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We focus on achieving extraordinary results for our clients by providing exceptional legal service in a cost-effective and creative manner, while at all times remaining committed to achieving our clients’ individualized goals.  We know how to win cases, and we know how to position our clients for the best possible outcomes in a wide range of practice areas.  Our lawyers are intimately familiar with all aspects of the litigation process, and we handle cases in both trial and appellate courts.  We are frequently called upon to handle complex civil and criminal matters, appellate or forfeiture matters, and matters involving general business litigation or internal investigations.  Our attorneys know how to achieve remarkable results without wasting client resources.  We bring broad vision and a wealth of experience to the table to handle even the most complex matters effectively and efficiently.

James W. Spertus and Matthew D. Umhofer are a former federal prosecutors, and each has approximately 20 years of experience litigating criminal and civil cases in federal and state courts.  Ezra D. Landes is experienced trial counsel who worked both at the Los Angeles County Public Defender's Office and the United States Attorney’s Office.  Attorneys Julia Livingston, Dolly Hansen, Amy Hinkley, Diane Bang, Luke Kuo and Suzanne Obeda each provide critical case support, and the Firm has prevailed in numerous trials and appeals.


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James W. Spertus Spertus, Landes & Umhofer L.L.P.
Practicing in: Criminal Defense: White-Collar
Matthew D. Umhofer Spertus, Landes & Umhofer L.L.P.
Practicing in: Criminal Defense: White-Collar

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Spertus, Landes & Umhofer L.L.P.

Contact Information

1990 South Bundy Drive, Suite 705
Los Angeles, CA 90025
Phone: 310-826-4700
Fax: 310-826-4711


Irene ClarkOffice Manager


James W. SpertusFor Case Intake
(310) 826-4700


Partners: 3
Associates: 6
Paralegals: 1
Non-Legal Employees: 2

Practice Areas

Criminal Defense: White-Collar