Criminal Defense Attorney
For highly skilled representation in complex criminal cases involving serious crimes, contact the Federal Criminal Defense Group. Based in Los Angeles, we serve clients throughout the United States. With more than 35 years of experience focused on criminal defense, we know how to protect your rights and fight the charges against you aggressively. Named a Top Southern California Lawyer by Los Angeles magazine, criminal defense attorney David Elden works with a talented staff of professionals who can spot the weaknesses in the government's case, no matter how complex the charges might be. In cases involving fraud or corporate crimes, he relies on former IRS agents to provide the forensic accounting support essential to the development and presentation of your defense. In federal drug cases or ongoing conspiracy investigations, he turns to former FBI, DEA, and Sheriffs Department agents whose investigative experience and thoroughness is often greater than that of the officers working the case against you. Our ability to attack the government's case on the basis of a highly professional review of the evidence can frequently give us the leverage you need to negotiate with the prosecution for a non-prosecution, dismissal or a very positive result. We are prepared to serve as trial counsel, special counsel, or local counsel in cases where a corporation is based anywhere in the world. We can also assist with the defense of California personnel who encounter criminal prosecution in other parts of the country. David Elden has a national reputation for outstanding client service among the leading defense lawyers in the country, and can often arrange for an experienced and skilled criminal attorney to arrive wherever needed within hours of being contacted. Our clients are best served when they engage us at the earliest possible point of a criminal investigation. Our ability to protect you from the most serious charges that a Federal Grand Jury might return against you is only effective while the investigation is still under way and before the indictments are filed. In conspiracy investigations involving a drug distribution network or complex fraud, our early intervention can make the difference whether you get indicted or not. For additional information about the scope of our criminal defense client service, contact our Los Angeles office at 310-478-3100 for a free consultation. We serve clients throughout the United States.
Criminal Defense Attorney Victor Sherman An experience trial lawyer who has tried hundreds of cases in both federal and state courts, Victor has has defended clients in cases ranging from business fraud to drug offenses, tax crimes, securities fraud, money laundering, public corruption, customs violations and racketeering, as well as misdemeanor and felony offenses and crimes of violence such as murder, sexual assaults and arson. Victor Sherman’s clients have included a “Watergate” defendant as well as a defendant charged with the largest bank heist in the nation. Attorney Victor Sherman has argued before the United States Supreme Court (United States v. $8,850) and Courts of Appeal in many federal circuits. Victor Sherman was a national commentator during the O.J. Simpson murder trial, and is currently challenging the secret and indiscriminate wiretapping of over 100,000 California residents conducted by Los Angeles County District Attorney and law enforcement agencies in Southern California over the past decade. Innovative and Experienced Criminal Defense Attorney The Aspen Advanced Criminal Law Seminar was established by Victor Sherman in 1980 to foster an environment for defense attorney to share common experiences and learn from one another. The seminar has been co-sponsored by by the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers since 1997. Named one of the Best Lawyers in Southern California, in the 2009 as a supplement by the Los Angeles Times in its December supplement to the 2008 edition of the Los Angeles Times magazine, Victor Sherman regularly appears on MSNBC to provide legal commentary on current high profile cases. Victor Sherman received his B.S. in Business from the University of California, Los Angeles, in 1962 and his J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley (Boalt Hall School of Law), in 1965.
Mieke ter Poorten
Criminal Defense Attorney Representing clients across California, Mieke ter Poorten has experience with both state and federal crimes including major drug offenses, money laundering, DUI, Medicare fraud, identity theft, violent crimes, domestic violence, carjacking, criminal threats, credit card fraud, and sex crimes. Mieke ter Poorten has experience running a successful Los Angeles based strategic planning firm where she worked with high-level executives, professionals and politicians to build their reputation and achieve business and career growth. Meike recieved her JD from Southwestern University School of Law in 2010 and clerked for Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Cynthia Rayvis on a yearlong complicated habeas case. Her unique combination of strategic planning experience and knowledge of the law, along with fierce dedication, make Meike an extremely effective attorney. Meike ter Poorten is currently a member of the Los Angeles Bar Association, California Attorneys for Criminal Justice, California Public Defenders Association and National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and is a frequent speaker for both local and national bar associations.
Matthew Lombard has been a dedicated criminal defense attorney for over 12 years. He has extensive experience in a wide variety of legal matters, including: white-collar crimes such as investment fraud, counterfeiting, and credit card fraud; international extradition agreements, drug offenses, bank robbery, passport and social security fraud, identity theft, alien smuggling, violent crimes and death penalty cases. Mr. Lombard also has a successful track record in recovering property seized by the government. In addition to negotiating pre-indictment and post-indictment pleas, Mr. Lombard has also received a number of not guilty verdicts in jury trials and has had numerous cases dismissed via effective pre-trial motions. Some of his most recent trials have included complex wire fraud, health-care fraud, tax evasion, and money laundering. Mr. Lombard began his legal career after completing a Bachelor of Arts from Colgate University in Hamilton, New York, and his Juris Doctorate from George Washington University School of Law. While in law school, he was chosen from a large pool of candidates to work on the Terry L. Nichols Defense Team in Denver, Colorado. He then moved onto the highly-regarded Public Defender Service in Washington, D.C. for several years before moving to Los Angeles in 2004 where he became a federal public defender. He founded Lombard Law in 2006 and has since been representing clients in both federal and state matters nationwide. A member of the California State Bar, Mr. Lombard is also licensed with the District of Columbia Bar. His other associations include the Criminal Justice Act Central Panel for the Central District of California, the Federal Bar Association of Los Angeles, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and the American Bar Association. In 2011-12, he served as co-chair for Lawyer Representative for the Central District of California. Mr. Lombard is invited to lecture frequently at the Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, and has been featured as a legal commentator for local news stations for cases such as the Conrad Murray trial. As the son of a civil rights activist, Mr. Lombard has dedicated his career to upholding the belief that all people should be afforded equal rights under our Constitution. He has been a zealous and effective advocate in protecting these rights despite prosecutors, district attorneys and law enforcement.