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Ross Bennett Erlich

Criminal defense Attorney at Encino, CA

5.0   9 reviews
  • Licensed for 14 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2009
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About Ross

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Attorney Ross Erlich has been practicing criminal law since his admission to the Bar and works in all courts located in Southern California.  Mr. Erlich handles all cases ranging from DUI and other misdemeanors to major felonies.  Ross’ experience emphasizes complicated criminal matters including bail, probation violations and other complex white collar matters. 

After a brief stint in Northern California at the University of California, Berkeley, Ross decided to come back to his native Southern California to attend law school.  In school, he supported himself with work in criminal defense and politics.  This wide range of experience taught Ross not only how to negotiate with others, but, when it is needed, how to stand up and fight for himself and his client’s rights.


Ross was born and raised in the San Fernando Valley and utilizes his ties to the community to better serve his clients.  He is a member of the Los Angeles County, Beverly Hills and San Fernando Valley Bar Associations.  He also serves as the Treasurer of the San Fernando Valley Young Democrats and has been on the Executive Board for over 5 years. 



Law Offices of Jeffrey Vallens
16030 Ventura Blvd.
Suite 470
Encino, CA, 91436

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Posted by David | September 23, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Outstanding Lawyer! I highly recommend Ross
I consulted Ross on a legal matter and I could not be more happy with the outcome which was a direct result of his guidance and advice. I would hire Ross on any future criminal or civil matters that I have. I highly recommend Ross.
Posted by JC | May 15, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
The lawyer on fire!!
Ross Erlich is honest, trustworthy and very straight forward. In unvarnished truth he will tell you exactly where you stand and what direction you should go. He has tenacity coupled with a degree of tenderness but never losing site of the end goal, which is to protect, defend and have the best outcome for his client. He represented me in a Domestic violence case and 2 years later when I broke probation . Don’t hire him if you are not going to trust him and let him do his job. He will not run up a bill with chit chat or unnecessary communication. If you need a hand holder he is the guy. That being said he is always on top of the game and never misses a deadline.. He is honorable and knowledgeable. Straight forward is an understatement but he’s not your therapist he is a brilliant attorney who sticks to the facts that matter and have a legal basis, he will cut you off on the frivolous fluff that so many clients want to vent about, this will save you money in the end. He is well respected in the community and has earned this respect following the values of his faith and commitment to his vocation. Not to mention he is very good looking in his suits in and outside of the courts. Highly recommended for the Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Beverly Hills and Valley area!
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Posted by anonymous | February 13, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
What happens in Carmel, stays in Carmel....
OK, I'll admit I did something stupid: went to dinner and didn't pay attention to how much I'd been drinking. I was driving a rental car and, long story short, got pulled over. I was charged with a DUI, because my blood alcohol level was just over the limit. Ross and team really went to bat for me, pleading the charge down to a "wet reckless." They demonstrated an amazing amount of detail, and went to a great deal of trouble (I live on the East Coast) to explain the evidence, etc., to me. Best of all they handled everything competently and completely so that I didn't have to fly back to Monterey County for any of the proceedings.
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Posted by Saul Sandoval | February 12, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
My case
In 2016, I found myself in a jam. I had a criminal complaint file against me. Being a Business owner and having custody of my child I was in a very stressful situation. Ross and his team were recommended to via a Friend of The Frim. My case was handed to Ross and my problem was solved in a timely manner and I was very satisfied by the outcome of my case.. I highly recommend Ross as a criminal defense attorney.. Thank you again Ross.
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Posted by anonymous | July 30, 2018
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Best DUI Lawyer in LA!
When I was referred to Ross by an immigration attorney, I was debating between choosing him or a very marketable DUI law firm that we see on TV commercials. I can now say that going with Ross was the best decision I made because not only did he get a reduction on my case but he literally saved my career. My case was especially different because a DUI charge would have affected my immigration status and profession. He went through all possible channels and went above and beyond to get a reduction on my case. He was compassionate about my stresses, always willing to answer any questions, and extremely reliable for advice. And best of all, he will not BS you!
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Posted by anonymous | June 19, 2013
Have a DUI and want it to change look no further!!
Have a DUI and want it to be changed look know further. Ross is a very informed and knowledgable lawyer that got my DUI dropped to a lesser of a charge. I didn't have to worry about a thing when it came to the courts. Ross walked me step by step through the process so I never had to worry about taking time off work which relieved me tremendously. I couldn't have asked for a more responsive, loyal, and honest layer.
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Posted by anonymous | July 23, 2012
Great Lawyer
Ross Erlich is a great attorney. He helped me with my personal injury case after getting into a car accident. Ross handled all the aspects of my case. He dealt with both my car and medical insurance, and was even in contact with my chiropractor. Ross always kept me well informed about the progress of my case. I am very happy with the services I received, and I was very pleased that I received the amount of money that I was expecting according to my claim and damages. Mr. Erlich also helped a close friend of mine with his DUI case. My friend was also very satisfied with the way his case was settled, and very pleased with Ross' services and support. I highly recommend Mr. Erlich.
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Posted by Sally | February 5, 2011
I was referred to Ross by a friend of mine who used Ross in the past for the same incident that I needed a lawyer for; DUI. Ross has been so supportive and knowledgeable with my case. He made me feel very secure that things would be okay and that he had it all under control for me not to worry. He was proactive in getting me going with what was about to come my way which in return help my case out and he was able to change my DUI to a wet reckless. He did his job. I asked for a change in either WET OR DRY reckless and I got it. I highly recommend Ross Erlich as a defense attorney!
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Posted by anonymous | February 5, 2011
Great criminal defense attorney
I've known Ross personally for a few years and knew he was very smart. Recently, he has handled two matters for me. I was very satisfied with his knowledge of the relevant law and his negotiating abilities. He resolved the first matter for me very quickly and at very low cost (complete dismissal). The second matter is still ongoing, but I have been very confident in the manner in which Ross has handled it so far. He is very competent and sharp for a young attorney-which is no doubt the result of the excellent training he has received from his boss and mentor, Jeff Vallens. I would highly recommend Ross if you are in in need of a good criminal defense attorney.
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AVVO RATING 9.2 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Associate
  • Law Offices of Miller and Becker
  • 2010 - 2010


