Westlake Village Criminal & DUI Defense Lawyers

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Jeffrey S. Vallens


  • Encino, California
  • Phone: 818.783.5700
  • Fax: (888) 640-6634


Mr. Vallens has been practicing criminal defense and DUI defense since 1996. He practices mainly in Los Angeles and Ventura County Courts; however his practice takes him where his clients need him. His practice ranges from misdemeanor criminal and traffic offenses including DUI to complex felonies, multiple strike offenses and even murder. No case is too big or too small. At the Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Vallens we know that your case is of the utmost importance to you, therefore we make it of the utmost importance to us. Feel free to call for a consultation or a second opinion.

Education & Experience

Jeffrey Vallens was born and raised in Southern California. He earned a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of California before going on to law school at the University of LaVerne (Forbes Magazine Top 100) and launching a successful career as a criminal defense attorney. Mr. Vallens has been practicing criminal and DUI defense for over 20 years. He works in all courts in Los Angeles and Ventura Counties and as needed in other locations at the request of his clients.

Mr. Vallens was first licensed to practice law on May 28, 1996. Unlike most local lawyers Attorney Vallens has practiced on military bases in Southern California including Edwards Air Force Base and Fort Irwin Military Reservation.

He is licensed to practice before:

  • The California Supreme Court (all courts in California)
  • The United States Supreme Court, 9th Circuit Court of Appeals
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California
  • The U.S. Court of Military Appeals.

A Commitment to Excellence

For six years Mr. Vallens was a board member of a fantastic local charity the Valley Community Legal Foundation. The VCLF in combination with the San Fernando Valley Bar Association helps support shelters for battered women, funds scholarships for students seeking careers in the legal field, provides shelter and blankets for the homeless and has built several children’s waiting rooms in Los Angeles County courthouses.

In recent years, Mr. Vallens has begun to pursue his passion to make wine. He began making wine as a hobby in 2011 and has continued to hone his skills for the ever since then. In 2016, he began his first year as a commercial winemaker. His inaugural release was in early 2017. Be on the lookout for Freedom Wine Company. You may find Freedom Wine online at: www.drinkfreedomwine.com

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Ross Erlich


  • Encino, California
  • Phone: 818.783.5700
  • Fax: 888.640.6634


Attorney Ross Erlich has been practicing criminal law since his admission to the Bar and works in all courts located in Southern California. Mr. Erlich handles all cases ranging from DUI and other misdemeanors to major felonies. Ross’ experience emphasizes complicated criminal matters including bail, probation violations and other complex white collar matters.

Education & Experience

After a brief stint in Northern California where he graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, Ross decided to come back to his native Southern California to attend law school. In school, he supported himself with work on various political campaigns and working for a criminal defense firm. This wide range of experience taught Ross not only how to negotiate with others, but, when it is needed, how to stand up and fight for his client’s rights. Helping politicians get elected also has its benefits to clients in court.

Ross was born and raised in the San Fernando Valley and utilizes his ties to the community to better serve his clients. He is a member of:

  • The Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Beverly Hills Bar Association
  • San Fernando Valley Bar Association

He also serves as the Treasurer of the San Fernando Valley Young Democrats and has been on its Executive Board for over 5 years. Ross is also a founding member of the New Beverly Hills II Chapter of an international business networking group called ProVisers. This elite group of business professionals is made of up of successful business men and women from all areas who strive to achieve great results for their own clients and only refer their contacts to people who they know to be similarly situation top notch pro’s in their respective fields. Ross continues to be active in the political arena and recently did great work on the campaign of a friend who in now a proud member of the State Assembly.

Ross lives in the Downtown Los Angeles with his beautiful wife. He has become a master at navigating cases in Airport Court and the Downtown Courthouses we know as CCB and Metro. Some of his recent DUI results in Beverly Hills and Metropolitan courthouses are unbelievable even to veteran practitioners. The firm is lucky to have a young lawyer with the energy, personality and raw skills of Ross Erlich. In keeping with the firm’s mission, Ross is not only a fine lawyer, but he is also a nice guy. For more information about Ross please see: www.rosserlichlaw.com

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