Jan Lawrence Handzlik

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Top Rated White Collar Crimes Attorney in Los Angeles, CA

Jan Lawrence Handzlik, APC
 | 515 S Flower St, Suite 1801
Los Angeles, CA 90071
Phone: 213-349-4606
Fax: 213-236-3501
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2011, 2013 - 2021
Licensed Since: 1971
Practice Areas:
  • Criminal Defense: White Collar (60%),
  • Appellate (10%),
  • Business Litigation (10%),
  • International (10%),
  • Securities Litigation (10%)
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Attorney Profile

Attorney Jan Lawrence Handzlik is the founder and owner of Jan Lawrence Handzlik, APC, in Los Angeles, California. Nationally recognized as one of the preeminent lawyers in the country, Mr. Handzlik has more than 50 years of total legal experience, and he provides exceptional counsel and support to clients across Southern California and throughout the country who have legal needs involving any of the following areas:

·       Criminal investigations and prosecutions

·       Regulatory enforcement actions

·       Complex civil litigation

Over the course of his legal career, Mr. Handzlik has successfully handled more than 100 jury trials and many bench trials in state and federal courts, and he has become a recognized authority on regulatory offenses, transactional crimes and financial fraud. He has extensive experience handling matters that fall under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), and he has served as a federal prosecutor with the Major Fraud and Special Prosecutions sections of the United States Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles.

As such, Mr. Handzlik has a unique and invaluable insight into both the state and federal criminal justice systems, which enables him to devise the most effective defense strategies possible for his clients. From his efforts, he has achieved a long record of securing successful outcomes for his clients efficiently and cost-effectively, and he has gained a reputation for his unwavering commitment to those he serves.

Honored for his outstanding professionalism and superior client service, Mr. Handzlik is AV Preeminent peer-review rated,* the highest rating, through Martindale-Hubbell and has received consistent inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America magazine. He also holds a listing in Who’s Who Legal and the Global Investigations Review, and he has received the California Attorney of the Year award from California Lawyer Magazine. He has also received many other top rankings, endorsements and awards from his peers.

A 1967 graduate of the University of Southern California, Mr. Handzlik obtained his juris doctorate from the UCLA School of Law in 1970. He is admitted to practice before all U.S. District Courts in California as well as before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd, 9th and District of Columbia Circuits; the U.S. Supreme Court; the U.S. Tax Court; and the U.S. Court of International Trade.

Mr. Handzlik has also served as chair of the American Bar Association’s National White Collar Crime Committee and co-chair of the International Bar Association’s Business Crime Committee, and he has served on the governing council of the ABA Criminal Justice Section for six years and on the ABA Presidential Task Force on the Attorney-Client Privilege for five years.

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Practice Areas
  • 60%Criminal Defense: White Collar
  • 10%Appellate
  • 10%Business Litigation
  • 10%International
  • 10%Securities Litigation
Focus Areas

White Collar Crime, Criminal Law - Federal, Appeals


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Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2011, 2013 - 2021

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About Jan Handzlik

Admitted: 1971, California


  • Jan is recognized in all 27 editions of Best Lawyers in America/U.S. News & World Report, including the 2021 edition, and his firm is again recognized in its sister publication, Best Law Firms 2021. He received California Lawyer Magazine’s prestigious Attorney of the Year Award (C.L.A.Y. Award) for "extraordinary accomplishment" in criminal law, and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyer’s White Collar Criminal Defender Award. Jan was named one of California's Top 100 Lawyers by The Daily Journal, California's leading legal periodical, and received the Johnnie L. Cochran, Jr. Memorial Award from the Criminal Courts Bar Association of Los Angeles. In addition to Super Lawyers, Jan is recognized by Who’s Who Legal/Business Crime Defence and Who's Who Legal: Investigations; Law Business Research Guide to the World’s Leading White-Collar Criminal Defence Lawyers; and Mondaq's Guide to the World's Leading White Collar Crime Advisors. Jan has also received the highest, peer-review rating from Martindale-Hubbell, AV Preeminent, for many years.

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Mr. Handzlik is active in professional organizations and participates in public service projects on a regular basis.  He is vice chair of the International Bar Association's Business Crime Committee, frequently organizing and speaking at international criminal law conferences.  In June 2012, Mr. Handzlik co-chaired the IBA’s Transnational Crime Conference in Sao Paulo, Brazil, where he spoke on anti-corruption and anti-bribery enforcement matters.  In October 2012, he will co-chair and present as an advocate in a mock corruption trial to be conducted in the historic Four Courts in Dublin, Ireland, at the IBA annual meeting.Mr. Handzlik is an officer of the American Bar Association's Criminal Justice Section, which has over 21,000 members nationwide.  He recently served on the Section’s governing board for six years and now chairs a working group on the preservation of the attorney-client privilege.  Mr. Handzlik is past chair of the ABA's National White-Collar Crime Committee and served on the ABA president's Task Force on the Attorney-Client Privilege.  He was a member of the ABA Task Force on the Revision of Model Criminal Trial Practice Standards and working groups on the implementation of Anti-Terrorism and Money Laundering legislation and the Dodd-Frank Act.

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Jan has been active in numerous public service and pro bono projects. He served as Deputy General Counsel to the Rampart Independent Review Panel for the investigation of police corruption and officer-involved shootings in the Los Angeles Police Department.  Subsequently, in another blue-ribbon investigation, he participated in an after-action assessment arising from LAPD’s Rampart Corruption Incident. Jan served on the Standing Committee on Attorney Discipline for the United States District Court in Los Angeles, and on a blue-ribbon, Los Angeles County Bar Association committee that evaluated operations of the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. Following the destructive civil disturbances resulting from the Rodney G. King police brutality case, Jan served as Deputy General Counsel to the Independent William Webster Commission.  The Commission, chaired by former FBI and CIA Director William E. Webster, evaluated the response of federal and state law enforcement agencies to the riots.  Jan also served as Counsel to the Christopher Commission on the Los Angeles Police Department, chaired by former U.S. Secretary of State Warren Christopher.  The Christopher Commission evaluated issues of police brutality and racism in the LAPD, in the wake of the Rodney King beating incident and subsequent civil rights prosecutions.

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • From 2008 to 2012, Jan successfully defended Lindsey Manufacturing Company and its CEO, Dr. Keith E. Lindsey, in what has been described as a “landmark” Foreign Corrupt Practices Act prosecution (Wall Street Journal, Corruption Currents, December 2, 2011)  The Lindsey Manufacturing case was covered on a continuous basis in numerous periodicals, including The American Lawyer magazine, which described the successful outcome as a “stunning defense win.” (The American Lawyer, Litigation Daily, May 27, 2012)

Educational Background:

  • Undergraduate: University of Southern California, Bachelor of Arts in English Literature, 1967; Post-Graduate: U.C.L.A. School of Law, Juris Doctor, 1970, 1967

Industry Groups

  • Banking
  • Healthcare
  • Information Technology
  • Investment Advisors
  • Securities
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Office Location for Jan Lawrence Handzlik

515 S Flower St
Suite 1801
Los Angeles, CA 90071

Phone: 213-349-4606

Fax: 213-236-3501

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Last Updated: 5/18/2021

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