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Alison Polin Saros - El Segundo, CA

360 N. Pacific Coast HighwaySuite 1000 El Segundo, CA 90245

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Updated: 06/01/2022

El Segundo Criminal Defense Lawyer


Attorney Alison Saros is the founder and owner of Saros Law, APC, in Manhattan Beach, California...

Attorney Alison Saros is the founder and owner of Saros Law, APC, in Manhattan Beach, California. A top-ranked trial lawyer with more than 25 years of total legal experience, Ms. Saros provides exceptional counsel and support to clients throughout Los Angeles County and beyond who have legal needs involving any of the following:

· Domestic violence

· Sex crimes

· Juvenile Law

· Drug and alcohol crimes

· Mental health diversion

· DUI defense

· School discipline

· Title IX and academic dishonesty matters

· Assault with a deadly weapon

· Public Intoxication

· Robbery and Burglary

A former prosecutor and Deputy District Attorney with Los Angeles County, Ms. Saros has invaluable insight into the criminal justice system, which enables her to devise the most effective defense strategies possible for the accused. In addition, she has years of experience working as a teacher and school counselor in the public school system, and she has gained a reputation as a staunch advocate for the rights and entitlements of students and their education.

From her efforts, Ms. Saros has achieved a long record of securing successful outcomes for her clients both inside and outside the courtroom, and she has served on the adjunct legal faculty at Southwestern University School of Law. She has also worked closely with administrators, resource officers and other professionals in an education setting, and she has a unique ability to understand the psychological and behavioral reasons why some students make questionable decisions that lead to trouble.

Honored for her impeccable professionalism and outstanding client service, Ms. Saros has earned an AV Preeminent peer review rating* from Martindale-Hubbell along with designation from Expertise as being among the Best Criminal Defense Lawyers in Manhattan Beach. She has also received Superb client ratings on Avvo as well as many testimonials and referrals from those she has served.

A graduate of Michigan State University, Ms. Saros received her master's degree in school counseling from Loyola Marymount University. She obtained her Juris Doctor from Southwestern University School of Law in 1996, and she is an active member of the Santa Monica Bar Association, the South Bay Bar Association, the Los Angeles County Bar Association, California Attorneys for Criminal Justice and the National Criminal Justice Association and Council of Parent Attorneys Advocates.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review RatingTM fall into two categories - legal ability and general ethical standards.


  • 1997-2013 Deputy District Attorney 75 jury and bench trials; 800 preliminary hearings; filing determination for over 10,000 criminal cases; Felony Settlement Deputy District Attorney resolved over 5000 felony matters prior to preliminary hearing.
  • 13 year old female student facing expulsion from middle school for discussing school shooting. Principal and Attorney for School District insisted on expulsion despite no other disciplinary history. Expulsion hearing conducted with live witnesses and request for expulsion rejected by expulsion panel finding that District did not comply with appropriate Education Code requirements and that expulsion was disproportionate punishment for alleged actions., 2019

About Alison Polin Saros

Practice Areas

  • Criminal Defense
  • Domestic Violence
  • Sex Crimes
  • Juvenile Law
  • Drug and Alcohol Crimes
  • Mental Health Diversion
  • Expungement and Sealings
  • Education Discipline
  • Fake ID and Minor In Possession
  • Assault with a Deadly Weapon
  • Public Intoxication
  • Robbery and Burglary

Current Employment Position(s)

  • Founder


  • Spanish

Representative Clients

  • 2019-2021 Young adult high school student falsely accused and arrested for child molestation for making out with another high school student at school. DA rejected case but police department refused to acknowledge illegal arrest and detention. Petition for Factual Innocence granted by the Court resulting in an order requiring police and DOJ to destroy all related records. , 2021
  • 2019-2021 Client charged with indecent exposure. He was highly intoxicated at the time. DA was insisting on plea to sex registration. Assisted client in obtaining appropriate wrap-around mental health services and assessments. Following presentation of mental health information to DA's Office and Court, case resolved for non-registrable misdemeanor offense. Client able to continue employment. , 2021
  • 2019-2020 Client arrested for felony assault causing great bodily injury. Facing 7 years in prison and a strike. Pled to misdemeanor assault for community service and restitution. , 2019
  • 2019-2021 Client Police Officer while highly intoxicated discharged firearm in public place. Charged with felony. Treatment immediately obtained, Mental Health Diversion granted and case dismissed in its entirely restoring all rights to firearm use and saving officer's job. , 2021


