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Lisa Ann Kopelman

Domestic violence Attorney at Irvine, CA

5.0   6 reviews
  • State Years
    Massachusetts - MA 28 years
    California - CA 37 years
  • Licensed for 28 years
    State MA
    Acquired 1995
    Status
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 37 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1986
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Lisa

Learn Lisa’s areas of practice.

 

The Law Offices of Lisa A. Kopelman focuses on criminal defense law. Attorney Kopelman is dedicated to the aggressive representation of clients charged with felonies as well as misdemeanor cases. 

Ms. Kopelman's particular expertise is in the area of murder, violent crime, and serious felonies. Ms. Kopelman has successfully represented clients faced with domestic violence charges, sex offenses, gang cases, assaults, violent crimes, and capital murder.

Ms. Kopelman understands that when charged with a crime the great force of the government is against you. Ms. Kopelman has dedicated her life to defending people against that powerful force. What separates this firm from the rest, is Ms. Kopelman's unique background in the Orange County Public Defender's Office. Working as a Deputy Public Defender and then as Assistant Public Defender, Ms. Kopelman has intimate knowledge of the Orange County judicial system. Ms. Kopelman has worked in every branch courthouse and the main courthouse in Santa Ana, allowing her to know most of the judges and prosecutors in the county. 

 Call today for an in-depth consultation with Ms. Kopelman.

 

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Location

Law Offices of Lisa A. Kopelman
The Atrium Building
19200 Von Karman, Suite 400
Irvine, CA, 92612

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Posted by Colleen | July 18, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
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Professional and compassionate
As others have mentioned here, from my very first call with Lisa I felt much more calm about my situation. She was very organized and reassuring through the whole process. Her demeanor is very calm and she responds immediately. We had to do a Zoom hearing as I don't live in the area, which she arranged against the court's will. Then to add to her professionalism, the judge complimented her on her execution of my case and having all the paperwork done perfectly under unconventional circumstances. I highly recommend Ms. Kopelman. 10/10
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Posted by anonymous | May 20, 2018
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Peace of mind
I've never written a Google review before but I had such a positive outcome in my case that I'd like to recommend Ms. Kopelman's practice to those in need of an attorney who can support you through your ordeal. I spoke with a few attorneys when I found myself involved in an unexpected legal mess. I was really frustrated just trying to figure out legal representation, which I've never needed before. Some attorneys were impossible to even reach. I got a lot of answering services. Some attorneys honestly explained why they COULDN'T help me. I was scared and needed help. Lisa Kopelman's name had been given to me by a friend who's son had used her. I left a message with her service at the end of a business day and was shocked and relieved when she called me back the same afternoon. Lisa made an appointment with me for the very next day and, for the first time since my problem started, I started to feel like maybe there was a way forward. I did not realize the full scope of my situation until Lisa heard me out and put everything into a legal context. I was actually more concerned about some issues that turned out to be more about my reputation than actual legal problems. Lisa distilled the real legal matters and outlined a comprehensive plan of action. I'm an educator and tried to research the laws and court precedents. I felt pretty informed and totally overwhelmed. That's when a colleague pointed out to me that getting a lawyer is like going to a surgeon. You learn what you can about your condition but you have to put yourself in the hands of the expert when it comes to the actual surgery. So you better make sure you're in the best hands possible. And you have to trust they have only your best interest at heart and they know exactly what you need. It may sound hokey, but this made perfect sense to me. Once I realized that I had done my due diligence in selecting Lisa, I decided it wasn't helping me or my case to worry constantly. I hired an attorney who I felt had a ton of experience and who would turn over every stone to help me and not miss anything. I can't say I ever felt completely safe during the whole ordeal but I did feel like I'd done all I could and Lisa would take it from there to do everything she could. She was very serious about being thorough. In the end, I was spared a lot of unnecessary court appearances and Lisa negotiated a resolution, with the other parties involved, that I thought greatly favored me. Not everything went completely my way but I know it went as well as possible. I told Lisa that I hope I never need her services again but it gives me great peace of mind to know she's there.
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Posted by Charlie | June 1, 2017
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Outstanding Lawyer
Lisa defended my son against very serious charges and achieved the outcome we had hoped for while up against a very a formidable prosecution. She is very knowledgeable and highly skilled in strategy and tactics which provides assurance of a superior defense. Lisa is highly capable of defending against the most serious charges. She is realistic and capable of achieving the best outcomes possible. She will find the best defense experts when necessary and when possible. Lisa shows a high degree of commitment to every client. Lisa is a terrific criminal defense lawyer and I would highly recommend her.
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Posted by Elaine | May 16, 2017
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Saved my son.
Ms. Kopelman helped my son. We knew he was innocent and we knew she was the one who could help. We talked to a lot of lawyers when we were looking for help and she knew the law better than anyone we talked to and laid out a plan to get him out of jail. My whole family thanks her. My son is now back home.
Posted by Jon | August 25, 2016
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Magician
I was desperate, hopeless and felt taken advantage of - by the police, the system and my prior attorneys. Then, I was represented by Lisa Kopelman (Assistant Public Defender). She is knowledgeable, experienced and caring. She was able to argue on my behalf and spend time explaining the process and my options. Once I knew my options, I was able to make an informed decision that made me feel confident and secure. I would highly recommend her.
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Posted by anonymous | August 22, 2016
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my Public Defender
In 2007 after spending months in a Santa Anna jail i had a late night visitor. She informed me that she was a trial lawyer and that i had an interesting case. From that first visit and during a three-week trial Lisa was a consummate professional. There is no doubt in my mind that the 11 to 1 not guilty verdict was a result of her presentation of the evidence and cross-examination of the "victims" and through her efforts and advise, shortly thereafter, i was a court release. If you have a serious situation i can highly recommend Lisa to provide legal counsel and trial defense if needed.
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Cost

