Paladin Legal Defenders

We stand for expertise and years of experience exclusively in criminal defense. Get to know us better.

Charles Stoddard, Attorney at Law


Legal Field:  Criminal Defense


Professional development:


Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, cum laude, College Honors Program, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA



Intern/Clerk at York County Commonwealth Attorney’s Office

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Clerk at Virginia Court of Appeals, Richmond, VA



Juris Doctor Degree, College of William & Mary Marshall-Wythe School of Law, Williamsburg, VA



Awarded the Virginia Trial Lawyer’s Association Student Advocate of the Year



Deputy District Attorney, Butte County District Attorney’s Office


1994 – 2004

The Law Offices of Bruce C. Bridgman & Associates, Fountain Valley, CA



Founded Paladin Legal Defenders, a law firm dedicated exclusively to criminal defense



Recipient of West Orange County Bar Association Michael A. Horan Award

(Awarded for Excellence, Commitment, and Dedication in providing legal service to the community)


2015- To Present 

Selected as a Member of the Nation’s Top One Percent by the National Association of Distinguished Counsel for “demonstrating the highest ideals of the legal profession.” Only the top one percent of attorneys in the United States are awarded membership in the NADC.


2015- To Present 

Selected as a Member of American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys, 10 Best Attorneys for the State of California.

Pante-a Nilchian, Attorney at Law


Pante-a Nilchian has been passionate about criminal law since she attended the University of California Irvine, earning her Bachelor of Arts in Criminology, Law and Society in 2002. After graduation she took a year to live in Spain and learned to speak Spanish. When she returned she went on to work for several law firms as a law clerk during her lawschool career at Whittier School of Law. During this time she realized that her passion for criminal law combined with her desire to help people would make practicing criminal defense the perfect career path.

She became an attorney in 2007, and worked along with Charles Stoddard handling criminal cases at Paladin Legal Defenders. She takes pride in helping her clients through difficult situations and is fueled by the instances where she can assist in results that change the path of her clients’ futures.

Randall C. Bertz

If you’ve been arrested… I can help. I am a retired police officer and I have been a criminal defense attorney for over 30 years in Huntington Beach, CA. Because of my background I have a unique understanding of the criminal justice system. My police training coupled with my legal expertise has allowed me to be a very successful advocate for my clients.

Past Experiences

  • Retired Police Officer from Los Angeles County
  • Served in the United States Army Security Agency
  • Graduate of the U.S. Army Intelligence School
  • Vietnam combat veteran


  • California State University at Fullerton
  • Western State University College of Law
  • Admitted to the California Bar in 1988.


  • Member of the Orange County Bar Association
  • California Attorneys for Criminal Justice
  • West Orange County Bar Association
  • Newport-Harbor Bar Association
  • Deuce Defenders
  • Honorary Member of the Huntington Beach Police Officers Association
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Randall in police outfit

is power. 


If you are in trouble and need to speak with an Attorney in our firm, please contact our office immediately.

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    Before you can make any decisions regarding your case, you need to know what all of your options are.  Information is power.  Let us help you get informed about what to expect in your case and how the criminal law system works.  The consultation is free, whether you hire us or not.