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Interview with Leonard Matsuk

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Interview with Attorney Leonard Matsuk

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What made you want to become a lawyer?

I've felt since high school that my calling was to be a part of a process to defend citizens from government abuse. From over reaching, over charging or over punishing us for non-violent conduct increasing made illegal and over regulated. Being a criminal defense lawyer allows me to stand up for the ordinary person.

In your opinion, what sets your firm apart from the rest?

We, myself and legal team, have a combined experience and expertise level of nearly 100 years. My staff has been with me for over 20 years each, and individually are tops in their field of expertise. We have the know-how, energy and experience to understand how the system works and the ability to make it work for our clients. We thrive on getting extraordinary results because we are committed to having satisfied clients.

Tell us about a case that you are particularly proud of:

We represented an 18 year old young man wrongfully charged with first degree murder of a class mate. The case, because of the nature of the offense, drew international press coverage. Fortunately, the family had resources to allow us to fully investigate the matter more thoroughly than the police did in this case. Following a two-week jury trial, our client was not only found NOT GUILTY—but we were able to identify the true killers to the police. They were later prosecuted and sentenced for the murder. My client and his family appreciate to this day how fortunate he was to have escaped a wrongful conviction.

What steps do you take to prepare for a difficult case?

We prepare every case as if it's going to trial before a jury. We try to outwork the prosecution. We employ the latest in technology, forensic science and use experts to assist us in working up the case. We leave no stone unturned. Experience and hard work are the key to success.

What advice do you most often give to your clients & why?

We educate our clients on how the system works. Often we spend considerable time meeting and consulting with them. We teach them that the process can be long and frightening but that patience and preparation will usually win in the end. Our staff makes sure all phone calls and e mails are answered promptly. We want to minimize the anxiety and stress.

How do you view your role in the attorney-client relationship?

I am the director. I take the lead role in meeting with and communicating with the client. My staff is there for support. The client knows that I am available to them at all times as needed. I take them through the system and back to their lives.

Tell us about a turning point in your career:

Every day is a turning point because I always learn new things from my clients. I try to appreciate the situation my client is facing and understand that they are counting on me to do my best to help them survive an ordeal that is life changing to them.

Why should a prospective client choose to work with your firm?

The practice of law—especially in the courtroom—requires much training and experience. A good trial lawyer is a "seasoned' trial lawyer, having spent years in court learning the skills required. Law school alone does not give you experience. Like airline pilots and heart surgeons, a client is in much better hands with a pilot or surgeon with considerable experience and seasoning. Over 40 years of experience means we've seen practically every type of case out there.

Our Victories

Take a look at our most recent wins!
  • No Time Served in Custody Assistant Accused of Embezzling Over $200K
  • Warrant Recalled Bench Warrant was Issued Against Our Client
  • Case Dismissed Businessman Charged with Fraud & Misrepresentation
  • Not Guilty Client Accused of Assaulting a Victim Inside Their Home
  • Informal Probation Client Accused of Attempting to Carry a Gun on an Aircraft
  • Charges Dismissed Client Accused of Being an Accomplice to Theft

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Our Satisfied Clients

Hear from our former clients about their experience with the Law Office of Leonard Matsuk. We are proud to protect the rights of the accused and be their trusted advocates in their time of need. Experienced and knowledgeable in a wide range of case types, we are prepared to defend you.

  • “I would want someone too to make an effort this great on my behalf...”
    “I would want someone too to make an effort this great on my behalf...”
    - Judge
  • “I would recommend him to my family and closest friends.”
    My case was a complex felony case. Mr. Matsuk quickly learned all the facts and was well versed in the law. He spent quality time with me and seemed to genuinely care about me and my outcome. He had quality advice and insight based on his many years of experience. He got me the very best outcome. I am very satisfied with his services and representation and would highly recommend him to anyone - including my closest friends and family.
    - Scott
  • “One of the best lawyers in California!”
    An awesome, exceptional and focused attorney that will work for a fair and equitable outcome for his client. Our family will always trust Mr. Matsuk in representing our family's interest in All legal matters. He kept our son from going to prison for seven years. He got sentenced reduced to one year in Los Angeles County Jail.
    - Former Client
  • “Thank you Mr. Matsuk”
    I would highly recommend Mr. Matsuk and his very capable staff Lisa and Sue for needed legal services. Mr. Matsuk clearly explained all aspects of my case with truth and understanding. The results were positive and my experience was the same. Thank you sir.
    - Gilda