Anthony A. Arzili

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in Whittier, CA

Attorney at Law
 | 7336 South Painter Ave, Whittier, CA 90602
Phone: 562-907-4448
Fax: 562-907-1018
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2015 - 2020
Selected To Rising Stars: 2011
Licensed Since: 1998
Practice Areas:
  • Criminal Defense (50%),
  • Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI (50%)
Languages Spoken:
  • English,
  • Spanish
Attorney Profile

Attorney Anthony Arzili has earned the reputation among Los Angeles judges and Attorneys as an aggressive and talented advocate for his clients.

Once Attorney Anthony Arzili graduated from UCLA and Southwestern Law, he knew he was determined to be one of the best attorneys in his field. But in order to be one of the best, Attorney Anthony Arzili knew he had to learn from the best.

Attorney Anthony Arzili was allowed to work with the prestigious Homicide Unit of the Orange County District Attorney’s office. He assisted the veterans of this “cream of the crop” unit in the prosecution of high profile murders.

Attorney Anthony Arzili continued his mentorship with the L.A. District Attorney’s Office’s specialized Hard-Core Gang Unit. At the D.A.’s office Attorney Anthony Arzili assisted with the prosecution of numerous Murder trials and Death Penalty cases. Attorney Anthony Arzili received rave reviews from his mentors both at the O.C. District Attorney’s office and the L.A. District Attorneys’ office for his excellent work ethic and passion for everything that he tackled.

With a wealth of experience and knowledge gained from his internships with the District Attorney’s Office of L.A and Orange County, Attorney Anthony Arzili was offered a position in the area of law that was his true passion, Criminal Defense.

Attorney Anthony Arzili became an associate with one of the Premier and largest criminal defense law firms in California. Attorney Anthony Arzili quickly distinguished himself as the law firm’s best trial attorney. Attorney Anthony Arzili’s unrivaled preparation for his cases coupled with this “Bulldog” tenacity resulted in victory after victory.

Attorney Anthony Arzili also realizes that not all cases require a hard-nosed, “take no prisoners” approach. A huge part of being a great defense attorney is being able to resolve your client’s problems without a fight.

Resolving your case in the best way possible comes down to knowing the District Attorney’s that are assigned to your case and the courtrooms where the action takes place.

Attorney Anthony Arzili has developed excellent relationships with the decision makers in your court. These relationships and his reputation as a winner at trial produces results that other attorneys would only dream of.

From 2004-2011, Anthony A. Arzili had the privilege of serving as a Judge Pro-Tem for the Los Angeles Superior Court.   In 2011, Anthony Arzili was selected by SuperLawyers to as a 2011 California Rising Star.  This is an honor that is bestowed upon the top 2.5% of California Attorneys.  In 2015, Anthony was again honored to be among the cream of the crop of California Attorneys by being selected as a 2015 Superlawyer.   

In 2014, Anthony A. Arzili was certified by the LA Superior Court and the LA County Bar Association to  handle the most complicated and serious cases in Criminal Defense: Death Penalty Cases. These are court assignments that are only given to the most seasoned and talented criminal defense attorneys in Los Angeles. 

In 2016, Anthony A. Arzili became on of only 345 attorneys in all of California who are Certified by the California State Bar as "Criminal Law Specialists"   The Certification required extensive testing, background vetting, and proof that his experience in Criminal Defense over the past 18 years prepares him to handle the most challenging cases as a specialist.

Finally, what distinguishes Anthony A. Arzili from other top criminal defense attorneys in California is something they do not teach in law school.   Anthony A. Arzili genuinely cares about every one of his clients.  He battles for each client as if he was representing a family member.

Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Criminal Defense (50%): Arrest & Arraignment, Assault & Battery, Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, Drug & Alcohol Violations, Expungement, False Accusations, Felony, Juvenile Delinquency, Misdemeanor, Murder, Probation, Sex Offenses, Theft, Criminal Domestic Violence

Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI (50%): DUI/DWI

Focus Areas

Arrest & Arraignment, Assault & Battery, Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, Drug & Alcohol Violations, Expungement, False Accusations, Felony, Juvenile Delinquency, Misdemeanor, Murder, Probation, Sex Offenses, Theft, Criminal Domestic Violence, DUI/DWI


Selected to Super Lawyers for 6 yearsmiddle-imageSelected to Rising Stars for 1 years

Super Lawyers: 2015 - 2020 Rising Stars: 2011

Certificates and Credentials

California Board of Legal Specialization

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About Anthony Arzili

Admitted: 1998, California

Professional Webpage:


  • Selected Super Lawyers 2018-Criminal Defense/DUI, Super Lawyers-Criminal Defense, Super Lawyers-Los Angeles Magazine, 2018
  • Selected as Super Lawyer in California for Criminal Defense/DUI, Super Lawyer-Criminal Defense, Super Lawyers-Los Angeles Magazine, 2017
  • Passed rigorous testing and background confirmation to become one of only 345 certified criminal specialists in California., Certified as a Criminal Law Specialist, State Bar of California-Board of Specialization, 2016
  • Selected Super Lawyer Criminal Defense/DUI-California, Super Lawyer-Criminal Defense, Super Lawyers- Los Angeles Magazine, 2016
  • NADC award that recognizes the top one percent of attorneys in the United States who promote the highest standards of legal excellence.  , Selected as Member of Nation's Top One Percent, National Association of Distinguished Counsel, 2015
  • Selected Super Lawyer in Criminal Defense/DUI California, Super Lawyer-Criminal Defense, Super Lawyers-Los Angeles Magazine, 2015
  • Selected by SuperLawyers to as a 2011 California Rising Star, Rising Star-Criminal Defense, Super lawyers-Los Angeles Magazine, 2011
  • Service as a Judge Pro Tem-Los Angeles Superior Court, Certificate of Appreciation for Service as Judge Pro-Tem, Los Angeles Superior Court, 2008
  • Service as Judge Pro-Tem in the Los Angeles Superior Courts, Certificate of Appreciation, Los Angeles Superior Court, 2007
  • Service as a Judge Pro Tem in the Los Angeles Superior Court., Certificate of Appreciation-Judge Pro Tem, Los Angeles Superior Court, 2006

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Certified by State Bar Board of Specialization as a Criminal Law Specialist., 2017

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Selected to LA Superior Court Capital Panel (Death Penalty Cases), 2016
  • Judge Pro-Tem for the Los Angeles Superior Court, 2004-2011, 2004
  • Member-Los Angeles County Bar Association. , 2003
  • Member-ICDA- Grade IV, 2003
  • Member-California State Bar, 1998

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • I volunteered my services to represent a young man with a debilitating medical condition.  While his charges were not the most serious, they could have hampered his future employment and educational prospects.   I was fortunate enough to have his charges dismissed in full.  , 2018
  • Judged 2018 UCLAssic Collegiate Mock Trial Tournament.  1-14-18 , 2018
  • Judged the National Finals of the Collegiate Mock Trial Tournament at the Stanley Mosk Courthouse in Downtown Los Angeles., 2017
  • Judge-UCLA Mock Trial Tournament , 2016
  • Judge-National Mock Trial Tournament-Santa Monica Superior Courthouse, 2016
  • Judge for National Invitational Mock Trial Competition-UCLA, 2011
  • Judge for USC Mock Trial Tournament, 2007
  • I volunteered My services Pro Bono on the matter of State v. Delgado.  My Client's house was raided and she was arrested by overzealous officers.  Client was indigent and unable to afford legal counsel.  I was able to secure video surveillance video that contradicted police officers sworn version of events.  All charges were dismissed.  My client is evaluating a civil action against the police, 2010
  • Judge for USC Mock Trial Tournament, 2005

