David A. Katz

Attorney Profile

Top Rated White Collar Crimes Attorney in Beverly Hills, CA

Katz & Associates
 | 433 North Camden Drive, Suite 600
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Phone: 310-279-5111
Fax: 310-279-5112
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2009 - 2010
Licensed Since: 1984
Practice Areas:
  • Criminal Defense: White Collar (70%),
  • Criminal Defense (20%),
  • Appellate (10%)
Languages Spoken:
  • English,
  • Spanish
Attorney Profile

Katz & Associates is a boutique criminal-defense firm in Beverly Hills.  David A. Katz has been in private criminal defense practice for over 25 years. Before that, he was an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Los Angeles for six years, after serving as a law clerk to U.S. District Judge John Garrett Penn in Washington, D.C.  Katz & Associates has consistently obtained excellent results for clients, both federal and state.

Representative current clients include –

We represent one of the 10 attorneys charged in a “major felony fraud” case in Orange County. The District Attorney’s press release is at (http://orangecountyda.org/civica/press/display.asp?layout=2&Entry=5203); see also (http://www.ocregister.com/2017/06/05/10-attorneys-and-others-charged-by-o-c-district-attorneys-office-in-what-it-calls-a-massive-workers-comp-scheme/).

In a federal unemployment fraud case, the client, represented by another attorney, was sentenced to custody. After his sentencing, he hired us for his appeal.  After the district court denied a request for stay of surrender, we were able to obtain an emergency order from the Ninth Circuit staying his surrender.  We recently filed the opening brief in his appeal.

Last month, we obtained bail for a client charged with visa fraud for allegedly bringing entertainers to perform in America and allegedly intending that they would overstay the performance visa and remain here.  Over the objections of the government, which sought no bail, we persuaded a magistrate judge in Brooklyn to order the client released on an unsecured bond.

We represented a young man accused of attempted murder in state case.  His parents hired us to represent him on a motion for new trial, arguing he had had ineffective assistance of counsel.  The trial court denied the motion, but in June 2017, the Court of Appeal found that his trial attorney had provided ineffective assistance.  We are now court-appointed to represent him for the retrial.

Last three years – federal matters.  Last year, in North Carolina, after our client admitted paying bribes to an official in exchange for business from a military base, and over strenuous government argument that he should be imprisoned for years, we obtained a large downward departure at the sentencing hearing, resulting in a 5-month sentence.  Two years ago, in a Los Angeles fraud case where a bank claimed losses approaching $2,000,000 and despite the government seeking a three-year prison term, we persuaded the court to impose no jail time.  Three years ago, also in Los Angeles, we substituted into a conspiracy case after the client’s previous attorney could not obtain bail, and we negotiated a probation disposition resulting in the client’s immediate release.  Also in 2015, in a federal bank fraud case in San Diego, we obtained a disposition with a few months of house arrest.  All four results were achieved without the client cooperating against anyone else.

In recent white-collar criminal cases, we represented targets of felony investigations who, after our efforts, were not charged.  In a case lasting from 2013 until late in 2016, we represented a defense contractor in a tax evasion investigation.  We persuaded DOJ Tax, at the highest level of its review in Washington, D.C., to drop all criminal tax charges, despite IRS and line-prosecutor recommendations to prosecute the client for allegedly evading payment of millions of dollars in taxes.  Last year, we persuaded the government to dismiss a federal bank fraud case.  In a third case, a client was suspected of complicity in a city manager’s embezzlement of public funds, but, after we met with IRS and FBI agents, we persuaded the government to decline prosecution.

Last three years – state matters.  In state court two years ago, we successfully moved to dismiss the murder charge against our client due to prosecutorial misconduct before the grand jury.  Two years ago, in a sexual battery trial, we obtained a 7-5 verdict in favor of acquittal.  Thereafter, the client pled to the misdemeanor of simple battery, which allowed him to avoid registration as a sex offender.  In 2015, in a case alleging false statements where the police had seized over $200,000 from a local mosque, and over the District Attorney’s objection, the money was returned and no one was prosecuted.  In a fourth case, within the past year, the District Attorney advised us that an attorney client, who had been under criminal investigation for fraud, would not be charged.

Media – legal presentations.  Because of his extensive experience in criminal defense and success in trial, the news media often contacts Mr. Katz to consult on legal matters.  For example, his comments on the Suge Knight murder case were published in the Daily Journal on August 14, 2017.  He has been asked to comment on cases that received major media coverage, such as the Milberg Weiss fraud case. (See, e.g., http://articles.latimes.com/2007/aug/29/business/fi-lerach29).  He was an adjunct professor of law at Whittier College School of Law for many years and recently lectured about grand juries and the Mueller investigation (March 27, 2018), and Pitchess (police personnel files) motions (May 1, 2018).  His comments on the Mueller probe were published in the Daily Journal on March 29, 2018.

