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Steven M. Cron

For over thirty years, Steve has been successfully defending individuals in the Los Angeles area who have been accused of committing a crime. His long-standing relationships with prosecutors and judges, give him the opportunity to present his client's case in the best possible light and ensure that his arguments on behalf of his client will be heard. His credibility and reputation mean that he will be taken seriously.

Steve is the lawyer whom judges and prosecutors often call when their friends or loved ones are in trouble. He's credible, respected, and has over 45 years of experience representing people in criminal cases in the state and federal courts of Southern California and beyond.

When a client is innocent, no one will fight harder than Steve. He has investigators and experts available to help build the case and prove his client's innocence. He has an outstanding record as a trial lawyer, at one point winning nine consecutive federal jury trials.

When clients want to settle a case, Steve has the knowledge and experience to know what the issues are and how best to resolve them. Because of Steve's personal relationship with each client, he always negotiates and resolves with the client's priorities in mind.

Steve loves being a criminal defense lawyer. Every day he gets to help people who are often in trouble and experiencing a terrible time in their lives. Being able to help people dig out of those situations is very rewarding.

Although being arrested or charged with a crime is a horrible experience, Steve always tries to find a way to make it a positive experience. Many of Steve's clients keep in touch with him long after their cases are over, often telling him that they hated the experience of being arrested, but that it caused them to change some habitually negative behavior which they had not acknowledged prior to their arrest.

Steve published an article entitled “Busted,” about representing celebrities in high profile criminal prosecutions. The article was published in the American Bar Association's Entertainment and Sports Lawyer. Steve has also been recognized by his peers every year since its inception in Los Angeles Magazine's annual poll of Super Lawyers in Criminal Defense.

Steve is a recognized authority in the criminal defense field, and has served as a legal expert on television, radio, and print media. Steve has been featured on: The Today Show, CNN, CNN Europe, Good Morning America, Fox News Channel, Bill O'Reilly, Court TV, Celebrity Justice, MSNBC, Inside Edition, Associated Press, USA Today, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Reuters and People, to name a few.

Areas of Practice

  • Criminal Defense
  • Juvenile Law
  • Felonies
  • Sexual Assault
  • Misdemeanors
  • Driving While Intoxicated
  • Drug Crimes
  • Homicide
  • Assault and Battery
  • White Collar Crime
  • Domestic Violence
  • Weapons Charges
  • Personal Injury

Bar Admissions

  • California, 1974


  • University of California, Hastings College of the Law, San Francisco, California, 1973, J.D.
  • University of California at Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, 1970, B.A.

Classes/Seminars Taught

  • Adjunct Professor, Pepperdine University School of Law
  • Legal Commentator, Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, Local Television and Radio Programs, National and Local Newspapers and Magazines

Honors and Awards

  • Rated AV

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Santa Monica Bar Association, 1992 – 1993, President
  • Santa Monica Bar Association, 1987 – 1994, Member, Board of Trustees
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association, Member
  • State Bar of California, 1993 – 1996
  • Member, Committee on Professional Responsibility and Conduct
  • National Conference of Bar Presidents, 1993 – 2000, Member
  • California Attorneys for Criminal Justice, Member
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Member

Past Employment Positions

  • Los Angeles County Public Defender's Office, Deputy Public Defender, 1974 – 1980


  • Spanish


  • Zeta Beta Tau

Contact Information

401 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 1200, Santa Monica, CA 90401 Phone: 310-451-9888

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  • Avvo Client Recommends Steven M. Cron

    Avvo Client ReviewI received my first (and hopefully last) DUI back in October and like everyone else, I was freaking out. I was worried I was gonna lose my job and get into some financial hardship let alone deal with the court system. After meeting with Steve for the first time, I knew right the...
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    Yelp Client ReviewI was facing 2 felony criminal drug charges, possible jail time and hundreds of hours of community service before I hired Mr. Cron. On top of that my career was on the line. If I would have been convicted I would've lost my professional license, been out of a job and would have ...
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    Avvo Client Review I hired Steve after 2 bad experiences with prior attorneys on this case. I wish I had been referred to him first. The 1st attorney was a Advertising Mill that was incompentant and arrogant. After firing them I went to another who was pleasant but did nothing and I was looking ...
  • C.M. Recommends Steven M. Cron

