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Susan Morris Haber

Criminal defense Attorney at Encino, CA

4.9   80 reviews

About Susan

Learn Susan’s areas of practice.

4
Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    60%
    I manage a full caseload of California criminal cases, many of which are driving under the influence. In addition, I supervise attorneys throughout California as well as paralegals and support staff personnel.

    24 years

  2. DUI and DWI
    25%

    24 years

  3. Drug Crime
    10%

  4. Expungement
    5%

As a former Deputy District Attorney, I strongly believe that the prosecution must be able to prove every case it files beyond a reasonable doubt. Sometimes the prosecution can’t; and I feel it is my duty as a criminal defense attorney to ensure all of my client’s rights are protected.

Licensed for 24 years
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 1998
Updated 08/06/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Contact Susan

Law Offices of Jeffery K. Rubenstein
16350 Ventura Blvd
Suite D #142
Encino, CA, 91436-2300
Law Offices of Jeffery K. Rubenstein
9461 Charleville Boulevard
Beverly Hills, CA, 90212
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Reviews

4.9 / 5.0
  80 customer reviews
Posted by Reynaldo | July 15, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Profesional and reliable!
Truly satisfied with her amazing work. Susan always maintained a level of transparency that allowed my anxieties to remain under control. Trustworthy individual looking out for the best of her clients.
Posted by anonymous | March 6, 2022
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A top notch criminal defense attorney
Recently, a family member found himself facing possible misdemeanor or felony charges resulting from a self-defense incident. We were extremely concerned and finally hired Susan Habber at the recommendation of a top notch civil attorney familiar with her. That was the best decision we made and we never looked back. Susan has many years of experience as a defense attorney and has spent many years working in the Los Angeles District Attorney's office. I can't emhpasize the degree of confidence Susan and her team gave us. She listened patiently to our fears and concerns and always promptly returned our calls and emails. Susan gave us an incredible amount of cofidence and did not disappoint. Susan is a no nonsense straight shooter who knows the intracacies of assult and criminal law. Based on the facts of the case, she advocated a soft defense that would not result in self incrimination. Despite our fears and doubts, she turned out to be 100% correct. We were way too emotional to make rational decisions and she was able to explain to us the best possible strategy with incrdible conviction. Susan conducted an outstanding defense and after 3 months, she was able to secure the only outcome we were looking for: dismissal of the case! We wholeheartedly recommend Susan and her team to anyone needing the best possible criminal defense. We are greatfull to Susan and her team. Susan Haber is the only criminal defense attorney you need to call.
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Posted by Elena | May 19, 2021
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Best Attorney gets you best results !
Mrs. Haber is an absolutely one of the kind attorney !!! She did such an amazing job to protect me and my future. She was always available and supportive to the end of the process. She got the absolute unheard of results that I could not even dream of!!! Her professionalism is outstanding. Now, I can tell that there is at least one attorney who truthfully loves her clients and care for them. I highly recommend Susan Haber!
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Posted by Ashley | May 8, 2021
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Ashley Dorsey
Susan Haber helped me out tremendously with my case I am very grateful to have Susan to represent me she fought for me and advocated for me and made me feel safe and relieved me from any stress and anxiety Susan is gifted at what she does and is an expert in her representation thank you for your service Susan!
Posted by anonymous | May 6, 2021
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Susan is a pro
My situation was very serious. I can confidently say that if it weren't for Susan, I would likely not have access to this computer to write this review. But because I hired Susan, she put me in a position to continue my life without any extra hassle, and I slept better at night knowing that she was defending me. Susan doesn't sell you on what cannot be delivered like the majority of the lawyers out there. She is honest and upfront but also very empathetic and understanding. Most importantly, Susan will not stop until she can negotiate the best deal for her clients.
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Posted by Tony | April 29, 2021
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Excellent Attorney & Nice Human Being
In every interaction I have ever had with Susan she has been kind, patient, professional, helpful, responsive, fair, and she's truly excellent at her job! It has been a true pleasure working with Susan and I can't recommend her more highly!
