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Orly Ahrony

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Appellate Attorney in Santa Monica, CA

Ahrony Appeals
401 Wilshire Blvd, Floor 12
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Phone: 310-743-7830
Selected to Rising Stars: 2017 - 2022
Licensed in California Since: 2011
Practice Areas: Appellate, Criminal Defense, Criminal Defense: White Collar
Languages Spoken: English, Hebrew
Attorney Profile

Focusing exclusively on post-conviction cases and appeals throughout all of California, Orly Ahrony is the founding member at Ahrony Appeals Law Group. She has a reputation for her success for over 10 years in criminal appeals, habeas petitions in both State and Federal Courts, parole hearings, and re-sentencing matters.

Ms. Ahrony successfully overturned a lifer conviction thru a Writ of Habeas Corpus based on illegally obtained evidence.

Not only does Ms. Ahrony practice in State Courts, she is also licensed to practice in the Federal Courts (Central, Eastern, Southern Districts), the Ninth Circuit Court, and the United States Supreme Court. 

Ms. Ahrony has appeared on the KTLA Channel 5 Morning News where she discussed the bail reform act. Ms. Ahrony also serves as a legal commentator for the LawNewz network and provides input on high profile cases. 

On her free time, Ms. Ahrony serves a guest lecturer at the UWLA Law School teaching students about the criminal appellate process.  

In 2008, Ms. Ahrony graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from California State University, Northridge. She then received a Juris Doctor in 2011 from the California Western School of Law.

During her time as an undergraduate, Ms. Ahrony was a volunteer with JusticeCorps, serving low income litigants who were involved in the legal process and needed an advocate to help guide them. Later, she founded a chapter of Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, International.

While attending law school, Ms. Ahrony served as an intern for the California Innocence Project, aiding the wrongfully convicted. Ms. Ahrony also interned for the National Science Foundation as a law clerk in Washington D.C. These events built the foundation that shaped her successful career today.

Among her accomplishments, Ms. Ahrony was the first attorney in Marin County Superior Court to receive a certification of rehabilitation for a client. She is also well-known for her communication skills, as she ensures clients understand their options and how to best move forward.

Fluent in Hebrew, Farsi, and Spanish, Ms. Ahrony assists people from all walks of life. She is sensitive to the unique circumstances people face as they navigate the justice system. Weighing their needs against the legal remedies available, she is able to construct an argument that targets a favorable outcome.



Practice Areas
  • 80%Appellate
  • 10%Criminal Defense
  • 10%Criminal Defense: White Collar
Focus Areas

Appeals, Arrest & Arraignment, Assault & Battery, Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, Expungement, False Accusations, Felony, Misdemeanor, Murder, Parole, Probation, Prosecution, Sex Offenses, Theft, Criminal Domestic Violence, White Collar Crime, Criminal Law - Federal


6 Years Rising Stars
  • Rising Stars: 2017 - 2022

About Orly Ahrony

First Admitted: 2011, California

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Other Outstanding Achievements

  • Legal Commentator for KTLA channel 5 morning news discussing the bail reform act (2017). Legal Commentator for LAWNEWS network discussing high profile cases. (2017)

Educational Background

  • California State University, Northridge, degree in Psychology, Magnum Cum Laude


  • Top 40 under 40 for Criminal Defense, The National Trial Lawyers, 2017
  • The Inspector General Award for Excellence by the National Science Foundation, Office of the Inspector General. 
  • Founding President of Phi Alpha Delta


  • Successfully reinstated a life insurance policy for over 1 million dollars that was terminated by utilizing its appeals process., 2019
  • Successfully sealed client's criminal record pursuant to Penal Code Section 851.91. , 2021
  • Successfully sealed client's criminal record pursuant to Penal Code Section 851.91. , 2021
  • Successfully dismissed a criminal charge involving a violation of Penal Code 148(a)(1)., 2021
  • Successfully dismissed criminal charges for violations involving Penal Codes sections 530.5(c)(1); 148(a)(1); 23103(a); and Health and Safety Code 11364., 2021
  • Successfully overturned a lifer conviction thru a Writ of Habeas Corpus based on illegally obtained evidence. , 2019
  • Successfully reduced a DUI charge to a wet reckless (In re Mendoza), 2019

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Taught a seminar at the UWLA law school as a guest speaker on appellate issues., Special Guest Speaker at UWLA Law School, Lawyer, Appellate, 2019

Bar/Professional Activity

  • United States Supreme Court, 2020
  • United States Court of Appeal for the Ninth Circuit
  • United States Court for Southern District of California
  • United States Court of Eastern District of California
  • United States Court for Central District of California
  • California State Bar
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Beverly Hills Bar Association
  • Member, American Bar Association ABA
  • San Fernando Valley Bar Association

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Volunteer for JusticeCorps
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Office Location for Orly Ahrony

401 Wilshire Blvd
Floor 12
Santa Monica, CA 90401

Phone: 310-743-7830

Last Updated: 5/17/2022

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