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Denise Yaniv is not your typical L.A. lawyer. She was born and raised on a horse and cattle ranch in North Dakota, the oldest child of Darryl and Donna Blessum. She has always had determination, and her compassion for all creatures led to her sneaking any kind of domestic or wild animal into her bedroom to care for as a pet when a girl, to pursuing a career as a paramedic, and ultimately becoming a compassionate, aggressive, dedicated criminal defense attorney.

Denise's goal to be a paramedic led her to become a police officer (a prerequisite set by her employer, despite her disinclination), ultimately graduating as "The Honor Graduate" of her police academy .  However, Denise's law enforcement service became instrumental in shaping her determination to become the very best criminal defense attorney she could be.

During the time Denise was a police officer/paramedic, she witnessed frequent injustices perpetrated by her peers, especially towards minorities, while the system turned a blind eye. She experienced this behavior first hand as a woman. But, being a fighter, Denise stood up to the injustice and beat the department.
In 2000  Denise became a first-generation college student, moving to Southern California with two small children and tons of determination. In 2003 she graduated Magna Cum Laude from UCLA with a bachelor's degree in psychology. In 2005, Ms. Yaniv obtained her J.D. at Southwestern University School of Law after completing the accelerated SCALE program.

Since then Denise has made it her life's mission to passionately fight for those who have been wronged by our legal system and to uphold the U.S. Constitution.   Ms. Yaniv surrounds herself with teammates, other professionals who have displayed dedication and integrity to assist  in the defense of her clients.  Different Defense Team takes the process a step further, and helps to facilitate rehabilitation and life redirection after the criminal process is complete.

Denise and her teammates make up the Different Defense Team, and will be in your corner to tirelessly fight for you and your Constitutional rights! 


Languages spoken: Spanish

Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 100%



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  • Douglas MacMillan Borthwick

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  • Peter John Marek

    I endorse Denise. She is a giver and has been her whole life. Money is clearly not her God. She has been a paramedic, a police officer, Etc. Etc.. Here on avvo she is a giver once again. Her court results and client reviews are outstanding. Read them before you hire her. If your in the area you would be wise to seek a consultation.


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Different Defense Team

Calabasas, CA


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Publication nameTitleDate
UCLA Undergraduate Psychology Journalof Striatal Lesions on Place and Response Learning2003
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Southwestern University School of LawN/AJD - Juris DoctorN/A
University of California - Los AngelesN/AOther - BachelorsN/A