Posted by Ever | April 12, 2021
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Highly recommended
I would like to thank the Kavinoky Law Firm for their amazing work. They are truly professionals and worth every dollar. When I first called them they treated me with respect and really comforted me every step as my case went on. I would like to specially thank Susan and Thomas for their awesome work and dedication, just when I thought there was no hope for me they were the light at the end of the tunnel
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Posted by anonymous | March 17, 2021
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Entrepreneur
I am so glad I hired Susan to work on my DUI case. She is very knowledge and was able to get my case dismissed due to a technicality. I highly recommend Susan for all your DUI/DWI DMV cases. The money I spent could not compare to what it would have cost me in the long run. Worth every penny A+++
Posted by anonymous | February 18, 2021
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Susan Haber, an Excellent Attorney
I had the opportunity to witness Susan Haber of the Kavinoky Law Firm, on a matter. She is very professional, very prompt in dealing with matters and very caring. She is effective in strategizing and dealing with matters promptly. I recommend her whole-heartedly to anyone in need of her service.
Posted by anonymous | October 12, 2020
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C. Alexander
Susan Haber was terrific. I had a legal issue many many years ago that showed up on my credit report. She helped me prepare the necessary documents to get the information removed. She really knows her stuff. I would recommend her to everyone. Thank you Susan.
Posted by anonymous | October 5, 2020
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Lawyer of My Choice
Susan Haber, Attorney at Law at Kavinoky Law Firm handled my DUI case. It was a total success. During the whole process I was receiving excellent service and legal advice. Thanks to Susan’s professionalism, persistence and diligence, DUI charge in court was reduced to Excessive Speeding. Moreover, Susan Haber won my DMV hearing case and restored my driving privileges. I would highly recommend Susan Haber to handle DUI cases in Court and DMV hearings.
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Posted by anonymous | October 2, 2020
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Susan is a baller.
Susan is responsive, honest and very transparent. She has made my time with her an absolute pleasure and I would suggest to work with her a million times over.
Posted by anonymous | August 20, 2020
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Amazing attorney
Susan Haber it’s not only well-versed and highly educated about the law, but she is also kind, generous with her time, and extremely patient. As busy as she is, she always took the time to answer all my questions in detail with compassion and empathy. I highly recommend Susan if you are in need of an attorney who will go over and above what is needed to get the job done in your favor.
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Posted by anonymous | July 31, 2020
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Susan Haber - exceptional in every way!
Mrs. Haber is extremely knowledgable and experienced in her field. Her deep experience working within the LA County court system was incredibly valuable. Specifically, we worked closely with Mrs. Haber for several months in 2020 on a felony charge for one of our family members. She treated us empathetically and took much extra time to explain to us the law, her recommended path forward, and why it made sense. We put our faith in her and it paid off, but it was by no means easy to implement or achieve successfully. Throughout this process, she guided us expertly and cautioned us as needed about the time consuming and often emotional ups and downs of the process. Very importantly, we could see in the court proceedings that Mrs. Haber and the judge had mutual respect for each other, and this is clearly a critical element as she made our case to the judge. In the end, we feel a miracle occurred in the outcome of our case. It was the best possible outcome, but we know that miracle is due directly to the expertise, credibility, integrity and professionalism with which Mrs. Haber guided our case and engaged in the courtroom. The result changed our life for the better, and several weeks later, it is still sinking in how fortunate we have been to work with Mrs. Haber.
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Posted by anonymous | July 3, 2020
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First DUI
