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Phone: 877-750-7550
Fax: 714-276-1910

2030 Main Street, Suite 1300
Irvine, California 92614

Courtney Pilchman is a certified criminal law specialist who was a Deputy District Attorney for over 6 years prior to becoming a criminal defense attorney. She was a member of some of the most elite prosecution units including Crimes Against Children, Family Violence and Sexual Assault. She prosecuted very high profile cases and had a stellar trial record. In her capacity as DDA, she worked closely with judges, district attorneys, defense experts and law enforcement agencies.  Courtney has earned the distinguished title of Top 1% of Attorneys in the United States.

After leaving the DA’s office, she opened the law firm of Pilchman & Kay, PLC with her colleague, Anita Kay. As a criminal defense attorney, Ms. Pilchman is able to utilize her skills as a trial attorney along with her legal connections for the best interest of her clients. She has an accomplished track record as an aggressive trial attorney earning her the respect of her peers. Equally impressive, Ms. Pilchman has been complimented as an attorney who is willing to spend time with her clients, educating them on the process and giving sound legal advice.

Courtney has handled thousands of criminal law cases from the initial filing stages to trial. Her experience includes representing clients charged with DUI, Theft, Internet Crimes, Physical & Sexual Assaults of Children, Rape, White Collar Crimes, Major Fraud, Robbery and Murder just to name a few. In addition, she has been highly successful resolving cases prior to trial by winning various pre-trial motions and hearings. This experience is what sets Ms. Pilchman apart from other criminal defense attorneys.

Ms. Pilchman’s success as a criminal defense lawyer has opened up her practice to representing physicians who have been charged with a crime.  Ms. Pilchman is one of the few attorneys who has successfully defended medical professional in both criminal court and the California Medical Licensing Board.  Her reputation with the medical  board investigators, deputy attorney generals and judges has without a doubt made  made her the top choice for physicians in need of a licensing attorney.

Ms. Pilchman earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Southern California. After college, she received her law degree from Chapman University School of Law and then went on to George Washington University School of Law where she received an advanced legal degree in litigation and dispute resolution. She is licensed to practice law in the State of California and is certified by the State Bar of California as a specialist in Criminal Law.

Ms. Pilchman is also a guest on local and national news programs offering legal analysis for the biggest cases in the country.  She has commented on Casey Anthony, George Zimmerman, Michael Jackson, Natalie Holloway and Jodi Arias.  In addition to her television commentary, Ms. Pilchman also speaks to medical organizations and physicians on medical/legal matters.

Client Reviews

Testimonial 1

She was amazing! Always supportive and understanding throughout the trial and whole case for that matter.
She never lied to me to make things sound better then they were. She was honest and straight forward.
In court she tore apart the District attorney and the witnesses. I would recommend her to anyone!
Simply amazing and now I am a free man.

Testimonial 2

Miss Courtney is very professional and knowledgeable. She kept inform on what I should and should do and
made it very clear what my rights are. She has given me excellent advise and handled herself in the
courtroom exceptionally well I would definitely recommend her to anyone. She listened to my side of the story
and took into consideration the evidence that was presented.
I have the utmost respect for her and wish her the best.

Testimonial 3

Courtney not only did an incredible job as my lawyer, but she is the very rare attorney who actually cares
about her clients. It goes without saying that we came out ahead, but when I met her, I instantly knew that she was
someone I could trust to get the job done. I never doubted her and she never let me down. I highly
recommend Courtney and her firm Pilchman & Kay.


Courtney was amazing. I was so scared and she helped me understand the charges against me and all my
options. She got a great result. I would not have been able to get through such a stressful time without her.
I was able to reach her on her cell anytime, evening and weekends. You want her on your side.
Criminal defendant


Courtney has represented one of our family members in a case that lasted four years. Her professionalism,
knowledge, thoroughness, and punctuality are few of the traits that impressed us throughout. She was very
diligent and left no rock unturned. She treated this case a personal one and almost made herself a shoulder to cry on.
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