George Kita is an experienced and dedicated juvenile trial attorney who has successfully handled more than 1000 juvenile cases. He previously worked as a juvenile deputy district attorney assigned to the District Attorneys Juvenile Branch. He has successfully represented children accused of crimes ranging from hate crimes, assault and battery, car jacking, car theft, armed robbery, drug possession and sales, DUI, rape, robbery, molestation and murder.
He received his Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice from Cal State Los Angeles in 1988.
At Cal State L.A., he received the highest Criminal Justice Achievement award, the Rosalyn Jung and Mayor Jack Tyrell scholarships.
Mr. Kita is the only California Juvenile Defense Lawyer to receive the "Criminal Justice Leadership Award" from the California Contract Cities Association.
Mr. Kita is the only California Juvenile Defense Attorney to have received the prestigious "Criminal Justice Leadership" award from the California Contract Cities Association, representing mayors councilmembers and city managers from 72 California cities that contract for police services with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. This was a major awards ceremony presided by former Los Angeles County Sheriff Sherman Block and former Assistant Sheriff Dr. Howard H. Earle.
Mr. Kita graduated from University of California Hastings College of the Law, ranked top 20 in the nation law school.
He received his law degree from the University of California , Hastings College of Law in 1991, during which the university was ranked top 20 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. During law school he worked at the California Attorney General's Office criminal division and was a judicial extern to the Honorable Presiding Justice Harry Low of the California Court of Appeals.
He was twice selected "Trial Deputy" of the month at the Orange County District Attorney's Juvenile Division for having completed the most juvenile trials. He also taught an MCLE (minimum continuing legal education) course to the District Attorney's Juvenile Division on the subject of prosecuting juvenile passengers in a stolen car.
He also served as an instructor for a POST (Peace Officers Standard and Training) certified class that he taught to members of the police and Sheriffs Department.
As a product of the Juvenile Court System, he knows how important it is for children to have effective legal representation.
Mr. Kita was declared a "dependency" child by a California Juvenile Court and was placed in a county facility called the Albert Sitton Home, now called Orangewood. As a product of foster homes, he knows how important it is for children to receive effective legal representation. His life and work experience have helped him become a champion of children's rights.
He is the only California Juvenile Attorney to get a child facing home invasion robbery with a firearm declared factually innocent.
Prosecutors filed a fitness petition against a child requesting that he be tried as an adult. The minor was identified by the victims as participating in a home invasion robbery with a firearm. The child was facing 23 years in prison. Mr. Kita was able to show that the police had arrested an innocent child. Mr. Kita saved the child by getting his case dismissed and declared factually innocent. This is one step better than getting a case dismissed.
He has been selected "Top 100 Criminal Defense Lawyer" in the state of California
The American Society of Legal Advocates selected Mr. Kita as a Top 100 Criminal Defense Lawyer in the state of California for the year 2014.
He is a nationally published author on "Juvenile Defense Strategies," a Thomson Reuters Business.
Thompson-Reuters is the one of the largest legal publishers in the world. Mr. Kita authored a chapter in a nationally published legal book, Juvenile Defense Strategies. He is one of nine juvenile defense lawyers in the United States selected to author this national legal publication.
He is often a speaker at Juvenile Court, Juvenile Probation Camps, and other major institutions.
In 2011, 2012 , 2013, and 2014, he was invited to speak to children at the Los Angeles County Superior Court, Los Padrinos Juvenile Court. At this time, he is a regularly scheduled speaker. He has spoken on 31 occassions at the Los Angeles Superior Court, Los Padrinos Juvenile Court.
In 2011, he was invited by the Los Angeles County Probation Department to speak at a girls camp at Camp Scudder and Camp Scott in the City of Santa Clarita.
In 2010, he was invited by the Los Angeles County Probation Department Headquarters to speak at Juvenile Probation Camp Rocky in the City of San Dimas to lead a workshop for parents and minors.
In 2010, he was invited by the Los Angeles County Probation Department Headquarters to speak at Juvenile Camp Afflerbaugh for a Parent Workshop for families who have children at Camp Page and Camp Afflerbaugh in the City of LaVerne.
In 2010, he was invited by the City of Glendale, Department of Family & Services to guest speak at a Juvenile Court Parent Workshop.
In 2009, Mr. Kita, and the head juvenile public defender of Pomona Juvenile Court were both invited speakers at the Service Employees International Union in Los Angeles (SEIU Local 721) to discuss expunging adult records and sealing juvenile records.
In 2008, Mr. Kita, was an invited guest by Equal Justice Fellow Emily Berger to give a presentation on sealing juvenile records to the nonprofit Alliance for Childrens Rights in Los Angeles.
He is the only California Juvenile Attorney to receive an Community Service Award in 2013 from the Los Angeles County Probation Department.
In August of 2013, Mr. Kita received the prestigious Community Service Award from the Los Angeles County Probation Department. Although the award was scheduled to be presented at an event attended by the Bureau Chief, Mr. Kita was unavailable to attend the event due to being out of town.
Mr. Kita subsequently was presented the award during a staff directors meeting at Los Padrinos Juvenile Hall. As a result of receiving the award, the presiding judge of Los Padrinos Juvenile Court read into the court record, Mr. Kita's accomplishments and ordered a copy of the court transcripts be sent to his office.
Mr. Kita has been recognized for his service to the community by the following city, county, state, and federal elected officals. Most of the awards were for coaching youth sports and for his volunteer work with nonprofit groups.