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Mr. LaBarbera is a distinguished criminal trial and appellate court attorney with over 30 years of litigation experience. His offices are located in Newport Beach, Santa Ana, and Santa Monica, California. His practice is limited to criminal defense and administrative law.

Mr. LaBarbera has been awarded Martindale-Hubbell's highest A.V. rating, named a Top 100 Trial Lawyer by the National Trial Lawyers and is a 2015 and 2016 Southern California Super Lawyer. He is a Top 100 Criminal Defense Lawyer recognized by the American Socity of Legal Advocates and recognized as a 10 Best in Client Satisfaction by the American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys.  As a federal and state criminal defense attorney, Mr. LaBarbera has argued over two hundred trials and appeals.  He has litigated over 4,500 cases, including federal and state white collar crimes, telemarketing fraud, special circumstances murder, gangs and three-strikes cases, assault, embezzlement and other theft related offenses, domestic violence, narcotics possession, cultivation, manufacturing and sales, and driving under the influence. He also represents professionals with licensing matters before the Department of Consumer Affairs, the various state Medical boards, the SEC, the Department of Real Estate, the DMV and other licensing agencies.

Mr. LaBarbera has represented several high profile clients, including athletes, businessmen, attorneys, physicians, musicians, socialites, politicians and actors. He was part of the legal team that successfully defended a member of the Orange County Board of Supervisors during the bankruptcy of that county. He was also a member of the legal team that successfully defended the first American Marine prosecuted for War Crimes in the U.S. District Court. He has represented athletes before the NCAA (involving allegations of steroid use), United States servicemen before military tribunals and the U.S. District Court, and professionals before their respective licensing boards. Although his practice is primarily limited to criminal defense and professional licensing, he has also tried civil cases for both plaintiffs and the defense, with a 100% success record in that arena.

Mr. LaBarbera practices in all California State Courts. He is a member of the United States District Courts for the Central and Southern Districts of California, the United States Court of Appeal for the Ninth Circuit and the United States Supreme Court. He has also defended clients in state and/or federal courts in California, Canada, Montana, Maryland, Kentucky, Texas, Florida, Nevada, and Arizona. As an appellate attorney, Mr. LaBarbera has successfully argued before the California State Court of Appeal, Second and Fourth Appellate Districts.

He is or has been associated with the following organizations -- the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, the National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys, California Attorneys for Criminal Justice, Orange County Bar Association, South Orange County Bar Association, and is featured in Strathmore's 2004 thru 2009 Who's Who. Mr. LaBarbera was Strathmore's Professional Trial Lawyer of the Year 2008.   He was featured in Cambridge's Who's Who in 2008 and 2009. Mr. LaBarbera was also featured in the Presidential Who's Who among business and professional achievers in 2009. Mr. LaBarbera was featured in the 2009-2010 edition of Stanford's Who's Who of Executives, Professionals, and Entrepreneurs. In 2002, Mr. LaBarbera traveled to Cuba as a representative of the United States criminal defense bar. He is a member of Amnesty International and NORML (National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws) .

Mr. LaBarbera completed his undergraduate studies at St. Mary's College, Moraga, California where he graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1976 with a double major in Government and Philosophy. He was nominated class valedictorian.

Mr. LaBarbera studied International Law and Corporations at Queens College, Cambridge, England. He graduated from Southwestern University School of Law with his Juris Doctorate degree in 1980. He was admitted to the practice of law that same year.

During the course of his legal studies, Mr. LaBarbera worked with Lemaire, Faunce & Katznelson in Los Angeles, California in the field of public sector labor law. Mr. LaBarbera also worked as a volunteer for MALDEF, (Mexican-American Legal Defense and Education Fund) and was a legal extern for Justice James Koby at the California State Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District, Division Three.

After graduation from law school, Mr. LaBarbera was employed as a research attorney for Justice Donald Work at the California State Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District, Division One. He then went to work with the Law Offices of Joseph Shemaria, Beverly Hills, California writing appeals and trying cases. He tried his first murder over twenty years ago. He went on to form his own firm, LaBarbera & Myers, in 1984 where he remained until 2004.


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Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 70%
    35 years, 5 thousand cases
  2. Federal Crime: 20%
  3. Administrative Law: 10%
    25 years, 250 cases



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  • Michael S. Waddington

    I endorse Vincent. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community.


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  • Edward Thomas Dunn Jr

    Over the past 30 years of practice in Criminal Law, both as a DDA and defense counsel, I've worked on cases with hundreds of good lawyers. But when a tough issue comes up, or one that requires strong and sophisticated advocacy, there are a half dozen names that come to mind. Vince's is one of those few. He is intelligent, engaging, persuasive and respected -- and an all around fine man.


    Edward Dunn Appeals Attorney
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Contact info

Law Ofc Vincent J LaBarbera Jr

4100 Newport Place
Suite 620
Newport Beach, CA, 92660


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top AttorneyLos Angeles Magazine2016
Top AttorneysOrange Coast Magazine2016
Top 100 LawyersAmerican Society of Legal Advocates2016
10 Best for Client SatisfactionAmerican Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys2016
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers2015
2016 Southern California Super LawyerSuperLawyers2015
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers2014
2015 Southern California Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2014
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers2013
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2013
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2010
Excecutives, Professionals and EntrepreneursStanford's Who's Who2010
ProfessionalsCambridge Who's Who2009
Who's Who Among Business and Professional AchieversPresidential Who's Who Among Business and Professional Achievers2009
Professinal Trial Lawyer of the YearStrathmore's2008
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2005
Nominated ValedictorianSt. Mary's College1977
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Owner Partner Trial DefenderLaw Offices of Vincent J. LaBarbera, Jr.2005 - Present
Attorney on Criminal Defense Team on First Application ofMilitary Extraterritorial Jurisdiction Act (MEJA)2008 - 2008
Attorney at Criminal Defense Team of OC SupervisorOrange County Bankruptcy1995 - 1996
Associate Trial AttorneyLaw Offices of Joseph Shemaria1982 - 1984
Research Attorney for Justice James KobyCalifornia State Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District, Division One1980 - 1982
Senior Partner Owner & Trial AttorneyLaBarbera & Myers1980 - 2004
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Society of Legal AdvocatesN/A2016 - Present
American Institute of Criminal Law AttorneysN/A2016 - Present
National Trial LawyersN/A2013 - Present
Orange County Criminal Defense Bar AssociationN/A2011 - Present
North Orange County Bar AssociationN/AN/A
California Public Defenders AssociationN/AN/A
Orange County Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Amnesty InternationalN/AN/A
NORML (National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws)N/AN/A
California Attorneys for Criminal JusticeN/AN/A
South Orange County Bar AssociationN/AN/A
American Trial Lawyers AssociationN/AN/A
National Association of Criminal Defense AttorneysN/AN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Military War CrimesAcquittal
400 lbs of Marijuana, 40 lbs CocaineDismissal
Attempted Murder - BikerNot Guilty
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Publication nameTitleDate
Orange County Criminal Lawyers BlogNumerous2011
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Southwestern University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1980
Saint Mary's CollegeGovernment and PhilosophyBA - Bachelor of Arts1977
Queens' College CambridgeInternational Law and CorporationsN/A1977
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Volunteers in ParoleInstructorN/A
Newport Beach Legal Secretaries AssociationCriminal PracticeN/A
Bridging the GapCriminal PracticeN/A