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Tony M. Sain

Tony M. Sain

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Tony M. Sain is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Manning & Kass, Ellrod, Ramirez, Trester LLP. He is a trial lawyer and appellate advocate on the Governmental Entity Defense Team: defending public agencies and law enforcement officers in civil rights actions and employment cases, as well as other clients in general and entertainment-related litigation.

Mr. Sain has successfully defended his clients as lead trial attorney in a wide variety of jury and bench trials. For cases where Mr. Sain has been the lead or co-lead, there has been a defense win in over seventy percent of the trials and over ninety percent of the appeals; and, since becoming a partner, Mr. Sain has won all of his jury trials – including a police TASER/paralysis case against the nation's most successful plaintiffs' police civil attorney, Dale K. Galipo; a police K-9 dog bite case against Johnny Cochrane's heir, Brian T. Dunn; and a high-publicity police civil rights/officer-involved shooting case involving a knife-armed, teen suicidal suspect.

Mr. Sain is also one of a select group of pro bono prosecutors who try criminal cases for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office. Mr. Sain has been admitted to the California State Bar since 2007; and he is also admitted to the Bar of all of the California federal district courts, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and of the U.S. Supreme Court. He has also been a leader in training public entities and officers in the legal implications of SB 1421 and AB 748, including as a lead lecturer for the seminar series hosted by the California Peace Officers' Association ("CPOA"); and he is the author of "The Pitchess Privileges: A Guide to Understanding Police Officer Personnel Record Procedural Protections In Civil Cases" – available on

Mr. Sain is also a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates, Los Angeles Chapter's ABOTA Side Bar program; and he has been named as a Super Lawyers Rising Star annually since 2013. Before practicing law, Mr. Sain served for ten years as a senior executive in various corporate and non-profit organizations: specializing in policy development, organizational restructuring and efficiency, community/public relations, entity alliance-building, and marketing.

Mr. Sain is a graduate of Princeton University's elite School of Public and International Affairs; and he is a graduate of Loyola Law School of Los Angeles' prestigious Hobbs Trial Advocacy Program, Williams Civil Rights Litigation Program, and of the Scott Moot Court Board for competitive appellate advocacy – in which he won the Best Advocate award for California.



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