Debra S. White

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in Los Angeles, CA

Law Offices of Debra S. White
 | 21112 Ventura Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 91364
Phone: 818-600-4730
Fax: 818-279-0800
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2015 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1999
Practice Areas:
  • Criminal Defense (80%),
  • Criminal Defense: White Collar (20%)
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    Experience, expertise, and exceptional client service are qualities that are true to form at the Law Offices of Debra S. White where excellence in criminal defense is more than just a motto. 

    For more than 20 years, Los Angeles criminal defense attorney Debra S. White has successfully defended against countless criminal accusations in the courtroom as well as out of the courtroom, before charges are filed and during the investigatory stages. Ms. White represents clients charged in state and federal court and defends against offenses that range from first-offense misdemeanors to serious and complex felonies, including life-in-prison cases and high-profile media cases. Ms. White is recognized as an expert in criminal law by the State Bar of California, Board of Legal Specialization and has earned the honorific title of Certified Criminal Law Specialist. 

    Attorney Debra S. White attributes her successful results to an inner drive for justice that legal knowledge cannot teach. She is a passionate person who genuinely cares about her clients, their families, and the outcome of their case. Ms. White aggressively fights with unparalleled skill to protect her clients and their rights at every stage of a case. This includes representing clients before charges are filed as well as representing clients in all court proceedings. As a trial attorney, Debra S. White is reputed to be among the best in skill and ability to obtain verdicts of not guilty. Ms. White's unique background and ability to think outside the box to develop creative defense strategies has a played a significant role in the successes of her clients. 

    In addition to her Super Lawyers recognitions of excellence, attorney Debra S. White’s honorable distinctions and awards include the nationally recognized “AV-Preeminent Rating” by Martindale-Hubbell for having the highest level of professional excellence, legal ability, and ethical standards in the community. These awards are granted to less than 5% of the top-rated attorneys in the United States.

    Debra S. White is certified as a Criminal Law Specialist by the State Bar of California, Board of Legal Specialization (State Bar No. 202778). 

    Practice Areas
    • 80%Criminal Defense
    • 20%Criminal Defense: White Collar
    Focus Areas

    Arrest & Arraignment, Assault & Battery, Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, Drug & Alcohol Violations, Expungement, False Accusations, Felony, Juvenile Delinquency, Misdemeanor, Motor Vehicle Offenses, Murder, Probation, Sex Offenses, Tax Evasion, Theft, Criminal Domestic Violence, White Collar Crime, Criminal Law - Federal


    Selected to Super Lawyers for 6 yearsbottom-image

    Super Lawyers: 2015 - 2020

    Certificates and Credentials

    California Board of Legal Specialization

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    About Debra White

    Admitted: 1999, California

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    • AV-Preeminent Rating. Awarded to those attorneys who have achieved the highest degree of professional excellence, legal ability, and ethical standards in the community , Martindale-Hubbell

    Special Licenses/Certifications:

    • Certified Criminal Law Specialist. Certified by the State Bar of California, Board of Legal Specialization.

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Active member of the State Bar of California since 1999

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Homeless Youth Shelter in Hollywood, CA

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Maintaining Confidentiality in the Cloud. This article explores the use of modern technology by attorneys to communicate with clients and others about their cases. Privacy and security issues are addressed with regard to the use of email communications through electronic devices such as the computer and smart phone devices. Storing communications via the internet are also discussed in the context of maintaining security and client confidentiality. , Debra S. White, The Valley Lawyer Magazine
    • How to Defend Sex Crimes, The Scarlett Letter, Aspatore Books, 2014


    • For a sampling of Ms. White's case victories please visit her website at , 2017
    • A man's nightmare made real. Louis Gonzalez, III, was accused of attempted murder, torture, sexual assault, kidnapping, and burglary. He faced five consecutive life sentences. His accuser is the mother of his son. They had been fighting over custody since his birth. Following intensive investigation, diligent and aggressive representation, Mr. Gonzalez' case was dismissed. One year later, Mr. Gonzalez was declared factually innocent by the same Judge who first denied him bail. The full story regarding Mr. Gonzalez' case was published in the LA Times in two-part's. Below are links to the article.  Part One:,0,6630763,full.story Part Two:,0,4711694,full.story  


    • Accusation of sexual misconduct - no charges filed. We defended our client against this accusation while the matter was still under investigation by police and school authorities. After considering our facts and additional evidence, the DA rejected the case for filing., 2019

    Representative Clients:

    • White Collar Clients and Crimes - Embezzlment, Fraud, Theft, Conspiracy, Professional License Hearings, Pre-Indictment Representation, Representation before Charges are Filed
    • Sex Crimes Specialist: Sexual Assault, Child Molestation - PC 288, Failure to Register - PC 290, Child Pornography, Internet Crimes, Prostitution, Solicitation, Rape, Statutory Rape, Spousal Rape, Rape by Intoxication, Date Rape, Sexual Battery, Lewd and Lascivious Conduct, False Accusation, Title IX School Administrative Proceedings, Representation Before Charges are Filed and/or During Investigation
    • Violent Crimes including Homicide, Attempted Murder, Watson Murder, Vehicular Manslaughter, Assault and Battery, ADW, Rape, Domestic Violence, Weapons Offenses and Three Strikes Offenses. 
    • California State and Federal Crimes.   
    • Complex DUI / DWI Offenses: Multiple DUI, Felony DUI, Watson Murder, Vehicular Manslaughter, Refusals, Excessivbley High BAC, Hit and Run, DUI Drugs, DMV Adminisgrative Proceedings.

    Educational Background:

    • Graduated with honors from UCLA with a BA in Philosophy, 1995
    • Earned her Juris Doctorate from UCLA, School of Law, 1998

    Industry Groups

    • Criminal Courts Bar Association
    • Los Angeles County Bar Association
    • National Association Of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL)
    • San Fernando Valley Bar Association
    • State Bar Of California


    • “Ms. White is a superior criminal defense trial lawyer whose preparation, tactical decision-making, and dedication to her clients are second to none.”
    • “She is an aggressive, passionate advocate for her clients who wins the "unwinnable" trials and never fails to impress with her knowledge and creativity in the courtroom. She is truly a formidable criminal defense attorney who argues with intelligence, skill, and tenacity.”

    These comments were made by fellow attorneys during the annual nomination process.

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    Office Location for Debra S. White

    21112 Ventura Blvd
    Los Angeles, CA 91364

    Phone: 818-600-4730

    Fax: 818-279-0800

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    Last Updated: 5/28/2020

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