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Laina Teresa Chikhani

Criminal defense Attorney at Fairfield, CA

5.0   32 reviews
  • Licensed for 13 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2010
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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About Laina

Learn Laina’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    60%
    When charged with a crime, one wrong step can ruin your future. You'll need someone with experience and skills to help you through the process. Laina has the skills and to guide you from start to finish.

    14 years, 100 cases

  2. DUI and DWI
    40%
    You could face jail time, lengthy probation and lose driving privileges if charged with a DUI. Laina understands the physical evidence they will try to present. She will be there to fight for you and guide through the journey.

    14 years, 100 cases

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Laina Chikhani: Attorney at Law

CURRICULUM VITAE

College Education:

  • 1992: B.S. Marketing, University of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA

Legal Education:

  • 2009: J.D., John F. Kennedy University, School of Law, Pleasant Hill, CA

Professional Memberships​:

  • Licensed to practice law in California, 2010
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member of the State Bar of California
  • California Attorneys for Criminal Justice
  • California Public Defenders Association
  • American Bar Association
  • California Bar Association

Professional Experience:

  • Prepare and defend felony cases from arraignment through jury trial.
  • Prepare and defend misdemeanor cases from arraignment through jury trial.
  • Directly handled over 200 DUIs
  • Prepare and defend Juvenile cases.
  • Litigated on behalf of Juvenile’s against multiple School District’s.
  • Litigated on behalf of Juvenile’s facing S.A.R.B. (School Attendance Review Board).
  • Assist in preparation and defense of felony trials.
  • Prepare and assist for hearings and trials including reviewing and analyzing evidence, police reports, interviewing witnesses and preparing client for court.
  • Court appearances including arraignments, pre-trial conferences, probation violation hearings, Proposition 36 court, and readiness conferences.
  • Research, write, and argue motions on a range of procedural and substantive matters.

Previous Positions Held:

  • Associate Attorney: Morton & Russo, LLC 2011 - 2016
  • Associate Attorney: Law Offices of Vincent R. Maher November 2010 - August 2011
  • Law Clerk: Law Offices of Vincent R. Maher September 2010 - November 2010
  • Certified Law Clerk: Solano County Conflict Defender’s Office Fall 2009 (Fairfield office) Spring 2010 (Vallejo office)
  • Law Clerk: Law Office of Linda McIntyre February 2009 - April 2009

Awards

Client's Choice 2019,2018,2017
Client's Choice
2019 2018 2017

Location

Laina T. Chikhani, Attorney at Law
711 Jefferson Street
Suite #202
Fairfield, CA, 94533
Laina T. Chikhani, Attorney at Law
845 Jefferson Street
Napa, CA, 94559
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Reviews

