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Antonio Villegas

Personal injury Attorney at West Covina, CA

5.0   80 reviews

also known as AVJustice Law Firm

  • Licensed for 18 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2006
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Antonio

Learn Antonio’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Personal injury
    The AVjustice Law Firm represents people injured in car, motorcycle, bus, taxicab, or rideshare accidents, pedestrian injuries, dog-bites, animal attacks, police wrongful death, and serious slip-and-fall accidents, among many others.

    1,000 cases

  2. Employment and labor
    Mr. Villegas represents employees in cases involving wage and hour violations, retaliation, wrongful termination, discrimination, and in I.R.S. Whistleblower cases. Mr. Villegas began his career as an Employment Litigation Associate in the Los Angeles office of a National Law Firm.

    16 years, 2,000 cases

  3. Criminal defense
    Represents clients in all aspects of criminal cases, including arraignment and plea, preliminary hearing, pre-trial, and jury trial. Mr. Villegas is an extremely talented trial lawyer and has secured acquittals in the most difficult and impossible cases - including 3rd Strike life in prison cases.

    16 years, 12,000 cases

"Extraordinary people, extraordinary representation, extraordinary results."

AVJustice Law Firm are top rated trial lawyers helping folks with employment, personal injury, and criminal law cases.

Employment Law Cases

  • Wage and Hour Violations
  • Minimum Wage Laws
  • Overtime Laws
  • Meal and Rest Period Violations
  • Paystub Violations
  • Wrongful Termination
  • Retaliation
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Discrimination
  • Pregnancy Discrimination
  • Age Discrimination

Personal Injury Cases

  • Teacher Sex Abuse
  • Truck Accidents
  • Motorcycle Accidents
  • Train Accidents
  • Bus Accidents
  • Vehicle Accidents
  • Dog Bites
  • Slip and Fall
  • Defective Product Injuries
  • Consumer Protection

Criminal Defense

  • Murder
  • Rape
  • Assault
  • Mayhem
  • Domestic Violence
  • Robbery
  • Burglary
  • Drug Trafficking
  • Driving Under Influence
  • Watson Murder (DUI causing death)
  • Felony DUI
  • Evading Arrest
  • Kidnapping
  • Criminal Threats
  • Fraud
  • Embezzlement
  • White Collar Crimes
  • Political Corruption
  • Gang Cases
  • All Felony Strikes
  • Life In Prison Cases

Mr. Villegas has one of the best jury trial records in criminal law trials.  In a Client review on Avvo Mr. Villegas has been referred to as the "Mexican Johnnie Cochran."  

We understand each client has unique concerns, goals and needs in connection with resolving their criminal case. Mr. Villegas will develop and implement an individual case plan tailored to your specific needs and goals. Unlike other lawyers, Mr. Villegas listens, respects and values the opinion of each client.

Certain cases cannot be resolved through negotiation and must proceed to jury trial to obtain the desired results for our clients. Lawyers are not created equal and most lawyers are not trial lawyers. However, Mr. Villegas is a proven trial lawyer who has consistently demonstrated an extraordinary ability to connect and persuade jurors, resulting in an overwhelmingly high percentage of favorable verdicts for our clients. In 2015, The National Trial Lawyers recognized Mr. Villegas as one of the top 100 criminal defense trial lawyers in California.

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591 Plaza Drive
West Covina, CA, 91790

