Meital Manzuri, Esq.

(310) 912-2960

Meital Manzuri is the managing partner for Manzuri Law and was recently named as one of the top cannabis attorneys nationwide due to her expert knowledge and experience.  Leading a profound team of cannabis attorneys, Meital has been trailblazing cannabis legal issues since she founded the firm in 2010.  As one of the first cannabis business attorneys in California, Meital has earned a prominent reputation for her dedication to excellence in advising commercial cannabis businesses on a myriad of issues, including licensing strategy, corporate formation, and regulatory compliance, commercial contracts, joint ventures, M&A, best business practices and criminal defense. 

As the managing partner, Meital actively participates in the strategy and planning for each client to ensure their success.  Unlike any other attorney, Manzuri Law is positioned to guide clients according to their specific needs, whether it be transactional or corporate partnerships, policy influence, licensing, risk assessment or criminal defense. 

Cannabis Corporate, Transactional and Licensing Services

Depending on a particular cannabis business' needs, Meital advises clients on all transactional matters including: corporate formation, mergers and acquisitions, licensing, risk assessment, and compliance with California and local law. 

Meital's unique pedigree and experience provides her clients with an unparalleled advantage when it comes to all facets of cannabis business law and licensing.  Among her many achievements in the space, Meital has authored partnership deals, been involved in complex transactions, and procured licenses for over 100 different businesses. 

Criminal Defense

Since 2008, Meital has defended clients accused of cannabis related crimes.  Her tenure includes some of the biggest Federal Medical Marijuana cases to date, the successful return of several pounds of medical cannabis to patients, the dismissal of countless cases, and complicated collective defenses and acquittals.

Meital Manzuri aggressively litigates each criminal case, defending people who face both California and Federal charges.

Her ability to persuade government agencies, judges and juries alike on behalf of her clients has lead to an incredible track record.

With substantial experience handling search and seizure issues, Meital Manzuri has consistently succeeded in the suppression of evidence unlawfully obtained by police officers. Her preparation and performance in the courtroom speaks volumes about the concern, dedication and passion she has for her clients.


Meital Manzuri received her bachelor's degree with honors from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. After a year in Buenos Aires learning the politics and economics of Argentina, she attended and graduated from one of the most competitive and prestigious law schools in California, U.C. Hastings. While in San Francisco, Meital Manzuri worked with the well-known criminal defense firm, Pier 5 Law Offices. There, she worked intensively on her first complex homicide case and her first federal cannabis case - the defense of Ed Rosenthal.

International Criminal Defense

In 2007, Meital Manzuri moved to Amsterdam and worked for the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. Her colleagues included some of the most renowned attorneys in the world and she spent a year defending the former General of the Yugoslav Army, accused of mass expulsion and extermination of the Albanian population.


Meital Manzuri has been sharing her cannabis law knowledge as an educator since 2009, teaching at Oaksterdam University, as well as offering seminars throughout the year, to fellow attorneys, entrepreneurs, and government agents.

Recent Blog Posts


  • Best Criminal Lawyer

    I, K. M., can honestly and truly state that I would highly recommend Meital Manzuri for legal representation in criminal cases. Meital was very thorough, knowledgeable, professional and most importantly immediately/always available for me, to answer my questions and alleviate my worries and fears...
  • She Genuinely Cares

    Meital Manzuri is a true professional who consistently goes the extra mile.  Throughout the process, she listened to my concerns and fought for the most favorable outcome with the utmost determination.  It was clear from day one that Meital's experience is invaluable in her practice, but what set...
  • Best Los Angeles Criminal Defense Attorney

    No better words to put that she was the BEST lawyer in Ventura County. Reduced all my fees and my charges. She was on top of my case and I thank her for being free from the authorities and being able to enjoy my time with my family. So on that note, are you looking for the best? Law Offices of Me...
  • Defended Our Legal Rights Passionately

    Meital Manzuri is an absolutely amazing attorney and more importantly, a sincere individual.  In December 2010, the Pico Rivera Sheriff Department, Narcotics Division entered our premises without cause or reason. They confiscated plants, medicine and equipment designated for medical marijuana pat...
  • Kindness and Understanding

    Greetings. Here are 5 reasons why you should hire Meital: 1. She answers your calls in a very timely manner and she is always willing to explain everything related to your case in a way that's easy to understand. 2. She has more than one client, but always made me feel her full attention was on...
  • Compassionate Defense

    Meital helped me with a traffic violation case in which I needed information about my rights and the “gray area” of certain laws. I contacted her after the incident and she immediately responded with a wealth of knowledge. She was very professional but also spoke to me in terms that were understa...
  • Quickly Got Results and My Medicine Returned

    My medicine was confiscated by Los Angeles park rangers after I showed them a valid prescription and prescription card. Meital was recommended to me by Oaksterdam. She was understanding, efficient, responsive, and professional. She appeared in court for me and got my case dismissed. She also had ...
  • Effective Legal Services

    I got myself into a little bit of a legal jam and Meital was the best person for the job. Without getting into too many personal details, not only did she get my court fees practically cut in half but she also got the charges against me reduced favorably. She constantly gave me updates and always...
  • Won My Case and Protected My Rights

    Hi, My name is Tom Pavlovich and in 2009 I was gainfully employed as a union laborer in Orange County, California and I was terminated when I tested positive for Marijuana cannabinoids. I was later denied my unemployment  and at that time started looking for a lawyer. I saw an ad and Meital becam...
  • Very Professional Lawyer

    What can I say that has not been already said?  Hire her!  My case dealt with the medical tyranny system, the child protective service, the police, and homeland security all rolled up into a joint!  Kidding, homeland security was not involved but they might as well have been with the amount of co...
  • Respectful Treatment

    Meital Manzuri was a gem to have as my lawyer. She treated me with respect and made me feel comfortable, safe and important. I would recommend her services to anyone who needs a wonderful lawyer.
  • Above and Beyond

    Meital is a genuinely kind person and a fantastic lawyer. Her services will exceed all your expectations. As a medical cannabis activist I would recommend her for all of my friends and family in need of the best Los Angeles criminal defense attorney.
  • Helped Turn My Life Around

    Meital is my lawyer. Not only did she help me legally, but mentally as well in a DUI case with a suspended license in 2010. I needed her knowledgeable experience especially in unfamiliar legality issues such as a DUI, but in keeping my mind at ease with above and beyond helpful info and assistanc...
  • Simplified the Process

    She was there for me in an instant.  Knowledgable.  Resourceful.  She explained the whole process and all the different possibilities of what could happen, what the probabilities of them happening were, and what I needed to be prepared for.  She kept track of everything for me, followed through w...