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Halim Dhanidina | Partner

About

The Honorable Halim Dhanidina (Ret.) joins Werksman Jackson and Quinn after heading the trial practice group at Umberg Zipser LLP. In his career as a distinguished jurist, he heard over 800 appeals as an Associate Justice for the Second District of the California Court of Appeal and presided over 70 jury trials as a Judge for the Los Angeles County Superior Court. As a Deputy District Attorney for the Los Angeles County District Attorney Major Crimes and Hardcore Gang Divisions, he handled numerous high-profile prosecutions, including seven capital cases.

He sits as an adjunct professor of law at the University of California at Los Angeles, the University of California at Irvine and Chapman University, and has taught judicial education courses for trial and appellate judges statewide. He serves as an Independent Director on the Board of Fidelity National Financial Group (FNF) and is a consultant for the venture capital firm CerraCap Ventures. He also volunteers as a board member for the non-profit organization Muslim-Jewish NewGround, and he serves on the Advisory Boards of the Asian Pacific American Bar Association, South Asian Bar Association and Asian Americans Advancing Justice and is a member of the Foundation Board and Board of Trustees of the Orange County School of the Arts.

Justice Dhanidina earned a B.A. in International Relations from Pomona College in 1994 and a J.D. from the U.C.L.A. School of Law in 1997, which named him the Asian Pacific Islander Law Students Association Alumnus of the Year in 2013. He was a founding member of APABA-LA and has received the South Asian Network’s Community Empowerment Award, the Muslim Public Affairs Council Foundation’s Community Leadership Award, the Muslim Legal Fund of America’s Trailblazer in Justice Award, and the South Asian Bar Association Foundation’s Trailblazer Award. Justice Dhanidina was recognized by the California State Assembly in Special Resolution 1470 for his contributions to the legal profession, and he is also a recipient of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association Daniel K. Inouye Trailblazer Award.

Education

UCLA Law School - 1997

Bachelor of Arts from Pomona College - 1994

Bar Admissions
  • Admitted to California Bar - 1997
  • Admitted to the Central District of California – 2021
In The News
  • September 8, 2022 - Q Voice News
    Halim Dhanidina talks historic Long Beach lewd conduct case Read More
  • August 30, 2022 - Los Angeles Times
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  • August 15, 2022 - Daily Mail
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  • July 13, 2022 - TMZ
    Ex-Broncos DB Brendan Langley's Airport Assault Case Dismissed Read More
  • June 14, 2022 - Newsweek
    How Amber Heard's Savannah Guthrie Interview Could Affect Potential Appeal Read More
  • June 6, 2022 - New York Post
    Why recall election for San Fran’s soft-on-crime DA should rattle NY’s Bragg Read More
  • June 2, 2022 - NBC News
    Amber Heard was ‘not credible’ as a witness to the jury, some legal experts say Read More
  • June 2, 2022 - ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
    Amber Heard found guilty of defaming Johnny Depp Read More
  • June 1, 2022 - New York Post
    Here’s why Johnny Depp won his bombshell defamation trial against Amber Heard Read More
  • May 31, 2022 - BBC News
    As it happened: Depp comes out top in defamation case against Heard Read More
  • May 20, 2022 - Insider
    SpaceX included an NDA when it settled a sexual misconduct claim against Elon Musk. California banned many such agreements, but experts say Musk's may be enforceable anyway. Read More
  • May 18, 2022 - Newsweek
    Did Amber Heard Commit Perjury? Hollywood Lawyers Weigh In Read More
  • May 17, 2022 - The Daily Beast
    The Johnny Depp Lawyer Who Grilled Amber Heard Gains a Cult Following Read More
  • May 16, 2022 - The Daily Beast
    These Key Witnesses Could Shake Up the Heard-Depp Trial Read More
  • May 11, 2022 - Insider
    Amber Heard may have tried to taint the jury with a rumor about Johnny Depp shoving Kate Moss down the stairs, experts say. It could backfire Read More
  • May 10, 2022 - New York Post
    Why Johnny Depp’s lawyers ‘celebrated’ when Amber Heard mentioned Kate Moss Read More
  • May 3, 2022 - New York Post
    Supreme Court’s abortion leak isn’t the first — especially with Roe v. Wade Read More
  • April 26, 2022 - Bloomberg
    Trump’s $10,000-a-Day Contempt Fine Starts Today, Judge Says Read More
  • April 25, 2022 - The Recorder
    On the Move: Tracking the Ins and Outs of California Lawyers Read More
  • April 25, 2022 - Reuters
    Trump held in contempt, fined $10K a day until he complies with probe Read More
  • April 25, 2022 - Rolling Stone
    Johnny Depp Wraps Defamation Testimony: ‘Yes, I Am’ a Domestic Violence Victim Read More
  • April 8, 2022 - Law360
    Former Calif. Appellate Justice Joins Werksman Jackson Read More
Awards &
Memberships
  • Daniel K. Inouye Trailblazer Award, National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, 2017
  • South Asian Network’s Community Solidarity Award, 2017
  • South Asian Bar Association Foundation’s Trailblazer Award, 2016
  • Muslim Legal Fund of America’s Trailblazer in Justice Award, 2014
  • Asian Pacific Islander Law Students Association Alumnus of the Year, UCLA School of Law, 2013
  • Muslim Public Affairs Council Foundation’s Community Leadership Award, 2013
  • Recognition for Victims’ Rights Advocacy by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors