Vincent R. Ross
Supervising Attorney & Chief Trial Attorney
In 1956, Vincent Ross was born in Asheville, North Carolina. Growing up in the mountainous region of North Carolina, Mr. Ross grew up an avid outdoor enthusiast, fisherman, and hunter. Mr. Ross obtained his undergraduate degree in Philosophy from the University of North Carolina. During his undergraduate education, Mr. Ross worked and lived on a local tobacco farm, working to save money to move to California and attend law school.
Prior to attending law school, Mr. Ross’ interest in law was clear. Mr. Ross participated in a number of projects, which were run by advocacy groups for the protection of Constitutional rights. Mr. Ross volunteered with the ACLU and NORML for several years. Throughout his participation with these advocacy groups, Mr. Ross developed his love for defending the Constitutional rights of others, and ultimately resulted in his attendance in law school. In 1984 Mr. Ross began his legal education at the University of San Diego School of Law.
In 1987, Mr. Ross graduated from the University of San Diego School of Law, and passed the California Bar Examination the first time he sat for the exam. After becoming a licensed attorney, Mr. Ross practiced law with a major law firm, whose clients were primarily insurance companies and their affiliates. After a few years representing insurance companies, Mr. Ross realized that criminal defense was his true passion. Mr. Ross started his own criminal defense firm, and continued to provide superior representation to this day.
Over nearly 30 years exclusively practicing criminal defense, Mr. Ross has represented thousands of clients facing a variety of criminal charges. These charges ranged from driving on a suspended license to first degree murder. Many of the case Mr. Ross has represented his clients in have been game changing decisions, or have had a substantial impact on the development of California criminal law. Mr. Ross has been interviewed and chronicled by 20-20, Dateline, and several other media entities both local and national.
The attorneys at Los Angeles Criminal Lawyer are a team of experienced professionals with a single unifying mission: To vigorously and zealously advocate for our client’s rights. With several decades of combined experience exclusively defending clients facing criminal charges, LACL provides a caliber of representation that sets us apart from other criminal defense firms in Los Angeles. At LACL, you will receive individualized attention and representation that is unmatched in the legal community. We take pride in our dedication to our clients, and we have a proven track record of success.
If you or a love one has been accused of a crime, contact Los Angeles Criminal Lawyer at 310-502-1314 to experience the difference for yourself.
Thomas J. Beck
Thomas J. Beck, Director of Operations
Mr. Beck has spent nearly two decades working with a major law firm, which focused on consumer law, in Arizona. Mr. Beck joins Los Angeles Criminal Lawyer as the Senior Executive and Director of Client Operations. Throughout his career, Mr. Beck has demonstrated an exceptional dedication to obtaining results, which consistently surpasses the expectations of clients. Through his hard work and zealous work ethic, Mr. Beck has helped Los Angeles Criminal Lawyer become a known, and trusted, criminal defense firm in Los Angeles.
Mr. Beck has a limited his professional consultations to exclusively aid Los Angeles Criminal Lawyer. Mr. Beck is a key component of Los Angeles Criminal Lawyer, arguing cases in front of the DMV both personally and telephonically. Mr. Beck’s expertise extends to all the key aspects of the DMV hearing process, and provides a vigorous defense in an effort to assist client who are facing a suspension of their license as a result of criminal accusations.
At Los Angeles Criminal Lawyer, we aim to provide each and every client the very best customer service in the business. At LACL our attorneys are available to answer questions and provide insights into your case at all times of the day. We treat each client like they are our only client, and take the time to listen to our client’s concerns, and fight to obtain the very best results.
