Debra Opri

Debra Opri

Founder since 1989
Beverly Hills, California

Debra Opri is widely considered to be one of the most recognizable female litigation attorneys of the 21st Century, both in the courtroom and on television.

The majority of Debra Opri's cases deal with the representation of everyday people who are in need of a passionate advocate when the system is not working for them or when their finances prevent them from hiring expensive attorneys and/or law firms. This is where Debra Opri is most sought out, and for which Opri personally selects her clients on a case by case basis.

Debra Opri is most recognized for her high profile media cases including the Anna Nicole Smith paternity case, the Michael Jackson molestation trial, the David Hasselhoff divorce battle, and the James Brown sexual harassment trial, Debra Opri has for the past twenty-seven years, publicly distinguished herself from many other media attorneys in that she actually litigates her own cases, most of which are under the glare of the media spotlight.

Debra Opri continues to be a nationally, and internationally known legal analyst for many high profile media cases, and is regularly pursued as a commentator for media and print/news magazines for her insight into these high profile cases and stories. Go to Media Appearances

But Debra Opri is first and foremost a litigator. As founder and partner of Opri & Associates, a law firm she started in 1989,she has long been considered to be on the frontline as a preeminent and vocal litigation attorney for more than two decades on behalf of her clients and causes, who come from every walk of life, some famous, most not famous, but rather regular everyday people who need someone to fight for them. And this is where Debra Opri is at her best. Opri's legal expertise is drawn from a wealth of knowledge on diverse cases ranging from divorce, palimony, custody, domestic violence and paternity as well as those civil and criminal cases she has handled. Debra Opri uses her talent, and natural courtroom abilities to emphasize the importance of the 'media's perspective' as a vital component in many of her clients' cases and/or issues.

Areas of Practice

  • Divorce
  • Palimony
  • Custody
  • Domestic Violence
  • Paternity
  • Civil
  • Criminal

Litigation Percentage

  • 99% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • California, 1989
  • New York
  • New Jersey, 1990
  • District of Columbia, 1991


  • Whittier College School of Law, Los Angeles, California
  • New York University (NYU)

Honors and Awards

  • Received the AV AWARD for the Highest Possible Rating in both Legal Ability & Ethical Standards
  • Honored by the Los Angeles Times as one of Los Angeles' Women's Leaders in the Law [2010] [2013
  • Honored in December, 2011 by the Coalition for At Risk Youth [CARRY] for her longtime work on behalf of at risk children
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