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Jeffrey A Tenenbaum

Criminal defense Attorney at Merced, CA

4.8   24 reviews

also known as Tenenbaum Law Firm

  • State Years
    California - CA 23 years
    Idaho - ID 23 years
  • Licensed for 23 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2000
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 23 years
    State ID
    Acquired 2001
    Inactive No misconduct found

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

About Jeffrey

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Jeffrey A. Tenenbaum was raised in the city of Merced.  His family has practiced law in Merced County for over 40 years.  Throughout Mr. Tenenbaum's higher education, his focus of study was criminal law and oral advocacy.  In 2001, he moved back to the city of Merced and established a private practice, specializing in the areas of Criminal Law, Juvenile Law, and Dependency Law (Child Protective Services).  He has handled thousands of cases and has tried many of the most serious criminal cases in Merced County at jury trial.  He is member of various professional organizations and remains on the cutting edge of legal issues by attending state and national seminars each year.  He is married, has four children, and resides in the city of Merced.


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Tenenbaum Law Firm


4.8 / 5.0
  24 customer reviews
Posted by anonymous | March 8, 2024
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| Hired Attorney
Hired back in 2017
From start to finish Mr. Tenebaum took great care of my case. The man handles business! Most the time I didnt even have to show up to the court date, which allowed me to keep working. Just an awsome experience with this guy!
Posted by anonymous | June 12, 2020
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A Parent's Best Choice
My wife and I got a call that our young son was in Merced County Jail. He was facing serious charges and we didn’t know where to go for help. I looked online and found Mr. Tenenbaum’s website, saw his positive reviews, and we gave him a call. In our first conversation, he was very calming, understanding, and he clearly explained the gravity of the situation. We hired Mr. Tenenbaum on our son's behalf via emailed documents and then he got to work, telling us to expect the process to take about a year. Mr. Tenenbaum was able to address everything without our son travelling from out-of-state for court appearances. We received updates along the way that kept us informed and could always reach him if we had questions. 14-months later, Mr. Tenenbaum was able to negotiate an extremely favorable plea agreement for our son. We highly recommend hiring Mr. Tenenbaum!
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Posted by Timothy | May 9, 2019
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Mr. Tenenbaum is the lawyer to go to. I was facing charges for assaulting a police officer, obstructing justice and disorderly conduct. I could have faced some serious consequences, but Mr. Tenenbaum sat down with me we briefly talked about the event that occurred for me to be in this position. He reassured me that he was in agreement to seeking a dismissal as that is what I wanted. Goal accomplished. He is a great guy and professional lawyer. Highly recommend him and definitely will be the person I return to or refer anyone I know to should the need arise in the future. Job well done!
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Posted by Hugo | April 27, 2019
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Outstanding Criminal Defense Attorney
To whom it may concern, I would like to take the time to recognize Jeffrey A. Tenenbaum, an outstanding Criminal Defense Attorney. I have the Utmost grattitude for his help. Jeffrey and his team fought for me for over fifteen months. I am currently on my path to recovery, with his work, my fines and DUI offense were reduced, all without jail time. He is a seasoned Attorney, he is a Family- man, all that means everything to me, I cannot thank him enough. Respectfully, Hugo H.E.
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Posted by Jay from abq | April 20, 2016
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Have no doubts!
I was arrested in Merced in December 2014. I had never been arrested before, at 36 years old, I didn't know what to expect. I was charged with possession/sales of Marijuana. I hired Mr. Tenenbaum to represent me. Before I hired him, I was very anxious to say the least. He immediately told me not to worry. He told me he would get me on an ankle monitor program with house arrest, and that I would still be able to work and that I would serve no jail time. I live out of state (New Mexico) Everytime I met with Mr. Tenenbaum, he always asked how my family and I were doing. I know he was just doing his job, but I felt like he genuinely cared. When all was said and done Mr. Tenenbaum did exactly as he said he would. When I met with my probation officer he told me that in all his years working there, he had never even heard of anyone getting out of state ankle monitored house arrest. He actually said to me "you must have a great lawyer"! 3rd party confirmation! I served 2 months on the ankle monitor, and after that I have 3 years unsupervised probation that's it! I highly recommend Mr. Jeffrey Tenenbaum
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Posted by Tammy | October 13, 2015
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The Best in Merced County!
We hired Mr Tenenbaum to handle our family members case which he was facing life in prison for some serious charges. Mr Tenenbaum and his team went to work and got the case dismissed. He is very Professional and gets the job done. He worked with our family and goes above and beyond to help. I would definitely recommend him if you need help with a serious criminal case.
