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Taani Junior Fuahala

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Please describe a case(s) in the last year or two where you made a big difference.
Regarding criminal law, I recently had a client looking at a possible 8 to 10 years of prison (several counts of assault) who I was able to get off with a simple misdemeanor and time served (he did not have to serve any jail time). With family law, I had a client whose ex-spouse sold their home after separation but prior to divorce and kept the full proceeds of $82,000 to herself. After a long judicial process, I have gotten her to halt all spending on the $82,000, and forced her attorney to put the entire amount into an attorney trust account. My client will be receiving his half ($41,000) soon.

How did you build a successful practice?
I have been able to build a successful practice thanks to the hard work and long hours I dedicated after I first passed the Bar exam to the different areas of law that I practice. For Criminal, Family, Personal Injury, and Immigration Law I personally did every case that was given to me from the ground up, paperwork and all, without the assistance of any paralegals or assistants. By filing every motion, writing every letter, answering every call, faxing every document, and making every appearance on my own, I enabled myself to essentially become a one-man law firm, capable of taking on any large firm when necessary (which I have done in the past). I also owe much of the experience and success that I have today to my many pro bono clients in the beginning who couldn't financially afford legal representation but trusted me to represent them. Though they may be the ones who are thankful for me having helped them during their time of need and struggle, I am the one who is truly thankful for them because without their cases, I would not have gained the skills that I have today. Yes, the hours were long and hard with very little pay in the beginning, but the experience, knowledge, and wisdom I gained from helping my pro bono clients was well worth the energy and has now allowed me to take my practice to new heights.

What should clients look for in a lawyer?
I believe there are several qualities a potential client should look for in a lawyer. Firstly, the client should ask how involved the lawyer will be on his or her case. Several attorneys, especially the bigger law firms do not do much of the work themselves. It is usually the paralegals who fill out the forms and when it comes to court appearances, many firms pay newer attorneys a very low rate to make the appearance, while charging the client a much higher amount. An attorney who is honest about his or her involvement in a case is something that all potential clients should definitely ask and consider. Secondly, a client should look for an attorney who is clever and has the ability to think quickly on the spot. Many attorneys tend to lose their ability to think outside the box after having taken on the same old cases for several years. An attorney who stays sharp and up to date on the laws, rules, and regulations of a broad range of areas of law is more likely to make smart decisions on the spot than an attorney who does not. This is important because when the judge puts your attorney in a position where he or she has to come up with a solution quickly and on the spot, failure to do so may potentially cause your case to suffer dramatically. Thirdly, a client should look for an attorney who is brave and has the fortitude to fight and advocate for you as if the case were his own personal issue. Having a lawyer who will take your case personally and is willing to "go all out" for you, is very important but rare to find nowadays. Many law firms care more about getting their quick settlement and/or getting paid than of seriously advocating for their clients' rights and getting the best result they can get. I take every case I accept personally and fight for my clients as if they were my own family. In summary, clients should look for a lawyer who is accessible/available; quick thinking and up to date on what is new; and is willing to go the extra mile when advocating with bravery and fortitude for your rights.

How important is local knowledge to the success of your cases?
Local knowledge is just as important as every other aspect of a case. Knowing all of the rules, procedures, and deadlines for a particular jurisdiction is key in protecting a client's interest, for failure to do so may cause a case to unknowingly get disqualified. Having a firm understanding of local rules would also allow an attorney to have a leg up against another attorney who may not have the same understanding.

What differentiates you from other lawyers in your community?
What differentiates me from other lawyers in my community is my ability and willingness to do whatever it takes to make my client's case successful, so long as it does not violate CA Rules of Ethics and Professional Responsibility. I believe that I am much more clever and savvy than most attorneys when it comes to finding a way to get my client what he or she wants. I also bring an energy and presence to the courtroom that most attorneys in my community do not have. When I walk into a courtroom, I become like a gladiator and the courtroom becomes my arena. The law becomes both my shield and my sword, and the opposing party becomes the enemy who is trying to take away my life. Not many attorneys in my community have this mentality and I believe it is important that they do, because their client's lives are in their hands, and they have been entrusted as officers or "gladiators" of the court to do so.

