Lara Yeretsian

Lara Yeretsian

Glendale, California

Clients Say She Lifts Them Up. Prosecutors Say She Never Gives Up.

Lara Yeretsian is the principal of Yeretsian Law, a criminal defense firm with offices in Century City and Glendale, California. Lara has been a practicing lawyer since 1998, and has a solid record for obtaining exceptional results. She is known not only as a tenacious advocate and master negotiator but also as a compassionate and uplifting guide for her clients through the often intimidating legal system.

Lara Yerstsian speaks Armenian and Arabic.

Areas of Practice

  • Criminal Defense
  • White Collar Crimes
  • Domestic Violence
  • DUI
  • Theft
  • Drug Crimes

Bar Admissions

  • California
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Georgia


  • Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, District of Columbia
    • LL.M. - 1998
    • Honors: With Distinction
    • Honors: United States House of Representatives, Committee of Commerce, Subcommittee on Telecommunications, Trade and Consumer Protection
    • Major: International and Comparative Law
  • Southwestern University School of Law, Los Angeles, California
    • J.D. - 1997
  • California State University, Northridge, California
    • B.A. - 1994
    • Major: Political Science

Published Works

  • Authored a Chapter in "Reaching the Bar: Stories of All Women at All Stages of Their Law Careers"

Representative Clients

  • Michael Jackson
  • Nate Dogg
  • Lee Tamahori
  • Scott Peterson

Honors and Awards

  • Southern California Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2004 - 2011
  • Business Woman of the Year Award, Armenian American Chamber of Commerce, 2010
  • Woman of the Year Award, Armenian Bone Marrow Donor Registry, 2015
  • Volunteer Team of the Year Award, Armenian Bone Marrow Donor Registry, 2006
  • Covered International Law Issues, California State Bar International Newsletter

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Los Angeles County Bar Association, Member
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Member
  • Armenian Bar Association, Member
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Beverly Hills Bar Association, Entertainment Section, Member
  • Beverly Hills Bar Association, Criminal Section, Member

Past Employment Positions

  • Law Offices of Geragos & Geragos
  • Judge Robert M. Takasugi, United States District Court, Central District of California, Clerk
  • Judge Bert Glennon, Los Angeles Superior Court, Clerk

Pro Bono Activities

  • Los Angeles Police Commission, Police Permit Review Panel, Chair
  • Los Angeles Police Commission, Police Permit Review Panel, Former Vice-Chair
  • Los Angeles Police Commission, Police Permit Review Panel, Member, 2014 - Present
  • Los Angeles City College Foundation, Board Member
  • Armenian Bone Marrow Donor Registry, Board Member
  • Armenian National Committee of America, Western Region, Board Member
  • Organizer of the Fundraising Event, “Annual Laughter For Life Comedy Night”, Comedy Store, Hollywood


  • English
  • Armenian
  • Arabic