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J. Patrick Carey

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in Torrance, CA

Law Offices of J. Patrick Carey
18411 Crenshaw Blvd, Suite 120
Torrance, CA 90504
Phone: 310-982-7013
Fax: 310-526-2237
Selected to Rising Stars: 2016 - 2021
Licensed in California Since: 2007
Practice Areas: Criminal Defense, Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI
Attorney Profile

Pat Carey is the founder and principal attorney at the Law Offices of J. Patrick Carey 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
  • 80%Criminal Defense
  • 20%Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI
Focus Areas

Arrest & Arraignment, Assault & Battery, Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, 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, Criminal Domestic Violence, DUI/DWI


6 Years Rising Stars
  • Rising Stars: 2016 - 2021

Certificates and Credentials

About J. Patrick Carey

First Admitted: 2007, California

Professional Webpage:

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


  • 60 jury trials 1500 felony preliminary hearings 100 juvenile adjudication trials, 2006

Special Licenses/Certifications

  • Certified Criminal Law Specialist California State Bar Board of Legal Specialization, 2017
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Office Location for J. Patrick Carey

18411 Crenshaw Blvd
Suite 120
Torrance, CA 90504

Phone: 310-982-7013

Fax: 310-526-2237

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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