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Evan Ephraim Zelig

Criminal defense Attorney at Santa Rosa, CA

4.8   26 reviews

also known as Evan E. Zelig

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  • Licensed for 20 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2003
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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About Evan

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EXPERIENCED AND AGGRESSIVE CRIMINAL DEFENSE AND DUI REPRESENTATION.

Evan E. Zelig started out practicing exclusively criminal law. Mr. Zelig earned his law degree at McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento, California. During his law school career, Mr. Zelig interned at the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office, where he gained indispensable experience litigating a wide variety of criminal cases. After law school, he began his career working at the Deputy District Attorney in Sacramento, handling a broad range of cases as a prosecutor. Mr. Zelig then worked for several large criminal defense firms, and eventually began his own practice to be able to provide personalized attention to his clients. 

Awards

Client's Choice 2012
Client's Choice
2012

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Reviews

4.8 / 5.0
  26 customer reviews
Client's Choice 2012
Client's Choice
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Posted by Jessica | February 5, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great experience
Hands down the best attorney in Sonoma county! 11/10 handled everything so quickly and professionally. I highly recommend him for all your legal matters
Posted by anonymous | March 4, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Compassionate & Thorough Representation
Evan demonstrates a level of care for his client's needs that goes beyond expectations. Comprehensive and thoughtful throughout the process, Evan alleviated all concerns in a direct and prompt manner. His counsel is very much appreciated and I couldn't recommend higher!
Posted by Scott | January 13, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Professional and Responsive
Evan provided professional and responsive representation during an inconvenient experience. He was always available when needed, knew all the details of the process, and was up-to-speed on the latest details of the law. He was very courteous and had very affordable rates. Thank you Evan!
Posted by Cinthya | May 5, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Hire him
Mr. Zelig is very professional and has excellent customer service skills. My friend had a DUI and he has done an excellent job at representing him. Explaining all the process as he goes. Very kind and on top of everything. Very knowledgable as well. Hire him above all the criminal attorneys I have known in Santa Rosa he is very good. I had a very bad experience with one attorney here is Santa Rosa and I can tell you Mr. Zelig is top of the line.
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Posted by WILLIAM | December 13, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Excellent Attorney
Evan Zelig assisted me in a serious criminal legal matter recently. He was very helpful and really set himself apart from other attorneys I have worked with and consulted. Evan will have your back and communicate with you better than any attorney I’ve come across. If I ever have serious legal matters to handle again there really is only one attorney in my opinion. Thanks again Evan!
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Posted by Dan | November 25, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Exceeded all expectations
In the past I've had nothing but bad experiences with attorneys before and though I had read reviews before meeting Mr. Zelig I figured he could not be that good. I was genuinely shocked to find that he actually was as good as the best reviews I had read about him. He did not cheat me or con me, gave excellent advice, guided me through a traumatic experience, kept me out of harms way and to top it off was even polite and cordial throughout. I was very fortunate to find him and highly recommend him.
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Response from Evan Zelig December 6, 2021
Thank you for your review. I am happy to hear your experience with my representation was a positive one! I wish you the best.
Posted by Nicholas | January 14, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
LifeSaver
Mr. Zelig did a great job handling my case. He is hard working and clearly explains everything. Straight shooter with no shenanigans.
Response from Evan Zelig January 21, 2020
Thank you for your review!
Posted by Matt | December 10, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Sonoma County's Best Criminal Attorney
