Attorney Elliott Kanter Smiling in a Suit

With a background in the audio business, Elliott planned to get back into audio after law school. But after trying cases he decided helping people resolve problems was the route he wanted to take. Helping persons charged with a crime and those who have been injured was the logical path to helping others.

Why Elliott believes in defending the criminally charged:

According to Elliott, being charged with a crime, especially when you are young, shouldn’t have to be carried around for the rest of your life. What you do in your late teens and early twenties shouldn’t affect your life in your 30s, 40s, and 50s. Elliott goes on to say that he wants to help even the adults and hardened criminals have a better quality of life while serving their sentences.

Elliott believes in treating humans as humans. Young offenders deserve a chance to earn a dismissal or lesser sentence so they can have the opportunity to change the direction of their lives.

You get more done with honey than vinegar, and I don’t believe in giving up.

Elliott’s Areas of Expertise

Practicing law for almost 40 years, Elliott has fitted himself an expert in certain areas of the law, including

  • Criminal Defense
  • Personal Injury
  • Medical Malpractice

With exacting skills and remarkable intellect, Elliott is prepared to help you with whatever legal needs you stand in need of. He enjoys the challenges associated with the adversarial legal system and has the unique propensity to work with the other side of the argument via negotiation.

Elliott has proved this willingness to be cooperative and communicate with the other side positively affects the outcome of the case. This cooperation shows the other side that he will not give up and that his client will remain strong. This is what leads to favorable results, Elliott says.

Building rapport with clients is important to Elliott. He regards all of his clients equally and discusses everything with them regardless of their personality or level of education. Elliott’s goal is to help his clients make informed decisions moving forward.

With his passion for helping people and his litigation skills, Elliott is eager to help you with your case so that you can begin to take control of your life.

“I enjoy the challenge and making sure people are taken care of. Every case is different and I love to see people go forward with their lives. I want my work to be purposeful for them.”

Bar Admissions

  • California State Bar
  • Southern District of California
  • Eastern District of California
  • Central District of California
  • The United States Appellate Court
  • U.S. Supreme Court


  • Thomas Jefferson School of Law, 1980

Professional Associations & Memberships

  • Martindale Hubbel AV Pre-Eminent Lawyer
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyer, Member
  • Consumer Attorneys of San Diego
  • California State Bar
  • San Diego County Bar