and termination of my violation case. Next year Justin will go back to court for me for the sealing of the case and arrest. Catching a case is a horrible experience but thank goodness there are lawyers out there like Justin. Don't waste your time and money with anyone else. Justin really does check all of the boxes and then some!!
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Posted by anonymous | April 25, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great lawyer
Represented me in a case, Justin is magic straight forward man. Money is worth spending.
Posted by anonymous | April 20, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best lawyer who delivers THE IMPOSSIBLE
The only thing thats more impressive than Justins quiet confidence is his ability to work magic in the courtroom. Justin was involved in my case from start to finish. He oversaw my criminal case which was dismissed and then he took on the cops in my federal case against the LA county. His professionism and mastery of what he does shines and let me tell you the other side RESPECTS him. Justin was the hammer I needed when the odds were stacked against me and the result speaks for itself. HUGE WIN!
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Posted by anonymous | March 6, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A very impressive man
I cannot say enough about Justin, his dedication, skill, and preparation was the difference. A real professional and methodical in his approach but a real SOB when he needed to be he decimated the other sides case piece by piece. Having him in my corner let me expose the cops as the liars they were Justin destroyed them in court which got me to the result we had set out to get. THANK YOU MR. STERLING YOU ARE INCREDIBLE.
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Posted by Sheryl | June 1, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Five stars
Many thanks to Mr. Sterling, he represented my husband for very serious charges. Almost all other lawyers quoted me a much higher fee than him, i must say double. He is upfront and transparent of his opinions and suggestions. Although he doesn't get back to us quickly because we understand that he also has other clients, but he did reply as soon as he can. Very professional as soon as he walks in the court and he negotiated well with the DA. Very knowledgeable and we thank God we got the best results. My husband ended in a diversion instead of jail time and without strike. Thank you Mr. Sterling, God bless you and your family.
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Posted by anonymous | May 24, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Incredible and Incredible
Justin is an intelligent and humble person. You see just how impressive of a person he is when he's in court making the IMPOSSIBLE happen. He moved heaven and earth for me and I am forever grateful that our paths in life crossed. He changed my life, changed my circumstance, and his brilliant work has allowed me live my best life. Forever thankful to you Justin. Your colorful client :)
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Posted by anonymous | July 16, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Caring Attorney Will Fight to Protect Your Rights
Excellent Attorney. Mr. Sterling is an aggressive criminal attorney who will protect your rights. I highly recommend Mr. Sterling, his honest and listens to his clients.
Posted by Adrian | May 11, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Justin is the BEST there is.
Justin represented me and my family on two seperate occasions. The first was the criminal case and the false charges of resisting arrest and battery on police officers. Justin went to trial and won. Not guilty on all charges. The second was when he filed law suit against the police and county based on the excessive force that was used against me and my family in the same case. He won a money settlement for my family right before trial. Justin's the man! A huge fighter and cared about me and my family!! The guy doesn't stop until he gets what he set out to do!!
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Posted by anonymous | May 4, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Saved my son's life
Our family hired Justin to represent our son in a criminal case out of the Pasadena courthouse. Justin was always well prepared in court and responsive to calls and emails. Most importantly Justin was effective in court. He prevented the DA from raising bail to 1 million dollars at the arraignment and convinced the judge to drop certain charges at the preliminary hearing. Before reaching the trial stage, Justin was successful in negotiating for my son's release. After 4 months the nightmare was over thanks to Justin's efforts. If you are looking for an honest lawyer that will get results look no further. We trusted Justin with our son's life and he ended up saving our son from a certain prison sentence. God Bless you.
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Posted by anonymous | September 30, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
An Attorney who Delivers
