Paladin Legal Defenders

Why You Should Choose a Huntington Beach Local Attorney From Our Firm to Defend You

If you are facing criminal charges in California, it’s essential to be represented by an attorney who is not only skilled and committed, but is also familiar with the local court system.

The criminal defense attorneys at Paladin Legal Defenders have impeccable academic credentials and decades of local courtroom experience. Held in high regard by clients as well as peers, our attorneys are committed to providing high-quality, personalized legal representation to everyone who needs it.

Here is why a Huntington Beach local attorney from our firm is best suited to represent you.

We have a Local Network

We have been practicing criminal law for decades in Orange County and are in court almost on a daily basis.  Over the years, we have managed to build an excellent working relationship with the people who matter – from police officers to probation officers, court staff, prosecutors, and judges. We know where to go, whom to talk to, and how to get things done.

This is one of the reasons why a Huntington Beach local attorney from our firm can get results that no other out-of-county attorney can, no matter how good or experienced they might be.

We are Familiar with Local Courthouse Culture

The law might be the same for everyone, but each court in California has its own rules and procedures. An outsider – no matter how knowledgeable in general law they might be – is unlikely to be aware of these protocols and might inadvertently hurt your case. Whether your case is in Harbor Justice Center, West Justice Center, Central Justice Center or North Justice Center, we have you covered.  We handle cases in these courts on a daily basis.

Moreover, having handled a wide range of criminal cases over the years, we know how judges think, what kind of arguments persuade them, and the decisions they have made in the past. As a result, we know how to make the right arguments and present your case in the best light.

We Have a Reputation to Maintain

We have strong ties to the community we are part of and have a reputation for excellence. Everyone knows that when a Huntington Beach local attorney from Paladin Legal Defenders takes a case, they will do their utmost to protect their clients’ rights and interests, and go the extra mile to achieve the most favorable outcome possible.

Every time we step into the court, we know that we are on our home turf and have a reputation to live up to and maintain. It motivates us to push ourselves harder, think out of the box, and do everything we can to succeed.

Facing Criminal Charges? Our Huntington Beach Local Attorneys Can Help You!

At Paladin Legal Defenders, criminal defense is what we do best. With over 60 years of combined experience and unsurpassed legal expertise, there isn’t a case that our attorneys cannot handle. No matter how serious the charges against you are, we can devise the right strategies, gather the right evidence, and make the right arguments to protect your rights, interests, and freedom.

To discuss your case with a Huntington Beach local attorney who has an enviable track record, call our firm today at 714-536-9988 or contact us online and schedule a free consultation.

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.

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