Attorneys & Staff

Paul Takakjian

Position: Partner. Born Los Angeles, California, November 16, 1953; admitted to bar, 1979, California; 1980, U.S. District Court, Central District of California. Education: University of California at Los Angeles (BA, cum laude, 1975); Loyola Marymount (JD, 1979). Former Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney (Certified Specialist, Criminal Law, The State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization). Worked as a DA in Criminal Courts Building, Compton Ct, Los Padrinos Juve Ct, West LA ct, Santa Monica Ct, Beverly Hills Ct, Culver City Ct, and Pomona Ct. Paul was also an instructor for the CHP, LASD, and Santa Monica PD where he taught "Breath Testing" and "Title 17 Compliance." While with the DA's office, Paul wrote the "DUI Prosecution Manual," which the agency continued to use several years after he left (1987). In addition, Paul specially prosecuted DUI's, Sex Crimes, and Hardcore Gang Crimes. LANGUAGES: French. REPORTED CASES:P. v. Tamborrino (1989) 215 Cal. App. 3d 575 263 Ca. RPTR. 731. INSTRUCTOR: California New Prosecutor's College, 1985. Member: Los Angeles County Bar Association; State Bar of California, California Attorneys for Criminal Justice.

Areas of Practice:
Criminal Law
DUI-DWI
Drug Crimes
Felonies
Homicide
Parole and Probation
Sexual Assault
Traffic Violations
Juvenile Law

Litigation Percentage:
100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Certification/Specialties:
Criminal Law Specialist, The State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization

Bar Admissions:
California, 1979
U.S. District Court Central District of California, 1980

Education:
Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, California, 1979
J.D., Doctor of Jurisprudence
Law Journal: Member, Loyola of Los Angeles Law Review, 1978 – 1979
University of California, Los Angeles, California, 1975
B.A.
Honors: Cum Laude

Representative Cases:
P. v. Tamborrino, 215 Cal. App. 3d 575 263 Ca. RPTR 731

Classes/Seminars Taught:
Instructor, California New Prosecutor's College, 1985
Instructor, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Academy
Instructor, California Highway Patrol

Professional Associations and Memberships:
Los Angeles County Bar Association
Member
State Bar of California
Member
California Attorneys for Criminal Justice
Member
Past Employment Positions:
Los Angeles County, Deputy District Attorney, 1981 – 1987
Languages:
French


Stephen David Sitkoff

FORMER SUPERIOR COURT COMMISSIONER
FORMER L.A. COUNTY DEPUTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY
CALIFORNIA STATE BAR CRIMINAL JUSTICE SECTION EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
Position: Partner. Born Los Angeles, California, October 2, 1956; admitted to bar,1983, California; 1986, U.S. District Court, Central District of California. Education: University of California at Los Angeles (BA, 1978); Emmanuel College Law, Cambridge, England; Loyola Marymount University (JD, 1982). Recipient: Dean's Honor List, University of California at Los Angeles; Loyola Law School. Commissioner, Los Angeles County Superior Court, 1994-1995. Former Deputy District Attorney, 1983-1994. Worked as a DA in Downtown LA (Criminal Courts Building and Metropolitan Ct), Torrance Ct, Compton Ct (Including Compton Ct – Juve), Van Nuys Ct, Inglewood Ct, Pasadena Ct, Long Beach Ct, Norwalk Ct, Santa Monica Ct. Steve was also a Superior Court Commissioner in Dependency Court – Monterrey Park. While with the DA's office, Steve specially prosecuted DUI's and Sex Crimes. Member: South Bay Bar Association; State Bar of California (Member, Executive Committee of Criminal Law Section); California Judges Association; Criminal Courts Bar Association. California Attorneys for Criminal Justice.

Areas of Practice:
DUI DWI
Criminal Law
Drug Crimes
Felonies
Homicide
Parole and Probation
Sexual Assault
Traffic Violations
Juvenile Law

Bar Admissions:
California, 1983
U.S. District Court Central District of California, 1986

Education:
Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, California, 1982
J.D.
Honors: Dean's Honor List
Emmanuel College of Cambridge University, Cambridge, England
University of California at Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, 1978
B.A.
Honors: Dean's Honor List

Professional Associations and Memberships:
South Bay Bar Association
Member
State Bar of California
Member, Executive Committee of Criminal Law Section
California Judges Association
Member
Criminal Courts Bar Association
Member

Past Employment Positions:
Los Angeles County Superior Court, Commissioner, 1994 – 1995
Los Angeles County, Deputy District Attorney, 1983 – 1994


James Kim

James was born in Glendale, CA and is a graduate of Cal-Sate Fullerton. He has a Bachelors degree in Sociology, emphasizing crime and delinquency, as well as a minor in Philosophy. He is also an associate member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. James joined the firm in 2006 and previously served as the lead accident and injury negotiator for a prominent Orange County civil litigation firm. James handles the initial calls from prospective clients and discusses the nature of their case. A very caring person who will put you at ease, James is known for responding knowledgeably and courteously to requests for information about our firm.

Criminal Defense
Appeals
Computer/Internet Crimes
Driving with Suspended License
Drug Crimes
DUI
Embezzlement
Expungements
Family Law
Federal Crimes
Felony Crimes
Forgery
Fraud
Gang Cases
Juvenile Crimes
Parole Violations
Probation Violations
Resisting Arrest
Sex Crimes
Theft Crimes
Three Strikes
Trespassing
Unlawful Imprisonment
Vandalism
Violent Crimes
Weapon Crimes
White Collar Crimes
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