Attorney of Counsel
Richard Wagner obtained his undergraduate degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara. After graduating from UCSB and attending Chapman University School of Law in Orange County, Mr. Wagner began an academic and professional career marked by academic accolades and exceptional work experience. While obtaining his Juris Doctorate, Mr. Wagner served on the Chapman University School of Law Law Review, was awarded the Dean’s Award for Academic Excellence, and was awarded the Dean’s Merit Scholarship. In addition to obtaining academic accolades, Mr. Wagner took his career progression equally seriously. During his time in law school, Mr. Wagner served as a judicial extern with the now retired Honorable Justice Edward Wallin in the California Court of Appeal, which is located in Santa Ana, California. In addition to his judicial externship, Mr. Wagner also worked as a law clerk with the Orange County Alternate Public Defender’s Office.
After Mr. Wagner graduated from Chapman University School of Law, he worked for two years as a prosecutor at the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office. During his time as a Deputy City Attorney, Mr. Wagner pursued thousands of Defendants who were accused of drunk driving and domestic violence in Los Angeles. Mr. Wagner gave speeches at the LAPD Impaired Driver Apprehension Program (also known as “IDAP”) teaching the officers about Case Preparation and Courtroom Testimony Training Mr. Wagner has also lectured for the Los Angeles County Bar Association on the Trial Advocacy Project (also known as “TAP”) in May 2000, and March ’01.
In 2002, Mr. Wagner went into private practice to pursue his passions. Mr. Wagner gave a lecture at Whittier Law School titled “What to Do If You Are Arrested for Drunk Driving.” Mr. Wagner has also successfully completed the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHSTA), International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) DWI Detection and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing Course. Mr. Wagner is one of a handful of dedicated criminal attorneys who can boast this accomplishment.
During his legal career, Mr. Wagner managed the Orange County branch of a national law firm, of Top Gun DUI Defense Attorney® Myles L. Berman. During this time, Mr. Wagner perfected the art of vigorous defense in DUI cases in courthouses throughout Southern California.
The Los Angeles Superior Court has authorized Mr. Wagner to accept cases through the Indigent Criminal Defense Appointments Program (also known as “ICDA”); this program provides indigent criminal defendants with skilled attorneys to protect their rights and freedom.
Mr. Wagner has been involved in thousands of criminal defense cases in Southern California, many of which have resulted in acquittals, not guilty verdicts, and outright dismissals.
There are several examples of Mr. Wagner’s unparalleled skill in criminal jury trials. One such example occurred when Mr. Wagner successfully obtained dismissal in case where his client was accused of a DUI in Los Angeles, but the case had ended in mistrial twice.
Another example occurred when he won a trial in for a woman who was accused of driving under the influence in Corona Del Mar.
Mr. Wagner won a trial where his client had been accused of causing a traffic accident while driving with a BAC of 0.19%. In addition to the high BAC and the allegation that his client had caused an accident, it was also his client’s second DUI.
Mr. Wagner has a long list of victories in criminal defense cases, including the dismissal of felony charges for a client who was accused of second degree commercial burglary, possession of marijuana for sale, and transportation of marijuana for sale. The penalties associated with a conviction would have been substantial time in a state prison and registering as a drug offender.
Mr. Wagner has also effectively convinced the Los Angeles District Attorney to not pursue a charge of a felony sex crime in Bellflower California. The charges were dismissed, and his client avoided incarceration and being forced to register as a sex offender.
Mr. Wagner is authorized to defend clients and practice law in the Central and Southern Districts of California, as well as the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Mr. Wagner is also authorized to represent clients in all California Courts..
Attorney of Counsel New Client Relations
With the exception of attending law school in San Diego, California, Shakti Vadgama has been a resident of Los Angeles County his entire life. Mr. Vadgama earned his undergraduate degree from the University of California, Los Angeles (“UCLA”). After graduating from University of California, Los Angeles, Mr. Vadgama pursued his Juris Doctorate at California Western School of Law in San Diego, California. During his legal education, Mr. Vadgama earned numerous acknowledgements of his academic excellence, including the highest grade in class for writing and research. As a result of obtaining the highest grade in class, Mr. Vadgama received a job tutoring incoming students in the art of legal writing and research for his two remaining years in law school. In addition to his academic accomplishments, Mr. Vadgama demonstrated his commitment to legal community by performing extensive pro bono work for individuals who were unable to afford legal representation. His commitment to pro bono work earned Mr. Vadgama a position on the California Western School of Law’s Pro Bono Honors Society.
