Anita A. Kay

Ms. Kay has established herself as highly effective and polished trial attorney in Orange County and the Inland Empire. Her ability to communicate directly and convincingly with jurors has enabled her to receive not guilty verdicts on many complicated and serious criminal charges. It is with this success that she is a fixture on network news channels covering the biggest criminal matters worldwide.

Anita Kay is a frequent guest of Fox News and HLN giving legal commentary on the biggest trials in the world including Casey Anthony, Oscar Pistorius, OJ Simpson, George Zimmerman and Michael Jackson. She is also asked to speak to organizations about what it is like to practice criminal law and insight on the profession of criminal defense.


As a criminal defense attorney, Ms. Kay handles a variety of cases including:

  • Internet crimes
  • Sexual assault
  • Gang crimes
  • Major fraud
  • Medical license defense
  • White collar crimes


For more than 5 years, Ms. Kay was a deputy district attorney with the County of San Bernardino working in the Chino, Rancho Cucamonga and Juvenile Courts. In that position, Ms. Kay tried many jury trials ranging from minor misdemeanors to serious felonies. She has won numerous pretrial motions and has vast experience writing and arguing all types of motions.

While a deputy district attorney, Ms. Kay was assigned to several elite units such as:

  • Crimes against Children
  • Auto Theft Task Force Unit
  • Family Violence

While leading the Auto Theft Task Force Unit, Ms. Kay published an article in a bi-monthly publication of legal information for law enforcement around the state.


She also spent time as a prosecutor in juvenile court and is extremely familiar with the juvenile justice system. Because Ms. Kay has worked in specialized units, she has done everything from working with police agencies to handling all types of court appearances, such as:

  • Arraignments
  • Preliminary hearings
  • Pretrial motions
  • Trial
  • Sentencing
  • Probation violations

Prior to joining the District Attorney's Office, Ms. Kay worked for a firm representing police officers in civil liability. She traveled to many different courtrooms and as a result, has built up a strong working relationship with courtroom personnel including district attorneys, clerks, bailiffs and judges.


  • The State Bar of California
  • The Orange County Bar Association

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