A refreshingly different style of serious defense

 Criminal Defense

Denise Yaniv

18377 Beach Blvd. Suite 333
Huntington Beach, CA 92648
(657) 215-LAW1

Mission Statement

The Law Offices of Denise Yaniv is dedicated to providing a different defense of professional advocacy in all types of criminal matters. We are committed to provide prompt, professional, and personal service to each of our clients while maintaining the highest level of integrity and ethical behavior.


Sometimes, in order to follow our moral compass and/or hearts, we have to make unpopular decisions or stand up for what we believe in. ~ Tabitha Coffey

Integrity is doing the right thing even when no one is watching. ~ C.S. Lewis

Integrity costs nothing, however it’s value is priceless. ~ Jennifer Walsh

Integrity is making sure that the things you say  and the things you do are in alignment. ~ Katrina Mayer


Denise Yaniv graduated Magna Cum Laude from The University of California, Los Angeles with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 2003.

Denise obtained her Juris Doctor degree from Southwestern School of Law in 2005, where she received the CALI Excellence for the Future award.

Prior to law school, Denise was a police officer and paramedic in Norman, Oklahoma. She was the Honor Graduate of the police academy.

Ms. Yaniv has been defending criminal matters since being admitted to the State Bar of California and the Federal Central District in 2006.

Denise gained experience at the Cochran Law Firm, Criminal Division as well as The Law Offices of Dale Galipo, handling both criminal and civil rights cases.

Ms. Yaniv has represented thousands of criminal defendants in Southern California where she is now based in her Orange County office.


Los Angeles County

1st degree felony strike burglary,
reduced to receiving stolen property.

Kern County

2nd DUI BAC .11,
reduced to exhibition of speed.

Orange County

Child molestation and Child Pornography
Hung Jury on both counts.

Riverside County

reduced to Petty Theft.

Los Angeles County

3rd Prostitution Offense,
reduced to Solicitation without license. No jail time.

Los Angeles County

Sales of controlled substance,
1 year diversion and dismissal.

Los Angeles County

Felony Embezzlement,
1 year diversion and dismissal.

Los Angeles County

Attempted murder,
reduced to misdemeanor domestic violence.

Los Angeles County

2 Counts DUI charge,

– Dismissed.

Los Angeles County

Rape Charge,

– Dismissed.

Orange County

Drunk in public,

– Dismissed.


“We treat people like human beings who have a heart and soul, not a transaction.”



Denise Yaniv is not your typical big city lawyer. She was born and raised on a horse and cattle ranch in North Dakota, the oldest child of Darryl and Donna Blessum. She has always had determination and compassion for all creatures. As a small child she demonstrated her compassion by sneaking any kind of domestic or wild animal into her room to care for as a pet. She later went on to pursue a career as a paramedic and has ultimately become a compassionate, aggressive, dedicated criminal defense attorney.

Influences and challenges:

Denise’s goal to be a paramedic required her to become a police officer, which was a prerequisite set by her employer. She ultimately graduated as “The Honor Graduate” of her police academy. Denise’s law enforcement service became instrumental in shaping her determination to become the very best criminal defense attorney she could be.

During the time Denise was a police officer/paramedic, she witnessed frequent injustices perpetrated by her peers, especially towards minorities, while the system turned a blind eye. Denise experienced this behavior first hand as a woman. However, being a fighter, Denise stood up to the injustice and prevailed against the department.

Achievements and accomplishments:

In 2000 Denise became a first-generation college student when she moved to Southern California with two small children. Her past experience gave her an internal fortitude, will power and determination to succeed despite all obstacles. In 2003 she graduated Magna Cum Laude from UCLA with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. In 2005, Ms. Yaniv obtained her J.D. at Southwestern University School of Law after completing the accelerated SCALE program.


Since then Denise has made it her life’s mission to passionately fight for those who have been wronged by our legal system and to uphold the U.S. Constitution. Ms. Yaniv surrounds herself with teammates, other professionals who have displayed dedication and integrity to assist in the defense of her clients. The Different Defense Team takes the process a step further to help facilitate rehabilitation and life redirection after the criminal process is complete. Denise is a yoga teacher, meditator and hypnotherapist who facilitates wellness retreats.

Denise and her teammates make up the Different Defense Team. They will be in your corner to tirelessly fight for you and your Constitutional rights!