I can't speak any higher about my experience with Evan. I came to him with a very problematic DUI where I had been in a accident and also charged with a Felony Hit and Run. I found Evan to be a very hardworking and knowledgeable attorney. He showed continuously through the process that he cared about me as a person. While I was rightfully convicted he helped minimized the sentence. Upon completion of my probation he was able to get my felony reduced to a misdemeanor, dismissed, and expunged. I no longer have this nightmare hanging over my head. I have Evan to thank for his expert advice, guidance, and representation through the entire process. While I hope I never have to hire him again if I ever need a criminal attorney he will the only call I make. Evan, I can't thank you enough.
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Posted by anonymous | November 17, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
EXCELLENT!
Made a painful situation so much easier. Affordable, knowledgable, communicative and truly wanted to help me. Highly recommend!
Response from Evan Zelig November 28, 2017
Thank you for your wonderful review! It was my pleasure to help and I appreciate your comments.
Posted by anonymous | November 12, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Great Work
Timely and specific, he provided great advice.
Response from Evan Zelig December 8, 2016
Thank you for your comment and your 5-star rating!
Posted by Gwen | September 9, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Evan Zelig was "God's Gift" for my family
Mr. Zelig is an amazing human being. I saw that there is one negative review on here ànd frankly I cannot see why. Evan represented one of my sons in a co-defendant case of false allegation that involved both of my sons. We have finally completed the most terrifying two year journey of our lives and I am certain we could not have done it without this man! From the moment I hit send on my desperate plea for help through Mr. Zelig's website, my son was to be in the best of hands. That plea went out in the late hours of a night in June two years ago. Evan called me only moments later and spoke at great length to me. He was by my son's side in court the following morning, before we could even raise a retainer. His commitment to his clients is certainly unparalleled. He is genuine, honest, kind, confident, caring and absolutely brilliant. His sense of humor helped us keep our sanity, as well as keep hope wildly alive in the hearts of the whole family. Our case went all the way through trial. I was amazed at the magnitude of work that went into our case. Further, all while building our defense, he was so attentive to and patient with this SUPER CRAZY MAMA, that I would be hard pressed to believe he had any other clients! Evan Zelig was worth more to us than what we ever could have paid him. To be honest, we will miss seeing him regularly! Because of this man's dedication and hard work both of my sons are free to begin rebuilding their lives. Evan, there are not enough words to thank you for giving my son his life back. You are "God's Gift" and I am glad he gave you to us. We will be forever grateful. May God richly bless you for your fairness and honesty and all that you do for those who cling frantically to you. Thank you! Thank you!! Thank you!!
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Posted by anonymous | April 22, 2015
Hire this man!
I went in for a consultation and being scared to death that a little housewife like myself was facing felony charges, he immediately put me at ease in regards to my situation (which wasn't a pretty one). He was super knowledgable and represented me at my court hearing. The charges were dropped and he seemed just as happy as I was. He even called me a few hours later to check in and make sure I was ok. Hopefully I will never need his services again, but if I did, he is definitely my go to man.
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Posted by anonymous | March 12, 2015
I could not say enough GREAT thongs about Mr. Zelig
Recently, I retained Evan Zelig to represent me for my criminal case in Sonoma County. I interviewed 2 other lawyers, one of which seemed uninterested and lazily suggested pleaing out during the interview. The other tried to scare me and asked more than double Evans fee for retainer. From the very beginning, Evan displayed an intimate understanding of the judicial process as well as the local jurisdiction, including familiarity with D.A. etc. He displayed very high levels of discretion and integrity. After explaining my options and the process, he was completely supportive of following my goals for the direction and handling of my case. He did not try to steer my decisions nor did he want to be lazy and cop a plea. instead he fought hard for me and earned every penny. Evans level of communication was outstanding; he never let me wait more than a day and frequently responded immediately even well after hours. He keeps his word for EVERYTHING and follows through til the end, as many months after my case he still fought successfully for return of my property that had been kept as evidence. Evan seriously earned my trust and respect and