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Posted by anonymous | February 18, 2015
Just recently my husband and I were involved in a criminal case. We walked into his office and he was friendly and put us at ease but didn't make any promises. Mr. Tenenbaum was personable but professional. We were very pleased with the outcome of our case. It was a relief to know that someone that was familiar with the judicial system would be representing us. Our only regret is that we didn't contact him sooner in the process. I feel confident he would've had charges dropped back in October. Instead my husband and I were stressed for 4 unnecessary months. Don't be cheap hire Mr. Tennenbaum!
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Posted by Nichole | June 4, 2013
Experienced, professional and trustworthy. If you need help, call him.
I could not have imagined a scarier situation then being accused of something that you did not do...and then it happened to my child, and I knew true panic. My son was accused of a sexual crime that he did not commit, and if convicted, could change his life forever. I was beyond frightened and desperate and had NO IDEA what I could expect in that situation. From the moment I met with Jeff he was informative, helped set realistic expectations and was calming and confident. Over a 5 month period he helped us navigate the Merced Juvenile Court system very efficiently, always keeping us informed of updates. He has a great deal of experience, knowledge and long time working relationships that he used to get my son a fair and just outcome. Eventually the charges were dropped and my son is moving on with his life, but Jeff's representation and help were invaluable to our family and I cannot thank him enough. I would absolutely recommend him.
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Posted by anonymous | September 3, 2012
Mr. Tenenbaum goes above and beyond!! He made us feel confident in his ability to get my husband cleared, which he did. He was always available when we needed to talk. I definitely would recommend him he is great at what he does and makes you feel comfortable during such a horrible time. Thank you so much we appreciate everything you did for us!!
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Posted by anonymous | August 29, 2012
Mr. Tenenbaum goes above and beyond!! He made us feel confident in his ability to get my husband cleared, which he did. He was always available when we needed to talk. I definitely would recommend him he is great at what he does and makes you feel comfortable during such a horrible time. Thank you so much we appreciate everything you did for us!!
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Posted by anonymous | June 30, 2010
Someone to put your faith in
I am pleased to be writing a review for such an outstanding attorney! My Husband was falsely accused of some terrible crimes which could have resulted in him spending the rest of his life in prison. Mr. Tenenbaum went above and beyond in his pursuit for the truth. Throughout this extremely stressful process Mr. Tenenbaum kept me informed and was honest about possible outcomes of the case. The amount of dedication he invested in proving my Husband's innocence was monumental. I feel as though Mr. Tenenbaum treated my family as more than just clients and exceeded my expectations of an attorney times ten. Though the process was stressful and emotionally draining the words "not guilty" when spoken at my Husband's trial were the most beautiful words I have ever heard. Watching Mr. Tenenbaum in action during the closing statements of my Husband's trial was exhilarating. He has this innate ability to connect with everyone involved, most importantly the jury. He is confident in his presentation, fluid in his speech, and is relatable and likeable. Mr. Tenenbaum literally gave us our lives back. I highly recommend his services to anyone. Mr.Tenenbaum is an attorney you can put your faith in. Thank you so much Mr.Tenenbaum words can not express how grateful we are!!
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Posted by Robert | November 15, 2009
Outstanding Attorney
I found Jeffrey Tenenbaum to be dedicated and honest, A well seasoned attorney who knows his stuff. He always responds to inquires quickly. He is a trustworthy man who won't let you down. It was a wise decision to have him on the case. I highly recommend him to anyone
Posted by anonymous | June 25, 2009
Rating my Lawyer
Mr. Tenenbaum is an excellent lawyer. This was the second time in my life that I was in the position of needing a lawyer. I was involved in a custody issue with family in Merced but live out of the area and did not know who to turn to for help. Mr. Tenenbaum was responsive, calming, decisive and fair. He was honest in explaining the local process and did not try to paint a pretty picture but gave me an honest assessment of the possible outcomes of the case. I felt he was responsive to questions I had and willing to hang in there until the final resolution of the case. I highly recommend him as a lawyer and if I am in need of a lawyer in Merced again, he is the first one I will call
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Posted by anonymous | June 12, 2009
Mr. Tenenbaum vs possible life sentence
