Tenenbaum Law Firm

Firm Overview

We specialize in representing people accused of committing crimes. We also represent juveniles who are arrested. Finally, we represent parents who have their children detained by Child Protective Services and put in foster care.

We have been practicing law in Merced County since 2001.

Example cases

People vs. Phillip Simpson
Client was charged with violently assaulting his girlfriend. He was facing up to four years in state prison. After a week at jury trial before the Honorable Betty Dawsom, the jury found Mr. Simpson "not guilty." Mr. Simpson was released immediately.

People vs. Carlos Lopez
Client was charged with 15 counts of violent sexual assault on three women. He was facing 200 years in state prison. After three weeks at jury trial before the Honorable Brian McCabe, the jury hung on all counts. Mr. Lopez was released after two years.

People vs. Michael Bonilla
Client was charged with violent assault and gang enhancements. He was facing 12 years in state prison. After two weeks at jury trial before the Honorable Harry Jacobs, the jury found Mr. Bonilla "not guilty" on the most serious felonies. Mr. Bonilla was released shortly after the trial.

People vs. Avtar Shokar
Client was charged with violently assaulting another person with a deadly weapon and threatening great bodily injury. He was facing two strikes and several years in prison. After a thorough investigation by our office, we were able to show the District Attorney that the "victim" had made it up and lied to the police. The case was dismissed.

Main Office
Tenenbaum Law Firm
800 W 20th St
Merced  CA  95340
  • (209) 384-3000
  • (209) 384-3900


Free Initial Consultation?
Services Offered For Fixed Fees?
Our rates vary depending on the complexity and seriousness of the case. We will offer a 25% reduction if the client mentions Nolo in their new-client intake interview. We accept all major credit cards.
Hourly Rates

Office Information

Office Hours
Monday through Friday
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Office Manager
Jessica Hernandez
Emergency After Hours
Languages Spoken
Spanish and Punjabi.

How did your firm decide on the primary area of practice(s)?

These areas seem to suit my personality well - helping people during tough times and being effective in the courtroom in front of a jury.

What is your firm's point of view regarding clients educating themselves on legal issues?

We believe it is appropriate, but not necessary.

Is your firm willing to review documents prepared by clients?

Of course, every case.

Is your firm willing to coach clients who want to represent themselves?

We do not do this.

Jeffrey A. Tenenbaum

Before practicing law, I was employed in the local schools as a teacher.

My father has been a lawyer for 40 years. I have seen how to be effective in the courtroom and how to handle difficult situations with clients facing serious charges.

Our strengths are in being thorough, prepared, and doing what is best for the client. Everything we do is done to protect the client.

Personal interests:

My wife and four children keep me busy. We enjoy church activities and sports.

  • Bar Number: 209769
    California , 2000
  • University of San Francisco, School of Law
    Juris Doctorate , 1996
    San Francisco, CA
    Criminal Defense, Trial Advocacy.
  • University of California at Los Angeles
    Bachelor of Arts , 1993
    Los Angeles, CA
    Political Science.

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