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Client's Choice 2019
Client's Choice
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Posted by Jason | September 14, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best Lawyer I've ever met
I love Mrs. Chickani and her energy . I was arrested with 4 charges that were trumped up by the police and feeling like I might be screwed. Even was a little depressed after the 1st court date because I hadn't been in any trouble for 17 years and now this. After the 1st court date being that I'm a believer of Christ I said Lord I'm going to trust in you and whatever happens I'm ok with because I know you take care of your children..By the second court date Laina had took on my case and I felt relieved knowing she was a private lawyer and a really good one from what I had heard from people...Soon after we met and she found a mess up on the D.A.s part that would've screwed me if she hadn't of found it . Because of her looking into details that idt that some other lawyers wouldn't have the willingness to do,, Ill be having my charges dismissed ...I thank her many times and she will always be the number one lawyer that comes out of my mouth for anyone needing a good lawyer that cares and fights for you and isn't casual about your case or your life.. Thank You Laini Chickani...you are a blessing...God bless you and your family and everything around you.. sincerely Jason.
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Posted by Dee Rivera | April 27, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Simply the BEST!!!!
It could be extremely frightening and stressful when you are facing with criminal charges and dealing with very intimidating justice system. You need a reliable, trustworthy and experienced defense attorney on your side who will listen and pay close attention to your case. We hired Laina after reading excellent reviews online to represent a family member facing a serious legal matter. That was the best decison we have ever made! I witnessed how she cares and FIGHTS VERY HARD for her clients. She is indeed a powerhouse in the courtroom. She will not stop until the best result is achieved. She is not only a brilliant and hardworking lawyer, she is also very compassionate and genuinely cares for her clients. She was very comforting and made the whole process smooth, less frightening, easy to understand and delivered great results—no jail time and no felony charges. We are forever grateful for everything you have done Atty Laina! You are the BEST!
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Posted by Chris McDuffie Jr | May 22, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Trust her and have faith
Laina Chikhani is an absolute professional. I had a felony weapons charge and also a DUI I was up against. I was afraid and had no grip on the gravity of my case until I hired her to be my lawyer. If she needs any paperwork or anything from you it is to get the best outcome on your case. She will find things and injustices that police will hide or cover up to help in court anything from videos, audio, paper work etc. Since I was a first time offender and a veteran I was able to be admitted into what is called a military deferment program. This allowed me to keep my career along with getting me some needed help that I was afraid to get before. After many hearings and battles she got me into this program. She was a helping hand and saving grace. Believe in her and trust her process you will end up with the best outcome
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Posted by Ken | February 17, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The Best Defense Is a Great Attorney
I never anticipated that I would ever need the services of a defense attorney - but I did. I searched many lawyer referrals and decided that Laina Chikhani would be the best match for me and my case. I was not disappointed. She promptly returned my call and scheduled an immediate appointment for me. She explained my options, possible outcomes, and her fees. She worked tirelessly to represent me to the court and the DMV. She was able to resolve my case quickly and in a way that was much better than anything I had imagined. Truly, she saved my life and gave me hope again for a promising future. If you ever find that you need professional representation I highly recommend Laina Chikhani, Attorney at Law.
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Posted by Alexander | July 10, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
One of the Best
She has been my attorney for a few years now and I couldn’t be more satisfied my first encounter with her I was looking at a lot of time i mean years she goes to have a meeting with the DA and years turned into a 90 day sentence like the title says one of the best you could ever hope to get
Posted by anonymous | May 20, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Amazing attorney!!
I was facing the scariest time of my life, never been in trouble by the law and here I was fighting two felony charges assault with a deadly weapon using my vehicle and there were 2 witnesses and 2 victims against ME. She was able to push my case out for a little over a year and we finally had the preliminary hearing she killed it. She made the two victims look like complete fools and I walked away with no felony charges at all!!! she is amazing and comforted me and got me through the hardest scariest year of my life from day one. I highly recommend her you will not regret it!!
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Posted by Michael | April 16, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
First class
Laina took care of everything with the DMV. Her staff kept me informed to the end Very happy with the results and modest fee. Would definitely recommend her firm.
Posted by Robert | March 20, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
1st & Only DUI @ 62!!!
After beating the diagnosis of "diabetes in 2015" and discovering I had it AGAIN, I had drinks, since my brother had one leg amputated, I just couldn't think straight or sleep. He eventually passed away in 2011 from diabetes. And so upon getting arrested I called Laina Chikhani, she is absolutely an amazing attorney scheduling me right away and accepting my case with high hopes of getting some resolution. After a great representation I was put at ease. Simply an amazing attorney!!!!!
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Posted by Gus | January 8, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent attorney!!
Liana is by far the best representation you could ever ask for if you want someone on your side that is extremely passionate, knowledgeable and experienced. Laina also cares deeply about her clients and making sure she has their best interest in mind at all times. She makes herself available without hesitation and is super responsive to concerns or questions you might have. I recently hired Laina to fight for my case and she resolved it with an outcome that left me extremely satisfied. If you ever need an attorney call her! I highly recommmed Laina, she is awesome not only as an attorney, but a person as well.
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Posted by Taylor | December 20, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Amazing Lawyer
I was referred to Laina by a friend. I called her after hours and she responded right away. She was able to meet with me the next day and answer all of my questions! I was immediately put at ease. She fought very hard for me and resolved my case with an outcome better than I expected. I highly recommend!!
Posted by Prince Singh | December 9, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Skill & expertise at its finest
Where do I start.. Having 2 DUI's in less than 6 months was not something I expected to have on my plate. It was something that occurred so sudden & i was afraid of what would happen to me had i not took care of this in the best way possible. Here is where Mrs. Laina Chikhani comes in. Words aren't enough to explain how much she helped me resolve this matter, which i can confidently say wouldn't have been done without her help. On the day of conviction I didn't serve any jail time or community service alternative. I was very stressed out because I had no idea what to expect. Personally I couldn't afford to have anything obstruct my current schedule going to school & working in the midst of this mess I put myself in. Maybe it was my good luck that allowed me to find Mrs. Laina Chikahni after my first DUI, and upon our first meeting I was confident that this was an individual versed in her craft, and cared about her clients. Thank you Mrs. Laina Chikhani. Her professionalism, expertise in her field, and the connections she has built that work in her favor every time. You will not go wrong with Mrs. Chikahni...ever.
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Posted by Regan | November 28, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
I highly recommend Laina!
Laina is amazing! I wanted to get my record expunged for employment reasons. She suggested we get my felony reduced to a misdemeanor then have my record expunged so I would get my rights back. I didn't even know that was possible. She asked me to get some letters of character and all my paperwork saying I had completed everything the court required as part of my original sentence. Once I got everything to her I was on the calendar within a few days. We went to court on November 19th and got everything taken care of. My record had been holding me back for years. I highly recommend Laina she is truly a great person and lawyer.
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Posted by anonymous | November 28, 2018
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An amazing lawyer!
Laina is diligent and knows the law in and out! I truly appreciate all the extra effort she put in to fighting my case for me. She not only handled my court in the superior court but also my DMV hearing. Which took a lot of stress off me! She kept me up to date and made sure I fully understood what was going on. She took extra time to meet with me in person and also was flexible about meeting times. Her office is in a great location just blocks from the court house which was an extra bonus! I highly recommend Laina!
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Posted by anonymous | November 21, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Simply the best!
I hired Laina for a dui and am so thankful I did! She was able to attend all my court dates for me which allowed me to continue working. I was always able to reach her by phone, and I mean her, not a secretary. Hands down the best lawyer I could have asked for! I highly recommend Laina!
Posted by Christine Noel Castillo | August 11, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Perfection!
First of all thank you. Secondly she is a woman who knows what she is doing. Thirdly it’s your loss because she will get it done! She gives the best specific advice on what will happen, what can happen, what we can do to get it done! She helped me feel calm and relaxed! Even when people would tell me something that bothered me! I would give her a call and she would reassure me everything will be ok and she was correct every time! She is to be trusted! Anyone who knows, knows there are a ton of lawyers! But not alot who do there job like they care about you and will genuinely help you through out the entire process and then some! She’s worth it and happy she happend to be my person! Thank you again Laina. Means a lot everything you helped with.
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Posted by Theresa | June 24, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Felony at 50
50 year old female and never been in trouble with the law and now I'm facing a felony. Didn't know where to turn. My husband suggested Yelp. I was searching through all the reviews and one name kept coming up, so I read all the reviews. I e-mailed Laina and she got back to me within 10 minutes. I walked her through what happened and she explained what could happen. I made an apt. to see her within a few days and she explained everything in detail to me. She was very knowledgeable and very sincere on helping me. She didn't ask for any money up front because she was confident she could get the charges dropped. She kept me well informed and at ease the entire time. 2 weeks later and 1 week before my court hearing, she called to tell me everything got dropped. She was amazing and a sweet and kind person. She didn't take advantage and kept her word. She is an amazing attorney and I would highly recommend her to anyone. Thank you Laina!!
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Posted by Regan | May 11, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Very helpful, highly recommend!
I was referred to Laina by a friend. She is very helpful and genuine. She informed me of options regarding my case I was unaware of. I definitely highly recommend her to anyone needing representation in Solano county and look forward to having her handle my case.
Posted by anonymous | April 19, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Hands down the best!
Laina is a terrific lawyer who doesn’t stop! She fought hard on my behalf and I could never repay her for services!
Posted by anonymous | April 19, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Laina is Amazing!
Laina represented me in a DUI case. She explained everything in detail to me, made me understand each charge and took the stress of going to court away! Hopefully I won’t need her again but if I do I know I’ll be in good hands!
Posted by Kris | January 23, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Personable and Professional!
Laina Chikhani was extremely helpful to me in resolving a legal matter that was very distressing. She responded to my calls right away, was informative and alleviated my fears. My issue was resolved quickly and I was able to sleep without worry. If I am ever in need of legal help in the future she will be the attorney that I call. I recommend her with out reservation!
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AVVO RATING 8.6 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Maher & Chikhani, APLC
  • 2016 - Present
  • Associate Attorney
  • Morton & Russo, LLP
  • 2011 - 2016
  • Associate
  • Law office of Vincent Maher
  • 2010 - 2011
  • Certified Law Student
  • Solano County Conflict Defender
  • 2008 - 2009
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Education

