Mr. Graham has a broad range of post-conviction experience, including successfully overturning multiple wrongful convictions and life sentences.
Ian Graham, Partner
Phone: (310) 975-7040
Fax: (310) 496-0758
Ian Graham has a broad range of post-conviction experience, including successfully overturning multiple murder convictions and life sentences. In 2023, his work on behalf of a wrongfully convicted man led to the Los Angeles Superior Court granting a petition for habeas corpus and overturning a twenty-two year old conviction and life sentence [Read the Court’s Ruling Here]. Previously, his work on behalf of Mario Rocha, a young man wrongfully convicted of murder, was featured in the Los Angeles Times, an award-winning documentary film “Mario’s Story” and the book Unbillable Hours. Mr. Graham’s practice focuses on writs, appeals, resentencing petitions and parole related matters in California and Federal Courts.
Prior to joining Kravis, Graham & Zucker, Ian worked as an attorney in the litigation department of Latham & Watkins, LLP and Quinn Emanuel. Ian has taught as an adjunct professor at Loyola Law School’s Juvenile Justice Clinic and lectured widely on habeas corpus and post-conviction relief issues. He is a former member of the board of directors of InsideOut Writers, a non-profit that works with incarcerated and at-risk youth in Los Angeles.
Ian graduated from Rice University and the University of Texas School of Law.
Stanford University Law School. American Constitution Society lecture.
UC Berkely School of Law. Overturning the Conviction.
Rice University. Pre-law Society Keynote speaker.
University of San Francisco Law School. Post-conviction practice lecture.
Vinson & Elkins, LLP. Best Practices of Pro Bono. Houston, Texas.
University of Texas School of Law. The Difference Lawyers Can Make.
Bakersfield Legal Assistance Gala. Keynote speaker at annual gala.
University of Southern California. Lecture, Race, Class & Politics.
Williams & Connolly, LLP. Lecture. Washington, D.C.
National Juvenile Defenders’ Conference. Panelist on defending major juvenile crime cases.
Jim Campbell, Yale Radio
Above The Law http://abovethelaw.com/2010/05/unbillable-hours-a-true-story/
The California Lawyer. https://www.callawyer.com/Clstory.cfm?eid=909453
Lars Larson Radio Show
KBOO, Portland Community Radio
Quoted in Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Oprah Magazine.
California Lawyer, May 2010.
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Unbillable Hours, A True Story
Kaplan/Simon & Schuster (May 2010)
The story—part memoir, part hard-hitting expose—of a first-year law associate negotiating the arduous path through a system designed to break those who enter it before it makes them.
Available on Amazon
Parole is a period of supervision that follows an individual after their release from prison. Most inmates will automatically be released to parole after finishing their “determinate” sentence.
Young offenders can be tried as adults and sentenced to extremely long or even life sentences as young as 14. In 2013, California passed a law changing child sentencing practices for certain crimes.