Of Counsel at Ferrentino and Associates
Erica Gambale is Of Counsel at Ferrentino and Associates. She is an experienced trial attorney with over 17 years of experience in state and federal court (more than 50 jury trials, more than 250 preliminary hearings, and over 400 court trials and evidentiary hearings). Gambale’s focus is criminal appeals and writs of habeas corpus with continued success stories, including the reversal and dismissal of a special circumstances homicide, reduction of homicides to manslaughters, dismissal of weapons enhancements, and the reversal of large, six figure restitution orders.
As a former public defender for 12 years, Gambale anticipates the arguments the government will make, and skillfully rebuts them. She is an expert in dealing with the opposition, evaluating the pros and cons of every case, and plotting the best course of action. She is admitted to practice in California state courts, as well as in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.
Gambale has tried over 50 jury trials, including special circumstances murder, murder, attempted murder, mayhem, robbery, and various gang related offenses, drug trafficking, and white collar offenses. She has drafted hundreds of appellate briefs in both state and federal court. She exclusively practices criminal law, including State and Federal trials, writs, and appeals. She rose to the level of Senior Deputy Public Defender and was charged with supervising new lawyers and mentoring them as they honed their trial and motion writing skills.
Gambale earned her BS in Pre-Professional Studies from the University of Notre Dame in 1996 and went on to earn both a Juris Doctorate and Master of Public Administration from the University of Southern California in 2000. While at USC, Gambale worked in the Post-Conviction Justice Project representing state and federal prisoners in parole hearings. She also worked on the editorial staff of the prestigious USC Gould School of Law publication: the Review of Law and Women’s Studies. This experience has proven invaluable in her appellate and writ practice.
She is appointed as a panel member for the California Appellate Project- Los Angeles, the Central California Appellate Project, and Appellate Defenders, Inc.; state organizations that handle appeals for indigent criminal defendants throughout the state of California.