Shelia Balkan, PH.D. ,

Criminologist and Court Consultant

Attorney Endorsements continued

"Sheila Balkan is quite simply the best, period. She has proven it time and again in some of my most difficult cases, both state and federal. From the depth of her research, to the graceful prose that is her final product, Sheila is a real trial attorney's dream."

William Portanova
Law Offices of William Portanova
Sacramento, CA

"I cannot conceive of representing a defendant in a serious case without having Dr. Balkan as my consultant."

Howard Price
Law Offices of Howard Price
Beverly Hills, CA

"I have had the pleasure of working with Sheila on a number of cases. She is tireless, thorough and in addition to suppying arguments helpful at sentencing, she does an incredible job of helping clients deal with the stress of the case. She is also extremely effective, in the appropriate case, in getting the client to feel and show remorse and take actions that concretely demonstrate that remorse. She is the best at what she does."

Michael Pancer
Law Offices of Michael Pancer
San Diego, CA

"Sheila really gives you the help when you need it most."

Donald Re
Law Offices of Donald Re
Los Angeles, CA

"Dr. Balkan's energy and creativity are limitless, notwithstanding that she is a very classy lady."

Michael Rothschild
Rothschild, Wishek & Sands LLP
Sacramento, CA

"The greatest resource a defense lawyer can have."

Ed Rucker
Law Offices of Edward Rucker
Santa Monica, CA

"Dr. Balkan is the consummate professional. Her reports have always had a positive effect on sentencing. Because of her credibility, Judges pay attention to her recommendations."

Robert Shapiro
Glaser, Weil, Fink, Jacobs, Howard & Shapiro, LLP
Los Angeles, CA

"I have used Dr. Balkan's reports for 25 years in many of my federal and state cases. She has always discovered the essential elements of a case that has not only obtained the best result in court but has benefited the defendants' in their lives."

Janet Sherman
Sherman & Sherman
Santa Monica, CA

"When you can think of nothing else to do on a difficult case, you call Dr. Balkan."

Victor Sherman
Sherman & Sherman
Santa Monica, CA

"We retained Sheila Balkan to write the Sentencing Memorandum in Tupac Shakur's most serious felony case in Los Angeles and the judge followed her recommendation to the tee by rejecting the DA's request for prison time and instead "sentencing" him to perform a concert in which the proceeds would go to an inner-city community center."

Shawn Chapman Holley
Kinsella Weitzman Iser Kump & Aldisert LLP
Los Angeles, CA

"If my clients can afford to hire Dr. Balkan, they always get their money's worth. Her comprehensive reports are especially invaluable in these post-Booker/Fanfan sentencing proceedings."

Mona Soo Hoo
Law Offices of Mona C. Soo Hoo
Los Angeles, CA

"In a securities fraud case, I was able to secure a substantial reduction in the sentence after Dr. Balkan identified and found evidence to support a diminished capacity departure. I would highly recommend Dr Balkan for any sophisticated white collar case."

Brian Sun
Jones Day
Los Angeles, CA

"Sheila's work for me was outstanding. She showed an uncanny ability to put herself into the shoes of my client, and created the most thorough and nuanced social history I have ever seen in a mitigation package. Her report was the result of over a hundred hours of interviews with my client, her family, and friends. This history was in turn indispensable as the basis for an evaluation by a forensic psychologist, further enhancing the effectiveness of that report as well. At all times, Sheila gave me the utmost respect as the attorney in the case, while consistently providing thoughtful and useful feedback on legal strategy."

Jay Stansell
Assistant Federal Public Defender
Seattle, WA

"Dr. Sheila Balkan is my "go-to" expert for any complex or difficult sentencing. She always figures out what makes the client tick-why something happened. Over and over again she produces miracles for me and my clients."

John D. Vandevelde
Crowell & Moring LLP
Los Angeles, CA

"Great expertise with both the guidelines and the courts."

Ron Van Wert
Law Offices of Ronald K. Van Wert
Costa Mesa, CA

"Dr. Balkan got my client a 13-level downward departure for six bank robberies!"

Donald R. Wager
Law Offices of Donald R. Wager
Los Angeles, CA

"Sheila Balkan is the most diligent and effective sentencing consultant I have ever worked with. Her work product is outstanding and has credibility with the courts, which makes a real difference at sentencing for my clients."

Mark Werksman
Law Offices of Mark Werksman
Los Angeles, CA

"Dr. Balkan is the answer to the impossible case."

Brad Wishek
Rothschild, Wishek & Sands LLP
Sacramento, CA

"Dr. Balkan has helped many of my clients with her unique ability to communicate with them as she creates a tailored program for the individual to satisfy the community's needs."

Howard Weitzman
Kinsella Weitzman Iser Kump & Aldisert LLP
Los Angeles, CA

"Dr. Sheila Balkan is, without doubt, the most thorough, effective and insightful sentencing consultant I have ever used. Her reports are the most comprehensive, compassionate and powerful tools for mitigation that I have ever encountered. She is the best in the business."

Mia F. Yamamoto
Law Offices of Mia F. Yamamoto
Los Angeles, CA

"Sheila was instrumental in setting up an amazing community service project for one of our clients - a project that I'm convinced helped us get a very good outcome with the United States Attorney Office."

Peter Shakow
Bird, Marella, Boxer, Wolpert, Nessim, Drooks & Lincenberg
Los Angeles, CA

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