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Anita Alexandra Kay

Criminal defense Attorney at Irvine, CA

5.0   11 reviews
  • Licensed for 24 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1999
    Active No misconduct found

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Practice area
  1. Criminal defense
    Criminal Defense, and Medical Board Licensing Defense

As one of the esteemed Irvine criminal defense attorneys at the Law Firm of Pilchman & Kay, P.L.C., Anita Kay has a proven track record of receiving countless not guilty verdicts on many complicated and serious criminal charges. She is experienced in all aspects of criminal law handling cases including internet crimes, sexual assault, gang crimes, medical license defense, white collar crimes, and more. Her extensive background includes a position as a former prosecutor who was assigned to several elite units such as Crimes Against Children, Auto Theft Task Force Unit, and Family Violence. Her unique understanding of both sides of the law gives her client the advantage of anticipating any pitfalls or tactics by the prosecution. If you want to obtain the most favorable outcome possible for your case, make sure to schedule a free consultation with Ms. Kay.

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Law Firm of Pilchman & Kay, P.L.C.
2030 Main Street
Suite 1300
Irvine, CA, 92614

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Posted by Roger | April 27, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
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When we started out, there was a lot of distress. A lot of confusion. Not everyone has a good head on there shoulders. Not everyone knows what to say, what to do. We were terrified. But all that was short lived. Miss Anita kay made us feel peace, and allowed us room to breathe so we could plan. I'm greatful for her services. I would recommend her to anyone who needs legal representation. My experience will bring me back to her services if needed in the future. It's hard to find someone that works with you like she did. We are very greatful.
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Posted by anonymous | October 1, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Got me justice, go me a dismissal
I retained Anita for what people call a "white collar" crime. I was accused of filing false insurance claims with my business and was charged with many felonies. I felt targeted and treated unfairly by investigators. When I hired Anita, I knew immediately she was the best choice. After many months of public humiliation, financial loss and fear, I always relied on Anita's advice that she would do everything she could to fight the injustice. In the end, I received the best news that Anita got my entire case dismissed. Anita is an amazing, smart and tenacious attorney and I can't imagine where I would be if I didn't hire her. Thank you Anita, I owe you a lifetime of gratitude.
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Posted by anonymous | July 8, 2015
4 year representation
I hired Anita 4 years ago when I was falsely accused of several felony counts. Recently, a judge dismissed my case. Anita believed in me and became very passionate about my innocence. Ms. Kay is professional and easy to talk to. Her support for my wife and me is much appreciated. Anita will continue to represent me for my medical board hearing.
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Posted by Mazen | July 4, 2015
Best of the Best
Anita and her team represented one of our family member in a real hard case. Her diligence, professionalism, integrity, and sense of ownership made the whole process much easier for everybody to cope with. She continued to be supportive, personable, and accommodating throughout the trial. We are lucky to have met her. No matter what the trial outcome would have been, she would have gotten the same reviews from me.
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Posted by John | July 4, 2015
Excellent attorney
I met Anita Kay under incredible duress when I presented her with my insurmountable mountain of legal troubles. Anita effectively explained my options and then proceeded to lay out her plan of action; a detailed plan which she carried out with precision and effectiveness throughout the entire process. Her strategy and commitment produced a huge, unexpected victory!! I am forever grateful for her knowledge, drive, intensity, perseverance, straightforwardness and determination. Anita Kay is an outstanding attorney who provided incredible support during a very stress-filled time. She kept me fully informed along the way and I always felt prepared and well represented. Thank you Anita Kay!
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Posted by Mike | January 29, 2014
She is the real deal!
Anita is an excellent attorney. She is a unique blend of knowledge, experience and street smarts. Our case turned out better than we had imagined. I highly recommend Anita!
Posted by Karen | May 9, 2013
Excellent Attorney and Excellent Law Firm
I hired Anita and the Pilchman & Kay law firm back in 2011. Anita is tough, sharp and not someone you can easily say no to, which is why my case ended in our favor. She is someone you can trust to do what is right for you. I can't recommend Anita and her firm enough. She is an excellent attorney and an even better person.
Posted by Jocdoc | May 8, 2013
Would Highly Recommend This Attorney
