The Law of Anthony S. Khoury

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Bio Info


Education

I have been actively involved in the criminal justice system since 2001, when I founded the Criminal Law Society at Washington University (in St. Louis) School of Law. Although when I graduated with honors from U.C.L.A. earlier that same year, I already knew that I was destined to serve as an officer of the court and as a guide through the criminal justice system (from either side of the aisle). In fact, I designed an individual major at U.C.L.A. titled "Social Deviance and Criminal Justice," with the intention of preparing myself as early as possible to be an attorney specialized in the field of criminal law.

Law Enforcement Experience

While in law school, I served as a law clerk at the Ventura County District Attorney's Office during the summers of 2002 and 2003. During my second internship, I second-chaired two jury trials, and handled approximately two dozen preliminary hearings, as well as another dozen motion hearings in both misdemeanor and felony cases. After that internship, the supervisor of the misdemeanor and felony unit proclaimed that I was 'the best law clerk to have served under his supervision at that office during his 10-year tenure.'

While in law school, I also served as a law clerk at the St. Louis Circuit Attorney's Office in 2003 and 2004, during the Winter/Spring semesters. I handled a number of preliminary hearings, as well as various motion hearings in both misdemeanor and felony cases. I also assisted in several jury trials.

After graduating from law school, I served as a graduate law clerk at the Sacramento County District Attorney's Office in 2004. I handled numerous misdemeanor and traffic infraction cases, where (among other things) I was tasked with preparing cases for jury trial, and opposing written motions and handling the corresponding hearings.

Between 2005 and 2006, I was a Deputy District Attorney at the Solano County District Attorney's Office, where I handled ten jury trials to verdict. Included among those, were cases involving: domestic violence, DUI, weapons possession, traffic violations, assault and battery, and violation of a court order. Among cases I handled that did not go to trial, were matters involving: vehicular homicide, drug possession, and sexual assault. I was also responsible for handling appeals, a weekly pre-trial calendar, and reviewing police investigation reports in order to make filing decisions.

During the five years I spent working in law enforcement, I learned the 'ins and outs' of the criminal justice system. I also built a sterling reputation among prosecuting attorneys, defense attorneys, court staff, law enforcement personnel, and judges. Since that time, I have successfully been able to put this experience and sterling reputation to use for my clients.

Civil Practice

Between 2007 and 2009, I took time away from the criminal justice system to toil in civil practice. I worked at four different law firms—one as small as having only 3-4 attorneys, and one as big as having over 1,000 worldwide. I also went up against some of the biggest and best law firms in Southern California.

Each one of these firms specialized in different areas of the law: real estate, personal injury, and insurance/bad faith, among others. During this three-year period, however, I was able to focus my experience in the area of business litigation. I gained invaluable experience handling class actions (both plaintiff and defense), contract disputes, and bad faith/insurance claims. I was involved with mediations, arbitrations, summary judgment/summary adjudication motions, filing of complaints, motions to dismiss, and settlement negotiations. In 2008, I was admitted to practice law before the United States District Court, Central District of California, and I handled a number of matters before that court.

Criminal Defense Experience

In late 2009 and in 2010, I returned to the practice of criminal law by becoming a criminal defense attorney. During the past year, I have handled well over 100 cases, including cases involving: DUI, weapons possession, drug possession and possession for sales, domestic violence, assault and battery, and traffic violations. I have also handled dozens of Administrative Per Se ("APS") hearings before the Department of Motor Vehicles ("DMV"). During the past year, I have made appearances in the following courthouses: Alhambra, Burbank, Lancaster (Antelope Valley), Malibu, Metropolitan, Pasadena, San Fernando, Santa Barbara, Santa Clarita, Santa Maria, Simi Valley, Sylmar (Juvenile), Van Nuys, and Ventura. I have achieved good results for my clients, ranging from outright dismissals to reduced charges. I have also established a reputation for 'going the extra mile' for my clients by walking them through every step of the criminal process, including any issue that may arise after a case is resolved.