Heena Patel has joined the firm to help it develop its criminal defense practice. Although Mrs. Patel continues to run her offices in Orange County, she will be providing expertise and experience to Garcia Reed & Ramirez’s expansion into criminal defense.
Attorney Patel is a well-established litigator in her field. She has a perfect 10 out of 10 rating on Avvo, a prominent legal director that independently ranks attorneys. Heena Patel has received the top award for Client Satisfaction in Criminal Defense on AVVO and the award for 10 Best for Client Satisfaction from the American Institute of DUI/DWI Attorneys. She has also been named a Rising Star in criminal defense by Super Lawyers, an honor reserved for only those lawyers who exhibit excellence in practice. Only 2.5% of attorneys in Southern California receive this distinction.
Attorney Heena Patel is a former Los Angeles County Public Defender. She has been practicing criminal defense for over 10 years. She has a reputation for being tough in the courtroom, protecting her clients’ rights, but is also respected by opposing counsel and judges for her honesty, professionalism and knowledge of the law. Attorney Patel has handled over 12,000 criminal cases, carrying a caseload of over 200 cases a month.
Attorney Patel believes that every case deserves an aggressive defense. She has vigorously defended her clients charged with battery, domestic violence, assault with a deadly weapon, sex crimes, rape, vehicular manslaughter, attempted murder, DUI, hit and run, license suspension, theft, burglary, robbery and arson. She also specializes in Juvenile Defense. As a former Deputy Public Defender in Los Angeles County, Attorney Patel was in the courtroom every day, negotiating with District Attorneys and arguing before judges for her clients’ rights. This experience with being in the courtroom on a daily basis has not only made her an excellent trial attorney, it has also made her a skilled negotiator, achieving favorable outcomes on many of her cases.
Attorney Patel is also a board member of the South East Asian Bar Association, a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and a member of the California Public Defenders Association.
Professional Memberships and Affiliations
- South East Asian Bar Association – Board Member
- National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
- California Public Defenders Association