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Pat Carey – Criminal Defense Attorney

10.0J. Patrick Carey The National Trial Lawyers

Former Top Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney

California State Bar Board Certified Criminal Law Specialist

When you are charged or even being investigated for a crime, everything can change. With over 7,000 criminal cases handled, no one knows that fact better than Board Certified Criminal Law Specialist Pat Carey. In his 8+ years working with the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, Pat Carey saw it all.  After serving as a prosecutor, he left the DA’s office and became a privately retained attorney focusing on criminal defense. He brought his knowledge of everything prosecution to put forward the best possible defense for his clients. He has not only the experience, but Pat has also trained Law Enforcement agencies and new prosecutors during his tenure with the D.A.’s Office.  He has mastered the art of negotiation for his clients, and when your case cannot be settled Pat is relentless at trial.  His trial experience is unmatched by his competitors given his experience in the DA’s office.

Pat is a Board Certified Criminal Law Specialist with the California State Bar.  What does that mean?  Well, there are 250,000 lawyers in California and only 400 have been granted the specialization.  The State Bar will only award the specialization to those lawyers with the sufficient trial statistics and courtroom experience.  So while a lawyer may tell you he has all the experience in the world, if they not a Board Certified Specialist, they do not have the experience they claim.  Pat does.


In 2016, Pat was also named one of the “Top 40 under 40” by the National Trial Lawyers Association.

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Pat was also selected by Super Lawyers Magazine as a 2016 and 2017 Southern California Rising Star.

Pat Carey is not just a “former prosecutor.” During his time with the District Attorney, he tried 62 jury trials for cases ranging from driving under the influence misdemeanors, to gang crimes, to special circumstance murder cases. He additionally spent one year assigned to a juvenile division focusing exclusively on juvenile cases where he handled over 75 juvenile adjudication trials. As a felony trial lawyer, Pat conducted over 1,600 preliminary hearings. His experience as a prosecutor is unmatched by those who claim to be “former prosecutors.” In his time as a defense attorney, he has already had cases dismissed either at the urging of the prosecutor or by taking the case to a judge and requiring dismissal. In addition to his jury trial experience, Pat Carey has also handled thousands of drug possession and sales cases, sex crimes, robberies, burglaries, fraud, theft and embezzlement cases.  Many criminal defense lawyers you meet will tell you that you should hire them because they have been practicing for decades.  Keep in mind, however, that in Pat Carey’s career he has already likely handled more cases, conducted more jury trials, and had more success than those attorneys have had in their time.  Pat is a new breed of criminal defense attorney.  He is up to date on the law, is technologically savvy, and understands how the office that is prosecuting you works inside and out.  In his career as a criminal defense lawyer, he has already been named “Client’s Choice” for 2015 by the reputable attorney review site,  ‘   Lawyer John Carey | Lawyer Criminal Defense

Media Appearances

One of Pat Carey’s murder prosecutions was featured on NBC’s “Dateline”.

Pat was also recently a guest commentator on Fox News discussing Lindsay Lohan’s most recent criminal troubles.



Super Lawyers


National Trial Lawyers Association


Los Angeles County Bar Association


Association of Deputy District Attorneys


California District Attorneys Association


Pi Sigma Alpha Political Science Honor Society




Southern California Rising Star Super Lawyers 2017
Certified Criminal Law Specialist California State Bar Board of Legal Specialization 2017
Southern California Rising Star Super Lawyers 2016
Top 40 under 40 The National Trial Lawyers Association 2016
Top 40 Under 40 The National Trial Lawyers Association 2015
Project Lead Facilitator Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office 2014
Project LEAD Facilitator Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office 2013
Deputy District Attorney Grade 2 Promotion Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office 2009
Excellence for the Future: White Collar & Criminal Law Center for Computer Assisted Legal Instruction 2007



Short-Term Rental Owners Push Back The Daily Breeze 2017
Judge Strikes Down Class Certification The Daily Breeze 2017
Class Action Status Denied Surfline 2017
Pat Carey Recognized as Rising Star by Super Lawyers Super Lawyers 2017
Driver Receives Favorable Deal The Daily Breeze 2016
DA Declines to Prosecute The Daily Breeze 2016
Former Inglewood man found guilty in 1994 strangling of wife Daily Breeze 2012
Torrance man sentenced for stabbing landlord to death Daily Breeze 2012
Ex-Inglewood man gets 25-to-life for strangling wife in 1994 Daily Breeze 2012
Husband Set to be Sentenced in the Strangulation Murder of His CIA-Employed Wife Los Angeles County District Attorney 2012
Ex-Inglewood man gets 25-to-life for strangling wife in 1994 San Jose Mercury News 2012
Torrance man says he killed roommate Daily Breeze 2011
Former Peninsula High student faces 4 years for attacking student with bottle Daily Breeze 2010
Judge orders Torrance man to stand trial for alleged hate crime, beating Contra Costa Times 2008


Speaking Engagements

Handling Probation Violations Fox News 2015
How to be a Prosecutor District Attorney New Hires College 2014
Criminal Procedure Southwestern School of Law 2013
The Art of Prosecuting Crimes District Attorney New Hires College 2013
Project L.E.A.D. Criminal Law Educator 2013
Driving Under the Influence Investigations for Successful Prosecution Manhattan Beach Police Department Training 2011


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