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Named Attorney of the Year by the Los Angeles County PDA and a Top California Criminal Defense Attorney, Mr. Sterling is an accomplished criminal trial lawyer whose cases have included everything from DUI, to murder, to civil rights lawsuits against the police.


Regarded as one of the most skilled criminal defense 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.


The Law Offices of Justin E. Sterling is a top-rated law firm committed to the exclusive practice of criminal law. Mr. Sterling represents individuals facing the full range of felony and misdemeanor charges. He is considered a trusted advisor in criminal law with a reputation for being an aggressive and effective advocate for his clients. Recently, Mr. Sterling was named to the National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers.


Mr. Sterling intentionally limits his practice in order to best serve his clients. No case is ever farmed-out as Mr. Sterling personally handles each matter that comes through the door.


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

The firm specializes in the following core areas:

-Drug Offenses
-White Collar Crime
-Violent Crimes
-Three Strikes Cases
-Domestic Violence
-Weapon Violations
-Sex Crimes
-Financial Crimes
-Organized Crime
-Theft Cases
-Traffic Offenses
-Alternative Sentencing



Languages spoken: Spanish

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Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 100%
    3 years, 10 thousand cases



Retainer (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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Contact info

Law Offices of Justin E Sterling

16501 Ventura Blvd.
Suite. 400
Encino, CA, 91436


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Registry of Preeminent LawyersContinental Who's Who Registry of Preeminent Lawyers2013
White Collar CrimeAmJur2011
Attorney of the YearLos Angeles County Public Defender's Association2008
Outstanding AdvocacyNorthern California Legal Aid2007
Distinction in Oral AdvocacyTrial Lawyers for Public Justice2006
Edward Bronson Public Service AwardEdward Bronson2005
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing AttorneyLaw Offices of Justin E. Sterling2011 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, DUI CommitteeMember2013 - Present
Continental Who's Who Registry of Preeminent LawyersMember2013 - Present
California Attorneys for Criminal JusticeAttorney Member2011 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense AttorneysExecutive Committee2011 - Present
Beverly Hills Bar AssociationMember2007 - Present
Los Angeles County Bar AssociationMember2007 - Present
San Fernando Valley Criminal Bar AssociationMember2007 - Present
Criminal Trial Lawyers Association of Northern CaliforniaExecutive Committee2007 - Present
California DUI Lawyers AssociationExecutive Committee2007 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
People v. TrimblePrior 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. DaphaneJury acquitted client of the stabbing and voted 9-3 for Not Guilty on the robbery. Client was facing 25 years to life if convicted.
People v. DearingNot Guilty
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Publication nameTitleDate
Daily Law JournalThe Present State of Three Strikes Reform2013
Southern California Law ExpoRehabilitation vs. Incarceration: The Push For Alternative Sentencing2012
Lawyers USACross Examining the Prosecution's Key Eyewitness: Problems With Eyewitness Testimony2012
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Golden Gate University School of LawN/AJD - Juris DoctorN/A
California State University, ChicoN/AOther - BachelorsN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
San Fernando Valley Criminal Bar AssociationRepresenting the Criminal DefendantN/A
Pierce Valley CollegeIndigent and Private Defense: A Different ProspectiveN/A
Los Angeles Trial Lawyers AssociationRepresenting the Unpopular ClientN/A