Bar Admissions

  • California, 1996

Specialties and Certifications

  • Licensed School Counselor, Pupil Personel Services Credential
  • California Career Technical Educator Teaching Credentials (2014-17)
  • California Substitute Teach Credential (2013-18)
  • California Licensed Real Estate Broker (2006-2010)

Other Affiliations

  • Adjunct Law Professor, Southwestern Law School (2008-14)
  • California District Attorneys Association (2000-2013)
  • Association of Deputy District Attorneys (2000-2013)
  • (2019-present) Training and Education Seminars for Addiction and Mental Health Residential Treatment Facilities
  • MCLE Training Instructor for National Business Institute- Special Education and 504 Advocacy, School Discipline.
  • Chair, South Bay Student Attendance Review Board (SARB)
  • Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates (COPAA)
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • South Bay Bar Association
  • Santa Monica Bar Association South Bay Bar Association
  • MCLE Professor, Thompson Reuters, West Publishing (2009-11)


  • Southwestern University School of Law, Los Angeles, California, 1996
  • Michigan State University, 1992
    B.A., Bachelor of Arts
    Major: Social Science
    Major: Psychology
    Minor: Spanish
    Minor: Economics
  • Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, 2017
    Honors: Pupil Personnel Services Credential
    Major: School Counseling

Past Positions

  • Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney

Pro Bono Activities

  • Special Olympics Volunteer (2014-2020)
  • Volunteer, Richstone Family Center, (2013-present) Non-profit dedicated to treating and preventing child abuse and trauma by providing support services and after-school programs for youth.
  • Volunteer, 1736 Family Crisis Center, (2014-present). Shelter for homeless youth and domestic violence victims.
  • Volunteer, Shared Bread, (2014-present). Non-profit community project providing sit-down meals, clothing and supplies for the homeless and those in need.

Classes and Seminars

  • Adjunct Professor of Law teaching Criminal-Law-in-Practice, Southwestern University School of Law
  • Spoke at Continuing Education Seminar to Attorneys and School Administrators., Speaker, 504 Plan Eligibility and Accommodation Best Practices, National Business Institute. Special Education Law: The Ultimate Guide, 2018


Other Sources of Feedback About Alison Polin Saros

Included on the 2024 Southern California list

Past Lists

  • 2023 Southern California Super Lawyers list
  • 2022 Southern California Super Lawyers list

View the profile for Alison Polin Saros on Super Lawyers


  • Awarded to the Top 100 Criminal Defense Trial Lawyer in California, National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 (2018-present), The National Trial Lawyers
  • Top ranking out of 62 Criminal Defense Attorneys in Redondo Beach, Top 13 Criminal Defense Attorney in Redondo Beach (2020-present),


Office Information


360 N. Pacific Coast HighwaySuite 1000 El Segundo, CA 90245


  • 424-243-0682 (Fax)

Accepts Credit Cards




  • Authored section of "Special Education Law: The Ultimate Guide" for the National Business Institute., Author, National Business Institute. Special Education Law: The Ultimate Guide, 2018

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Alison, let me start this by saying how grateful I am for your help navigating this mess. Your bio's second descriptor of you is "fierce" only second to "experience" and I can confirm both. I keep your card in the back of my phone - though I don't plan to use it, until my kid does something similar... it was so great to be able to meet you and hear about your family and life. Being a mom gives you a perfect perspective for this line of work and I am grateful to have you in my corner.


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By Anonymous on Oct. 10, 2021

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Attorney Alison Saros is hard working, keeps detailed records and has a positive attitude. She is very astute and experienced. She goes above and beyond to inform you of your rights and recourse. She is the type of attorney you want.


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By Anonymous on May. 07, 2021

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Alison handled my case with what seemed like ease. She's an amazing attorney, and she gets to business. Greatly to have worked with her. I would definitely work with her again.


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