My son was charged in a criminal misdemeanor case by the LA City Attorney. We interviewed three local LA attorneys and narrowed it down to Justin Sterling and one other. Although we felt comfortable with both, we finally opted for Justin based on his extensive experience, his familiarity with the court in question, the other reviews I read, and his straight forward assessment of the situation. Justin gave us what I considered to be a realistic assessment of the case and an outline of the possible outcomes without promising the moon. As the case progressed Justin presented us with the status and his strategy and the back up plans should the case take an unexpected twist. After several hearings Justin achieved the best possible result - a complete dismissal of the charges. I strongly recommend the services of Justin Sterling to anyone facing criminal prosecution.
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Posted by JAY LOPEZ | July 31, 2015
STATE OF CALIFORNIA Vs. E. RAMIREZ
I WAS REFERRED TO JUSTIN STERLING BY A CLOSE FRIEND. WHEN I FIRST MET JUSTIN I KNEW RITE AWAY HE WAS THE ATTORNEY FOR US . MY NEFEW WAS ON TRAIL IN POMONA COURT FOR THREE ATTEMPTED MURDERS ALONG WITH GANG ALIGATIONS THAT WERE FALSE. MY NEFEW SAT IN LA COUNTY JAIL FOR 3 YEARS . AFTER TWO MIS TRAILS AND A POMONA D.A. STARVING FOR A CONVICTION MR. STERLING WENT TO TRAIL WITH IN THREE MONTHS AND FOUND MY NEFEW NOT GUILTY OF ALL COUNTS. NOT ONLY WAS HE PROFESSIONAL ALONG WITH HIS STAFF KEEPING US INFORMED TWENTY FOUR HOURS A DAY THREW OUT THE TRAIL NO WORDS OR MONEY CAN THANK HIM ENOUGH FOR BRING MY NEFEW HOME . I WILL NEVER FORGET THE LAST WORDS HE SAID TO ME AFTER WINNING OUR TRAIL "NEVER A DOUBT" THANK YOU AGAIN FROM ALL THE FAMILY . WITH LOVE AND RESPECT "MR LOPEZ"
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Posted by Alex | December 13, 2014
Best Criminal Attorney in the Valley
Justin represented our father in the Van Nuys courthouse. We met with numerous lawyers before ultimately going with Justin. His candor, attitude, and experience convinced us he was the right fit for our family and the type of case our father was being prosecuted for. We were also persuaded by the fact that Justin was referred to us by another criminal defense lawyer in Los Angeles who was referring more serious cases to him since she had just had a baby. Justin is polished, experienced, and aggressive. If it hadn't been for the referral we likely would have never been made aware of his experience and trial ability. Justin doesn't sell himself that way and never really spoke about himself other than telling us what we could expect and asked lots of questions before taking our case. Once retained, we were thrilled with our decision. Justin was responsive to our calls, request for meetings, and countless questions. Our father is free today because of the work Justin did. If you are looking for an honest attorney, expereinced and respected within the Van Nuys courthouse, look no further. Our family would highly recommend Justin and his office.
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Posted by Justin | December 7, 2013
Incredible
I've worked with Justin Sterling twice, once during my active criminal case then on a motion a few months afterwards. This review is largely about the latter... After my actual criminal case was dismissed, I was interested in pursing a finding of factual innocence, a type of motion that is rarely granted, which not only removes any doubt one might be guilty, but also orders the sealing and obliteration of any records related to the arrest or prosecution. I was warned by numerous people that these were notoriously hard to win and it would not be easy, even given the best of circumstances. From the way he conducted himself during my case, I knew Justin was the guy to handle this matter. He crafted a well-written motion, made some compelling arguments before the Court and had some great questions for me during direct questioning at the hearing. Ultimately the presiding judge granted the order and directed all agencies involved to destroy my arrest records, truly a godsend in my situation. In summary, he is a fantastic lawyer, who is constantly on the ball in the court room, ready to rebut the most ridiculous statements from the prosecution and is always on your side. He's very responsive. Honestly I can't say enough things about having worked with him.
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Posted by anonymous | September 17, 2013
Fantastic Lawyer
Justin handled a drug case for me that resulted in a full dismissal. His was consistently aggressive, trustworthy and on his game. At the preliminary hearing he sensed a weakness in the prosecutions case, seized upon it and got the judge to dismiss the charges on the spot.
Posted by anonymous | September 6, 2013
Great Attorney!!
I was desperate to find a good attorney, My son got himself into trouble in California, and he was looking at doing some serious time. I'm from Michigan and I don't know anyone in California. I started to research attorneys, made dozens of phone calls, and spoke to many attorneys. Everyone I spoke to promised me the world, except Mr. Sterling. Mr. Sterling told me about himself how he got to where he is, and told me he would do his best but promised nothing until he read the case. From the first conversation, I know he was the man to represent my son and he did. Being so far away he kept my husband and myself informed at all times. Mr. Sterling did a great job six months later my son is coming home. I highly recommend this attorney, he's great. If you need a attorney call Mr.Sterling you will be glad you did.
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Posted by anonymous | August 12, 2013