My son was charged with some very serious crimes. At the time we did not know who to turn to, whom we could trust, in general we were at a loss. For vaious reasons we were passed from one attorney to the next , and finally ended up with Mr. Tenenbaum. From day one he was on his game. He took the time needed to quickly get up to speed on the facts of our case. He took charge and gave us a specific plan of action. Mr Tenenbaum truly took on the role of the attorney by handeling the day to day ongoings. This allowed us to return to as much of a normal lifestyle as possible. As months turned to years we gained hope. However he was always cautious so as not to move too fast to overlook any small detail. For obvious reasons I chose not to disclose the details of the final outcome, however I will say we could not be happier and relieved with the final results. I would highly recommend Mr Tenenbaum. He has the ability to take an objective view and the instincts to offer sound advice. This case began more than two years ago. We had no idea what the final outcome could be we only knew what we believed ithe conclusion sholuld be. Dreams do come true and second chances do happen! Thank you Mr Tenenbaum you safed my son's life!
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Posted by anonymous | June 6, 2009
Knowledgable & Responsive
Mr. Tenenbaum represented me in a criminal defense matter one year ago. He made all of the court appearances on my behalf, and halfo f the charges against me were dismissed. I would recommend this Great Lawer and would use him again if i had the needof an attorney.
Posted by anonymous | May 26, 2009
No one would take my case!!!
I was being charged with rape, kidnapping, breaking and entering. I went to jail. I thought my life was over. I kept telling the cops it wasn't me, no one would believe me. A friend recommended this attorney to me and he heard me out and said he would do everything he could to help me. He did, I was in jail for about 6 months, he did all kinds of checking around and his investigator did a lot of research on my behalf and found out that in fact I was innocent. In the end the actual criminal did in fact look like me. In the end all of the charges were dropped and I was let go. I would strongly recommend this attorney; he is incredible to work with. He really listened to everything I had to say and he gave me hope. I knew I was innocent, because in fact I wasn't even there at the time of the crime. I just live in the same building as the jerk who now serving 30 years. I give Jeffery Tenenbaum an overall excellent rating. He gives all Attorney’s a good name.
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Posted by anonymous | May 18, 2009
Mr. Tenenbaum gave us hope
For anyone who is looking for the right lawer, I can assure you Mr. Tenenbaum is the guy! I know this because he represented my boyfriend about a month ago. My boyfriend got in some REALY BAD troble while out one night, and got locked up. He had a job he was going to lose after missing so many days, and needed to be home for so many reasons, one of them being i missed him greatly! When i met Mr. Tenenbaum I knew he was the guy for the job! He always kept my boyfriend's mother and i informed, and kept us updated with all new information, but most importantly he got him out quickly, and got alot of the charges droped. Mr.Tenenbaum was very trustworthy on his word, he told us he was going to get michael out that day and did, he got him home! Jeffrey Tenenbaum is a sharp and knowledgeble man at work. I recommend him to anyone he will give you hope as he has done for me. Thank you so much Mr. Tenenbaum!! You are a good man and a very great lawer! -Sabrina
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Posted by anonymous | May 17, 2009
Mother of Adult Child (formerly in trouble)
I first met Jeffrey Tenenbaum when he was a court appointed attorney for my daughter who was involved with drugs. I was very impressed how he treated me even though most people made me feel like it was my fault my daughter got mixed up with the wrong people in her early adult life. He treated me with respect and explained all the legal proceedings to me as they were happening. When it was time for my daughter to get out of jail, I hired Mr Tenenbaum to help me get my daughter the treatment she needed to get back on the right path. He was very helpful in getting her to a rehab program outside of the area and away from her so called friends. I am very happy to report that with Mr Tenebaum's help, my daughter is now having a sucessful career and nobody knows about her past unless she chooses to tell them. As soon as she was eligible, she hired and paid Mr Tenenbaum to represent her in Merced Country Court to have all her charges adjudacated. I really feel that if we didn't have Mr Tenenbaum as my daughter's attorney, her sucessful story would probably have turned out a lot differently. Mr Tenebaum was able to see my daughter was serious about helping herself and he treated her as a person that needed some guidance, not just another person on meth. Our whole family is grateful for the long way my daughter has come from being on the lower end of society to having a sucessful career. We can't recommend Mr Tenenbaum enough!
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Posted by anonymous | May 17, 2009
He was very informative and helpful on the options that I had in my cases. I was sentanced to a drug program. Upon completion of the program and probation, Mr. Tenenbaum petitioned to the court to have my charges expunged from my record. He was very helpful to me during this whole time. I would deffinately use him, if I ever needed himm again in the future
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Posted by anonymous | May 17, 2009
Great Lawyer
I found Mr. Tenenbaum to be a very compassionate, trustworthy and dedicated attorney. He really knows the law and worked hard to help us navigate through the justice system. He and his staff were very responsive to our needs and treated us with the utmost respect at all times. I was pleased with the outcome of my daughter's case. He really helped my family through a tough time. I would highly recommend Mr. Tenenbaum to anyone in need of a good attorney
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Payment methods
Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 8.6 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Tenenbaum Law Firm
  • 2001 - Present


