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ALANA YAKOVLEV, Managing Partner

Alana is the founding partner of Walk Free Law, with office locations throughout California, New York and New Jersey. The law firm practices criminal defense work, mental health advocacy and civil rights, in addition to select business litigation.

Alana Yakovlev has always excelled at academics, attending college at the young age of 16 and graduating with honors. Alana graduated from New York Law School after attending UC Berkeley and UCLA for her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science. Alana has received numerous awards and honors for her academics and is also admitted to practice law in California, New York and New Jersey and the U.S. District Courts of New York (Southern and Eastern Districts) and U.S. District Courts of California (Eastern, Northern and Central Districts).

Prior to founding Walk Free Law, Alana Yakovlev served as a trial lawyer for several firms, a legal analyst for Bloomberg, clerked for a New York Supreme Court judge and interned for the District Attorney’s office. Alana Yakovlev also maintains an of counsel position with the premier criminal defense firm, Spodek Law Group.

She has received media attention for her successful results in high profile cases, defending members of La Cosa Nostra and other white-collar cases. Alana has been nominated as a Super Lawyer from 2013 – 2021, an honor reserved for those lawyers who exhibit excellence in practice. Only 2.5 percent of the attorneys in California are named to the Rising Stars list each year. She has also been selected to be a member of The National Trial Lawyers Organization as the Top 100 Trial lawyers in the country as well as selected to the list of Top 40 Under 40. This is an elite and exclusive membership based on performance as an exceptional trial lawyer.

As an aggressive trial attorney, her professional experience in working closely with clients has led to spectacular case results. Alana Yakovlev knows how to prepare a winning criminal defense case and how to do it quickly and efficiently. Her biggest inspiration is a challenging case, especially when others say “it can’t be done”. Time and again, the case results speak for themselves.

Alana Yakovlev serves as a Board member on several not for profit organizations, for lone soldiers and cancer patients, Chayal el Chayal and the Living Waters Foundation for Health. Alana Yakovlev speaks fluent Spanish and Russian and is proficient in Italian and Hebrew. Alana prides in maintaining a pro bono docket through her work with the Aleph Institute for Jewish Prisoners, which has led her to be nominated and selected to the Mentsch List published in the Los Angeles Jewish Journal.

Alana Yakovlev has proven a winning track record in defense of her clients and has developed a great reputation with the District Attorneys and United States Attorneys Offices. She has been frequently featured on Court TV, Fox News and News Max as a legal commentator on cases making headlines in the nation and internationally.

 

Louis Kosnett, Of Counsel

A practitioner in the area of criminal defense since his bar admission, Louis Kosnett’s dedication, work ethic, and devotion to his clients has resulted in consistently great results.

Based in Los Angeles, Louis has represented numerous clients in cases ranging from misdemeanors such as DUI and drug offenses to high-level felonies. His aggressiveness and attention to detail have resulted in outright dismissals of several cases and greatly reduced sentences in others.

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Alana Yakovlev lends her legal expertise on a variety of television programs as a Legal Analyst and Commentator. She is frequently sought by print, broadcast and Internet media to discuss the latest issues and trends pertaining to criminal acts. She has been featured on Court TV and NewsMax. She has also been quoted on Fox News as a legal commentator.
Legal Services
Trombetta-Youngblood Motion
Pitchess Motion A Pitchess motion is a discovery motion to obtain the personnel file of law enforcement that might contain relevant information of prior use
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Pitchess Motion
Pitchess Motion A Pitchess motion is a discovery motion to obtain the personnel file of law enforcement that might contain relevant information of prior use
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Mower Motion for Medical Cannibas
Mower Motion for Medical Cannibas The California Supreme Court in People v. Mower (2008) held that a defendant can move to dismiss an indictment pre
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Pre-Trial 402 Motions
Pre-Trial 402 Motions Motions In Limine are related to whether or not a specific evidentiary item should be admissible or excluded during trial, or if
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California Three Strikes Law and Romero Motions
California Three Strikes Law and Romero Motions California courts grant a judge complete discretion to strike sentencing allegations in the interests of justice under Penal
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Penal Code 995 Motion to Dismiss
Penal Code 995 Motion to Dismiss Defense counsel must file a 995 motion to dismiss the information if a defendant was indicted without probable cause. 
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Serna Motion And Doggett Motion To Dismiss Re Speedy Trial
Serna Motion And Doggett Motion To Dismiss Re Speedy Trial The Sixth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution provides for the right of a speedy trial. 
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1538.5 Motion to Suppress and the Harvey-Madden-Remer Doctrine
1538.5 Motion to Suppress and the Harvey-Madden-Remer Doctrine A defendant may file a Penal Code 1538.5 motion to suppress both tangible evidence and observations made
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