What is the most rewarding aspect of your job?
The most rewarding aspect of my job is the satisfaction I get from seeing a client's happiness when they have a successful case, or when their rights are protected and no longer violated. Helping others through the virtue of justice and seeing people have hope and/or peace after I am done working on their case, is the most rewarding aspect of being an attorney to me.

What are your other interests in addition to law?
One of my main passions and interest other than law are the arts of acting, directing, and producing. In college, I acted in several plays and the passion for the theatrical arts and cinema still burn strongly inside of me. Locally and recently I have done many student films at institutions such as USC, UCLA, and AFI, along with several other independent companies. When I am not an attorney, these are the things that I love to do, and if I could, would do for the rest of my life. I also enjoy the martial arts of boxing and MMA. When I am not doing attorney work I like to improve my skills and abilities through the training and practice of these martial arts.

Are you involved in your community?
I have not been as involved in the community as I would like to be at the moment but I do look forward to helping to educate and motivate the youth of the inner city and poorer communities of Los Angeles County. I want to share with these youth my message, and also give them hope that no matter what challenges or struggles they are currently facing right now, they can be whoever they want to be. Being someone who also grew up in one of the poorer communities of LA County, I have a special fondness in my heart for the children of these places.

Position Organization Location Duration
Attorney at LawLaw Offices of Taani FuahalaLawndale, CAPresent
School Degree Major Graduation
Pacific Coast University School of LawJ.D. Law School2015  
California State University-SacramentoB.A.2010
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California2017
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    Recently I had a case at the Stanley Mosk Courthouse in Downtown Los Angeles, where a spouse wanted full custody of the children and alleged child abuse and neglect against my client. The evidence that the opposing party had against my client was very weak, and mostly made up. After challenging the evidence presented by the opposing party and objecting to statements against my client's character, I was able to get the case dismissed. My client is now able to continue seeing his children. Family Law, in regard to custody battles, will generally rule in favor of what is best for the children. If one spouse is intentionally trying to keep another spouse from seeing his or her children completely, the court usually applies a relatively high standard requiring evidence of really bad behavior or neglect before such a judgment can be made. Courts may lessen time/custody with children, but completely removing a parent is something they are more reluctant to do. Child Custody and Child Support issues tend to be ongoing until a child is emancipated at the age of 18 and after he or she has completed high school graduation. Having an attorney who is smart and able to think sharply on the spot, is key to having family law issues ruled in your favor. If you need an attorney who is ready to zealously advocate for you in all Family Court matters, I am the one. Very Truly Yours, Taani Junior Fuahala

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    I recently had a case where my client was charged with two counts of assault with a deadly weapon. The evidence against him was staggering, but after reading into the discovery and seeing the constitutional violations made by the police, I successfully moved for the suppression of several incriminating statements. I then gave evidence of self-defense and mutual combat that further reduced the maximum charge of 8 years to 1 year. After the suppression of the statements and the evidence of self-defense was presented to the DA, I was convinced that there was no way the state could prove two counts of Assault with a Deadly Weapon "beyond a reasonable doubt". Within only a few months of proceedings, I was able to get the DA to reduce the charge to a misdemeanor, with no prison time to be served by my client (other than Anger Management classes and other courses which my client agreed to). People do not fully understand the difficult burden of the State to have to prove that a crime took place "beyond a reasonable doubt" when a Defendant is charged. I specialize in finding all scenarios of reasonable doubt and am experienced in properly presenting it to the court for the mitigation or dismissal of my clients' charges. When a person is charged with a crime, there are several avenues an attorney like myself can take in defending against the imprisonment or guilt of a client. Having an attorney who is savvy, clever, bold, and professional in his or her interactions with the court and the DA can greatly reduce a suspect's charge or even get his or her case dismissed. If you have been recently charged with a crime and need a great attorney who will zealously advocate for you like no other, I am the one for your case. Very Truly Yours, Taani Junior Fuahala

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