Excellent DUI Defense Attorney
Justin is very good at what he does. He is extremely professional and has a well received presence in the courtroom. His communication with me was always immediate and efficient. One of the things I was most impressed with was his ability to separate facts from opinion. He consistently gives the right amount of information and answers all questions completely. I was happy with the result Justin achieved for me and thankful I chose him as my lawyer.
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Posted by anonymous | December 7, 2012
Qualified, Top-Notch, Excellent
I am in the entertainment industry and was nailed with a DUI this past year while coming home from an event. My business partner referred me to Justin, who I spoke to the night after my arrest. I have to say that I am not one to submit online reviews. However I was humbled by this entire process and wanted to extend some kind words in support of an incredible lawyer and caring person. My DUI wasn't exactly straighfoward as there was a collision involved as well as resulting injuries. I did in fact interview other lawyers, many of whom either said there wasn't much they could do for me or I otherwise got a sleezy vibe from. I ultimately went with Justin as he was a personal referral, was extremely professional, and seemed accomplished, knowledgable, and caring to my personal situation (by the way, this never changed even after I paid the retainer fee). While the case took some time, Justin got the case dismissed after a hearing with the judge and the police officer that arrested me. Far beyond what I was expecting - an incredible result. Justin was a true fighter in court. Apart from the legal aspect of my case, Justin and his office staff were always attentive, accessible, and professional. All around an unbelieveable service he offers. Thanks again.
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Posted by Mark | September 16, 2012
Worth Every Penny, Excellent Lawyer
Mr. Sterling was recommended to me by a trusted friend that works in the court system. I called his cell phone, which he gives out freely and is rare for a lawyer to do, and within minutes of talking to him he had me feeling much more at ease about my situation. I had a face to face appointment with Mr. Sterling just a few days later where he was very thorough in explaining his plan as well as answering all of my questions in a manner that I could understand. Having worked with Mr. Sterling's office for close to 6 months now, and having hired him to help me on additional legal matters, I am extremely comfortable recommending Mr. Sterling to my family, friends, and others. From the moment I spoke with him he gave me the sense of comfort that I needed, has made himself easily accessible, and has proven himself extremely effective in the court room. My case involved some sensitive issues. I was looking at some heavy penalties some of which were possible life-long requirements. Mr. Sterling's efforts resulted in me avoiding basically all of these issues. He is a results-oriented guy and this comes through in his demeanor and approach to a case. His confidence in himself and my case gave me the confidence to make it through, what was basically the worst ordeal of my entire life. I am forever blessed to have had Mr. Sterling on my side.
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Posted by Sherry | January 9, 2012
Caring Person and Effective Lawyer
I met Mr. Sterling over 2 years ago when he represented my brother in a very serious case. I attended all court hearings and met with Mr. Sterling numerous times during the course of the case. I am happy to write this recommendation of Mr. Sterling because he is a gifted lawyer who can help. Experienced, knowledgable, and he actually cares. In court he was aggressive and effective. My family and I basically credit Mr. Sterling with saving my brothers life. The case went to trial and he was acquitted of the most serious charges. If you are looking for a responsive lawyer who has the ability to get results, I would not look beyond this attorney. Mr. Sterling loves what he does, which is pretty evident in the level of service he provides.
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Posted by anonymous | July 7, 2011
The Best
This guy knows what he is doing. Justin represented me in a felony where I had originally paid a lawyer 7k to do nothing. Abandoned by that lawyer and looking at going to jail I was obviously skeptical. The first day I meet with Justin he laid out the possible scenarios at what I was to expect. I was really taken back when he asked me what MY goals were and what MY best case scenario was. I finally felt like I was a part of my own case and defense. Very different from my prior experience with my previous attorney where I couldn't even get a call back. Justin kept me out of jail and I will have a chance to have my record reduced if I obey probation. There are alot of attorneys out there that will promise you the world but you will get nothing. You will pay thousands and get nothing. I looked up my previous lawyer on this site and its so obvious that he has had his staff or whoever write fake reviews for him and his firm. Justin was always honest with me and I am pleased to be contacted to further vouch for the wonderful work he did for me. [email protected]
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Cost