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Lectured on the topic of defending those accused of sex crimes before a large undergraduate class.  This class was a series of lectures on people who work in the sex industry in different capacities., Lecturer, Defending Sex Crimes, California State University-Fullerton, 2005
  • Lectured to largest criminal defense firm in southern california on handling domestic violence cases.  Lecture included sections on handling misdemeanor and felony domestic violence cases with an emphasis on jury trials and character evidence, Speaker, Domestic Violence Cases and Character Evidence, WK Law Firm, 2004
  • Lectured to the largest criminal defense firm in southern california on issues regarding Jury Selection in misdemeanor and felony trials., Speaker, Jury Selection in Criminal Trials., WK Lawfirm, 2003
  • Lectured to the largest criminal defense firm in southern california on common professional ethics issues for practitioners. , Professional Ethics for the criminal law practitioner, WK Lawfirm, 2003


  • In 2018, client D.T. was charged with Capital Murder.  At my first interview in jail with him, I knew he was innocent.  He was charged with robbery and murder that had happened 2 years ago.  The evidence against him was mostly on the word of another defendant felt that if he placed my client at the scene, he would be able to avoid prosecution. Unfortunately, my client was only 18 years old and did not have recall where and what he was doing on a random day 2 years ago.  My investigator and I were able to realize that he may have not even been in California at the time of alleged murder.  My investigator took numerous trips to another state to gather information showing that he was living with family members out of state at the time of the murder.  We were finally extremely lucky to find that he was contacted by law enforcement in the other state just one day prior to the alleged murder here in california.  For an 18 year old kid with no car and no money, this made it nearly impossible to be back in California the next day for the murder.   Armed with the information, I believed that the prosecutors would dismiss the charges against my client.  They did not.  We didn't flinch and moved directly to trial.  On the eve of trial, I made a motion for the judge to throw out the co-defendant's statement against my client as being unreliable and self-serving.   The judge granted our motion and essenstially gutted the prosecution's case, leaving them with no choice but to dismiss all charges against my client.  He spent 2 years in jail fighting this case but this is much better than the rest of his natural life.  , 2018
  • State vs. RT My client was charged with assault causing Great Bodily Injury.  He was accused of stabbing a man in the parking lot of a convenience store.   The allegation was that this started as an argument over a parking spot and escalated to a stabbing.   My client was arrested and charged with felonies that carried up to 7 years in prison.   He had never been in trouble before and insisted that he acted in self defense.   The police work on the case left a lot to be desired.  The immediately took the word of the other party without doing any investigation.   This is where my investigator Gary Cooper and I went to work.   We were able to uncover a mountain of dirt on this supposed "victim".   It turned out he had been previously convicted of murder.  He was also a professional boxer.  This was key information that he did not tell the officers. My investigator then canvassed the nearby stores and found an employee that happened to have seen the incident and had taped it on his cell phone.   The cell phone video clearly showed that the "victim" was the aggressor and was pummelling my client when had to defend himself. The prosecution still wanted to hear from their victim so we had a hearing and he was shown by my cross examination to be an unskilled liar and a hot head.  Actually, threatening to fight me during the hearing.  This is what I wanted everyone to see so that they could see who the real aggressor was.   The charges were eventually fully dismissed against my client and he is back with his family.   One of my favorite cases of my career., 2018
  • State vs. AG,  Client was charged with Possession of drugs for sale, a felony that carried 4 years in state prison.   From the outset, the facts of this case did not make sense.  The police were set on what they believed to be their "theory" of the facts.  Unfortunately, they were not willing to see that their case was based on a lot of shaky evidence and assumptions.   The case took months to unravel.   I was able to meet with the prosecutors on the case and slowly but surely the case fell apart.   The DA had initially offered us 2 years in prison.  We didn't back down and didnt stop fighting till the entire case was dismissed on the eve of trial.  , 2015
