LA's Most Experienced, Effective and Trustworthy Criminal and DUI Defense Firm
LAW FIRM OF THE PEOPLE Facing criminal or DUI charges can be frightening and serious, which is why finding the best possible representation is critical. At the Los Angeles Criminal and DUI Defense Firm, our motto of providing experienced, effective and trustworthy representation has earned us a reputation as one of the top criminal and DUI defense law firms throughout Los Angeles County and Southern California. EXPERIENCED The attorneys at the Los Angeles Criminal and DUI Defense Firm have over a decade of combined experience practicing law. Our law firm is exclusive to the practice of criminal and DUI defense work and our attorneys have successfully worked on, negotiated and litigated thousands of criminal and DUI cases in each courthouse throughout Los Angeles County. Criminal and DUI cases are not cut and dry. There are many factors that ultimately decide the outcome of a case. Some of the biggest factors include: the specific courthouse your case is out of, the prosecutor and judge presiding over your case, and the type of representation your attorney provides. As a veteran criminal and DUI defense attorney in Los Angeles, our Senior Attorney of Counsel, Lonnie McDowell, has spent the last decade successfully litigating cases in each courthouse throughout Los Angeles County and in front of the same prosecutor and judge presiding over your case. This type of experience has proven to be valuable and has earned the Los Angeles Criminal and DUI Defense Firm a reputation as one of the best criminal and DUI defense law firms in Los Angeles County. EFFECTIVE The attorney representing you can have all the experience in the world, but what good is that experience if the attorney's representation isn't effective? Criminal and DUI defense attorneys are often jaded by the system and lack the desire to put in the time and effort that is required to effectively represent clients. At the Los Angeles Criminal and DUI Defense Firm, we pride ourselves in effective representation, which is driven by our client-centered approach to handling cases, tired-less work ethic, willingness to fight to obtain just results for our clients, and our overall passion towards criminal and DUI defense work. Our law firms track record of providing effective representation has consistently led to successful results and satisfied clients. TRUSTWORTHY The consequences of a criminal or DUI conviction can have a serious impact on ones future. This is why finding an attorney who is trustworthy is perhaps the most critical factor when fighting criminal or DUI defense charges. We often hear stories of individuals who were "sold" on promises and guarantees upon meeting their attorney, but ultimately ended up dissatisfied and disgruntled with their attorney at the completion of their case. The Los Angeles Criminal and DUI Defense was built on honesty, integrity and trustworthiness. No gimmicks, no phony sales-pitch, and no promises and guarantees just to convince you to retain our law firm. We firmly believe that a establishing a trustworthy relationship with our clients is the foundation to our success as a law firm and our client's satisfaction upon the completion of their case.
18000 Studebaker Rd., Suite 700
Cerritos CA 90703
Mr. McDowell graduated from Southwestern Law School in Southern California with top honors. He was a member of the Dean's List and was the recipient of the Dean's Scholarship. Mr. McDowell was the Lead Articles Editor as well as a board member of the Southwestern Law Review in addition to being a teaching assistant and tutor for various Criminal Law classes.
While still in law school, Mr. McDowell served as a certified law clerk for the United States Attorney's Office, for the District of Nevada, working on the Organized Crime Strike Force. While with the USDOJ, Mr. McDowell handled daily criminal appearances on behalf of the U.S. Government as well as prosecuting DUI's at trail for which he was recognized as a skilled litigator. Mr. McDowell was also selected to intern in the United States District Court, Southern District of California for the Honorable Dean D. Pregerson.
As a criminal defense attorney, Mr. McDowell has successfully litigated thousands of criminal cases ranging from simple misdemeanors to serious and violent felonies. Mr. McDowell has a 10.0 Avvo rating, and has received awards and recognition by the National Trial Lawyers as a "Top 100 Trial Lawyer, Lawyers of Distinction, Lead Counsel, and has been rated Top 10 in Client Satisfaction by the American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys.
Mr. McDowell is a member of The American Bar Association, The Los Angeles County Bar Association, The Beverly Hills Bar Association, The Association of Southern California Defense Counsel, The Consumer Attorney's Association of Los Angeles, and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.
Shakti Vadgama was born and raised in Los Angeles County and earned his bachelor's degree from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). After graduating from UCLA, Mr. Vadgama attended California Western School of Law in San Diego. In law school, Mr. Vadgama developed a strong passion for advocating on behalf of individuals against entities that are in a position of power. Mr. Vadgama's first experience with criminal law came when he worked for the Chilean Ministry of Justice while studying and working abroad after his first year of law school in Santiago, Chile. In this position, he researched and briefed his supervising attorney on the United States use of the Combined DNA Index System (CODIS) and whether Chile should implement such system.
Furthermore, Mr. Vadgama worked as a judicial extern in the criminal division of the San Diego Superior Court East County Division. As a judicial extern, Mr. Vadgama prepared bench memoranda for multiple judges on cases ranging from misdemeanors to serious felonies, providing his recommendation as to how each case should be determined when applying the facts to the applicable law. This experience provided Mr. Vadgama a unique insight and understanding on how the judiciary and the criminal courts operate. Mr. Vadgama also interned at a criminal defense firm, where he worked on various criminal cases and advocated on behalf of individuals serving life sentences at parole hearings. He helped and witnessed his supervising attorney win a parole hearing for an individual who successfully used the prison system to rehabilitate himself and change his life around after serving twenty-five years for second degree murder. This moment left a profound impact on Mr. Vadgama and made him realize that a career as a criminal defense attorney was his true calling.
Mr. Vadgama also worked as an honors instructor in law school, tutoring first year law students in legal research and writing. He earned this position upon receiving the highest score in his first year legal research and writing course.
After law school, Mr. Vadgama spent the first year and one-half of his legal career as a plaintiff's employment law attorney, advocating on behalf of employees in all employment related matters. In his stint as an employment law attorney, Mr. Vadgama successfully negotiated and litigated on behalf of hundreds of clients in both State and Federal court.
Since his brief stint as an employment law attorney, Mr. Vadgama has dedicated his career towards criminal and DUI defense work, his true passion, and has since been rated has been rated Top 10 in Client Satisfaction by the American Institute of DUI/DWI Attorneys.
Mr. Vadgama is licensed to practice law in all State courts throughout California and the United States District Court, Central District of California. Mr. Vadgama is also a member of the Los Angeles Bar Association, the Los Angeles Bar Association Criminal Justice Section, and the California Attorneys for Criminal Justice.
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