Debra White


Attorney Debra S. White is an aggressive and talented trial attorney based in Los-Angeles, California who has successfully represented clients accused of sex crimes in both state and federal courts since 1999. Ms. White is a fierce advocate who enjoys the many challenging aspects of sex crimes defense, including defending against false accusations, faulty memories, and prosecutorial misconduct. She also understands her cases carry very high stakes for her clients and their families, and she is sensitive in all her interactions with her clients as they face the legal challenges together.

Ms. White earned her law degree from the University of California, Los Angeles, and graduated with honors from UCLA with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy. She has also earned the respect of her peers, prosecutors, and Judges. In 2015 she was selected as a Southern California Super Lawyer in the category of criminal law for her high degree of peer recognition and superior professional achievement. Among her additional achievements she was also awarded the nationally recognized “AV-Preeminent Rating” by Martindale-Hubbell in for having the highest level of professional excellence for legal ability and ethical standards. 

Ms. White believes that education and experience are not enough when it comes to being a successful advocate for a client. Reduced to its essence, Ms. White's philosophy is: “A defense attorney's job is to create innovative solutions to seemingly unsolvable problems." As an advocate, Ms. White believes an attorney must also possess the necessary drive and determination for justice to be a true voice for a client's rights. She not only holds that drive and determination for her clients, but it is a credo she has practiced throughout her own life.

Ms. White was born and raised in a small town in Canada. She experienced a difficult childhood being tossed from home to home for years in foster-care. Instead of becoming lost in the system she decided to master it. She became an emancipated minor who was completely self-sufficient and financially independent. Ms. White's early experiences gave rise to her inner drive for justice and her passion to defend those accused of wrongdoing. After graduating from high school, Ms. White emigrated to the United States to work toward her next goal: becoming a criminal defense attorney. Today Ms. White remains focused and dedicated to the practice of criminal defense to help attain justice. She strives not only for those unjustly accused but for those trapped in a system of inequality and prosecutorial misconduct.

To some attorneys, success against overwhelming odds is a fantasy. To Ms. White, it's all in a day's work.

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  • Douglas Hines, former client Recommends Debra White

    I have worked with a few lawyers over the years and I will say this about Debra, she is without a doubt the most honest, hard working lawyer I have ever come in contact with. If you are looking for someone that will defend you with everything they have, be 100% dedicated to your case, Debra is th...
  • Mikki Murty, former client Recommends Debra White

    The minute I got the call telling me my son was in jail for attempted kidnapping I knew he was innocent. I was horrified to realize that I now had to find a way to get him out of the nightmare we were all cast into. I had no idea where to start, and no idea what was going to happen, but I knew on...
  • T.B., former client Recommends Debra White

    I have had a hard time writing this because it is difficult to find the appropriate words to describe attorney Debra White. Faced with choosing between thousands of criminal attorneys I don't believe I could have picked a better one. Debra is passionate about law, and compassionate towards her cl...
  • WTM, former client Recommends Debra White

    There is only cold comfort to be found in the knowledge that the US Legal System offers equal opportunities to anyone accused of committing a crime when you have no or little experience as a participant in the process. This is greatly exaggerated when it's the first time anything of the sort has ...
  • C.R., relative of former client Recommends Debra White

    From the very first time I spoke with Debra over the phone I knew that I had called the right person. We were in a desperate situation and in dire need of legal representation. Right from the start Debra was true to her word, she never candy coated the seriousness of the case and promised to do a...
  • Louis Gonzalez, III, former client Recommends Debra White

    Debra S. White is an absolutely amazing attorney. I was frivolously accused of several violent crimes and was facing five life sentences in prison. Ms. White was able to quickly navigate through the red tape and prove my innocence. She knew exactly what was going to happen and knew how to handle ...
  • S. Preston, former client Recommends Debra White

    Debra White is a truly exceptional individual and it shows in her passion as a Lawyer. Debra has a true sense of humanity about her that is so often lacking from the Legal Profession; add to that her razor tact and tenacity. It only takes one conversation with her to know you have found a uniquel...

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