Criminal Defense, DUI Defense, Civil Rights
Area of Practice
Los Angeles Jewish Bar Association, California Attorneys for Criminal Justice, Los Angeles Criminal Courts Bar Association, Westside Bar Association, California DUI Lawyers Association, California Innocence Project, California Western Law Review
J.D. - California Western School of Law, Magna Cum Laude, 2007 (top 4%); B.D. - UCSB Cal Santa Barbara, 2004 High Honors
Andrew Leventhal is a dynamic, passionate, and charismatic criminal defense lawyer. Andrew was born and raised in San Diego, CA, and went to law school in San Diego. After law school, Andrew spent the first seven years of his career battling in the courtroom trenches as a Los Angeles Public Defender. Here, Andrew developed a reputation for being a fearless trial lawyer. In 2015, Andrew left public practice and created THE LEVENTHAL FIRM, a full-service criminal law firm; he has defended thousands of criminal cases and conducted many jury trials involving everything from DUI and domestic violence to complex white collar matters, sex offenses and murder. Andrew’s legal knowledge and passion for justice has led him to a 90% jury trial non-conviction rate.
Andrew loves the underdog and fights for his clients to the end. He treats his clients like family and advocates for them as such. Andrew has a wealth of personal and professional experience concerning mental health and substance abuse matters – he is incredibly effective leveraging the penal code to save his clients’ lives. Andrew’s client compassion is unique.
Andrew earned invitations into the National Trial Lawyers “Top 100 Criminal Defense Trial Lawyers” club every year since he entered the private sector. Andrew also received the Super Lawyers “Rising Stars” Award every year he has been in private practice. The Rising Stars list recognizes no more than 2.5 percent of attorneys in each state. In 2023 and 2024, Super Lawyers selected Andrew again, as a Southern California Super Lawyer. In addition to the Top 100 and Super Lawyers honors, Pasadena Magazine named Andrew a “Top Attorney” for criminal defense every year he has been in private practice. And, Attorney at Law Magazine (Jan. 2021) featured Andrew in a cover story entitled: “Against all Odds”. Andrew was also re-selected among America’s Top 100 Criminal Defense Attorneys for Southern California in 2019, 2020 and 2021. The American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys selected Andrew as one of the “10 Best Attorneys” for California for the past five years, consecutively. And, last but not least, the American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys selected THE LEVENTHAL FIRM in 2020 as one of the “10 best law firms” for the practice area of criminal defense – an accomplishment that requires “an impeccable client satisfaction rating.” Andrew truly strives to be regarded as one of the best criminal defense attorneys in U.S. history.
Andrew Leventhal has dedicated his life to defending people. His strong reputation, vast network and authentic approach separates him from the rest. Andrew is direct and to the point. He is respectful and respected. You will know if he can help.