During his time at California Western School of Law, Mr. Vadgama developed and pursued his interest in criminal, and public interest law. Mr. Vadgama was employed by Affordable Housing Advocates, where he fought on behalf of clients who participated in Section 8 housing to aid them in retaining their homes. Mr. Vadgama also worked in the criminal division of the San Diego Superior Court as a judicial extern. During his time at the San Diego Superior Court, Mr. Vadgama prepared memoranda for judges on cases including simple DUIs and complex felonies. In addition to his work with Affordable Housing Advocates and the San Diego Superior Court, Mr. Vadgama also worked at a San Diego criminal defense firm as an intern, where he participated in a number of criminal cases, and advocated at parole hearings on behalf of clients facing life sentences. After his extensive experience with criminal defense, Mr. Vadgama realized that his true passion was criminal defense.
After graduating from California Western School of Law, Mr. Vadgama spent his first year and a half as a practicing attorney representing employees who has suffered a wrong at the hands of their employers. During this time Mr. Vadgama successfully litigated and negotiated hundreds of cases on his clients’ behalf in both state and federal court. Mr. Vadgama has joined Los Angeles Criminal Lawyer as the Supervising Attorney to continue developing his experience in criminal defense.
Attorney of Counsel
Sami Haddad was born and raised in Point Pleasant, New Jersey. In 2007, Mr. Haddad moved to San Diego, California to attend college at the University of California, Los Angeles (“UCLA”) where he obtained his undergraduate degree in economics and political science. After graduating from UCLA, Mr. Haddad attended California Western School of Law. Prior to graduating with a Juris Doctorate with Honors in Business Law, and passing the California Bar Exam on his first attempt, Mr. Haddad had already obtained substantial experience in the legal field; working for the Office of General Counsel for Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR).
During his legal education, Mr. Haddad served as the Editor-in-Chief of the California Western School of Law’s student-run newspaper; the Commentary. During his time as the Editor-in-Chief, the American Bar Association nominated the Commentary as the Best Law School Newspaper in the Nation.
After graduating California Western School of Law, Mr. Haddad worked as an Associate Litigation Attorney with Lee, Shome & Kennedy. After his employment with Lee, Shome & Kennedy, Mr. Haddad was the managing attorney for the Curran Law Firm. While acting as the managing attorney, Mr. Haddad dealt with complex legal issues in criminal law, including DUI defense, as well as complex family law issues. Mr. Haddad subsequently started his own private practice, focusing on issues including criminal defense and family law.
Mr. Haddad is authorized to practice law and represent clients in all California state courts, as well as the Southern District Court of California. Mr. Haddad exclusively represents family law clients, and individuals facing criminal charges.
Mr. Haddad demonstrates his commitment to the community by being an active member of the San Diego Volunteer Lawyers Program as well as the Community Law Project. As a member of these associations, he gives back to his community by aiding indigent clients with free or low cost legal services. He is a member of the San Diego Volunteer Lawyers Program and the Community Law project, helping the poor with low cost, or free legal services, and contributing to the community.
Mr. Haddad is a member in good-standing of the Italian National Bar Association, the San Diego Bar Association and the American Bar Association.
Attorney of Counsel Orange County, D.M.V. Hearing Expert
Brandon S. Naidu obtained his bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in economics from the University of Utah. Ultimately, Mr. Naidu attended California Western School of Law to pursue his passion for criminal defense. During his legal education, Mr. Naidu received the highest grade in his class for courses including legal research, legal writing, and professional responsibility. Mr. Naidu has worked with exceptional criminal defense attorneys in San Diego, and is now working with the best defense attorney in San Diego.