Ernenwein & Johnson, LLP

Former Los Angeles Deputy District Attorney and Seasoned Trial Lawyer with Thirty Years in Criminal Defense

Robert Ernenwein, a native New Yorker, graduated from Manhattan College in 1981 and graduated from Whittier College, School of Law in 1984. While Mr. Ernenwein typically works with clients just like you in our local community, he has also represented celebrities, politicians and a wide array of business people. He has also represented and protected people with security clearances and professional licenses. Many of his cases have received significant media attention.

Robert Ernenwein is very proud to have committed his professional life to working hard to fight for people being investigated for or charged in criminal cases. He is married to his wife, Kristi. They have five children and live in Palos Verdes Estates. In his free time, he enjoys boating, yoga and golf.

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Meet Robert Ernenwein by viewing this short introductory video. A transcript appears below:

"I was born and raised in Port Washington, Long Island in New York. I'm a transplant here to California and I went to grammar school, intermediate school and high school in Long Island. I used to spend my summers in upstate New York in a little town called Rosendale and then during my teenage years spent several years visiting Highland Lake New York.

When I was younger I wasn't quite sure what I wanted to do, but I will tell you that in school I was always very interested in government and I was very interested in the political process and so I think I always knew that I wanted to do something that was government related.

After I graduated from law school, I was lucky enough to hear through the grapevine that the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office was hiring deputy district attorneys and I was assigned immediately to the Compton branch of the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office. It was a real window into humanity. It was a very difficult time for the people of Compton and what I learned was that crime in the community victimizes not only the individual victims but it really victimizes everyone in the community. It victimizes the children, it victimizes the homeowners, the teachers, the professionals, the small business owners. They were suffering so terribly from this epidemic of crime that I really felt incredibly fulfilled at being able to be a prosecutor and to help protect them and to advocate for their interest.

It's a time I'll never forget. I remember when I was assigned to Compton, I was in a room with other deputy district attorney nation as the assignments were being handed out. Some received the same assignment, others were assigned to Beverly Hills, West LA, or Malibu. I remember the grins on their faces and that were excited at getting these plum assignments. Of course when Compton was down it was considered really a bad assignment. For me, it couldn't have been anything but a great assignment!

When people ask me about Compton, I say oh that's my home court because even 30 years later I still consider it my home court! I can say I still consider it my home-away-from-home if you will, and I love going back."


Ernenwein & Johnson is the leading Defense Team in the South Bay of Los Angeles. They are here to explain your rights and help lead your defense. Call them now for a free consultation at 310-375-5858 or send them an email.

  • Rated By Super Lawyers | Robert S. Ernenwein | SuperLawyers.com
  • California DUI Lawyers Association
  • National Association Of Criminal Defense Lawyers | NACDL 1958
  • CACJ
  • LACBA | Los Angeles Country Bar Association
  • SBBA | South Bay Bar Association
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