Susan Haber was extremely professional, caring, and communicative throughout the entire process of my DUI case. I was arrested for driving under the influence with a BAC of 0.11% and thought my life was over. Initially, Susan told me how she would fight for me, what points she'd argue, and any holes in the prosecution she could take advantage of. The first was the DMV charge. Susan challenged the ruling, but was not successful. She explained that the DMV is very stern in their rulings and my BAC of 0.11% would be hard to defend. Nonetheless, she went to bat for me by challenging the reasons why I was pulled over. While she was requesting the video footage of my driving from the CHP and checking calibration dates of the breathalyzer used on me, my license suspension was delayed, working out in my favor. I was able to continue driving normally and legally, and even had time to preemptively sign up for a 3-month DUI program, as well as install an Ignition Interlock Device that she recommended to me. Second was the actual court charge. Keep in mind the court date and the DMV hearing were weeks, even months apart, but Susan would keep in touch, let me know what was going on, and answered any questions I had (although not many because of how informative she already was). I think being responsive and reachable was one of her greatest strengths. She was always a phone call or email away and that really helped ease the situation for me. Susan was able to reach a settlement for my case that involved no jail time and a substantially lower fine. Despite agreeing to the settlement, I asked for a bit more from her and wanted a less severe wet-reckless charge. Although telling me it was unlikely, Susan still pressed the court at my request. I sent her my confirmations from the Ignition Interlock Device and proof of enrollment to the DUI course she recommended me to in the beginning and lo and behold, she was able to drop my case to a wet-reckless! Words can't describe how relieved and satisfied I am with her hard work and diligence. I can't speak for everyone's case and there is no guarantee Susan will win every time, but the fact still stands that she was there for me. She guided me through this dark maze and challenged the DMV as well as the court for me. She explained everything along the way, she was super sweet and caring, and provided counsel when I needed it; everything you'd expect/want from a lawyer. The best part about this entire experience was, win or lose, I never had to take time off to handle anything. Susan went to court, requested all of the evidence, debated with the prosecution, and even mailed me the paperwork I had to fill out and notarize. This left me free to focus on work, school, and my family. Thanks Susan!
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Posted by anonymous | June 23, 2020
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Fantastic Attorney
Susan Haber is a skilled and thorough attorney who fights for her clients, I feel so lucky she helped me during such a difficult time. Her knowledge and experience, along with genuinely caring about me and my situation, helped me feel more at ease because I knew I had an excellent attorney on my side to help me. I highly recommend Susan and cannot imagine working with anyone else!
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Posted by Vicki | April 15, 2020
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Service is excellent
Susan Haber was one of the most knowledgeable and compassionate lawyers that I have ever had the previledge of hiring. She did everything that she was capable of doing, which was by working her magic. Her ethics are unquestionably the very best. We not only met a wonderful lawyer, but a wonderful human being. If anyone should need the very best lawyer, I suggest that they find and hire Susan Haber. We have thanked her over and over, but it will never be enough.
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Posted by Leon | October 21, 2019
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Thank you!
I highly recommend to choose the Kavinoky Law Firm, and personally attorney Susan Haber. Thanks to Susan's professionalism, my DUI case was settled in court with reduced charge as non-DUI misdemeanor exhibition of speed. That was a great result! It is also important to note that Susan was very responsive, informative, patient, and dedicated during this stressful time in my life. Using the Kavinoky Law Firm was a right decision and the best investment I've ever made.
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Posted by Justin | June 25, 2019
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Fantastic Lawyer
I hired Susan when I was charged with a supposed DUI. She explained everything very clearly so I knew what to expect and was very thorough in my investigation and in my trial. I won my license back thanks to her. Highly recommend.
Posted by anonymous | June 13, 2019
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review
Susan Haber went above and beyond my families expectations when handling my case. She helped me get through these past years through her clarity, patience, and comradeship. I would recommend Susan to anyone facing any violations, because without her, I do not know where I would be right now.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 8.6 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Managing Partner
  • Law Offices of Jeffery K. Rubenstein
  • 2021 - Present
  • Director of Legal Services / Senior Managing Attorney
  • The Kavinoky Law Firm
  • 2012 - 2021
  • Junior Partner
  • Law Offices of Jeffery K. Rubenstein
  • 2006 - 2012
  • Deputy District Attorney
  • Office Of The District Attorney, Los Angeles County
  • 1999 - 2004
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Education