Notable cases before 2014. These include: (1) an acquittal in a telemarketing case; (2) an acquittal in a pharmaceuticals diversion trial; (3) a $1.8 million verdict for police brutality; (4) and (5) hung juries in a customs fraud trial and a tax fraud case; (6) an eve-of-trial dismissal in an immigration fraud case; and (7) an acquittal in a state theft case.  In the lone conviction out of Mr. Katz’s last nine trials, on August 30, 2010, the Ninth Circuit reversed the conviction.  (See http://articles.latimes.com/2010/sep/03/local/la-me-deathbed-judge-20100903.

Mr. Katz is admitted to practice in California; the U.S. District Court for the four Districts in California; and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit.  A member of both the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the American Bar Association, Mr. Katz has been honored as a recipient of the Chief Postal Inspectors Special Award and a nominee for the Department of Justice Commendation Award. He has the highest rating with Martindale-Hubbell rating service.

Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Criminal Defense: White Collar (70%): White Collar Crime, Criminal Law - Federal

Criminal Defense (20%): Criminal Law

Appellate (10%)

Focus Areas

White Collar Crime, Criminal Law - Federal, Criminal Law


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Super Lawyers: 2009 - 2010

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About David Katz

Admitted: 1984, California

Professional Webpage: http://www.katznassoc.com/firm-profile/david-a-katz/


  • Recipient, Chief Postal Inspectors Special Award, selected as the Outstanding Department of Justice Attorney in the United States
  • Nominee, Department of Justice Commendation Award (one of 32 nationwide)

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • California, 1983
  • District of Columbia, 1982
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court Southern Districts of California
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern Districts of California
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
  • American Bar Association
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Guest Attorney Speaker, Los Angeles Law Library (2016 - ongoing)
  • Adjunct Professor of Law, Whittier College School of Law (1985 - 90)


  • U.S. v. M  (C.D. California 1991), Dismissal with pre-trial diversion
  • U.S. v. T  (D. South Carolina 1997), Eve-of trial dismissal
  • U.S. v. R  (C.D. California 2000), Dismissal after successful dispositive motion was granted
  • U.S. v. K  (C.D. California 2010), verdict successfully appeal and overturned
  • People v. N  (Los Angeles, CA 2015), Mistrial (7-5 for acquittal)
  • U.S. v. M  (C.D. California (Southern Div’n) 2008), Eve-of-trial dismissal of all counts
  • People v. C  (Orange County CA 2007), Acquittal on all counts
  • U.S. v. K  (C.D. California 2005), Mistrial (5-7 for acquittal)
  • U.S. v. W  (D. Nebraska 2003), Acquittal on all counts
  • U.S. v. L  (C.D. California 2003), Mistrial (9-3 for acquittal)
  • M  v. LAPD, et al.  (C.D. California 2003), Verdict for $1.8 M
  • U.S. v. R  (S.D. California 2003), Acquittal on all counts
  • U.S. v. D  (D. Kansas 2001), Dismissal after successful motion to suppress
  • U.S. v. S  (C.D. California 1999), Acquittal on all counts
  • U.S. v. M  (D. South Dakota 1997), Acquittal on the serious counts
  • U.S. v. P  (D. Nevada 1995), Dismissal of all counts
  • U.S. v. H  (C.D. California 1993), Acquittal on all counts
  • Reported cases include:
  • U.S. v. Sterner, 23 F.3d 250 (9th Cir. 1994), Reversed
  • U.S. v. Amlani, 111 F.3d 705 (9th Cir. 1997), Reversed
  • U.S. v. Sterner, 112 F.3d 518 (9th Cir. 1997), Reversed
  • U.S. v. Mikaelian, 168 F.3d 380 (9th Cir. 1999), Reversed
  • U.S. v. Gross, 41 F.Supp.2d 1096 (C.D. Cal 1999), Criticizing government misconduct
  • U.S. v. Kloehn, 620 F.3d 1122 (9th Cir. 2010), Reversed

Educational Background:

  • University of California, Berkeley.  B.A. summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, 1976
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Office Location for David A. Katz

433 North Camden Drive
Suite 600
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Phone: 310-279-5111

Fax: 310-279-5112

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Last Updated: 5/22/2018

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