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5.0 / 5.0
  80 customer reviews
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Posted by Jesus vera | May 22, 2024
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Restraining order
Posted by anonymous | May 7, 2024
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Best lawyer available out there !
Honestly the best lawyer I’ve came across, helped me win a case in a matter of a few days couldn’t have asked for a better result
Posted by anonymous | May 6, 2024
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Peace of Mind
Antonio Villegas was great and most importantly handled everything! He explained the potential outcome and was available throughout the entire process. I am grateful for him and his services. He’s a great lawyer and highly recommend.
Posted by anonymous | April 18, 2024
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Simply the best. Honest and forthright
I had several serious charges that equaled 19 yrs and 4 months. The charges were erroneous and were eventually dismissed. I have retained Antonio before and was consulting with him re this legal issue. Before I was able to retain Mr. Villegas, I was appointed a Public Defender. I was nervous about this case. I wanted to retain Villegas but he learned who my Public Defender was and suggested I use her as she has an extraordinary reputation. Mr. Villegas was always there in the background just in case. Again, charges were dismissed. Antonio Villegas could have took my money but instead instilled faith in using the PD. He saved me time and money. Thank you so much for your honest consultation.
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Posted by William | April 17, 2024
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Villegas Worked His Magic From Hospital Bed!!!
I was stopped by the police in August 2023, I panicked & gave a false identity. They figured it out & arrested me on Felony charges. On December 27, 2023 was my pretrial date and my case was not on calendar. We left and waited to hear from the Court. In March 2024 the Court sent a letter informing me to appear that Monday as they had caught the mistake. AV was in the hospital and when I called him he said, "don't worry I got this." He appeared for the hearing over the phone from his hospital bed and convinced the Judge to dismiss the case because my speedy trial rights had been violated. The Court agreed and dismissed all charges!
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Posted by Mario | April 17, 2024
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Extraordinary attorney who gets extraordinary results.
I hired Attorney Antonio Villegas to represent me on a very complex, politically charged, and long running case. He managed to get me out of the case, reduced the charge from a felony to a misdemeanor and secured only six month unsupervised probation with some hours of community service. He is very knowledgeable, pragmatic and empathetic. He is passionate about his job and is committed to getting the best outcomes possible for his clients. He is well known in the legal community and it became abundantly clear every time we walked into and out of court. His professional relationships with judges, prosecutors, and other attorneys combined with his profound legal acumen make Antonio a clear choice of you need aggressive and effective legal representation.
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Posted by Oscar | April 15, 2024
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Antonio is THE GUY!
Antonio Villegas was great in court! He was able to get my DUI reduced to a Dry Recklace/Exibition of speed. We were in and out of court in no time! The prosecutor knew who he was and gave us a great deal! Thanks again Villegas!
Posted by Oneida Borja | April 12, 2024
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Excellent service
Consulted with Attorney Antonio Villegas regarding my son’s alleged DUI case he was very informative, he took the time to simplify the process and the law. He's very empathetic and understanding he brought great peace to our minds and if need be we will acquire his services with no need to go elsewhere his time and patience are extraordinary not very many attorneys take the time to fully explain to you in a way someone who doesn't know the Law will understand. You can tell he's passionate about what he does and he knows his stuff. We are beyond appreciative of his no-cost thorough consultation.
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Posted by Luis | December 24, 2023
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DV Case Rejected
This is a way overdue and well deserved review. I consulted with Mr. Villegas regarding my sister's arrest for Domestic Violence for apparently attacking her boyfriend. I had heard from several people that Mr. Villegas, is one of the best criminal defense attorneys. Naturally I called his office to seek a consultation, immediately I was connected to him and we had a phone consultation. After hearing the details of my sister's arrest, Mr. Villegas advised me not to hire him or any other attorney because he believed based on his experience that my sisters case would be rejected by the District Attorneys office. He advised me to call him back if he was wrong and that he would take over the case if I was still interested in hiring him. When my sister showed up to court for her arraignment on October 4, 2023, she was informed that the district attorneys office rejected the case and would not be filing charges.
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Posted by Gustavo | October 19, 2023
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Awesome lawyer
Great work he’s very helpful and goes above and beyond will recommend to anyone.
Posted by Jose | October 19, 2023
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Out of This World Lawyer/Miracle Maker
I had 2 cases and the DA wanted to give me prison time. I was searching for an attorney when my daughter-in-law referred me Mr. Villegas. One of the best decisions I ever made was to hire him as my attorney. I was accused of stealing a semi-truck loaded with over a million dollars of merchandise. Then a month later, I was pulled over and I got popped with another felony for carrying a loaded unregistered firearm, concealed in my waist band. AV fought the case and got me 2-years' probation and 20-days community labor! I recommend AV to anyone in need of an attorney. He will fight for you!
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Posted by Andrew | October 14, 2023
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Great work
Mr. Villegas works very well and very fast. He made everything understandable and easy. Antonio is a good lawyer and was able to help in my dui case.
Posted by Efren | October 4, 2023
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He gets the Job DONE
Before I made contact with Mr. Villegas I haven’t been to the courthouse since my dui in 2 years. The Long Beach court house beforehand was greasy towards me but the second Mr.Villegas showed up it change the atmosphere all around made me feel more comfortable and in good hands, turns out the judge and Mr. Villegas had some work history and worked some cases before she was judge. I was referred to Mr. Villegas by a very close friend and he’s proven to been the perfect choice. Thanks to him the warrant and other issues were cleared with no addition punishment. He’s definitely a game changer!
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Posted by Renatta | August 10, 2023
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Exudes self confidence
I was referred to Mr. Villegas by a very close friend . I was very impressed by Antonio Villegas in our first meeting. I really appreciated his honesty and down to earth attitude. He doesn't sugar code things; his genuine and dedicated to his clients. Mr. Villegas defended me against a very virulent , psychopath . I felt ver confident after hiring him. I will definitely refer Antonio to my friends.
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Posted by James | August 3, 2023
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Dilegent and experienced
Antonio has answered the challenges of our difficult court case and been successful putting our minds at ease with his experience and professionalism. I highly recommend Antonio to personally represent your needs in court.
Posted by anonymous | July 27, 2023
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Amazing Diligent Lawyer.
I was involved in a dui case in where my car flipped 3 times knocking down 2 light poles. They wanted to throw the book at me but Mr. Villegas definitely took care of me regarding this case. It could have been a lot worse had I not found AV Justice Law. Gracias Mr. Villegas!!!
Posted by Isaac | July 16, 2023
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I am 29 years old and was facing two felony charges one for Domestic Violence and the other for Child Endangerment. Her friend was on FaceTime and overheard us arguing and called the police and told them I beat her and that I had threatened her with my firearm (I’m an armed security officer) a police helicopter and 10 squad cars showed up to my house and arrested me in riverside county. I was told I was facing 5-10 years in prison. I contact Mr. Villegas and immediately felt at ease. Mr. Villegas heard me out didn’t judge me or make me feel like a liar and was so clear in the steps we needed to take next to approach this nightmare. Mr. Villegas took a look at all my paperwork took action and contacted the Riverside county Prosecutor and decided not to file against me. The Deputy Sherriff then decided to file a Gun Violence Protective Order case against me so that I would not be able to own any firearms. Mr. Villegas was able to work out a resolution where I get my gun rights restored and have the case dropped. Mr. Villegas has continued to provide counsel to me and check my mental health. In addition, Mr. Villegas got the California Insurance Commissioner’s Office to approve my license application that was held up because of my domestic violence arrest. He has played a huge role in helping me turn my life around. He is a very special lawyer and person!
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Posted by Favian | February 24, 2023
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A Blessing to the Community
After speaking with Mr.Villegas we were left impressed with his confidence in the matter as well as his bilingual skills. He provided us with specific and clear instructions referring to our case. A fantastic lawyer and he’s doing the community an amazing service! 10/10
Posted by Juliana | January 27, 2023
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Worried Mother at ease.
Thank you sooo much for your advise..Some other lawyers I reached out before Antonio wouldn't even talk to me without payment first..After I explained my sons situation, he jumped right in & put my mind at ease within 10minutes, no payment required..Thank you, we need more lawyers like you who aren't out to just take peoples money but genuinely care to help.
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Posted by anonymous | December 6, 2022
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AV The Magician - Makes Prison Time Disappear
I was facing a maximum sentence of 10 years for a Felony Domestic Violence case with 1 prior domestic violence misdemeanor. My Uncle who is well connected with the system, referred me to Antonio. I hired Antonio and within two court appearances, my possible prison time disappeared. Needless to say, AV Justice is highly recommended.
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  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Deputy Public Defender
  • Los Angeles County Public Defender's Office
  • 2008 - 2015
  • Litigation Associate
  • Morgan Lewis & Bockius
  • 2007 - 2008
  • Litigation Associate
  • Baker Hostetler
  • 2005 - 2007
  • Summer Associate
  • Baker Hostetler
  • 2003 - 2004
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  • University of California at Los Angeles School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2005
  • Univ of California at Los Angeles
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2001

