Erica Madrid

Erica L. Madrid, Esq.

State Bar No: 229327

With over two decades of experience, Erica Madrid is a distinguished trial lawyer renowned for her fearlessness, effectiveness, and numerous courtroom successes. Throughout her career, Erica has continuously expanded her series of achievements, demonstrating an unwavering dedication and commitment to securing justice for her clients. Erica is a lawyer you can trust to fight tirelessly for your rights.

In a recent high-profile case, Erica served as lead counsel in a "cold case" murder trial, resulting in a resounding "not guilty" verdict. She has also achieved notable victories such as securing dismissals for clients facing multi-felony counts of insurance fraud and 2nd-degree Watson murder charges. In addition, Erica successfully defended a DUI case for a severely injured client, subsequently paving the way for a substantial multi-million-dollar civil settlement. Without a dismissal of the DUI case, our client, a victim in a catastrophic accident, would not have had a civil remedy. Instead, the client and his family were substantially compensated for life.

Her trial experience spans a wide array of criminal matters including DUI cases, domestic violence and assault charges, child endangerment, felony evading, and criminal threats cases, among others. Notably, Erica has consistently secured several "Not Guilty" verdicts.

Most recently, Erica defended a client involved in a lover’s triangle. Client walked in on his then girlfriend who was with another man. A fight ensued. Client was charged with burglary and battery causing serious bodily injury. Erica put on an affirmative defense at the preliminary hearing, which reduced the felony charges to misdemeanors. Erica did not stop there! She continued representing client until she secured a dismissal of all charges.

Erica's dedication to her profession extends beyond the courtroom. She actively collaborates with other leading criminal defense attorneys, offering guidance and assistance on complex cases. Furthermore, Erica remains deeply committed to supporting her fellow legal professionals, as evidenced by her active involvement with the California DUI Lawyers Association. She currently serves as Secretary on the Board of Directors of the California DUI Lawyers Association.

Recognized for her expertise, Erica has been invited to share her insights and courtroom strategies at various legal forums and seminars. She received the President’s Award from the California DUI Lawyers Association in acknowledgment of her exceptional dedication and contributions to the field.

In addition to her criminal defense work, Erica has demonstrated proficiency in appellate advocacy. Notably, she successfully led a civil appeal that overturned an erroneous trial court decision, earning accolades from the presiding appellate justice for her exceptional briefing.

When facing legal challenges, choosing the right attorney is paramount. Erica offers unparalleled dedication, experience, and a proven track record of success. Trust your case to Erica, and rest assured that you are in capable hands. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.

Areas of Practice:

  • Criminal Defense
  • DUI Defense; Murder, Manslaughter, Felony or Misdemeanor
  • DMV Hearings

Bar Admissions:

  • State Bar of California -2003
  • U.S. District Court of Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court of Southern District of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeal, 9th Circuit


  • Juris Doctor, Whittier Law School, (2003), Magna Cum Laude
  • Bachelors of Science, UCLA (2000)

Published Opinions:

  • Juan R. Flores v. Autozone, West, Inc. (2008) 161 Cal.App.4th 373

Professional Associations and Memberships:

  • California DUI Lawyers Association (CDLA)
  • California Attorneys for Criminal Justice (CACJ)


  • Mountain biking, hiking, and strength training. Erica enjoys her daily walks with her husband John and their dog, Lola.
  • “You guys are heaven-sent!”
    Dear Ed, You probably don't remember me but I will never forget how comforting and patient you were with me at my time of need. You guys are heaven-sent! I'm the girl that was freaking out because of the car accident I was in and I didn't know if I needed a lawyer and if I was going to lose our house. I pray that the Lord continues to bless you and your business! And that he sends you an angel at your time of need like you were sent to me! Thanks!
    - M.S.
  • “I highly recommend Madrid Law Firm and I will recommend them to my family and friends!”
    Erica is a great lawyer to work with. I had no idea what to do about my situation and she was able to help me with my case and get me a better deal with the court. She really helps to make sure you understand your situation and always answers any questions or concerns you may have. Even 3 years after my case I was able to call her and she was so sweet to take time out of her schedule to meet with me and answer some questions I had. I highly recommend Madrid Law Firm and I will recommend them to my family and friends!
    - Jennifer S.
  • “Erica is the absolute best!!! Very professional and personable.”
    Erica is the absolute best!!! Very professional and personable. Hire Madrid Law Firm, you cannot go wrong with that!
    - Catherine M.
  • “If I had to describe The Madrid Law Firm in one word it would definitely be FAMILY.”
    It was a Sunday morning, I was in my restroom, in tears, scared, lost and clueless when someone gave me the number to Ed Madrid. I immediately called, not knowing what to say, what to ask, or even if someone would answer (it was Sunday). Ed answered very politely, friendly and caring. He right away gave me comfort and walked me through what we needed to do to get on top of everything. My brother was charged with a very serious drug case, where he was facing 25 years to life. Never had we had to deal with anything remotely close to this so my family and I were scared, confused and saddened. When I walked in to meet with Ed and his daughter Erica, they right away made me feel welcomed and comfortable. They were very honest in giving me the information and at the same time caring as it wasn't easy to hear what my brother and my family would have to face in the process. We had millions of questions and it never mattered what time it was, Ed always answered and explained everything thoroughly. Initially my brother was facing 25 to life for the severity of the charge, Ed and Erica were able to drop it down to 7 – 9 years and, in the final sentencing, they brought it down to 5 years. My brother has currently served half of his sentence and The Madrid Law Firm has never stopped checking up on my family and I to make sure we are all doing ok. In March there was a sentence reduction amendment sent to congress that would benefit my brother, if passed. Ed is already on it! He's giving me the information and is ready to move forward as soon as the law is passed. I always had the impression that attorneys would be sneaky, take your money and when the case was closed they were done and that was the end of the story. Not with The Madrid Law Firm, they always stay in contact and make you feel like you're dealing with family. Thank you Ed for all your patience, your help and your friendship. My family and I will be forever grateful for all your help.
    - N.M.

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