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About me

I was born and raised in the State of Washington, and later moved to Southern California, where I attended law school on a full scholarship.


During law school, I earned the Witkin Award for Excellence in Advocacy for my skills in written and oral argument and I was on the Honor Roll.  In addition to graduating in the top 10 percent of my class, I tutored other law students, helping them achieve success.


Before graduating, I interned with the Orange County District Attorney's Office.  The DA's office which assigned me to the Felony Panel where I assisted the attorneys assigned to serious crimes.


While I was in law school, I also worked for Gould & Associates, a top-notch employment litigation firm, where I assisted the attorney with the handling of every aspect of wrongful termination and wage and hour cases, including class actions.


After graduation, I passed the California bar examination before accepting a job with the former Riverside County prosecutor who ultimately trained me to handle all aspects of criminal defense cases.


I opened my own offices in 2006 to focus on defending people accused of crime.


In addition to the practice of law, I have helped train other law school graduates to pass the California bar exam by lecturing on criminal procedure, evidence.


Outside of the practice of law, my personal interests include music, photography, cooking, and spending time with my dog.






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Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 50%
    13 years
  2. DUI & DWI: 50%
    13 years



Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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Contact info

The Cota Law Firm

11801 Pierce Street
Suite 200
Riverside, CA, 92505

The Cota Law Firm

13019 Bailey Street
Whittier, CA, 92601



We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Earl Warren ScholarshipWestern State University College of Law2002
Dean's ScholarshipWestern State University College of Law2002
Earl Warren ScholarshipWestern State University College of Law2002
Witkin Award for Excellence in AdvocacyWitkin2001
Dean's ScholarshipWestern State University College of Law2001
Earl Warren ScholarshipWestern State University College of Law2000
Dean's ScholarshipWestern State University College of Law2000
Who's Who Among American Law StudentsSumma Publishing2000
Tuition Waiver ScholarshipWestern Washington University, Dept. of Philosophy1996
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyThe Cota Law Firm2015 - Present
PartnerCota & Zeiler2012 - 2015
AttorneyKoestner & Shahon2010 - 2012
AttorneyLaw Office of Antonio A. Cota2007 - 2010
AssociateLaw Offices of Todd Rash2003 - 2005
Course InstructorBar None Review2003 - 2007
Law Clerk, Felony Panel (Student Internship)Orange County District Attorney's Office2002 - 2002
Law ClerkGould & Associates2000 - 2002
Association namePosition nameDuration
Whittier Bar AssociationImmediate Past-President2012 - Present
Whittier Bar AssociationPresident2011 - Present
California Public Defenders AssociationMember2006 - Present
Whittier Bar AssociationionVice-President2010 - 2010
Whittier Bar AssociationTreasurer2009 - 2009
Whittier Bar AssociationTrustee2008 - 2008
Association of Trial Lawyers of AmericaMember2003 - 2005
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
People v. F.B.Dismissal
People v. N. T.Dismissal
People v. S. B.Client plead guilty to misdemeanor record-keeping violations & received 30 days community service + fine.
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Publication nameTitleDate
Bar None Review's Substantive Course OutlinesCivil Procedure (Editor)2004
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Western State University College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2002
Western Washington UniversityPhilosophyBA - Bachelor of Arts1996
Shoreline Community CollegePhilosophyAssociate of Arts & Sciences1994
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Whittier Bar AssociationDefending Criminal Contempt of Court Charges2010
Domestic Violence for the Family Law PractitionerCriminal Defense / Family Law2010
Bar None ReviewEvidence for the California Bar Exam2005
Bar None ReviewCriminal Procedure for the California Bar Exam2005
Bar None ReviewCivil Procedure for the California Bar Exam2004
Bar None ReviewCivil Procedure for the California Bar Exam2003