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Alison Saros

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in Manhattan Beach, CA

Saros Law, APC
1230 Rosecrans Ave, Suite 300
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
Phone: 310-341-3466
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2022
Licensed in California Since: 1996
Practice Areas: Criminal Defense
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Attorney Profile

Attorney Alison Saros is the founder and owner of Saros Law, APC, in Manhattan Beach, California. A top-ranked trial lawyer with more than 25 years of total legal experience, Ms. Saros provides exceptional counsel and support to clients throughout Los Angeles County and beyond who have legal needs involving any of the following:

·      Domestic violence 

·       Sex crimes 

·       Juvenile Law

·       Drug and alcohol crimes

·       Mental health diversion

·       DUI defense

·       School discipline

·       Title IX and academic dishonesty matters

·       Assault with a deadly weapon 

·       Public Intoxication     

·       Robbery and Burglary 

A former prosecutor and Deputy District Attorney with Los Angeles County, Ms. Saros has invaluable insight into the criminal justice system, which enables her to devise the most effective defense strategies possible for the accused. In addition, she has years of experience working as a teacher and school counselor in the public school system, and she has gained a reputation as a staunch advocate for the rights and entitlements of students and their education.

From her efforts, Ms. Saros has achieved a long record of securing successful outcomes for her clients both inside and outside the courtroom, and she has served on the adjunct legal faculty at Southwestern University School of Law. She has also worked closely with administrators, resource officers and other professionals in an education setting, and she has a unique ability to understand the psychological and behavioral reasons why some students make questionable decisions that lead to trouble.

Honored for her impeccable professionalism and outstanding client service, Ms. Saros has earned an AV Preeminent peer review rating* from Martindale-Hubbell along with designation from Expertise as being among the Best Criminal Defense Lawyers in Manhattan Beach. She has also received Superb client ratings on Avvo as well as many testimonials and referrals from those she has served.

A graduate of Michigan State University, Ms. Saros received her master's degree in school counseling from Loyola Marymount University. She obtained her Juris Doctor from Southwestern University School of Law in 1996, and she is an active member of the Santa Monica Bar Association, the South Bay Bar Association, the Los Angeles County Bar Association, California Attorneys for Criminal Justice and the National Criminal Justice Association and Council of Parent Attorneys Advocates.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice Areas
  • 100%Criminal Defense
Focus Areas

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


1 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2022

About Alison Saros

First Admitted: 1996, California

Professional Webpage:

Special Licenses/Certifications

  • Licensed School Counselor, Pupil Personel Services Credential
  • California Career Technical Educator Teaching Credentials (2014-17) 
  • California Substitute Teach Credential (2013-18)
  • California Licensed Real Estate Broker (2006-2010)


  • 1997-2013 Deputy District Attorney 75 jury and bench trials; 800 preliminary hearings; filing determination for over 10,000 criminal cases; Felony Settlement Deputy District Attorney resolved over 5000 felony matters prior to preliminary hearing. 
  • 13 year old female student facing expulsion from middle school for discussing school shooting. Principal and Attorney for School District insisted on expulsion despite no other disciplinary history. Expulsion hearing conducted with live witnesses and request for expulsion rejected by expulsion panel finding that District did not comply with appropriate Education Code requirements and that expulsion was disproportionate punishment for alleged actions. , 2019


  • Awarded to the Top 100 Criminal Defense Trial Lawyer in California, National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 (2018-present), The National Trial Lawyers
  • Top ranking out of 62 Criminal Defense Attorneys in Redondo Beach, Top 13 Criminal Defense Attorney in Redondo Beach (2020-present),

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Special Olympics Volunteer (2014-2020)
  • Volunteer, Richstone Family Center, (2013-present) Non-profit dedicated to treating and preventing child abuse and trauma by providing support services and after-school programs for youth.
  • Volunteer, 1736 Family Crisis Center, (2014-present). Shelter for homeless youth and domestic violence victims.
  • Volunteer, Shared Bread, (2014-present). Non-profit community project providing sit-down meals, clothing and supplies for the homeless and those in need.

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Adjunct Law Professor, Southwestern Law School (2008-14)
  • California District Attorneys Association (2000-2013)
  • Association of Deputy District Attorneys (2000-2013)
  • (2019-present) Training and Education Seminars for Addiction and Mental Health Residential Treatment Facilities 
  • MCLE Training Instructor for National Business Institute- Special Education and 504 Advocacy, School Discipline. 
  • Chair, South Bay Student Attendance Review Board (SARB)
  • Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates (COPAA)
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • South Bay Bar Association
  • Santa Monica Bar Association South Bay Bar Association 
  • MCLE Professor, Thompson Reuters, West Publishing (2009-11)

Educational Background

  • Masters of Education, School Counseling , Loyola Marymount University - Los Angeles, 2017
  • J.D., Southwestern Law School, 1996
  • Bachelor of Arts, Social Science, Michigan State University - Major in Psychology; Minors in Spanish and Economics  , 1992

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

Representative Clients

  • 2019-2021 Young adult high school student falsely accused and arrested for child molestation for making out with another high school student at school. DA rejected case but police department refused to acknowledge illegal arrest and detention. Petition for Factual Innocence granted by the Court resulting in an order requiring police and DOJ to destroy all related records. , 2021
  • 2019-2021 Client charged with indecent exposure. He was highly intoxicated at the time. DA was insisting on plea to sex registration. Assisted client in obtaining appropriate wrap-around mental health services and assessments.  Following presentation of mental health information to DA's Office and Court, case resolved for non-registrable misdemeanor offense. Client able to continue employment. , 2021
  • 2019-2020 Client arrested for felony assault causing great bodily injury. Facing 7 years in prison and a strike. Pled to misdemeanor assault for community service and restitution. , 2019
  • 2019-2021 Client Police Officer while highly intoxicated discharged firearm in public place. Charged with felony. Treatment immediately obtained, Mental Health Diversion granted and case dismissed in its entirely restoring all rights to firearm use and saving officer's job.     , 2021

Industry Groups

  • addiction treatment facilities
  • Families
  • Juveniles
  • mental health programs
  • Students
  • Union Workers
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Office Location for Alison Saros

1230 Rosecrans Ave
Suite 300
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

Phone: 310-341-3466

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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