    Dear Steve,I want to thank you for everything you did for me on my case. Certainly the support of my friends and relatives helped, but I am convinced that your handling of the case was the major reason for the wonderful result. Needless to say, I was rather concerned that I would be taking a forc...
  • R.B. Recommends Steven M. Cron

    Steve,I wanted to write you to tell you once again how grateful I am for your help. I know that I neglected to hold up to my end of the bargain three years ago. I called you unexpectedly and had no money, yet you still helped me. I have a great deal of respect for you because of that, but more so...
  • M.M. Recommends Steven M. Cron

    Dear Steve,Thank you so much for all your help with my recent personal injury case. You were always so professional, kind and friendly. Every step of the process, you made sure to keep me informed and always had my best interest in mind. I was so pleased that you always returned my calls promptly...
  • D.J. Recommends Steven M. Cron

    Dear Steve,I just wanted to write and thank you for helping me through a very difficult and unhappy time in my life. Probably to you, professionally, this must seem a very day to day situation. But to me, it has been a very traumatic time. Your expertise, support and “good news/bad news” communic...
  • R.B. Recommends Steven M. Cron

    Mr. Cron,I've been meaning to send you this for awhile now and at last I can thank you for helping me out of a tough situation. I feel so much better about myself, my future and about life and all it brings my way. I can't thank you enough for what you have done.
  • A.C. Recommends Steven M. Cron

    Mr. Cron,Even while I was nervous as heck all throughout the trial, you gave me much needed support. You stood in front of the jury and gave a great closing statement on my behalf. And most of all, you were happy for me when I was found innocent.
  • R.B. Recommends Steven M. Cron

    Hello Sam,I understand it is not over yet, but I want you to know that I feel you're doing a good job with my son's case and also thank you for your personal piece of advise to him. I would like you to know that aside from the business part of it I appreciate your sympathizing with my wife's and ...
  • J.C. Recommends Steven M. Cron

    Dear Steve,This is what sets you apart from all other attorneys I have known, worked with and associated with…your eternal optimism and the ability to see the good in all things. However minuscule that dim light might be. I truly appreciate you and that goodness that illuminates not only the cour...
  • P.R. Recommends Steven M. Cron

    Hi Steve,We wish you a lovely and serene 2012. Our kids are doing well and we always think of you as a crucial part of their recovery. One of our kids is 3 ½ years sober, co-owns a computer company and still does volunteer work. Our other kid is about 20 months sober after a number of relapses an...
  • D.G. Recommends Steven M. Cron

    Steve,I know I have said it time and time again, but THANK YOU, Steve. Hearing other peoples' stories has made me even more aware of what a great deal you got for me and even more grateful for how hard you fought for me. I know you tried to walk me through everything so many times, but regardless...
  • M.W. Recommends Steven M. Cron

    Dear Steve,I called your office the moment I received your letter. I am not sure where to begin to express to you my deep gratitude for everything you have done for me. Your patience and support have always been very much appreciated. You truly held my hand for the past four years! From the botto...
  • J.S. Recommends Steven M. Cron

    Steve,THANK YOU AGAIN. You have changed my life in so many ways. From the bottom of my heart, thank you again for being a champion. You are a special man. I am so grateful you were willing to put your valuable reputation, relationships, experience and expertise into service on my behalf. Talk to ...
  • B.B, D.M., T.J., S.G. Recommends Steven M. Cron

    Dear Professor Cron,We just wanted to thank you for such a wonderful semester. Though some of us were nervous about taking trial practice, the course ended up being one of our favorites thus far in law school. We really appreciate your dedication to the course and all of the interesting speakers ...
  • T.G. Recommends Steven M. Cron

    Dear Steve,The end of my brother's case is a huge weight off our parents' shoulders, and they are very grateful. I can't begin to thank you enough. I am eternally indebted to you for all you've done. Thank you again.
  • D.W. Recommends Steven M. Cron

    Steve,I thank you for your competence, your professionalism, and the prompt attention you gave to my every call and inquiry, even though in the broad scope of the problems you handle, mine was probably a minor case. I came to you on the referral of a former client of yours. I will now be that cli...
  • S.R. Recommends Steven M. Cron

    Dear Steve,I can't begin to tell you how much I appreciate you looking into my situation and following through. It has been so hard for me to process and your guidance has been invaluable.

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