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Valerie Lopez defends clients in criminal matters at both the state and federal
level throughout California.  While Ms.
Lopez regularly handles a wide variety of criminal cases, she has particular
expertise in defending medical marijuana cases. 
Ms. Lopez has represented hundreds of medical marijuana patients,
collectives and dispensaries and is also a member of the legal committee for
the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws. Attorneys, judges,
prosecutors and law enforcement throughout Los Angeles and California regard
Ms. Lopez as one of the most credible and knowledgeable attorneys in the
medical marijuana field. 

medical marijuana laws and enforcement policies are constantly evolving and
have become a lightning rod for politicians and activists on both sides of the
issue.  As an attorney in this combative
and ever-changing environment, Ms. Lopez understands that her top priority is protecting
her clients.  “My first priority is being
an advocate for my clients, not merely an activist for the medical marijuana
movement.  I passionately support the
rights of patients to use and cultivate medical marijuana but my clients’ interests
always come first.”  

of Ms. Lopez’s recent successes include several cases in which medical
marijuana cultivation and possession for sale cases were dismissed at an early
stage after successfully raising a medical marijuana defense.  Notably, Ms. Lopez recovered 37 pounds of
marijuana which law enforcement seized from a medical marijuana collective. 

from her work defending marijuana cases, Ms. Lopez also has vast experience in
defending a wide range of criminal cases such as narcotics cases, weapons
charges, domestic violence, vandalism, violent crime, theft, and complex fraud

becoming “Of Counsel” to The Law Offices of Jerod Gunsberg, Ms. Lopez was a
senior associate at an established Los Angeles criminal defense firm.  She is a graduate of Georgetown University
and Pepperdine School of Law.  Ms. Lopez
also serves as an adjunct professor at Pierce College and Los Angeles Mission
College.  She serves on the Board of
Directors of Hostel International, and is a member of California Attorneys for
Criminal Justice, National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws,
Americans for Safe Access and the National Association of Criminal defense
Lawyers. Ms. Lopez is admitted to practice in all California State Courts and
in the United States District Court for the Central District of



Languages spoken: Tagalog, Spanish

Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 50%
  2. Immigration: 50%



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Attorney endorsements

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  • Jesse Paul Duran

    Having worked on several cases with Valerie in the past, I can say that she is a tenacious advocate in the courtroom, and her knowledge of the law, especially in the field of medical marijuana defense, is unparalleled. I strongly endorse her work.


    Jesse Duran Criminal defense Attorney
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  • Mark Andrew Mcbride

    "Val" gets great results for her clients on at least a weekly, if not daily, basis. She knows the law, she's highly regarded in the criminal defense field, and I'm proud to call her a colleague. Val is understated: you won't hear her talking about her great results, but her clients' case's outcomes speak for themselves. Val's a natural. She's just plain good at defending people.


    Mark Mcbride Criminal defense Attorney
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Contact info

Law Offices of Valerie Lopez

3175-E Sedona Court.
Ontario, CA, 91764

Law Offices of Valerie Lopez

643 S. Olive Street
Suite 717
Los Angeles, CA, 90014



We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top AttorneysPasadena Magazine2015
Rising StarSouthern California Super Lawyers2014
Top AttorneysPasadena Magazine2014
Rising StarSuper Lawyers Magazine2014
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2014
Rising StarSuper Lawyers Magazine2013
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2013
Top AttorneysPasadena Magazine2013
Rising StarSouthern California Super Lawyers2013
Member of Legal CommitteeNational Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws2009
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Attorney, Of CounselLaw Offices of Jerod Gunsberg2010 - Present
Principal AttorneyVSL + Associates2010 - Present
Adjunct ProfessorLos Angeles Mission College2008 - Present
Adjunct ProfessorPierce College2007 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
National Organization for Reform of Marijuana LawsLegal Committee2008 - Present
United States District Court for the Central District of CaliforniaMember2007 - Present
Philippine American Bar Association of Los AngelesMember2007 - Present
State Bar of California, Criminal Law SectionMemberN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
LAX - MarijuanaCase Dismissed
LAXClient pled to wobbler with 30 days of community service. He can get misdemeanor after completion of the community service
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Publication nameTitleDate
Culture MagazineAB390 Opens Door to Marijuana Legalization2010
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Pepperdine University School of LawN/AJD - Juris Doctor2005
Georgetown UniversityN/AOther - Bachelors1996
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Medical Marijuana ConferenceCurrent State of Medical Marijuana Laws2010