Sam J. Israels is a Law Firm partner with the Law Offices of Cron, Israels, & Stark. Mr. Israels received his J.D. degree from the Santa Clara University School of Law. Mr. Israels also previously worked at the Los Angeles Office of the City Attorney. He is admitted to practice law in the State of California.
Mr. Israel’s practice focuses on the areas of criminal defense, including driving while intoxicated cases, drug crimes, sexual assault cases, white collar crimes, domestic violence cases, and traffic violations; and personal injury and administrative law matters. Mr. Israels is a member of the State Bar of California and the Los Angeles County Bar Association.
Sam Israels was born and raised in Modesto, California. He attended Beyer High School. From there, he attended the University of California at Irvine where he majored in Social Ecology with an emphasis in Criminal Law.
After graduating, he worked in the entertainment industry for a few years in Los Angeles doing production work in both episodic television and mini-series. If you watch the credits of the television show Baywatch during a certain season very carefully, you may spot his name.
In 1998, Sam moved to northern California catching the technology wave. He worked for the Pacific Stock Exchange before settling at Credit Suisse First Boston doing equity research on the valuation of internet companies.
In 2001, Sam attended the Santa Clara University Law School where he was awarded the prestigious Witkin award. While in law school, Sam interned in the United States District Court for the now retired Honorable Ronald M. Whyte. During the Summer, Sam interned for the Los Angeles District Attorneys Office in their Hardcore Gangs Division. After graduation, Sam moved to Southern California.
Shortly thereafter, he began working as a Deputy City Attorney at the Los Angeles Office of the City Attorney. There he worked as a prosecutor in downtown Los Angeles, the Van Nuys Office and at the Los Angeles Airport branch.
Working in the City Attorney’s Office gave Sam significant trial experiences. While in the office, Sam gained valuable experience handling trials involving Domestic Violence, Driving Under the Influence, Assault with a Deadly Weapon, Battery, Theft, Prostitution and more. Among the locales Sam did trial work in were the East Los Angeles Courthouse, the downtown Criminal Courts Building, the Metropolitan Courthouse, the Hollywood Courthouse, the Los Angeles Airport Court and the Van Nuys Courthouse.
In 2008, Sam left government work and joined the firm of Cron, Israels, and Stark. He enjoys the challenge of defense work and is gratified by being able to help people who find themselves in trouble. Sam believes his time as a prosecutor allows him to examine a case from both sides and that can often point to a resolution that satisfies his client and the prosecution. Working with pros like Phil and Steve has helped Sam refine his skillset. Sam has handled cases all over Southern California and in the Central Valley as well. In his free time, Sam likes tennis, racquetball, and barbeque.
- Areas of Practice
- Criminal Defense
- Intoxicated Cases
- Drug Crimes
- Sexual Assault Cases
- White Collar Crimes
- Domestic Violence Cases
- Traffic Violations
- Personal Injury
- Administrative Law Matters
- Bar Admissions
- State Bar of California
- Santa Clara University School of Law, Santa Clara, California, J.D.
Honors: Recipient, Witkin Award
- University of California, Irvine
Honors: Extern, United States Federal District Court
Honors: Intern, Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office.
- Professional Associations and Memberships
- State Bar of California, Member
- Los Angeles County Bar Association, Member
- Past Employment Positions
- Los Angeles Office of the City Attorney.
Read what Sam’s past clients are saying:
This Man is a Rock Star Criminal Defense Lawyer!! Sam will fight for you, he has saved my little five year old daughter and is in process of helping to re-unite she and I – me, her father, Thomas Lopez. Sam will help you with any needed criminal defense, but you as a defendant best get your programs and documentation in and before you execute, make sure you consult him every step of the way. Sam is never too busy to be reached and knows all Judges in LA. Sam even worked his magic in Northern California by plane flight – a flying Super Lawyer. He also is no BS and if you want his magic as a lawyer, you must demonstrate to him that you are worthy of his defense. He is hands down the best lawyer I have ever worked with!
I recommend Sam Israels: From our first phone conversation I was immediately put at ease. As I am sure most people are in a situation for which they need to call Sam, I was coming from a place of distress and uncertainty having received a DUI at a police checkpoint. His temperment was always kind, compassionate and calming. His knowledge is vast. And most importantly to me, was Sam’s openess for communication, making me feel comforable calling or meeting with him at any time I deemed it necessary. I feel very lucky for the deal Sam brokered for me. Especially after speaking with other people in my situation, I know he fought and fought hard for me. He got me a reduced charge – and it really is the “best case scenario” sentance for my situation and the particulars of such.
Sam worked an absolute miracle for me on my felony DUI case: Last May I was charged with an aggravated DUI, and Sam Israels worked an absolute miracle for me! He negotiated a fair deal with the prosecutor that was the best-case scenario for an extremely difficult case. I was very pleased with the outcome, and so relieved. From our first meeting, Sam was incredibly nice and professional. I had the utmost confidence in his abilities and the whole process was completely smooth and pain-free. I really liked his knowledge of the system and top-notch legal strategy. I would highly recommend you Sam a call if you’re in need of legal representation. You’re not going to find a more qualified firm than Cron, Israels & Stark!
Went to Phil and SAM for a DUI case, Phil was very considerate and courteous as well as being reasonable. Now SAM is the one who handled my case and did far more than i expected, if you ever are going to put your money into the pockets of a firm or an attorney. I would bar none recommend SAM Israels, SAM not only cares about you as a client, hes extremely knowledgeable, honest and truly seeks justice. He handled my case with professionalism and kept me notified as to what the situation was each and every time he went to court for me. SAM also followed my case into post-conviction status through circumstances i did not for see turning out in a positive manner, but he took care of everything, went above and beyond his role as just a lawyer. Resulting in an unimaginable positive outcome in my favor.
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