Fay Arfa practices criminal law exclusively. She is certified as a Specialist in Criminal Law and Appellate Law by the California State Bar, Board of Legal Specialization. The National Board of Trial Advocacy awarded her a Certification in Criminal Trial Advocacy. She serves on the Century City Bar Board of Governors and served as Criminal Law Chair (1998-2012).
Ms. Arfa is best known for her stunning acquittal in the case of People v. Leona Hightower, where she represented a young woman charged with murder and child abuse resulting from the tragic scalding death of a three year old boy. She credits the NCADRC with providing the expertise and resources necessary to help her successfully defend the case.
Ms. Arfa graduated from UCLA with academic honors, including Phi Beta Kappa. She earned a Master's Degree in Public Administration from UCLA. Ms. Arfa spent several years in pubic service. While working for a local elected official, she attended Southwestern University School of Law at night. After earning her law degree, she worked for the United States government as an attorney for the Federal Aviation Administration and later as a Los Angeles Deputy City Attorney.