  • University of San Francisco School of Law
  • Law
  • N/A
  • University of California - Los Angeles
  • Undergraduate
  • N/A

Sample of Legal Cases

  • People vs. Raymond Thompson
  • Not Guilty (all 7 counts)
  • People vs. Jesus Gonzales
  • Not Guilty (all 12 counts)


  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • N/A
  • California DUI Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • California Attorneys for Criminal Justice
  • Member
  • N/A

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016

Speaking Engagements

  • Merced County Defense Attorneys
  • Sex Crimes at Jury Trials
  • 2009

Attorney endorsements

Received (9)
Given (3)
Endorse Jeffrey
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 22
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I referred a case to Jeff after getting the client’s sentence reversed on appeal. Jeff did a terrific job and got the client a significant sentence reduction. Thank you, Jeff, for your hard work!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 13
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have known Jeff for almost a decade. I have had the opportunity of working on the same case as counsel for a co-defendant. I have witnessed his skills in court and I can state that he is an effective and seasoned court room litigator. He is, undoubtedly, one of the top criminal defense attorneys in Merced County."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jeffrey Tenenbaum is careful, prepared, hardworking, and a results oriented professional. He fights hard. He obtains excellent outcomes for clients in difficult situations. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 11
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I worked together with Mr. Tenebaum in a trial and he did an excellent job representing his clients."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jan 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jeffrey Tenenbaum is a highly skilled DUI litigator who knows more about the Standardized Field Sobriety Tests that most police officers out on the street! He aggressively defends his clients in court, appropriately negotiates cases with the prosecution and keeps his clients informed. Highly recommended! Virginia Landry"
DUI and DWI Attorney | Aug 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Very informed, young lawyer, agressive and does great work! I highly recommend Mr. Tenanbaum."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 08
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Jeffrey is a seasoned criminal defense lawyer, skilled in negotiation on behalf of his clients, and ready to go to trial when necessary. He has jury appeal, too, which is a rare commodity and valuable when your freedom is on the line."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jeff is a well prepared, detail oriented attorney. My experience is that he zealously represents his clients, and takes tough cases without hesitation. He is aggressive in court and has a friendly demeanor outside of court. I strongly recommend him"
Criminal defense Attorney | May 18
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Jeff is a young lawyer who cares about his clients and his cases. He will work hard and attempt to do the right thing for his client. He is the type of lawyer all would want."
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Merced Criminal defense Lawyer Jeffrey A Tenenbaum
Jeffrey A Tenenbaum
Criminal defense Attorney
Merced, CA
Licensed for 23 years