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Attorney Bio

Emilya R. Shaaya

Emilya R. Shaaya is a former prosecutor and public defender in Los Angeles. Since she started her career in 2013, Shaaya has set hundreds of cases for trial, receiving outstanding results and taking many cases to jury trial. Shaaya protects adults and juveniles, defending DUIs, suspended license, vandalism, public intoxication, shoplifting, solicitation for prostitution, hit-and-run, resisting arrest, battery, assault, domestic violence, drug possession, and other criminal cases. 

From 2013-2014, Shaaya exclusively handled trial work as a prosecutor and reserve Deputy City Attorney for the City of Los Angeles. From 2014-2018 she served as Deputy Public Defender for the Los Angeles County Public Defender’s Office, where she advocated on behalf of L.A.’s indigent community. Shaaya formed her law practice to provide direct high level and reliable representation to each of her clients.


Shaaya speaks Fluent Spanish, Farsi (spoken), and basic Hebrew.

Additional Work Experience

Law Clerk, Shurat Hadin, The Israel Law Center, Ramat Gan, Israel

Judicial Extern to the Honorable Barry Russell, United States Central District Court of California

Law Clerk, Los Angeles County Public Defender’s Office

Certified Law Clerk, Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office

Education, Awards, & Publications

University of California, Irvine (2009)
Bachelor of Arts in Spanish
Bachelor of Arts in Social Ecology, graduating with honors (cum laude)

Loyola Law School, Los Angeles (2012)
Juris Doctor, Admitted to CA Bar in 2013


First Honors, District Attorney Seminar
CALI Award for Academic Excellence in International & Comparative Criminal Law.
National Trial Lawyers Top 40 Under 40 (2019)

American Institute of DUI Attorneys: Ranked 10 Best Attorneys in California

Loyola of Los Angeles Law Review, Editor
Emily Shaaya, “States Address the Disconnect: Teens in a Sext-Crazed Culture,” ABA Criminal Justice Magazine (Summer 2012).


Emily Shaaya, “States Address the Disconnect: Teens in a Sext-Crazed Culture,” ABA Criminal Justice Magazine (Summer 2012).

Community Involvement

Committed to educating and empowering the next generation, Shaaya facilitates a teenage girls growth group and teaches a monthly course series designed for professional women. Shaaya also serves as a mock trial attorney coach for Valley Torah Girls High School.

We Bring Experience.

DUIs (Driving Under the Influence) involving Alcohol/Drugs

Suspended License

Exhibition of Speed



Drug Possession & Sales




Assault with a Deadly Weapon

Attempted Murder

Domestic Violence

Restraining/Protective Order Violations

False imprisonment





Lewd Conduct

Involuntary Manslaughter

Why Choose Us

Experience Gets Results.

Our experience working with judges and prosecutors in courtrooms throughout Los Angeles enables us to get you the best results.


There is only room for exceptional representation. You can count on us to fight for you. 

Personal Care.

Our responsibility is to handle every aspect of your case and help you navigate through the court system successfully. We make sure you have direct access to your attorney every step of the way.

Days in Court

Clients Represented

DUIs Successfully Handled

Let’s Work Together.

Phone: (866) 654-8311