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Over the past 32 years, I have successfully defended over 5000 people accused of committing crimes, including murder, manslaughter, rape, child molestation, attempted murder, conspiracy, drug offenses, domestic violence, all juvenile matters, three strike cases, robbery and burglary in both state and federal courts. I have handled many high profile cases and have been quoted countless times in both newspapers and on television.


Currently, I train and mentor Wallin & Klarich associates to ensure that my extensive experience is handed down to other criminal defense attorneys. While handling my own case load, I often assist other Wallin & Klarich attorneys with preserving their client's rights. Currently, I also represent persons on appeal and for Certificates of Rehabilitation and Governor's Pardons to clean up prior criminal convictions. I am totally committed to my clients, as well as, all clients of Wallin & Klarich. I have a great reputation for winning cases while maintaining the utmost integrity.


Languages spoken: Spanish, Vietnamese, English

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Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 32%
    34 years, 5.5 thousand cases
  2. Appeals: 32%
    34 years, 2.86 thousand cases
  3. Juvenile: 31%
    34 years, 1.13 thousand cases
  4. Sex Crime: 5%



Hourly ($200-400/hour), Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (always), Free consultation (30 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Dan Tudor Danet

    I endorse this lawyer's work. Stephen Klarich is a brilliant attorney and a fantastic mentor who I have had the privilege of working with for the past two years.


    Dan Danet Criminal defense Attorney
    Relationship: Worked for lawyer

  • Michael S. Waddington

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


    Michael Waddington Military law Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

A Law Corporation Wallin & Klarich

17592 Irvine Blvd.
Tustin, CA, 92780


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top Criminal Defense Trial AttorneyOrange County Register2007
Parnter RecognitionOrange Coast Magazine2006
Honorable Mentor AppointmentOrange County Register2006
Notable MentionOrange County Register2005
Peer MentorJuvenile Law Center2004
Certificate of AchievementOakland County Bar Association1991
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Founding PartnerWallin & Klarich1981 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
State Bar of CaliforniaMemberN/A
American Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Orange County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Oakland County Bar AssociationPRESIDENT OF THE CRIMINAL LAW SECTION1990 - 1991
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
People vs. AtteburyCase is pending.
People of California vs. R.G.Faced 10 years in county, got 6 months in county
People of California vs. A.E.Certificate of Rehabilitation
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Publication nameTitleDate
Los Angeles Daily JournalCriminal Law And Procedure2012
James Publishing publicationCriminal Defense2007
The Los Angeles TimesAttorney Tackles Cases Few Care to TouchN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Western State University College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1981
Fairleigh Dickinson UniversityN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1981
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
RSOL National ConferenceSTOP PC 290: Exclusion From Megan's Law Website, How To Apply for Certificate of Rehabilitation & Governor's Pardon2013
Victims of Child Abuse Laws (VOCAL) keynote speakerChild Abuse LegislationN/A
Defending Sex CasesSex CrimesN/A
California Teacher’s Association lecturerDefending Teachers Accused of CrimesN/A