Emily Ann Benjamini
Emily Ann Benjamini, Attorney At Law

Emily Ann Benjamini

Attorney at Law


  •  J.D., University of San Diego School of Law, San Diego, California, 1992
  •  B.A., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1989
  •  Phi Beta Kappa, 1989
  •  Kappa Tau Alpha Top Scholar Award, 1989
  •  Honors: With High Distinction Honors: Highest Honors Major: English Major: Communication

Bar Admissions

  •  California, 1992
  •  U.S. District Court Central District of California, 1992
  •  U.S. District Court Southern District of California, 1992

Professional Associations and Memberships

California Public Defender’s Association
  •  Member Since: 1996 – Present
Desert Bar Association
  •  Member Since: 2005 – Present
Litigation Percentage
  •  100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation
Past Employment Positions
  •  Law Offices of the Public Defender, Deputy Public Defender, 1996 – 2004
  •  Slovak & Baron, Associate, 1994 – 1996
  •  Lincoln & Gustafson, Associate, 1992 – 1994


  • I.M - Client

    I've heard many stories about lawyers and public defenders, some good some bad. I never really needed a lawyer, but when I did, just saying their name to people and seeing people's reaction brought comfort to my soul. I got to know Emily more than just an attorney, it means more to her. It's not just a job, or a paycheck I noticed in her soul she fights for people who she knows deserve to be treated equally, because it is our constitutional right as americans. Today, I'm free and I have a second chance to live the life I always dreamt to live because of Emily Benjamini. I'll never forget her nor will I ever allow it to be for no reason.

  • Monica Mata - Clients Mother

    I have been working in the legal field for over 25 years now and have to say that Emily Benjamini is a rare find and I can say this with confidence in my experience of working with many attorneys that she is an Outstanding lawyer and stands above the rest! Emily is compassionate, genuine and passionate about her work. Emily will represent you with diligence and care, and will cover every avenue and leave no stone unturned to prove your case. My son was facing 25 years to life in a high profile case which was under constant media coverage and in over the course of a year of court battles and eventually jury trial. Needless to say, it was a horrific experience and life altering time for us, my son was 17 years old at the time and remained incarcerated throughout the case, but Emily represented my son as if he were her own child and it was huge relief to know that we could trust her and be confident that she would have his best interest in mind. My son was found not guilty and given a second chance at life and I will forever be grateful and commend Emily for a job well done.

  • Annonymous - Client

    I am incredibly grateful for Mrs. Benjamini. She offered me direction and counsel at time when I felt lost and confused. She showed me compassion and understanding when I felt as if the whole world had turned against me. The legal system is an intimidating stage when one’s freedom and future are in the balance. Mrs. Benjamini understood and acknowledged this. I was made to feel significant in every decision made throughout my legal process. Mrs. Benjamini was amazing. She helped me restore my life to a far better place.

The Firm’s Passionate About Their Dedication to Personal Service

Emily Benjamini has been an attorney for 23 years, and has been working in the field of criminal defense for the last 19 years. Prior to that, she worked in the field of civil law for several years. She was employed by the Riverside County Public Defenders Office as a criminal defense attorney for more than 8 years. After leaving the Public Defender’s office, she continued to represent adult and juvenile indigent defendants by court appointment for two years. She is experienced in all areas of criminal law including serious felonies and misdemeanors. She has extensive experience in the field of juvenile defense.

She is familiar with the local courts and is known and respected for her detailed analysis and aggressive representation on complex matters, including search and seizure issues, constitutional issues, and evidentiary issues. She has already successfully guided many clients through the criminal court system.

Emily Benjamini provides personalized attention to each client and takes the time to listen to her clients, explain the legal issues pertaining to a case, as well as collateral consequences so that each client can make an informed decision regarding their case. Their firm is committed to providing the highest standards of professionalism and ethics in the defense of clients charged with criminal offenses.

Emily Benjamini graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Michigan, with High Distinction and Highest Honors in Communication and was made a member of Phi Beta Kappa in 1989. She received her degree of Juris Doctor from the University of San Diego in 1992.