In 2015, The National Trial Lawyers recognized Mr. Villegas as being one of the Top 100 Criminal Defense Trial Lawyers in California. Mr. Villegas also serves as a member of the Executive Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association's (LACBA) Criminal Justice Section. After dedicating over seven years of his career to serving as a government lawyer handling complex criminal law cases, Mr. Villegas now operates The AVjustice Law Firm.
Mr. Villegas has handled approximately 10,000 criminal law cases in his career, involving all types of charges including but not limited to, driving under the influence (DUI), domestic violence, drug possession, transportation, and sales, grand theft, welfare fraud, identity theft, residential burglary, resisting arrest, assault on police officer, hate crimes, criminal/terrorist threats, assault with a deadly weapon, robbery, rape, third strike cases, attempted murder, and murder. Mr. Villegas has also handled over 1,000 juvenile delinquency cases.
From 2010 through 2014, Mr. Villegas was selected to serve as a member of an American Delegation of Trial Lawyers that made several trips to Jalisco, Colima, and Yucatan to assist the Mexican government reform their Criminal Justice System. Prior to becoming a government lawyer, Mr. Villegas was an Associate at two prestigious national law firms where he handled business, securities, and employment litigation matters.
Mr. Villegas received his B.A., magna cum laude from UCLA and his J.D. from the UCLA School of Law. Mr. Villegas focuses his practice on Criminal defense cases and in representing workers in employment litigation matters.