grossly outperformed the other 4 attorneys I have had the misfortune of retaining. MOST IMPORTANTLY Mr. Zelig got me RESULTS! A lying off duty detective claimed I pointed a pistol at him and made threats, and further lied during his report. The dishonest police also put several thousand of my dollars into a dog bowl in an order to get their canine to hit on it, which they then seized - but NOPE Evan chewed up the case I walked away with no conviction and got my money back way before completion of case. I tried to retain Evan again for another case because he earned my trust and although that case was unfortunately outside of his area of practice, he referred me to a competent colleague. I would strongly recommend Mr. Zelig to friends or family in a heartbeat. THANK YOU EVAN!
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Posted by anonymous | January 6, 2015
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Expert response to my inquiry!
I especially appreciated Evan's presentation of our options. I like that he was a prosecutor. Never underestimate your opponent …..even when you are totally innocent. Very courteous, up-front chap with the strong background I'm looking for in a local legal counsel.
Posted by anonymous | April 23, 2014
A lawyer you don't need to call wondering what's up w/ ur case BECAUSE he is calling you constantly!
Evan was great, every step of the way. He was in constant communication, was honest , knowledgable and very forth coming and available to answer any and all of my questions. He expunged a prior felony conviction for marijuana and had I know him when I was arrested I would have used him on the original case. Thanks Evan!
Posted by anonymous | December 15, 2013
Dedicated, Respected, Responsive, and Treats Clients Very Well
I would highly recommend Evan Zelig to handle any criminal matter. He represented my nephew on two serious criminal matters. I am actually a business attorney myself. Evan fought hard to achieve the best possible results on both legal matters. He was incredible about updating us and explaining all of the alternatives. It is clear to us that the Criminal judges, District Attorneys and everyone else respects Evan and listens to his recommendations. Evan inspired my nephew to turn his life around for the best. He did this by being a caring, aggressive, knowledgeable attorney and a terrific role model.
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Posted by anonymous | May 9, 2013
An excellent attorney
Evan Zelig is exactly what you want from a lawyer. Knowledgeable, honest, fair, hard working, committed, enthusiastic, and aggressive. He will stand up for his clients rights, and not be pushed around by prosecutors. Mr. Zelig was my savior, and he really helped me through a scary time.
Posted by Sevan | September 27, 2011
Recent VERY pleased client
I wanted to take a minute to thank and endorse Evan for his stellar work on my criminal case. He was completely honest upfront when I came to him. He diligently worked on my case and responded within minutes of my every request. He took the time also to educate me as to the process. He was able to negotiate me a killer deal with the DA. I highly recommend his services if you get yourself in a serious "felony" bind. My case was resolved with my complete satisfaction! I could not be more pleased. On top of that I consider him a friend. A great guy! He is a pit bull amongst lawyers....
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Posted by anonymous | June 13, 2011
Took Care of Everything. Outstanding Professionalism.
Trustworthy. Responsive! Knowledgeable. Always kept me informed. Provided an excellent defense. No worries. - ! CASE DISMISSED ! -
Posted by anonymous | June 16, 2010
Attorney Evan Zelig exceeded expectations!!
Evan presented a detailed, concise and professional defense then executed beautifully. Evan was not willing to stand on the sidelines, he took the initiative to brilliantly take control of the case from the very beginning. He not only handled the case with the utmost professionalism, he offered sympathy and compassion. I was extremely impressed with his expertise; but what impressed me the most was his follow up after the case closed and his willingness to assist with final details that most would have ignored by easily explaining that they were out of his scope of responsibility. Evan is different he from the very beginning all the way through conclusion went the extra mile and exceeded expectation! I always felt that I truly had the best player on my team!
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.9 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • President / Attorney at Law
  • Law Offices of Evan E. Zelig, P.C.
  • 2009 - Present
  • Associate Attorney
  • Law Office of Alex R. Kessel
  • 2007 - 2009
  • Associate Attorney
  • Criminal Defense Associates
  • 2005 - 2007
  • Deputy District Attorney
  • Sacramento County District Attorney's Office
  • 2003 - 2005
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Education

