J. Patrick Carey

Top rated Criminal Defense attorney in Torrance, California

J. Patrick Carey, A Law Corporation
J. Patrick Carey
J. Patrick Carey, A Law Corporation

Practice Areas: Criminal Defense, DUI-DWI; view more

Licensed in California since: 2007

Education: Southwestern Law School

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2023 - 2024 Selected to Rising Stars: 2016 - 2021
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J. Patrick Carey, A Law Corporation

18411 Crenshaw Blvd
Suite 120
Torrance, CA 90504 Visit website


Pat Carey is the founder and principal attorney at J. Patrick Carey, A Law Corporation, in Torrance, California. Attorney Pat Carey is part of the less than 1% of all lawyers in California that is State Board certified as a criminal law specialist, making him a true expert in his field. Pat Carey has more than 13 years of total legal experience, and he provides invaluable counsel and support to clients throughout Los Angeles, Torrance, Manhattan Beach, Redondo Beach, Hermosa Beach, Palos Verdes and beyond. 

A former prosecutor with the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, Pat Carey has unique insight into the criminal justice system from both sides, which enables him to devise the most effective defense strategies possible for the accused. He has handled more than 60 jury trials along with numerous criminal cases and preliminary hearings, and he has extensive experience with juvenile adjudication trials.

From his efforts, Pat Carey has achieved a long record of securing acquittals, dismissals and reductions of charges for his clients, and he has gained a reputation for his fierce advocacy as well as his unwavering commitment to helping his clients obtain the favorable outcomes they seek.

Honored for his outstanding professionalism and service, Pat Carey has earned a Top 100 Trial Lawyer designation and several Top 40 Under 40 designations from The National Trial Lawyers, and he received many other top rankings and endorsements from his peers. He has also received Superb client ratings on Avvo along with the site's Clients' Choice Award for numerous consecutive years. 

A 2003 graduate of California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, Pat Carey obtained his Juris Doctor from Southwestern University School of Law in 2007. He is an active member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association and The National Trial Lawyers association, and he is a former member of the Association of Deputy District Attorneys and the California District Attorneys Association.

Pat Carey has also published numerous articles and conducted lectures and continuing legal education seminars across his region, and he has appeared on various local and national television and radio news programs, where he has offered in-depth legal commentary on a variety of topics related to criminal law and effective trial advocacy.

Practice areas

Criminal Defense, Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI

Focus areas

Arrest & Arraignment, Assault & Battery, Criminal Domestic Violence, Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, DUI/DWI, Debt, Drug & Alcohol Violations, Expungement, Failure to Pay Child Support, False Accusations, Felony, Juvenile Delinquency, Misdemeanor, Motor Vehicle Offenses, Murder, Overdrawn Bank Account, Parole, Probation, Prosecution, Sex Offenses, Tax Evasion, Theft, Traffic Violations

  • 80% Criminal Defense
  • 20% Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI

First Admitted: 2007, California

Professional Webpage: https://www.patcareylaw.com/j-patrick-carey/

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Driving Under the Influence for Successful Prosecution, Manhattan Beach Police Department, 2011
  • Husband Set to Be Sentenced for Murder,  Los Angeles County District Attorney, 2012
  • Project Lead, Criminal Law Educator, 2013
  • The Art of Prosecuting Crimes, District Attorney’s Office New Hires College, 2013
  • Criminal Procedure, Southwestern University School of Law, 2013
  • How to Be a Prosecutor, District Attorney’s Office New Hires College, 2014
  • Handling Probation Violations, Fox News, 2015
  • How to Conduct DUI Investigations for Police Officers, Gardena Police Department, 2017
  • Judge Orders Torrance Man to Stand Trial for Hate Crime, Contra Costa Times, 2008
  • Former Peninsula High Student Faces 4 Years, The Daily Breeze, 2010
  • Torrance Man Says he Killed Roommate, Daily Breeze 2011
  • Ex-Inglewood Man gets 25-life for 1994 Strangling, San Jose Mercury News, 2012
  • Why Families Feel Cheated by the Criminal Justice System, The Daily Breeze, 2018
  • Torrance Man Sentenced, The Daily Breeze, 2012
  • Former Inglewood Man Found Guilty, The Daily Breeze, 2012
  • DA Declines to Prosecute, The Daily Breeze, 2016
  • Driver Receives Favorable Deal, The Daily Breeze, 2016
  • Pat Carey Recognized by Super Lawyers, Super Lawyers Magazine, 2017
  • Class Action Status Denied, Surfline, 2017
  • Judge Strikes Down Class Certification, The Daily Breeze, 2017
  • Short Term Rental Owners Push Back, The Daily Breeze, 2017
  • The Battle of the Bay, Surfer Magazine, 2017
  • Southern California Rising Star, Super Lawyers, 2017
  • Excellence for the Future: White Collar and Criminal Law, Center for Computer Assisted Legal Instruction, 2007
  • Top 40 Under 40, National Trial Lawyers Association, 2015
  • Top 40 Under 40, National Trial Lawyers Association, 2016
  • Southern California Rising Star, Super Lawyers, 2016
  • Top 100, National Trial Lawyers Association, 2018
  • Southern California Rising Star, Super Lawyers, 2018
  • CALI Excellence for the Future Award - White Collar Criminal Law, Southwestern Law School, 2007
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association, 2008 to present
  • Pi Sigma Alpha Political Science Honor Society, 2003-2007
  • California District Attorneys Association, 2008-2014
  • Association of Deputy District Attorneys, 2008-2014
  • National Trial Lawyers Association, 2015 to present
  • Super Lawyers, 2016 to present
  • Board Certified Criminal Law Specialist, California State Bar Board of Legal Specialization, 2012
Verdicts/Settlements (Case Results):
  • 60 jury trials 1500 felony preliminary hearings 100 juvenile adjudication trials, 2006
  • In a retrial after a hung jury on a special circumstance murder case, Pat Carey secured a not guilty verdict on all charges.  After 7 years in custody and enduring two jury trials, his client was released., 2022
Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • Certified Criminal Law Specialist California State Bar Board of Legal Specialization, 2017

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

“Pat and I worked as prosecutors together in the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office. I have seen Pat strategize, present countless preliminary hearings, and exceptionally handle the most challenging aspect of the legal profession - jury trial. Pat is a master in the courtroom. At an early stage, based on his skill and effectiveness, he was trusted by management to try one the most complicated cold case murder trials the DA's office has ever seen - a case that received national attention (including an in depth profile on Dateline). Pat is just as well respected by the DA's office now as a defense attorney. There are few attorneys who can quickly get a meeting with a supervisor to obtain the best results on a case or just as easily hold the prosecution to their burden in the courtroom - Pat is part of the select few. I fully endorse him.”

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Office location for J. Patrick Carey

18411 Crenshaw Blvd
Suite 120
Torrance, CA 90504

Phone: 310-982-7013


2 Years Super Lawyers
6 Years Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2023 - 2024
  • Rising Stars: 2016 - 2021

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