MEET WENDY

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Ms. Segall has served the community as an attorney for 28 years. After graduating from Loyola Law School, Ms. Segall obtained her LL. M. (Master of Laws) in Taxation from the prestigious New York University School of Law. Prior to being hired by the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office in 1995, she was an associate in a civil law firm and later practiced criminal defense. These positions afforded her the opportunity to work with her own clients as well as numerous civil and criminal attorneys and their clients. Her representation of the accused is one of the many reasons why she continues to maintain positive relationships with the defense.

As a Deputy District Attorney specially assigned to prosecute Sex Crimes, Major Narcotic, High Profile Stalking and Threat cases and now as a member of the Healthcare Fraud Division prosecuting multi-million dollar fraud cases, Ms. Segall is comfortable interacting with challenging victims and witnesses from all walks of life. Despite the highly charged and emotional events surrounding these unique types of cases, she has honed her ability to remain impartial and fair, even while serving as a zealous advocate. Ms. Segall is mindful the cases are about victims, witnesses, defendants, and the truth.

Ms. Segall is a leading authority and expert in prosecuting stalkers who target celebrities, judges, and former romantic partners. She pursued cyber-stalkers and stalkers whose criminal activity escalated to sexual assault and murder. She has appeared on Larry King Live, Dr. Drew on Call, and 48 Hours. She has a sterling reputation for hard work and is endorsed by hundreds of her colleagues and over 120 judges and commissioners. Her unique blend of compassion and sensitivity for the victims in her cases and her high ethical standards have earned her the endorsements of Gwyneth Paltrow, Mila Kunis, and Dr. Drew (Pinsky) in addition to the countless, quiet stalking survivors.

Ms. Segall shares her expertise by training and assisting law enforcement agencies in investigating, analyzing, and prosecuting stalking and criminal threat cases. She is known for her calm demeanor, rational decision-making, and commitment to finding alternative sentences to help mentally ill offenders. As a specialist, she has acquired significant knowledge and insight into the prevalence of mental disorders within the criminal justice system. Her objective is two-fold: 1) to restore the victims’ peace of mind and ensure their safety; and 2) to reduce the recidivism rate of the offenders by working with mental health professionals.

As a judge, Ms. Segall will be dedicated to serving the community by providing equal access to justice through fair, timely and efficient resolution of all cases. Her goal is to run a court where the parties receive equitable treatment in every case, without exception. She will do everything to make sure the parties leave knowing her decisions were well-reasoned and just.

COMMUNITY INVOVLEMENT

MOSTe

Ms. Segall is particularly proud of her ten years of participation as a mentor with the Motivating Our Students Through Experience (MOSTe) program. MOSTe volunteers guide and mentor underprivileged girls, from middle school through high school, in order to attend and succeed in college and beyond.. Through the experience and motivation provided by mentors, MOSTe empowers girls to become the next generation of college educated women. MOSTe gives girls from underserved communities the skills and tools they need to succeed in high school, in college and beyond. MOSTe leads girls to improve their own lives, their family’s lives and inspires others to do the same. Two of the young women she personally mentored are attending out-of-state universities on full scholarships. If you are interested in serving as a mentor, please contact moste.org

Los Angeles Teen Court

Ms. Segall also volunteers as a proctor at two Los Angeles public high schools as part of the Teen Court Program. Teen Courts function as actual courts for young people who commit non-serious crimes, in which they are questioned, judged and sentenced by a jury of their peers. Teen Court provides an alternative to Juvenile Court, and is based on the philosophy that a young person who engages in criminal activity for the first time should have the opportunity to correct his or her behavior with support from the justice system in the hope that the offender will not later commit more serious crimes.

Teen Court offers the young person who is found guilty the opportunity, upon successful completion of his or her sentence within six months, to have no record of a criminal conviction. Further, Teen Court prevents the harm caused to a young person by unnecessary involvement in the juvenile justice system. For the students who participate as jurors, clerks and bailiffs, Teen Court offers valuable lessons about how courts operate and what it is like to be a part of the justice system. Many Teen Court jurors later express an interest in studying law. The Court and the public benefit from Teen Court because it enables the juvenile justice system to focus its resources on higher risk offenders. If you would like additional information, please contact communityoutreach@lacourt.org

Ms. Segall’s community involvement is a natural progression of her commitment and dedication to public service to the citizens of Los Angeles County.

LEGAL EDUCATION PROVIDED

Juvenile Offender Seminar, Sacramento, California – 1997
Ms. Segall was one of three speakers at a six-hour mandatory continuing education seminar for psychologists.

National Alliance for Drug Endangered Children (DEC)
June, 2003 – Dubuque and Des Moines, Iowa
March, 2004 – Battle Creek, Michigan
July, 2004 – Niceville, Florida
August, 2004 – Eugene, Oregon
September, 2004 – Charlotte, North Carolina
October, 2004 – Gulfport and Philadelphia, