Emel McDowell

Emel McDowell

Since joining the Blanch Law Firm, Mr. McDowell has devoted himself to insuring that no stone go unturned in the preparation of our firm’s client’s legal defenses. His research and investigative skills have proven invaluable in our team’s effort to win cases.

Ryan Blanch

Ryan Blanch

RYAN BLANCH is the founder and lead attorney of The Blanch Law Firm. Mr. Blanch is an experienced New York criminal defense lawyer handling white collar criminal cases and other major felonies in New York. Mr. Blanch’s work has been published in law review and op-ed articles for UCLA and Pace University. While studying at a nationally ranked, top tier law school, Mr. Blanch was a member of Law Review and the Criminal Law Society. Prior to graduating, Mr. Blanch worked as an intern-prosecutor with both the Los Angeles and San Francisco District Attorneys’ Offices. There he prosecuted hundreds of felonies at probable cause hearings in criminal court under the supervision of the District Attorney’s . He went on to continue his legal career working as a lawyer at a large New York (and international) law firm. Mr. Blanch has appeared as a criminal law commentator on FOX News Live. He has been covered in Page 6 of the NY Post and his cases have been featured in the Wall Street Journal and The New York Times.

In 2014, Ryan Blanch was selected as a Super Lawyer by Thompson Reuters, an honor only 5% of lawyers per state can hold.

From Super Lawyers: Bar associations and courts across the country have recognized the legitimacy of the Super Lawyers selection process. Most recently, the New Jersey Supreme Court upheld the findings of a Special Master assigned by the court to, among other things, examine the details of our process. In his July 2008 report, the Special Master lauded our lawyer-rating process, stating:

“[The Super Lawyers selection process] is a comprehensive, good-faith and detailed attempt to produce a list of lawyers that have attained high peer recognition, meet ethical standards, and have demonstrated some degree of achievement in their field.”

Honors and Awards

“Super Lawyer” – Thomson Reuters

Listed in America’s Who’s Who for Criminal Defense Lawyers

Super Lawyers – Super Lawyers Magazine

AV “Preeminent” Rated (5.0 out of 5.0) – Martindale-Hubbell

Top 100 Trial Attorneys- National Trial Lawyers

Rated 10.0 ‘Superb” – AVVO

Top Attorney – American Registry of Business Excellence

Professional Associations and Memberships

New York State Defenders Association
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
New York State Bar Association
New York City Lawyers Association
New York County Bar Association


Southern Methodist University School of Law, Dallas, Texas, 1999
Juris Doctorate
Honors: Member, Outstanding Service Award
Criminal Law Moot Court National Champion
Best Speaker and Best Brief
Awarded for Superb Dedication
Law Review: SMU Law Review, Member
Son of Sam Laws, Winner for Article Submission

University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, 1995

Bachelor of English
Honors: Dean’s List
Rowing Crew
With Honors
Daily Bruin Op-Ed Journalist

Published Works

Model Brief Regarding Constitutional Standing and Ripeness, 15 PACENVLR 913, 1998
UCLA columnist for article regarding drug program

Classes/Seminars Taught

Lecturer, Extension of Fourth Amendment Rights to Dwellings of Homeless, Washington, D.C.,


Alana S. Segal

Alana Yakovlev

Alana Yakovlev is an attorney at law and of counsel to the Blanch Law Firm. Ms. Yakovlev is a criminal defense attorney based in Los Angeles and practices in the L.A. County Superior Courts and Orange County. Alana works primarily out of the firm’s Los Angeles where she works closely with attorneys in L.A. as well as the rest of the defense team in the firm’s New York and Texas s. She handles federal and state cases involving Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act, Internet Crimes, Wire Fraud, Enterprise Corruption, Mortgage Fraud, breach of fiduciary duties, violent crimes and drug crimes.

Ms. Yakovlev is a successful white collar criminal defense attorney who was selected as a Rising Star in 2013 by Super Lawyers, a respected legal ratings service. She will be featured as a Rising Star in the Los Angeles edition of Super Lawyers magazine. To become a Rising Star, Super Lawyers asks legal professionals to nominate fellow lawyers. According to Super Lawyers, no more than 2.5 percent of a state’s applicants are chosen as Rising Stars.

Ms. Yakovlev has extensive motion practice and legal research experience in state and federal proceedings. She is familiar with and has successfully obtained favorable sentences, plea agreements and dismissals. Her practice also extends from white collar crimes and includes administrative licensing reinstatement, expungements and immigration hearings.

Ms. Yakovlev also has ample experience in sentencing litigation. In many cases, she was retained by clients during sentencing phases of trials to obtain more favorable outcomes. In one , Ms. Yakovlev was able to secure the release of a client who was facing six years in state prison after being charged with first degree burglary. In another case, Ms. Yakovlev secured the release of a client facing four years in prison for possession of crystal meth and receiving stolen property. After Ms. Yakovlev’s intervention, the client was allowed to serve the remainder of her sentence in rehab.

Representative Cases

Case: Client charged with Enterprise Corruption
Result: No jail time

Case: Client charged with RICO, Conspiracy to Commit Wire Fraud and four counts of Wire Fraud.
Result: Four counts of wire fraud dismissed and sentenced to one year and four months.

Case: Client investigated for Cyber Stalking
Result: Convinced district attorney not to file charges

Case: Client charged with First Degree Burglary facing six years in state prison
Result: Convicted of second degree commercial burglary and sentenced to 90 days time served

Case: Prior attorney’s client sentenced to four- and two-year prison terms for possession of crystal meth and receiving stolen property.
Result: Filed petition that got client out of jail and allowed client to serve remaining prison sentence in rehab.

Case: Client charged with annoying and molesting a child facing four years in state prison
Result: Sentenced to time served and released

Prior Experience 

Supervising/Lead Trail Attorney at Liberty Bell Law Group, P.C. in Burbank, Calif.

Counsel for State Farm Insurance at Melli Guerin Wall, P.C. in New York, NY.

Legal Analyst at Bloomberg, L.P. in New York, NY


New York Law School, Juris Doctor

University of California, Los Angeles; Bachelor of Arts, Political Science


Federal – U.S. District Courts: Central District of California, Eastern District of California, Southern District of New York, Eastern District of New York.

States — California, New York, New Jersey

Awards & Recognition

Top 40 Under 40 – National Trial Lawyers 2014

2015 AIOCLA’s 10 Best Criminal Law Attorneys for Client Satisfaction in California

Top 10 Under 40 National Academy of Criminal Defense Lawyers 2015

2013 through 2016 Southern California Rising Star ( featured in Super Lawyers and Los Angeles Magazine) – an honor reserved for those lawyers who exhibit excellence in practice. Only 2.5 percent of the attorneys in California are named to the Rising Stars list each year.

Top Female Attorney in Southern California 2013 – 2016- Los Angeles Magazine

Admitted to Practice in the following jurisdictions:
(1) California State Court;
(2) Central District of California;
(3) Eastern District of California;
(4) Northern District of California;
(5) New York State Court;
(6) Southern District of New York;
(7) Eastern District of New York;
(8) New Jersey State Court.

Specialties: Criminal Defense, Civil and Commercial Litigation, Administrative Licensing.

Fluent in Russian and Spanish, Proficient in Italian

Sumeet Sondhi

Sumeet Sondhi

Sumeet Sondhi is counsel to the The Blanch Law Firm. Mr. Sondhi has worked in conjunction with Ryan Blanch on a myriad of matters, ranging from government investigations to white collar and antitrust crimes, his specialties being real estate fraud and complex mortgage fraud matters.

Mr. Sondhi’s extensive knowledge and experience has resulted in a number of favorable outcomes for the firm’s clients. He has represented clients and companies charged with an array of white collar crimes, including:

Price Fixing: Represented a billion dollar air cargo company in a DOJ industry-wide criminal antitrust investigation regarding alleged price fixing
Tax Evasion: Represented a Partner in a corporate restructuring company charged with evading state and federal taxes exceeding $10 million
Human Trafficking: Represented an internet marketing company charged with conspiracy and human trafficking
Racketeering: Represented individuals in the Federal criminal investigation alleging Governor Elliot Spitzer’s association with a prostitution ring known as Emperor’s Club VIP
Smuggling: Represented individual charged with respect to an international car smuggling ring
Organized Crime: Represented Healthcare Clinic owners charged with organized crime, money laundering and insurance fraud
Drug Charge: Represented a prominent charged with unlawfully prescribing large amounts of oxycodone
Human Trafficking: Represented a wealthy business owner charged with human trafficking

In addition to representing clients with respect to investigations and criminal matters as ‘Of Counsel” to The Blanch Law Firm, Mr. Sondhi provides comprehensive legal and advisory services to a diverse range of corporate and individual clientele with respect to business transactions, including the acquisition and sale of commercial real estate.