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Vicki I. Podberesky



Vicki Podberesky specializes in state and federal criminal defense, including appellate and post-conviction work.

Prior to joining the firm in 1988, Ms. Podberesky was a litigation attorney at Jones, Day, Revis & Pogue, practicing white collar criminal defense. She was also an associate at Finley, Kumble, Wagner, Heine, Underberg, Manley, Myerson & Casey, representing individuals and corporations in complex criminal and civil fraud litigation.

Ms. Podberesky has received honors for her work in criminal defense law, including receiving the Jerry Giesler Memorial Award for Criminal Defense Attorney of the Year, 2014. She is recognized in "Super Lawyers of Southern California," and has been named as one of the top 50 women in Southern California Super Lawyers, as well as being recognized in "The Best Lawyers in America." Additionally, she has authored a chapter entitled, "Release Procedures," in the California Criminal Law Procedure and Practice, 2nd edition treatise, and has written and lectured on defending those accused of sexual offenses. Her practice includes a broad range of cases in both state and federal court, and she has considerable experience representing individuals in high-profile and sensitive matters. Ms. Podberesky received her undergraduate degree in economics from the University of California, Berkeley, and her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Southern California Law Center in 1985. While at USC she was an Intern for the USC Prison Law Project, and President of the Women's Law Association. Following graduation she became an E. Barrett Prettyman Fellow at the Georgetown University Law School.

Ms. Podberesky has been involved in several professional law associations. She was a Member of the Board of Governors, Chair of the Governmental Misconduct Committee, and former Co-Chair of the Amicus Curiae Committee of the California Attorneys for Criminal Justice. She was also a Member of the Board of Directors for the Criminal Courts Bar Association, Faculty Member in the trial advocacy training program at the National Institute of Trial Advocacy, and was a Staff Attorney to Judge William Webster for the Webster Commission, which was formed to evaluate the Los Angeles Police Department response to the riots in 1992. She has also acted as a Lawyer Representative for the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference, and as a Volunteer Attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union.

Ms. Podberesky is a Member of the American Bar Association, Los Angeles County Bar Association, Federal Bar Association, Criminal Courts Bar Association, and National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys. She is also a fellow of the American Board of Criminal Lawyers. She is admitted to practice law in California; the District of Columbia; the Federal District Court, Central District of California; and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.


  • University of Southern California
    Gould School of Law
    J.D. 1985
  • University of California, Berkeley
    A.B., Economics, 1982