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Robert Armin Schwartz

Criminal defense Attorney at Encino, CA

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  • Licensed for 47 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1976
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Mr. Shwartz has been a Los Angeles criminal defense attorney for over 30 yrs. His ability, fluency and proficiency of criminal law is reflected by the respect he has garnered from his fellow criminal defense, prosecuting attorneys as well as judges. As a criminal defense attorney, Mr. Schwartz is actively interested in upholding the standards and practices of criminal law. He is the Recipient of the President's Special Award for defending death penalty cases. He lectures at criminal defense seminars on gang evidence. Mr. Shwartz challenges evidence derived from roadblocks, and wiretap evidence. It is also worth noting that he is an active member of the Criminal Justice Section of the American Bar association where the mission is to improve the criminal justice system and to serve its members, the profession and the public.


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16000 Ventura Blvd.
Suite# 1208
Encino, CA, 91436
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11835 West Olympic Boulevard SUITE: 1235 East
Los Angeles, CA, 90064
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405 N. Maclay
Suite# 203
San Fernando, CA, 91340
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Posted by Jerry | June 5, 2010
Excellent & Honest
Mr. Schwartz is the most hard working honest attorney I have ever met.
Posted by xjaguar52 | August 22, 2013
Exceptional Lawyer and even better, an amazing human being!!!
About 2 years ago I found myself in the most difficult, most challenging situation of my life. A time when I definitely needed legal representation.I needed a lawyer to represent me and to help me fight the fight of my life. I had no clue where I would find the right lawyer for this job but to my fortune, I was referred to Robert by a colleague of his that my cousin happened to know. Robert was highly recommended to represent me and that he did! Robert was and is very professional, trustworthy, honest, sincere, understanding, and has a wealth of knowledge and experience when it comes to criminal defense! With my case in particular he completely invested himself in representing me. He dedicated himself to providing me with the best possible defense for my case. He went above and beyond to prepare for my defense. He took the time to know me not only as his client but as a person which truly helped in his preparation for my defense. His commitment to me as his client was simply amazing! During my case as he was representing me, he was honored with yet another award for "Criminal Defense Attorney of the Year!" Very deserving of that award. I am proud to say that in Robert, I had the best representation that I could have had. Not only because he is great at what he does but because he is simply a great human being. I have to say it again, he went above and beyond and didn't leave anything to chance in my case and with the charges that were brought against me. I know I had the best lawyer that I could have had. I am sitting here at home because of him. I've been exonerated thanks to this great man! We fought the most difficult fight of my life and I am forever thankful for having Robert A. Schwartz on my side!!!
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Posted by Bobby | September 25, 2019
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If you have an emotional attachment to your freedom.... Hire this man as soon as possible
Okay so here was my problem Third felony First felony.. manufacturing of a class one drug Second felony. Felony in possession of a firearm (Please note: with my record already I was on the top kill list by the DA office) Third felony: Felong in possession of ammunition while of probation for felony in possession of a firearm.... I hired Robert because I heard from some of my “friends” that Robert is the only lawyer your should ever hire. My “friends” were right... lol So I was stuck in jail due to a probation violation which has no bail at all. I seriously have a emotional hatred throes loosing my freedom....... So I meet with Robert thru the bulletproof glass of Los Angeles finest storage facility. LA men’s central... At first I was really annoyed with Robert. This had absolutely nothing to do with Robert ability as a lawyer. It had to due to the fact that Robert isn’t like other lawyer scum in LA. Robert won’t f******* lie to you. Be prepared to listen to the hard truth. Also every time Robert said we have a 15% chance of getting this judge or something other % of possibility. It always happened. I believe this is due to the fact Robert is a very popular and famous LA lawyer. In my case we saw three different judges. It was very clear that every DA and judge, knew and respected Robert. ( i will continue on this subject at the end) So somehow Robert gets me the most judge most likely to give me the best deal possibly. He said it was a 15% chance of getting this judge btw. (Trust me Robert has a lot of “pull” in these courthouses to get clients their best chances) The day came. After my first deals were three years prison, 24 months, and best and final was 16 months. Robert got me timed served plus three years probation and a stupid kinda fun drug program. (We did yoga and listened to music in the drug program. Easy!) So I was called first case I walk in and the judge tells the DA. Please read your sentencing recommendations for the defendant, but nothing you say will be used! LOL!!! The DA looked at me with a stare that made my 6’4 300 pound body shiver! And then the DA takes my very obese looking file, lifts it over her head and I joke you not, throws it out of angry ON TO THE TABLE! F******* PRICELESS!!! This was all because Robert got me a deal so sweet, that it angered the DA so much!!!! LMAO So after that I visited the judge to ask random questions about freedom of travel and so on. Every time before the judge heard my question he would ask about Robert. “How’s robert, have you talked to him?” “Is Robert better now I heard he was sick, please send my regards” So if your like me and have an emotional attachment to your freedom. Stop reading these posts and call Robert ASAP!!!! Hey Robert, If your reading this thank you! I will never forget what you did for me in my most shameful hour. Please excuse the spelling mistakes
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Posted by Johnny | May 2, 2019
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Simple The best Lawyer and true friend!
I was facing 10 years in prison over basically a custody issue over my son turned into criminal matter . Thanks to the knowledge ,professionalism, and the likability by his peers and judges Bob Took great care and TIME not $ and really put his HEART and SOUL into to my case to help my son and I reunite. I will be forever grateful to this amazing man , lawyer, who I am honored to call my friend friend . GOD BLESS BOB and the TRUTH !!
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Posted by Henry | September 27, 2017
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After being under criminal investigation, I was extremely afraid and I lacked good judgement for some time. I feel RELIEVED that Bob represented me. I am very grateful to him. He got my case dropped.
Posted by Mark | August 5, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Lawyer!