  • University of West Los Angeles
  • Juris Doctor
  • 2009
  • University of California - Berkeley
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2004

Sample of Legal Cases

  • People v. S
  • Case dismissed
  • People v. C
  • Reduction to exhibition of speed
  • People v. C.O.
  • Case resolved for misdemeanor disturbing the peace


  • Bet Tzedek New Leadership Council
  • Membership Co-Chair
  • 2016 - Present
  • California Attorneys for Criminal Justice
  • 2010 - Present
  • ProVisors
  • Beverly Hills Executive Committee Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • San Fernando Valley Young Democrats
  • Treasurer
  • 2007 - 2015
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2019


Speaking Engagements

  • ProVisors Los Angeles
  • What to do if you are involved in a hit-and-run
  • 2018
  • ProVisors Los Angeles
  • The art of a civil compromise
  • 2018
  • Beverly Hills Bar Foundation
  • Don't Lose When You Booze and Cruise - DUIs
  • 2017

Attorney endorsements

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Given (3)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 25
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I proudly endorse Ross Erlich, and I refer all criminal defense matters to his office. Ross is a dedicated, zealous advocate who cares about his clients and is passionate about defending your rights. Ross provides quality expertise, and he caters to each client's specific needs. If you think a criminal defense attorney may be needed, call Ross today."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Ross is a terrific criminal defense attorney! I have referred cases to him and will continue to do so."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ross has been knowledgeable, accessible, and responsive every time I’ve contacted him about a criminal law matter. He is also a wonderful person."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ross is a consummate professional and well versed in his specialty of criminal defense. It is rare to meet such a tuned in, tireless advocate, with all his priorities in the right place--but such is Ross. You're in great shape if he is your representative against the State."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ross is a fantastic attorney who is a fierce advocate for his clients and a very good resource for legal knowledge and issues. I endorse him without hesitation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ross Erlich is a highly skilled and highly intelligent attorney in the field of criminal defense. I strongly endorse him for anybody seeking representation in connection with a criminal matter."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Ross for your criminal defense matters. He is a bright, energetic attorney, and has the calm demeanor you will need if you need a criminal defense attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 13
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer. Ross is a great young lawyer. He is bright, articulate and knows his way around a criminal courtroom. I highly recommend Ross for any criminal law or DUI matter. Jeffrey Vallens"
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ross is a terrific lawyer and is an expert at criminal defense. Ross is my go to guy when I have a client who needs a criminal attorney. I endorse Ross without reservation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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