Ian M. Wallach

Board of Directors, Director, Second Term, Class of 2024

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Ian Wallach practices law in Los Angeles at the Law Office of Ian Wallach, P.C. Ian’s practice is substantially devoted to criminal defense, with much of it involving the representation of indigent accused persons through court appointment. He also devotes substantial time to providing pro bono representation. Ian has worked in numerous practice settings, including serving as a deputy public defender in Los Angeles County and as a law clerk in the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, where he participated in drafting the indictment of Slobodan Milosevic. Ian is a frequent legal commentator. Ian represented an individual accused of blackmailing Stevie Wonder (obtaining a misdemeanor) and was the first lawyer (along with Jason Feldman) to get a substantial judgement against the United States for failing to protect an inmate from Valley Fever.  He successfully argued the seminal case of Edison v. United States before the 9th Circuit.  He is admitted to practice in New York, Colorado and California, the U.S. Supreme Court, the Second and Ninth Circuit Courts of Appeal, and numerous districts courts. Ian has become increasingly active at NACDL, serving as a member of the Corrections Committee and a presenter at a recent seminars. Ian Wallach earned his undergraduate degree, magna cum laude, from the University of Oregon, and his law degree from the University of California, Hastings College of Law. He is an NACDL Life Member.  

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