I was arrested for domestic violence and was referred to Ms. Kay by a family friend. I met with Ms. Kay and she was the only attorney (out of several I consulted) who told me NOT to hire her or anyone else at that time. She said domestic violence cases are often hard to prove and based on my version of events she thought the DA would reject the case for what she said sounded like "mutual combat." It was refreshing to hear an attorney telling me not to spend thousands of dollars on legal fees. Ms. Kay even offered to contact the DA's office FREE OF CHARGE to follow up on my case to see if the DA filed charges. Ms. Kay called me back a few days later and told me the DA rejected the case because there was not enough evidence to prosecute me. Ms. Kay never charged me a dime. Ms. Kay's honesty, integrity and knowledge of the law is refreshing and I will without a doubt refer her future clients. The story doesn't end there. I am also a practicing physician in OC, and when I was arrested the medical board found out about it. Ms. Kay's firm also has an attorney who works with the medical board so I consulted with Courtney Pilchman about the notice I received from the medical board. Courtney spoke to me in her office and reviewed my police reports (which I had to have my wife get from the Irvine Police Department). She offered to contact the investigator and try and get the board to close out their investigation because no criminal charges were filed. Again, she DID NOT charge me for the meeting or the contact with the investigator. Once Courtney explained the facts to the investigator and provided a letter from the DA's office, the investigator sent me a letter saying the investigation was closed. I never had to sit for an interview with the medical board. This was a huge relief! This was a terrible time for, having been arrested and fearing my career was going to be in jeopardy. I am so very grateful for the recommendation to Pilchman & Kay, they are not only exceptional lawyers but they are truly compassionate and concerned about helping people.
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Posted by Judith | May 6, 2013
Highly recommended
Anita Kay is a rare and exceptional attorney. What you see is what you get ! She is polished , precise , well versed and has every detail clearly attended too. It may sound corny but Anita is someone you can trust 100% . She has a unique ability to balance both her analytical prowess and exceptional communication skills to keep you informed . She exudes confidence yet makes clear the reality that may be ahead so you are very much on solid ground and not confused by the process. I was initially impressed with Ms. Kay's professional demeanor and command of the law when I retained her , what I was most grateful for however was knowing that she would do everything possible to protect me and you cannot ask for more than that !
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Posted by anonymous | September 6, 2010
The Best Criminal Lawye in Orange County
Anita Kay and all her efforts have saved me from the criminal "no" justice system. I was an innocent man with nothing but my word. Ms. Kay fought so hard proving my innocence and we finally got my case dismissed. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Posted by Chris | August 13, 2009
Saved me from Prison...
She was amazing. Honest, straight forward, helping, always answered her phone when I had questions, and was astounding in court. On top of that she gave the most amazing closing speech in my case which I feel helped me to be a free man. It was very heart filled and genuine. Down to the peoples level. I was in trial for something I didnt do and she helped the jury to see that and keep me a free man. I cant thank her enough. She is the best of her kind. Thank you so much Anita!
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AVVO RATING 7.9 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Law Firm of Pilchman & Kay, P.L.C.
  • 2006 - Present
  • Deputy District Attorney
  • County of San Bernardino
  • 2001 - 2006


  • California Western School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1999
  • DePaul University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1996


  • Orange County Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A

Speaking Engagements

  • TV Legal Analyst
  • Legal Issues
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Attorney endorsements

Received (5)
Given (2)
Endorse Anita
Criminal defense Attorney | May 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Anita Kay is a special attorney. She is compassionate, hard working and extremely successful in trial. If I ever needed an attorney, I would definitely hire Anita Kay."
Unknown Attorney | Dec 08
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Dec 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 30
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse Ms. Kay's work. We were co-counsel on complex case where she demonstrated a strong mastery and understanding of fingerprint evidence and other technical legal issues. Since then, I know Ms. Kay has represented many defendants in very serious cases with excellent results. Ms. Kay is smart, persuasive, and has an outstanding reputation in Orange County."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Anita Kay is a smart, hardworking attorney. She is a credit to the profession and her clients are lucky to have her!"
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Irvine Criminal defense Lawyer Anita Alexandra Kay
Anita Alexandra Kay
Criminal defense Attorney
Irvine, CA
Licensed for 24 years
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