Richard Hirsch teaches Criminal Law as part of UCLA School of Law’s part-time externship program. He is currently partner at Andrues / Podberesky, a criminal and civil litigation boutique law firm specializing in the representation of clients involved in federal and state criminal investigations and prosecutions, administrative proceedings, commercial litigation, and False Claims Act cases.
Mr. Hirsch has extensive experience in criminal litigation. He is a Certified Specialist in Criminal Law by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization.
Mr. Hirsch has been recognized throughout his career for his work as a criminal defense attorney. Such awards include the Criminal Courts Bar Association 2003 Career Achievement Award and the 2014 Mort Herbert Service Award. He has also been awarded Criminal Defense Attorney of the Year by the Century City Bar Association in 1996, and was named Defense Attorney of the Year by the Criminal Justice Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association in 1999. He has been named in Super Lawyers of Southern California from 2004 to present.
Mr. Hirsch has held positions in numerous organizations focusing on criminal justice issues. He was a Chairman of the Criminal Law Section of the Beverly Hills Bar Association, and a Member of its Board of Directors. Mr. Hirsch was also President of the Criminal Courts Bar Association, President and Vice President of the California Attorneys for Criminal Justice, and a Member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. Mr. Hirsch has served as a Commissioner of the California Council on Criminal Justice, Member of the Chief Justices Special Advisory Committee on Courts and the Media, Chair of the Criminal Justice Walk of Fame Committee, Member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association Task Force on the State Criminal Justice System, and President and Vice President of the American Board of Criminal Lawyers.
Prior to entering private practice, Mr. Hirsch was a Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney.
Mr. Hirsch is the author of “I Know It When I Seize It: Selected Problems in Obscenity,” published in Loyola University of Los Angeles Law Review. He has authored a chapter entitled “Release Procedures,” in the California Criminal Law, Procedure and Practice treatise. Mr. Hirsch has also been an Instructor for the California Trial Lawyers Association.
Mr. Hirsch received his B.A. from UCLA, and his J.D. from UC Berkeley Boalt School of Law.