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“We know the “local-local” procedures and customs of our courts and have longstanding relationships with state and federal judges throughout California.”

Local Counsel

State and federal courts in California, an attorney must either be admitted to the California State Bar or associate with Local Counsel.  At ANDRUESPODBERESKY, we can assist and serve as Local Counsel for attorneys and law firms who are not admitted in California. All of our attorneys are barred in California, admitted to practice in federal courts in the Northern, Eastern, Central, and Southern Districts of California and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and regularly appear in Superior Courts in Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino, Riverside, and Ventura Counties. We are ready to assist as Local Counsel.

Mary Carter Andrues is a former Assistant United States Attorney in the Central District of California, and an active member, and past President, of the Federal Bar Association.  She also served as a Lawyer Representative to the United District Court for the Central District of California and Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and presently is a member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association Judicial Appointments Committee.  Vicki Podberesky is a fellow and Secretary of the American Board of Criminal Lawyers. She formerly served as 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 a Member of the Board of Directors for the Criminal Courts Bar Association, 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, a Lawyer Representative for the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference, and an E. Barrett Prettyman Fellow at Georgetown University.

Michael Nasatir is Certified Specialist in Criminal Law by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization.  He is a former Assistant United States Attorney for the Central District of California, and a fellow of the American Board of Criminal Lawyers. Richard Hirsch is a former Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney.  He was Chairman of the Criminal Law Section of the Beverly Hills Bar Association, President of the California Attorneys for Justice, President of the American Board of Criminal Lawyers and a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys.  Richard was appointed by Governor Jerry Brown as Commissioner of the California Council on Criminal Justice, he served on the Chief Justice’s Special Advisory Committee on the Courts, and was a member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, Task Force on the State Criminal Justice System.

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