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  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Managing Attorney
  • Law Offices of Justin E. Sterling
  • 2011 - Present

Education

  • Golden Gate Univ SOL
  • law
  • N/A
  • California St Univ Chico
  • undergraduate
  • N/A

Sample of Legal Cases

  • People v. Dearing
  • Not Guilty
  • People v. Trimble
  • Prior to jury selection, Mr. Sterling obtained a dismissal of all charges. If convicted, client was facing 25 years to life in prison under California's Three Strikes law.
  • People v. Daphane
  • Jury acquitted client of the stabbing and voted 9-3 for Not Guilty on the robbery. Client was facing 25 years to life if convicted.

Associations

  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, DUI Committee
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Continental Who's Who Registry of Preeminent Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • California Attorneys for Criminal Justice
  • Attorney Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • Executive Committee
  • 2011 - Present
  • Beverly Hills Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • San Fernando Valley Criminal Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Criminal Trial Lawyers Association of Northern California
  • Executive Committee
  • 2007 - Present
  • California DUI Lawyers Association
  • Executive Committee
  • 2007 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Client Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2021
  • Registry of Preeminent Lawyers
  • Continental Who's Who Registry of Preeminent Lawyers
  • 2013
  • White Collar Crime
  • AmJur
  • 2011
  • Attorney of the Year
  • Los Angeles County Public Defender's Association
  • 2008
  • Outstanding Advocacy
  • Northern California Legal Aid
  • 2007
  • Distinction in Oral Advocacy
  • Trial Lawyers for Public Justice
  • 2006
  • Edward Bronson Public Service Award
  • Edward Bronson
  • 2005
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Publications

  • Daily Law Journal
  • The Present State of Three Strikes Reform
  • 2013
  • Southern California Law Expo
  • Rehabilitation vs. Incarceration: The Push For Alternative Sentencing
  • 2012
  • Lawyers USA
  • Cross Examining the Prosecution's Key Eyewitness: Problems With Eyewitness Testimony
  • 2012

Speaking Engagements

  • San Fernando Valley Criminal Bar Association
  • Representing the Criminal Defendant
  • N/A
  • Pierce Valley College
  • Indigent and Private Defense: A Different Prospective
  • N/A
  • Los Angeles Trial Lawyers Association
  • Representing the Unpopular Client
  • N/A

Attorney endorsements

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Given (1)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 15
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Justin is a highly skilled trial lawyer. I have watched him win many hearings and trials. He is compassionate, fierce, and well respected by lawyers and judges throughout the legal community."
Unknown Attorney | Oct 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Justin is a fine lawyer and trusted friend. I have sent clients to Justin in the past and they have been very pleased with his work. Without hesitation I will continue to refer clients with criminal defense needs to Justin."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I had the pleasure of working with Justin while I was a prosecutor and he was a defense attorney. We had several matters together and I can unequivocally say that Justin is an aggressive and impressive criminal defense attorney. As a fellow criminal defense attorney in the community, Justin definitely has my endorsement."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Having discussed several criminal matters with Mr. Sterling, I can state that he is a very aggressive, effective advocate for his clients. His level of confidence and comfort in the courtroom, as well as his knowledge of the law, ensure that he will obtain optimum results for his clients. I strongly endorse him for any criminal defense matter."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. An agressive advocate for his clients. Anxious to achieve the best result for his clients"
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Encino Criminal defense Lawyer Justin Edward Sterling
Justin Edward Sterling
Criminal defense Attorney
Encino, CA
Licensed for 16 years