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Uber Driver Arrested for Assualt
  • Informal Diversion - Dismissal


  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • 2016 - Present
  • Mexican American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association, Criminal Justice Section
  • Executive Committee Member
  • 2015 - 2018
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Client's Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2019
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2015

Attorney endorsements

Received (7)
Given (2)
Endorse Antonio
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I’ve known Antonio “Toni” for over 3 years as a colleague and as a friend. As a criminal defense attorney, Toni has been successful in vigorously representing his clients with whom he establishes a one-on-one professional relationship to get the best results. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 13
Relationship: Co-worker
"Antonio and I had worked together as Deputy Public Defender's in Los Angeles County for 7 years. He possesses the perfect blend of confidence and the iron will that it takes to be powerhouse trial lawyer. He comes highly recommended!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Antonio Villegas is well respected by fellow members of the SoCal defense bar. He is helpful with assisting his colleagues, and passionate about defending his clients' rights and vindicating their innocence at jury trial."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Villegas has built a practice based on his years of experience doing both criminal defense trials and civil litigation. His skills in the courtroom are unparalleled and he has impeccable credentials and training that help him excel when legal research and writing is necessary. Mr. Villegas is well rounded in his ability to fight for his clients and I have not seen a weakness in any aspect of his practice. Antonio is adept at dealing with his clients, opposing counsel, jurors, witnesses, and the Bench. I would trust him with my own case."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Employment and labor Attorney | Sep 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have referred many employment law cases to him and each time the clients have been extremely happy with the outcome. Antonio has a very impressive trial background that enables him to get the best results for both his civil and criminal clients. I don't always endorse other attorney's however I have no problem giving him my full recommendation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 17
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Antonio and I were adversaries when I was a district attorney and now we are colleagues as criminal defense lawyers. His experience is unmatched by other lawyers in the community and most importantly he isn't afraid to go to trial. Whether you are his client, his adversary, or his co-counsel, you are with a fantastic lawyer"
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West Covina Personal injury Lawyer Antonio Villegas
Antonio Villegas
Personal injury Attorney
West Covina, CA
Licensed for 18 years