  • Univ of California at Los Angeles
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • N/A
  • Loyola Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • N/A

Associations

  • Vistage International
  • Member
  • 2019 - Present
  • Alpha Phi Fraternity
  • Lifetime Member
  • 1991 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • English

Awards

  • Polaris Award
  • Alpha Phi Fraternity
  • 2010

Attorney endorsements

Received (28)
Given (22)
DUI and DWI Attorney | Apr 01
Relationship: Co-worker
"Susan is a brilliant attorney with a lot of high-quality criminal defense experience. Her tone when speaking with clients is one of understanding and not judgmental. More importantly, Susan achieves excellent results for her clients both inside and outside of the courtroom."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 25
Relationship: Co-worker
"Susan is a fierce advocate for her clients and extremely detailed oriented. She has earned the respect of or peers and Judge in the community and fights incredibly hard for each and every client. As a former District Attorney she knows the way the prosecution thinks and uses that to the advantage of her clients. I highly recommend Susan!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 18
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Susan has over 15 years experience in criminal law as both a prosecutor and criminal defense attorney. Those charged with serious crimes seek her out for legal counsel because of her deep criminal law subject matter experience and firsthand knowledge of state and criminal court procedures. She has the profound ability to investigate, negotiate, provide a legal defense and win at trial."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Mar 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I fully endorse this lawyer. Attorney Haber has the knowledge, skills, and tenacity to achieve the best possible result for her clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly recommend and endorse Susan Haber. She is extremely competent and hard working. She knows the value of a case and represents her clients with professionalism and passion."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 07
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I highly endorse this lawyer. As an attorney, working with Susan has been a privilege. Her clients come first. I have every confidence in her exceptional lawyering skills whether consulting with her about a complex legal issue or referring a new client her way."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 02
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. We worked together for several years. Susan is highly ethical and detailed. The best!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Mar 11
Relationship: Co-worker
"If I were in a pickle, I would want Susan Haber as my attorney. Not only has she been practicing criminal law for 17 years, she has been on both sides of the fence, beginning her career working in the DA's office as a prosecutor and then as a criminal defense attorney. She is unwaveringly committed and dedicated to defending her clients and making each individual feel heard and understood. She is passionately dedicated to everything she does and always goes over and beyond to make sure her clients feel confident in their representation. An true inspiration and honor to have Susan as a colleague and mentor."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 10
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. She is amazing with clients and has a full understanding of the law."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 22
Relationship: Co-worker
"I’m so delighted that Susan Haber is part of The KLF family. They demonstrate a commitment to delivering Peace of Mind to all of our clients that is truly awesome. Susan knows that our clients care about getting the best possible result, having the best experience of being represented, and feeling fought for and cared about. My ultimate test when hiring an associate is whether I would want them going to battle on my behalf. There is simply no question that when it comes to Susan, I would jump in a foxhole with them without hesitation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 18
Relationship: Co-worker
"I highly recommend Susan Haber. Her legal and procedural knowledge of criminal law, along with her extensive background, training and practical experience as a litigator, provides her with the unique and stellar ability to zealously defends her clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Susan is a seasoned attorney. What I mean by this is that she knows what a case is worth, and is a very good attorney. The defense bar would not be the same without her."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 07
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. It has been my honor to work with Susan for several years. She is one of the most hard-working and dedicated attorneys I have ever known. She is always the first to help other co-workers, sharing her knowledge and experience. Clients love her as she goes the extra mile in fighting for them."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Susan as both a prosecutor and defense lawyer. Her years of experience combined with her long deep roots in Los Angeles County make her uniquely poised to get the best results for her clients. Not only does she know the law but she is compassionate and kind which is why clients love her. She is a dedicated, experienced lawyer who I endorse without reservation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 04
Relationship: Co-worker
"Susan is highly ethical and diligent. I endorse her without reservation."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Dec 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. If I were ever in trouble....I would want Susan Haber in my corner. Excellent attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jul 12
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Susan is a fabulous Attorney, who is well respected in the Los Angeles legal community. Judges respect her and DAs know when she is on a case, they definitely have their hands full. I have witnessed her put in countless hours, including nights and weekends to ensure that her clients receive the best results possible. She leaves no stone unturned when representing her clients and gets unbelievable results in both court and in DMV Hearings."
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