  • State v. S.M. (2014) Client was charged with the Attempted Murder of an Off-Duty Police officer in Los Angeles. He was facing life in prison. The case was made more difficult because our client gave a full statement to the detectives on the case, essentially placing himself at the scene of the crime. An independent eye witness also placed my client at the scene. We went to work, first delving into the police officer's version of what took place.  The deeper we went, the more we realized that the officer's recollection was not reliable. The prosecution did not bend and the case went to a Jury Trial. During the Jury trial, the prosecutions case began to unravel.  My cross-examination of the star witness (the off duty police officer) broke the case wide open.  The prosecutor asked to meet and returned with an offer where my client would do 2 years and be released.   Faced with a possible life sentence if the jury convicted him, my client took the 2 year offer and the attempted murder was dismissed and he pled to an assault charge.      , 2014
  • State v. YB (2013) A prominent L.A. Doctor was wrongfully accused of Felony Assault, Criminal threats and Battery.  Charges carrying a possible 10 year prison sentence and loss of his license to practice.   After a 1 year long battle, the case moved to a Jury Trial.  The prosecutors were dead set on sending the Dr. to Prison for 2 years and the complaining witness had filed a 1.5 million dollar lawsuit.   At trial, the complaining witness crumbled under cross examination.    The rest of the prosecution case folded like a house of cards.   After 10 days of trial, the jury returned a unanimous verdict of not guilty on all charges.   All charges were dismissed.  , 2013
  • State v. Cabrera. (2012)  Client was a 17 year old tried as an adult for attempted murder. The case was built on shoddy police work and unreliable witnesses.  The Case carried a Life sentence.  During the first Jury trial in 2011, the jury was hung 7 to 5.   The district attorney's office decided to pursue a 2nd trial.   Retrials are usually successful for the prosecution.  Not this time.  After 2.5 weeks of evidence, the jury unanimously found my client not guilty.  After spending 1 year in custody awaiting charges, he returned home to his family.  , 2012
  • State v. Lee.  (2011) Client was charged with Felony Assault causing great bodily injury and Robbery.  Charges carried 4 years 8 months in State Prison.  After a Jury Trial in the Los Angeles Superior Court, the Jury hung 11-1 in favor of a Not Guilty Verdict.  All charges were then dismissed against my client., 2011
  • State v. Sandoval.  Client arrested for assault likely to cause Great Bodily Injury.  Norwalk Jury Acquitted my client of all charges. , 2010
  • State v. Ayala.  Client Arrested for Attempted Murder. After trial, a los angeles Jury acquitted my client of all charges and he was released., 2009
  • State v. Torres.  Client was arrested for Attempted Murder and at trial, all charges dismissed when we argued that insufficient evidence was presented to link my client to the crime., 2008
  • State v. Estrada. Client was charged with felony assault, terrorist threats and vandalism.  He was facing over 6 years in prison.   After a Jury Trial in the Los Angeles Superior Court, my client was acquitted of all charges. , 2008
  • State v. Host.   Client arrested for Felony Sales of Narcotics.  Facing substantial Prison Time. Jury acquitted him of Felony Charges., 2007
  • State v. Campbell.   Client was charged with numerous sexual assault felony charges. A jury found our client not guilty of all felonies., 2006
  • State v. Contreras.   Client charged with two other men with felony fraud charges. two other men were convicted by a jury and sent to prison. My client was acquitted and released., 2005
  • State v. Pena.   Client acquitted in LA courthouse of 5 felony assault with a firearm charges.  Released from Custody.  Facing 12 years in Prison., 2004

Educational Background:

  • Juris Doctor-Southwestern University School of Law, 1997
  • UCLA-Bachelor of Arts, Political Science, 1994

Industry Groups

  • Criminal Defense
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  • “I have seen Mr. Anthony Arzili in action fighting zealously for his clients since 1998. He epitomizes what a top notch criminal defense attorney should be.”

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

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Office Location for Anthony A. Arzili

7336 South Painter Ave
Whittier, CA 90602

Phone: 562-907-4448

Fax: 562-907-1018

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