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

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Law Offices of Lisa A. Kopelman
  • 2016 - Present
  • Assistant Public Defender
  • Orange County Public Defender
  • 2012 - 2016
  • Senior Deputy Public Defender
  • Orange County Public Defender
  • 1992 - 2012
  • Deputy Public Defender
  • Orange County Public Defender
  • 1987 - 1992
  • Attorney
  • Law Offices of Jay W. Jacobs
  • 1986 - 1987
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Education

  • Suffolk University Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1985
  • Boston University School of Law
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1981
  • Bryan R. Schechmeister Death Penalty College
  • N/A

Sample of Legal Cases

  • People vs. Christopher H.
  • NGRI
  • People vs. Lynn J.
  • Life verdict
  • People vs. Thomas H.
  • NG and hung jury, credit time served
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Associations

  • Regaining Access Project
  • Board of Directors
  • 2016 - Present
  • California Attorneys for Criminal Justice
  • Member
  • N/A
  • California Public Defenders Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Orange County Women Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Orange County Jewish Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • National Association of Public Defense
  • Member
  • N/A
  • California Public Defenders Association
  • Treasurer
  • 2001 - 2004
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Outstanding Attorney Volunteer
  • Volunteers in Parole
  • 2000

Speaking Engagements

  • Orange County Public Defender Training
  • Voir Dire
  • 2016
  • Orange County Public Defender Training
  • Handling the Domestic Violence Case
  • 2016
  • Orange County Public Defender Training
  • Use of Priors in Criminal Cases
  • 2016
  • Orange County Public Defender Training
  • Effective Cross Examination of Prosecution Experts in DUI
  • 2015
  • Capital Case Training
  • How to Prepare for and Conduct a Livesay Hearing
  • 2014
  • Capital Case Training
  • Mitigation in Capital Cases
  • 2014
  • Psychological Evidence and Expert Witnesses
  • Psychological Evidence and Expert Witnesses
  • 2013
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (1)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 04
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Lisa Kopelman is among an elite group of attorneys who produce great results for the most difficult cases - murders and violent crimes. She is a recognized superstar defense attorney in the defense of homicides, serious violent crimes, and gang cases. I highly recommend her."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Ms. Kopelman is brilliant and well-prepared and she truly cares about her clients. She is dedicated to her craft and will work tirelessly for the best outcome."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 10
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer. Lisa is an incredible litigator who knows how to win. She is fierce in court and as zealous of an advocate as they come. Her passion and devotion to the client is unparalleled, and if you are lucky enough to have her represent you, you will be very happy you did."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Kopelman is astounding. She is a skilled litigator and has successfully litigated even a death penalty case. She treats every client with respect and takes every case seriously. She is a brilliant thinker that is able to deftly navigate any case and convey any defense successfully. I consider myself lucky to have learned from her. I would highly recommend her to anyone without reservation. They would be lucky to have her."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Lisa is an exceptional and greatly skilled attorney, with decades of experience. She has successfully defended some of the most seriously charged individuals. She is a fighter who doesn't give up."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 21
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. I have worked with Lisa over many years. She is a seasoned, dedicated attorney. She has vast experience as a trial lawyer and has handled the most complicated criminal cases. Her diligence, legal knowledge, judgment and dedication are unmatched. She will always give 100% . She is respected in the legal community and her client will always come first."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 12
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Lisa is experienced, smart and caring. She has decades of experience and will fight to get the very best outcome possible for her clients. She has an excellent reputation in the legal community, is well respected by her peers and does amazing work for her clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 15
Relationship: Co-worker
"I have known Lisa Kopelman for nearly 25 years. We have been colleagues for that long and have worked closely through the years on a number of cases together. I have the utmost respect for her legal acumen, judgment, intellect, trial skills and work ethic. She is assertive, confident, aggressive when needed and always goes above and beyond for all of her clients because she is driven by compassion and a genuine belief in the fair and equal treatment of all those who stand accused of a crime. In trial, she does very well with jurors and she has earned respect from Judges as well as opposing counsel. She is truly amongst the high echelon of attorneys practicing in this area."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"There is no higher review that I could possibly give a criminal defense attorney than the one Ms. Kopelman deserves. She is as knowledgeable as any attorney in Southern California, having tried well over 100 jury trials, including death penalty cases. She knows procedure inside and out. She is well-respected by both prosecutors and judges. Above all else, however, she genuinely cares about her clients and fights for each and everyone. She is compassionate when clients need it most and firm with judges and prosecutors when passionately protecting her clients. She is also affordable- more so than colleagues of similar experience. I would encourage any defendant looking for top-notch, sophisticated representation to give Ms. Kopelman a call and have a meaningful consultation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Ms. Kopelman is a well respected, knowledgable and experienced criminal defense trial attorney. She has practiced in OC for 30 years and has successfully handled a wide variety of legal matters including the most serious and complex criminal cases. Whether her case is a felony or misdemeanor, Ms. Kopelman puts forth the same commitment and extraordinary effort on behalf of all her clients. I recommend her without reservation."
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