Robert M. Helfend has been honored a number of times throughout his career for his skill in the courtroom.

Since 1984, Mr. Helfend has exclusively practiced criminal defense, serving clients throughout the Los Angeles area. He did his undergraduate work at the University of California-Berkeley and earned his Juris Doctorate from Pepperdine. Since then, he has successfully defended more than 4,000 cases — everything from misdemeanors to major felonies.

Most recently, Mr. Helfend has been recognized by:


SuperLawyers logo

Mr. Helfend was named to the prestigious SuperLawyers list in 2020. SuperLawyers uses a rigorous selection process of peer review and data analysis to select its annual honorees.

Each candidate is evaluated on 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement, from favorable judgments to scholarly work and community service. This is done to create a credible, comprehensive and diverse listing of outstanding attorneys that can be used as a resource for consumers.


Mr. Helfend was named to’s 2021 list of the six best criminal defense attorneys in the Thousand Oaks area.

Expertise evaluated 99 criminal defense attorneys recommended by previous clients and rated them across five criteria: 1. Availability, 2. Qualifications, 3. Reputation, 4. Experience, 5. Professionalism. From those, Mr. Helfend was selected among the best with an “A” rating for Reputation and an “A+” rating for Professionalism.

The National Trial Lawyers Association

The National Trial Lawyers Association named Mr. Helfend as one of its Top 100 Trial Lawyers in 2015.

The Top 100 list is one of the most exclusive honors in the field. Selection is based on a thorough, multi-phase process that includes peer nominations and third-party research. Membership is extended only to the select few of the most qualified attorneys from each state or region who demonstrate superior qualifications of leadership, reputation, influence, stature and public profile measured by objective and uniformly applied standards in compliance with state bar and national Rule 4-7.

Lead Counsel

Lead Counsel is a consumer advocacy service provided by Thomson Reuters, which verifies the credentials, case histories and ethics of trial attorneys.

In order to maintain a Lead Counsel rating, an attorney must:

  • Have significant case experience in the courtroom.
  • Receive multiple recommendations from his or her peers.
  • Have no record of censure with his or her state bar association.

Robert M. Helfend has consistently maintained his status as a Lead Counsel Rated Attorney since 2013, earning special accolades for a “Spotless Record.”

In 2023, Robert M. Helfend was named as one of the best cannabis attorneys in Los Angeles by The honor takes into account an attorney’s accessibility, reputation, track record and criminal justice background, among other factors. is an authority in all things cannabis, dedicated to educating the public on the many benefits that cannabis offers. CNBS specializes in high quality, peer-reviewed research and extensive guides on cannabis use, cultivation and safety.

Noticed – Expert Network

In 2018, Robert M. Helfend was recognized as a Distinguished Lawyer by Noticed’s Expert Network, an exclusive, invitation-only networking group for professionals.

This award was based on a review of client ratings, dozens of recognitions and accomplishments achieved throughout his career. Noticed highlighted Mr. Helfend’s role as a thought leader within the industry and the extensive work he has done to defend clients accused of drug crimes.