  • John F. Kennedy University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2009
  • University of San Francisco
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1992

Associations

  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • California Attorneys for Criminal Justice
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • California Public Defenders Association
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • Client's Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2017

Speaking Engagements

  • Experience on the Jury
  • Experience on being a Jury
  • 2011

Attorney endorsements

Received (17)
Given (20)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
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Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 10
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Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Ms. Chikhani is an excellent advocate for her clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. She is passionate, fearless and someone you will be happy you found when you needed help."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Laina Chikhani for 6 years. Her office was next to mine. We often consulted each other on legal issues, and we worked for each other on some cases. I hold her in the highest regard as a criminal defense lawyer. She is smart. She analyzes cases accurately, and then does the research necessary to defend them. I have seen her in court often. She is a strong advocate for her clients and has a good presence and appearance. She gets good results due to thorough preparation and aggressive advocacy."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Laina is a dedicated, hard-working attorney who gets great results for her clients. She is a fighter, and definitely someone I would want on my side if I ever needed a criminal defense attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 17
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. I shadowed Laina for a week in which every single case she worked on got dismissed - she won a motion to suppress, worked up every case as if it were going to trial and achieved several dismissals. She is tenacious and dynamic. Hire her for the best result possible because she will fight for you."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 22
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Laina and I worked together on several cases at the Conflict Defender's Office, and I found her to be an exceptional advocate for her clients. She fought hard on their behalf in the court room and she drafted several excellent motions that resulted in wins for her clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 30
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 15
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"Laina is a tenacious litigator for all of her Clients. She wont stop until the best result is achieved. She is a bully in the Court room!!! I had the pleasure of being her first boss and would not hesitate to refer her a client or hire her myself!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Laina is a passionate and intelligent advocate for her clients. She has committed herself to standing up for the constitutional rights of the accused throughout any stage in a criminal proceeding. Laina is an excellent advocate and hard worker. I would recommend Laina to anyone looking for a criminal defense attorney."
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Fairfield Criminal defense Lawyer Laina Teresa Chikhani
Laina Teresa Chikhani
Criminal defense Attorney
Fairfield, CA
Licensed for 13 years