Janet E. Hong

Janet E. Hong

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in Los Angeles, CA

The Hong Firm
 | 1900 Avenue of the Stars, Suite 310
Los Angeles, CA 90067
Phone: 310-487-5545
Fax: 310-861-1171
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2019 - 2020
Licensed Since: 2006
Practice Areas:
  • Criminal Defense (60%),
  • Civil Rights (20%),
  • Criminal Defense: White Collar (20%)
Languages Spoken:
  • English,
  • Korean
Attorney Profile

***Janet Hong Named by The Daily Journal as One of the Top Women Lawyers in California for 2018**

Most recent victory in 2018: Acquittal of Murder and Conspiracy to Commit Murder Charges for 17-year old client after trial. 

Janet Hong has a wealth of experience in criminal defense, having conducted over 40 jury trials in New York and California, including several homicides. She is a California State Bar certified criminal law specialist and she has represented thousands of individuals charged with all types of crimes, including Assault, Battery, Burglary, DUI, Drug crimes, Embezzlement, Forgery, Fraud, Gun trafficking, Hit-and-Run, Kidnapping, Murder, Prostitution, Robbery, Sex crimes, Three Strikes charges, Weapons charges, White Collar and Violent crimes.

Her unique background in criminal and civil matters, in government and private practice, and in the New York, California, and Federal courts, has made her into an advocate that not only commands a courtroom but can also win a case on paper.  She has been appointed by the Central District of California to represent federal defendants under the Criminal Justice Act and she is a member of a select group of attorneys who are appointed by the state and juvenile courts to represent adult defendants and minors who cannot afford a lawyer. She has been appointed to serve on the Criminal Law Section Executive Committee of the California Lawyers Association.

In college, Janet majored in African-American Studies at Columbia University, earning the highest G.P.A. in her major.   She graduated from Columbia with high honors.  At USC Law School, she served as the President of the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association, competed in the Hale Moot Court Honors Program, and worked with inmates through the Post Conviction Justice Clinic.

Giving back to the community is a big priority for Janet. Not only is she the Co-founder and Co-Chair of the Diversity Committee of the Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles, she regularly mentors law students and new attorneys in the practice of law.   She is a volunteer judge for local college mock trial and law school moot court competitions, and she is a founding Board Member for The KW Lee Center for Leadership, a youth leadership organization in Koreatown that trains young people in the art of community organizing.

Janet is a former college basketball player, marathoner, triathlete, and a two-time Ironman Finisher.  She is a world traveler, having been to all seven continents, most recently to Antarctica.

About Janet Hong

Admitted: 2006, California

Professional Webpage: thehongfirm.com

Honors/Awards:

  • Named by The Daily Journal as one of the Top Women Lawyers in California for 2018. 

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Criminal Law Specialist, California Board of Legal Specialization

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Co-Founder and Co-Chair of the Diversity Committee of the Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles; Executive Committee of the California Lawyers Association; member of the Criminal Justice Act Panel, Independent Juvenile Delinquency Panel, and Los Angeles County Bar Association state court panel; member of California Women Lawyers; mentor for the Korean American Bar Association; member of Black Women Lawyers, Latina Lawyers, and Asian Pacific American Women Lawyers Alliance. , 2015

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Janet regularly mentors law students and new attorneys in the practice of law.   She is a volunteer judge for local college mock trial and law school moot court competitions, and she is a founding Board Member for The KW Lee Center for Leadership, a youth leadership organization in Koreatown that trains young people in the art of community organizing.  

Verdicts/Settlements:

  • MOST RECENT WIN IN 2018: Acquittal on Murder and Conspiracy to Commit Murder charges for 17 year old client, InglewoodOther case victories…• Acquittal on Robbery charge, Los Angeles• Dismissal on Burglary charge, Los Angeles• Dismissal on Assault with a Deadly Weapon charge, Inglewood• Acquittal on Felony Possession charge, Los Angeles• Acquittal on Felony Contempt charge for violating a protective order, New York• Acquittal on Domestic Battery charge, New York• Acquittal on Forgery charge, New York• Acquittal on Possession with Intent To Sell A Controlled Substance, New York• Acquittal on Brandishing Firearm charge, Compton• Dismissal on Prostitution charge, Los Angeles• Dismissal on Possession of Burglar’s Tools charge, Torrance• Acquittal on Lewd Conduct charge, Los Angeles• Acquittal on Assault With Deadly Weapon charge, Los Angeles• Hung jury for client facing a life sentence for 1st Degree Murder charge, Los Angeles• Negotiated determinate sentence for client facing life sentence for 1st Degree Murder charge, Los Angeles• Negotiated plea deal for client to serve only 18 months from a life sentence on 1st Degree Attempted Murder, Riverside• Negotiated plea deal for client to serve only 8 months from multiple years in state prison in a Shooting case, Sacramento

Educational Background:

  • B.A., African American Studies, highest G.P.A. in Major Award; graduated magna cum laude, 1998
  • J.D., USC Law School, 2002
Office Location for Janet E. Hong

1900 Avenue of the Stars
Suite 310
Los Angeles, CA 90067

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Last Updated: 10/3/2018

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