Fay Arfa

Top rated Criminal Defense attorney in Los Angeles, California

Fay Arfa, A Law Corporation
Fay Arfa
Fay Arfa, A Law Corporation

Practice Areas: Criminal Defense, Appellate; view more

Licensed in California since: 1981

Education: Southwestern Law School

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2004, 2009 - 2010, 2018 - 2023
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Fay Arfa, A Law Corporation

10100 Santa Monica Boulevard
Suite 300
Los Angeles, CA 90067 Visit website


Ms. Arfa founded her own law firm, Fay Arfa, A Law Corporation, in 1986. Ms. Arfa has the distinction of being certified as a Specialist in both Criminal Law and Appellate Law by the State Bar of CA, Board of Legal Specialization. The National Board of Trial Advocacy, NBTA, has certified her as a Criminal Trial Advocate. Ms. Arfa defends people charged with state and/or federal violent criminal offenses, including sex offenses. She has achieved spectacular results for her clients including dismissals and acquittals in murder cases, in sex cases and other criminal cases.  She has handled hundreds of criminal trials and hundreds of criminal appeals, including petitions for writs of habeas corpus. She pulls out all of the stops to insure her clients get the best possible results.  

Ms. Arfa earned her B.A. from UCLA.  She also earned a Master's Degree in Public Administration (MPA) from UCLA. Ms. Arfa spent several years in public service working as a deputy for a Los Angeles City Council member. While working full time for the City Council member and then for a prestigious law firm, Ms. Arfa earned her J.D. degree from Southwestern University School of Law School. Before entering private practice, Ms. Arfa worked as an attorney with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and as a prosecutor with the Los Angeles City Attorney's office.  Admitted to practice in California, Ms. Arfa is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the Central, Eastern, Northern,  and Southern Districts of California, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court. 

Ms. Arfa has served as President of the Century City Bar Association (CCBA) and currently serves on the CCBA Board of Governors. She served on Los Angeles County Bar Assocation (LACBA) Board of Trustees. She actively participates in other legal organizations, including the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL), the California Public Defender's Association (CPDA), the Woman's Lawyers' Association (WLALA), the California Appellate Defense Counsel (CADC) and the National Child Abuse Defense and Resource Center (NCADRC).

Practice areas

Criminal Defense, Appellate

Focus areas

Appeals, Arrest & Arraignment, Criminal Law, False Accusations, Felony, Misdemeanor, Murder, Sex Offenses

  • 50% Criminal Defense
  • 50% Appellate

First Admitted: 1981, California

Professional Webpage: https://www.bestdefender.com/bio.html

Educational Background:
  • University of California at Los Angeles (B.A., cum laude) Phi Beta Kappa, Undergraduate
  • University of California at Los Angeles, Master of Public Administration ( M.P.A.), Graduate
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Women's Lawyer Association, Los Angeles, Member
  • California Public Defenders Association, Member
  • Century City Bar, President, 2012-2013
  • Los Angeles County Bar, Small Firm and Solo Practice Executive Committee, Member, 1996-1997
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of California
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • Century City Bar,  President, 2012
  • National Association Criminal Defense Lawyers, Member
  • California State Bar
  • California Attorneys for Criminal Justice, Member
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California
  • Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • Century City Bar, Criminal Law section, Chair, 1998-2011
  • Criminal Courts Bar Associations, Member
  • California Appellate Defense Counsel, Member
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association, Board of Trustees, Member, 2012 - 2013
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California
  • Century City Bar, Board of Governors, Member, 1998-Present
  • California Super Lawyer
  • Top 100 Lawyers, National Trial Lawyers
  • Top 100 Lawyers, American Society of Legal Advocates
Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • Certified Specialist, Criminal Law, The State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization
  • Certified Criminal Trial Advocate, National Board of Trial Advocacy (American Bar Association Accredited Organization)
  • Certified Specialist, Appellate Law, The State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • "Knock, Knock...Who's There? The Police. Do the Police Have a Right to Enter Your House?" Article discusses whether the police can legally enter a residence. , Author, “Knock, Knock…Who’s There? The Police. Do the Police Have a Right to Enter Your House?, Century City Bar Association - Newsletter, 2000
  • Attorney Arfa instructs how to debunk the prosecution's sexual exam findings in sexual assault cases.  , Guest Speaker, “Deconstructing Sexual Exam Findings & History” , National Child Abuse Defense & Resource Center, 2016, 2016
  • Century City Bar Association - Prominent trial attorney Thomas Mesereau speaks about the strategies an secrets to winning trials. , Moderator, Mesereau on Trials: Qs & As , Century City Bar Association, 2017
  • Presentation at Century City Bar Association , Moderator, “Stop Tit for Tat Ending Sexual Harassment & Bias” , Century City Bar Association, 2018
  • Man serving 35 years to life released after Attorney Arfa proved that accuser had self-inflicted her injuries and man did not commit the crimes. , Author, “Man Wrongly Accused of Rape Released After 10 Years” , California Appellate Defense Counsel - CADC, 2016
  • "Criminal Law Motion Practice," Guest Lecturer, Loyola Law School, 2002, Guest Speaker, “Criminal Law Motion Practice” , Loyola Law School, 2002
  • "Alcohol: Effects on Life Liberty and Livelihood," UCLA School of Law, Guest Speaker, 1997, Guest Speaker, "Alcohol: Effects on Life Liberty and Livelihood,", UCLA School of Law, 1997
  • Attorney Arfa explains the negative effects of substance abuse on a persons Life, Liberty, and Livelihood, Speaker, “Substance Abuse: Effects on Life Liberty and Livelihood” , Century City Bar Association, 1997
  • Before the legalization of marijuana, Attorney Arfa presents a lecture about the Good, Bad and Legal implications of marijuana use. , Speaker, Marijuana – The Good, Bad and Legal (?), Century City Bar Association, 1997
  • Presentation on how sex addiction negatively affects people's lives, liberty and livelihood , Moderator, Sex Addiction, the Highs, the Lows, the Ups, the Downs, and the Ins and Outs, Century City Bar Association, 1999
  • Not verdict guilty in sexual battery and assault case, 2020
  • U.S. v. Robertson, 158 F.3d. 1370 (1998, 9th Cir.)
  • In re Eduardo C., (2001) 90 CA4 937
  • King v. Ryan, 564 F.3d 1133 (9th Cir. 2009)
  • People v. Mitchell (1994) 30 CA4 783
  • People v. Ellison (1998) 68 CA4 203
  • People v. Young, (2001) 92 CA4 229
  • U.S. v. Guo, 634 F.3d 119 (9th Cir. 2011)
  • People v. Sizemore (2009) 175 Cal.App.4th 864
  • In re William S. (1989) 208 CA3 313
  • People v. Ponce (1996) 44CA4 1380
  • People v. Borrelli, (2000) 77 CA4 703
  • U.S. v. Franklin, 321 F.3d 1231 (2003 9th Cir.)
  • Collins v. Runnels, 603 F.3d 1127 (9th Cir. 2010)
  • People v. Clark (1989) 212 CA 3 1233
  • People v. Monette (1994) 25 CA4 1572

Office location for Fay Arfa

10100 Santa Monica Boulevard
Suite 300
Los Angeles, CA 90067

Phone: 310-841-6805


9 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2004, 2009 - 2010, 2018 - 2023

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