Criminal attorney and Los Angeles native Joshua Ritter worked as a prosecutor with the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office from 2009 to 2015 and was named 2015 Outstanding Prosecutor of the Year by the Association of Deputy District Attorneys for Los Angeles County.
During his career as a prosecutor Joshua handled numerous complex cases, including the successful conviction of a Los Angeles firefighter who had beaten a woman unconscious because she was feeding feral cats in his neighborhood (People v. Ian Eulian). This case was covered extensively by local media. http://abc7.com/news/closing-arguments-begin-in-la-firefighters-assault-trial/323432/
Joshua has also prevailed with a significant number of high-profile trials, including a 1987 cold-case murder. To complicate Joshua’s preparation and strategy, no witnesses could be located for trial and he was left to prove the case with nothing more than circumstantial evidence and his cross-examination of the defendant (People v. Abrego).
Further, Joshua garnered substantial media attention with a case involving the murder of a woman shot by her roommate in front of the victim’s 11 year old daughter, all of this over a $10 internet bill (People v. Parks). http://ktla.com/2015/09/10/man-convicted-of-murdering-hyde-park-mother-in-dispute-over-10-cable-bill/
Joshua recently left the District Attorney’s office after having taken more than 40 cases to jury trial and a career felony conviction rate over 90%. Now he is devoting his career to the defense of those in need of a ferocious and determined advocate.
Joshua received his Bachelor of Arts (with Academic Honors) from UCLA in 2001 and his Juris Doctorate from Loyola Law School in 2007.
A client represented by Josh Ritter had been charged with Felony False Imprisonment by Violence and was facing three years in state prison. Through extensive discussions with the District Attorney's office, Josh was able to secure an outstanding resolution whereby his client pleaded only to a Misdemeanor...and no jail time whatsoever.
Attorneys Josh Ritter and Liza Little recently defended a young man who had been arrested for felony battery on a police officer. While this charge is a wobbler (it can be charged as either a misdemeanor or felony), had their client been convicted of the more serious felony charge he was facing up to three years in state prison.Instead, and through their tireless work, their client ultimately pled guilty to misdemeanor resisting arrest. He received only probation with no jail time.
- Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, California
- Juris Doctorate - 2007
- University of California, Los Angeles
- Bachelor of Arts - 2001
- Honors: Academic Honors
- People v. Ian Eulian
Honors and Awards
- Outstanding Prosecutor of the Year, Association of Deputy District Attorneys for Los Angeles County, 2015
Past Employment Positions
- Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office, Prosecutor, 2009 - 2015