  • McGeorge SOL Univ of the Pacific
  • J.D.
  • 2003
  • University of California - Irvine
  • B.A.
  • 2000

Associations

  • NORML Legal Committee
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • California NORML Legal Committee
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • California Attorneys for Criminal Justice
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Sonoma County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Napa County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Client Distinction Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • 2015 Northern California Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Client Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
  • Preeminent 5.0 out of 5
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
  • Preeminent 5.0 out of 5
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013
  • Accredited Business
  • Better Business Bureau
  • 2010
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Speaking Engagements

  • Empire Law School Attorney Presentation
  • Mock Courtroom Presentation
  • 2012
  • Burbank HS Every 15-Minutes Presentation
  • DUI Awareness & Education
  • 2011

Attorney endorsements

Received (24)
Given (23)
Endorse Evan
Criminal defense Attorney | May 07
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Evan is a dedicated and smart criminal defense attorney. He is in my close circle of referrals because I can count on him to advocate zealously on behalf of his clients. He is respected by prosecutors, judges and fellow criminal defense attorneys."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 18
Relationship: Friend
"Evan has always had a passion that few can match in working for his clients. Criminal defense requires a lawyer who will not be bullied by the Prosecutor's Office, and nobody stands taller and works harder than Evan."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Zelig is a progressive thinker and tireless fighter for his clients. He works hard, and gets good results. He is ethical and has great character."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 09
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Evan and I just completed a hard-fought kidnap/rape jury trial. Evan represented one brother, and I represented the other. The trial ended in a mistrial, following a 9-3 hung jury, with 9 jurors voting not guilty. It was a pleasure working with Evan. He was an outstanding and dedicated advocate for his client. His trial instincts are excellent. He had a firm command on the case, due to extensive preparation. He skillfully handled complex issues, such as DNA matters. I highly endorse and recommend Evan Zelig."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Evan Zelig is an outstanding young lawyer, possessing both excellent legal skills and impeccable integrity. He vigorously defends his clients not only through his verbal ability in the courtroom, but also through his thoroughly researched and well written legal arguments. I consider him a most competent and conscientious attorney, and recommend him highly"
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Dec 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Evan. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Evan Zelig is a zealous aggressive advocate for his clients and he is highly respected member of the Bar in Sonoma County. I am glad to endorse him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 04
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Evan represents the finest in a new generation of criminal defenders. He is competent, professional, effective, and always prepared. As a former prosecutor, I opposed Evan on perhaps a hundred different matters. As a rule, he was the consummate professional and a tireless and effective advocate on behalf of his clients. When the going gets tough, there are a lot of attorneys who duck for cover. Evan is the exception. He is a fighter, and ready go the extra mile in every case he takes. Highly recommended."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Evan has a great reputation in the legal community for good reason: he cares about his clients and has the experience and knowledge to help them through their cases. Evan is a zealous advocate for his clients and they appreciate his passion and responsiveness."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 14
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Evan is an incredibly hard working lawyer who has a deep passion for the defense of his clients. He is very intelligent but more importantly in his field, he is street smart and can get results. He is aggressive in presenting the positions of his clients but also knows how to present their case in a manner that creates the most leverage possible. I refer clients to him without reservation."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Evan Zelig is a great criminal defense lawyer in Sonoma County. He is a true professional."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 02
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Evan is an outstanding attorney who does tremendous work on behalf of his clients. I refer co-defendants to him whenever possible because I have seen him consistently provide outstanding representation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 28
Relationship: Friend
"I endorse this lawyer. Evan Zelig is a talented and brilliant attorney, he will fight for your rights."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have referred several clients to Evan and I will continue to do so with the confidence that their legal needs will be met with care and competence."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 15
Relationship: Other
"I went to law school with Evan and I know him to be a hard working lawyer who will work diligently for his clients within his ethical constraints."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 15
Relationship: Friend
"I endorse this lawyer. Evan Zelig is profoundly dedicated to his clients and brings unique skills to their defense."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Evan has a wide knowledge of the criminlal law and always has insight whenever I ask him a question about criminal law or procedures. A true professional."
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