I had huge trouble with the law. It brought me into panic, and I couldn't do all the right thinking for myself. I feel very blessed that I hired Bob. He did an excellent job in representing me. Because of Bob I ended up not getting convicted of a crime that would have otherwise had devastating consequences for my future.
Posted by anonymous | July 11, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
I was accused of committing a serious felony, and I easily could have gone to prison for a long time. I was in tremendous fear. Bob saved me. When I started working with Bob he developed very strong and convincing legal defenses. He won my case and I am a free man. If I hadn't worked with him I'd likely be a convicted felon. Bob is very sharp, his vast knowledge of criminal defense law was highly useful to my case. His communication skills, his experience, and his overall talent kept me out of serious criminal trouble. I highly recommend him.
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Posted by Brian | October 23, 2015
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An Absolutely Indispensable Lifesaver With The Experience and Relationships To Get You The Results You Want
Mr. Schwartz came highly recommended to me by a prominent attorney friend, and proceeded to surpass all expectations. Mr. Schwartz single handedly saved me from the most frightening and confusing scenario I've ever had to face. His calm and confident demeanor was soothing and comforting every step of the way, and his expertise regarding all aspects of my case was masterful. I never doubted for a moment that I had the right person helping me. Even under the most time-sensitive and pressure-filled circumstances, Mr. Schwartz was able to secure the best possible results for me, at times sacrificing his own personal plans while working overtime, off the clock, in order to do so. Mr. Schwartz is exactly who you want on your side -- someone with decades of experience and professional relationships that you can completely trust with your well-being, and someone you can count on for results under the most stressful conditions imaginable. I feel deeply lucky to know Mr. Schwartz, not only as an attorney, but as a thoughtful and sensitive listener and confidant. I can not recommend him highly enough and I can not imagine having to go through such a difficult situation without him.
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Posted by Troy | August 27, 2015
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Darkest Hours
When I found myself on the wrong side of the Criminal Justice system, I thought I was finished. "Get yourself a good lawyer" was the advice I got from everyone that knew of my situation. I interviewed seven attorneys in my search for a "good lawyer". Mr. Schwartz was the last interview. Not ling into my first meeting with Mr. Schwartz, I knew i had found the one. Bob walked me through the process, and helped me understand exactly what I was in for. Intimately familiar with the system and the personality of the players involved, Robert made all the correct maneuvers to secure the best possible outcome for my case. Bob alleviated my fears, and stood by me the whole way through my ordeal as a champion and a friend. My life is almost back to normal now thanks to Robert. I hope never to be in trouble like that again, but I know who I will go if the worst happens. Highest recommendations
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Posted by Fernando | August 12, 2015
Highly Recommended
Sitting here, in the freedom of my own home, I can't help to think about my unexpected, life changing situation that I was faced with a couple years ago. Facing false criminal charges, I was in need of a Criminal Defense Lawyer. Not accustomed to dealing with anything like this I didn't know where to turn but to my fortune, I was highly recommended to the legal services of Robert Schwartz. Having Robert on my side was the best thing that could have happened to me during this most difficult time. Very professional. Highly knowledgable and resourceful due to the wealth of experience dealing with criminal cases and the law. Outstanding attention to detail in all matters of my case. Guidance, dedication, flexibility, understanding, always a step ahead with great planning and amazing preparation to provide the best possible defense. Above all this magnificent professionalism, a great human being! I wouldn't have fought this fight without him! Can't thank you enough Robert!
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Posted by Vladimir | August 12, 2015
A true friend and highly professional lawyer
Mr. Schwartz combines rare qualities of reliability, truthfulness, professionalism and morality. We met Mr. Schwartz in a difficult time. He became a captain who led us out of troubles. His serene and amicable attitude never changed in the long duration of the case. He was much more than a lawyer, but also an adviser, a friend, a colleague. Robert Schwartz successfully handled the case, he was there for us any time we had questions or were seeking his advice. We still, long after the cases, time to time seek help of Mr. Schwartz with regard to other issues. Although, our requests are not related to the former case, Mr. Schwartz is always available for us. He never mentions any fees. Again, he is a true friend. Robert Schwartz is learned in jurisprudence and he is also well-experienced in peculiarities of the judiciary system. He does everything for the good of his clients. I highly recommend Mr. Schwartz for those who are in trouble or seeking a legal advice. You shall find a great lawyer and a real friend.
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Posted by Adam | August 11, 2015
Best guy to have on your side
I was referred to Mr Schwartz by a friend. With huge relief I can say that he got me out of a bad jam with all charges dropped. I am so glad we took the approach that we did and that he was able to bring to light my side of the story... which was not an easy task considering the circumstances. Mr Schwartz was able to save my name and a lot more and truly clear me from something that I did not do. I had the right guy in my corner.
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Posted by Frank | August 11, 2015
Fantastic lawyer!
I remember feeling very comforted the first time I met with Mr. Schwartz. He explained things clearly and was very efficient with his words. Through legal experiences and personal connections that he has, he was able to give me an extremely fortunate result for my case. I am very grateful!
Posted by Alan | April 7, 2014
highly skilled lawyer
i have known robert schwartz for forty years. he is a great, dedicated, hard-working, and very experienced. extremely good at networking with judges and prosecutors so he is able to obtain great results for his clients. high recommend.
Posted by Eli | January 27, 2013
Dear Bob, I do not have words to express myself on how greatful I am to YOU! Your advise, encouragement, determination, tenacity, and not taking "NO' for an answer gave me the peace of mind to trust your approach, and wisdom. You are a great lawyer and more important a wonderful human being!
Posted by Satisfied client | October 7, 2011
I recently hire his services and so far he has been More present and helpful then i Have been help by other lawyers which I have Working on the same case for over 1 and 1/2.
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  • Southwestern University School Of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1976
  • University of Wisconsin
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1973

