Born and raised in San Pedro, California, Anthony Falangetti is a true Californian through and through. After graduating from San Pedro High in 1986, he set his sights on undergraduate school at the University of California Santa Barbara. In 1991, he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy, and Law and Society.
In 1994, Anthony received his Juris Doctor from McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific, where he graduated with honors. During his time in school, he was a member of the Traynor Honors Society and won the Capitol City Trial Lawyers Association Award for First Honors in Trial Advocacy.
After working as a clerk for the Orange County District Attorney’s Office and writing appellate briefs for the Attorney General’s Office for several years, Anthony dove deeper into the legal world and became a Deputy District Attorney. It would be several years before he would transition into a renowned Long Beach criminal defense lawyer.
For 15 years, Anthony worked for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office as a Deputy District Attorney. During his time there, Anthony established a solid reputation in several southern California courthouses, including Rottance, Long Beach, Inglewood, Inglewood Juvenile, and the Criminal Courts Building in downtown Los Angeles (which has now been renamed the Clara Shortridge Foltz Justice Center).
During his time as a D.A., Anthony spent nearly a decade working in the infamous Hardcore Gang Unit, where he prosecuted over 40 murder cases — 25 of which were brought before a jury. In total, Anthony tried 65 cases, most of which dealt with murder, burglary, robbery, assault with a deadly weapon, and narcotics possession and distribution.
After nearly a decade and a half at the District Attorney’s Office, Anthony decided that it was time to start his own practice — the Law Firm of Anthony Falangetti. With a robust skill set inside and out of the courtroom, Anthony immediately began achieving outstanding results for his clients, with many of his cases being dismissed. After a few years, Anthony changed the name of his firm to West Coast Defense.
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