Meet Jerod



Jerod Gunsberg is the founder and lead attorney of the Law Offices of Jerod Gunsberg. He is a seasoned criminal law defense attorney, representing clients in all California state and federal criminal matters. His practice focus covers a broad range of criminal cases, including misdemeanors, violent offenses, complex narcotics, white collar crime, medical marijuana defense, sex crimes, elder abuse, computer crime and juvenile criminal issues.

Jerod spent the early part of his career in the entertainment industry and even owned and managed his own independent record label for a time, hence his love of all things music and the origins of the idea for

As a highly respected and widely sought out criminal defense attorney throughout Southern California, Jerod has partnered with fellow attorneys Valerie Lopez and Martin Lijtmaer to bolster his practice, particularly in drug, alcohol and sexual crimes-related defense.

Jerod himself takes on all sorts of cases but reserves a significant amount of his time for the defense of children and teenagers in the criminal justice system. He received a national award for his work in defending minors in Los Angeles County's juvenile courts and was featured in the Los Angeles Times for his work towards juvenile justice reform. Mr. Gunsberg has represented juvenile clients in conjunction with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Public Counsel, and is frequently retained by other criminal defense attorneys as an expert consultant on juvenile delinquency matters.

Mr. Gunsberg is admitted to practice in all California State Courts and the United States District Court for the Central District of California. He has also been admitted pro hac vice into the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts. He graduated from New York University where he was a University Honors Scholar. He received his law degree from Loyola Law School where he received First Honors in Trial Advocacy.

The Law Offices of Jerod Gunsberg can be reached at (310) 210-0744. For more information or a free consultation, please visit their website at

Meet Valerie


Valerie Lopez is Of Counsel to the Law Offices of Jerod Gunsberg and defends clients in criminal matters at both the state and federal level throughout California. While Ms. Lopez regularly handles a wide variety of criminal cases, she has particular expertise in defending medical marijuana cases. Ms. Lopez has represented hundreds of medical marijuana patients, collectives and dispensaries and is also a member of the legal committee for the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws. Attorneys, judges, prosecutors and law enforcement throughout Los Angeles and California regard Ms. Lopez as one of the most credible and knowledgeable attorneys in the medical marijuana field.

Aside from her work defending marijuana cases, Ms. Lopez also has vast experience in defending a wide range of criminal cases such as narcotics cases, weapons charges, domestic violence, vandalism, violent crime, theft, and complex fraud matters.

Before joining the Law Offices of Jerod Gunsberg, Ms. Lopez was a senior associate at an established Los Angeles criminal defense firm. She is a graduate of Georgetown University and Pepperdine School of Law. Ms. Lopez also serves as an adjunct professor at Pierce College and Los Angeles Mission College.

Ms. Lopez is admitted to practice in all California State Courts and in the United States District Court for the Central District of California.

Meet Martin


Martin Lijtmaer is Of Counsel to the Law Offices of Jerod Gunsberg and represents clients in all California courts - both state and federal. He handles cases from misdemeanors such as DUI, drug possession and resisting arrest, to violent felonies such as assault with a deadly weapon, rape, and murder.

Prior to moving to Southern California and joining the law offices of Jerod Gunsberg, Mr. Lijtmaer worked as an associate at a top-ranked New York law firm in the white-collar group where he conducted both criminal and general litigation.

Mr Lijtmaer graduated from Northwestern School of Law in Chicago. He is admitted to practice in New York and California, including all California State Courts and in the United States District Court for the Central District of California.