Sample of Legal Cases

  • People v. Hernandez
  • Acquittal
  • People v. Mercado
  • Avoided Death Penalty
  • People v. Stolpe
  • Acquittal
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  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Past Chair
  • N/A
  • California Attorneys for Criminal Justice
  • Member
  • N/A
  • American Inns of Court
  • Member
  • N/A
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Los Angeles County Criminal Courts Bar Association
  • President
  • 1993 - 1993
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
  • Criminal Defense Attorney of the Year
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • 2013
  • Jerry Geisler Award as trial attorney of the year
  • Los Angeles Criminal Courts Bar Association
  • 2007
  • Presidents Special Award for defending death penalty case
  • 2000
  • the President's Award
  • Los Angeles Criminal Courts Bar Association
  • 2000
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Speaking Engagements

  • Los Angeles Criminal Courts Bar Association
  • Jury Selection,Tips from the Masters
  • 2015
  • Los Angeles County Public Defender and Alternate Public Defender's Office
  • Defending Sex Crimes
  • 2015
  • ndigent Criminal Defense Appointments
  • Panel Discussing Defending Sex Crimes
  • 2014
  • Indigent Criminal Defense Appointments
  • Seminar on Strategies in Challenging Search Warrants
  • 2013
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association, Criminal Justice Section
  • 2005 Hot Topics in Criminal Law
  • 2005
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Attorney endorsements

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Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 04
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I strongly endorse Bob Scwhartz. He is all class. He is a true gentleman and one of the most knowledgeable and unflappable attorneys whom I have ever met. He gets great results for his clients because he is so highly respected and because he does the work to achieve them."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Schwartz is a brilliant jurist, who has handled hundreds, if not thousands, of difficult matters in his career, and he obtains great results for his clients. He is approachable, well-respected, and willing to help others."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Bob for many years. He consistently upholds the highest standards of our profession."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 25
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I first got to know Bob in 1985 when I was a court appointed indigent criminal defense counsel in the San Fernando Valley. Later, I became a career prosecutor and frequently saw Bob in court. He has always been an honest and ethical lawyer who does his very best for his clients in keeping with the highest standards of the legal profession. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 20
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Robert Schwartz represented a co-defendant, as did I, in the high-profile "Bling Ring" case. The celebrity victims in this case were Paris Hilton, Lindsey Lohan, and Oliver Bloom, among others. I got to know and respect Mr. Schwartz, who is very, very experienced in our world of criminal defense. If you have been accused of a serious crime in the greater Los Angeles, you will want Robert Schwartz in your corner."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Bob is one of the top lawyers in the LA courts. Extremely knowledgeable and Effective."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 21
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have known Bob for many years. We have worked on matters together in the past and have referred cases to each other in our respective fields of practice. Bob is an outstanding lawyer who has tremendous experience as a trial lawyer, the respect of his peers, law enforcement and the courts, and is highly regarded and appreciated by his clients. He truly cares deeply about his clients and strives hard to achieve just results for them in an ethical fashion. Not only does Bob fight hard in the trenches in his everyday practice but he finds time to give back to the legal community through his tireless leadership in bar association matters. He is a lawyer's lawyer and a true lawyer for the people. There is none better than Bob Schwartz."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 10
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known, worked for, and worked with Mr. Schwartz since I first became an attorney. His commitment to his clients is rare and powerful. He has a commanding presence in the courtroom and is a relentless advocate for those accused of major crimes."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Mr. Schwartz for many years. He is an outstanding attorney, who genuinely cares about his work and clients."
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Encino Criminal defense Lawyer Robert Armin Schwartz
Robert Armin Schwartz
Criminal defense Attorney
Encino, CA
Licensed for 47 years
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