R.J. Manuelian

Top rated criminal defense attorney in Los Angeles, California

Manuelian Law Firm
R.J. Manuelian
Manuelian Law Firm

Practice Areas: Criminal defense; view more

Licensed in California since: 2002

Education: Massachusetts School of Law at Andover

Languages Spoken: Armenian, English

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2013 - 2023 Selected to Rising Stars: 2009 - 2011
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Manuelian Law Firm

633 W 5th St
Suite 5710
Los Angeles, CA 90071 Visit website


R.J. Manuelian is the principal attorney of the Manuelian Law Firm, headquartered in Los Angeles, California, with satellite offices in Boston, Massachusetts, and Washington, District of Columbia. A trial attorney with more than 20 years of experience, he defends the rights of people charged with serious violent felonies, sex crimes, DUIs and other criminal defense cases.

Compassionate, thorough and resourceful, Mr. Manuelian helps his clients and their family weather the storm through one of the most challenging times in their lives. He communicates with his clients at every stage of the process, from planning the defense strategy to executing it. A legal commentator who has contributed to all major media outlets such as Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, CBS News and ABC News, he has analyzed high-profile cases involving Lindsay Lohan, Senator John Edwards and Dr. Conrad Murray (death of Michael Jackson trial).

Majoring in criminal studies, Mr. Manuelian graduated with his undergraduate degree from St. John’s University in 1993 and his master’s degree in 1998 from Long Island University Post. He attended the Massachusetts School of Law at Andover to earn his Juris Doctor in 2000. He is licensed to practice in the states of Massachusetts, California and the District of Columbia. Besides holding a “Superb” rating on Avvo, he has been recognized by The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100.

Mr. Manuelian is part of the American Association for Justice, The State Bar of California, the Armenian Bar Association, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the National Association for Equal Justice in America and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. In addition to publishing a couple of articles on Avvo, he has presented at various conferences on criminal law-related topics.


Other Office Locations:

620 Newport Center Drive
Suite 1100
Newport Beach, Ca 92660  

River Park Executive Suites
1000 Town Center Drive
Suite 300
Oxnard, CA 93036

Practice areas

Criminal defense

Focus areas

Assault & battery, Criminal fraud, Criminal law, Drug & alcohol violations, Expungement, Juvenile delinquency, Misdemeanor, Motor vehicle offenses, Murder, Sex offenses, Tax evasion, Criminal domestic violence

  • 100% Criminal defense

First Admitted: 2000, Massachusetts

Professional Webpage: https://manuelianlawfirm.com/about-us/

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  •  Who to Pick for Your Jury Trial, Avvo, 2010
  • Defending Resisting Arrest Charges Under Penal Code Sections 69 and 148(a) , Avvo, 2010
  • Assault with Deadly Weapon, Terrorist Threats, Not Guilty People v. Losa and Lomelli, Metro, 2009
  • Assault on Peace Officer, Resisting Arrest - All Charges Dismissed (REPRESENTED ALL DEFENDANTS) People v. Lopez, CCB, 2010
  • Assault on Peace Officer, Battery On Peace Officer With Injury, Resisting Arrest - Not Guilty, 2008
  • Between 2008 until present, R.J. has helped his clients win over $10 million dollars in Federal Civil Rights verdicts and maintains an undefeated trial record
  • Murder, Charges Dismissed. People v. Rivera, Whittier, 2012
  • Murder, Reduced to Voluntary Manslaughter People v. Cazares and Moreno, Norwalk, 2006
  • Attempted Murder, Not Guilty People v. Saul Jinez, Van Nuys, 2007
  • 2nd time Domestic Violence, Charges Dismissed after 1st trial. People v. Alvarez, Mota & Lemus, Long Beach, 2009
  • Assaulting Peace Officer, Resisting Arrest - Charges Dismissed (REPRESENTED ALL DEFENDANTS) People v. Mariano, Compton, 2010
  • People v. Lozano, Long Beach - Murder (Death Penalty) - Charges Dismissed Before Trial, 2012
  • Domestic Violence, Not Guilty. People v. Ochoa, et al., Norwalk, 2003
  • People v. Bernstein, East Los Angeles, Battery, Case Dismissed, 2013
  • Commercial Burglary, Theft, Both Not Guilty (REPRESENTED BOTH CLIENTS) People v. Lewis, CCB, 2009
  • Kidnapping, Torture, Terrorist Threats - Dismissed at Preliminary Hearing People v. Jesus, Angel and Gloria Pedroza, Downey, 2010
  • People v. Zhong, Prostitution - Van Nuys Not Guilty, 2013
  • Assisted in obtaining a $7 million dollar judgment for his client who was falsely and maliciously accused of crimes he did not commit
  • Battery Upon Peace Officer, Not Guilty. People v. Hasaan, Compton, 2011
  • Assault w/Deadly Weapon, Resisting arrest, Battery Upon Officer, Both Not Guilty (REPRESENTED BOTH CLIENTS) Gerardo Cazares, Manuel Moreno v. Bell Gardens Police Department, Central District, 2008
Educational Background:
  • Long Island University (C.W. Post Campus) - Master of Science - Criminal Justice, 1998
  • St. John's University Bachelor of Science - Criminal Justice, 1993
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Pro bono representation for excessive force cases available, 2002
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • District of Columbia Bar, 2007
  • California State Bar, 2002
  • Commonwealth of Massachusetts, 2000
  • The National Trial Lawyers, Top 100 Trial Lawyer, 2013

Office location for R.J. Manuelian

633 W 5th St
Suite 5710
Los Angeles, CA 90071

Phone: 424-365-8405


11 Years Super Lawyers
3 Years Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2013 - 2023
  • Rising Stars: 2009 - 2011

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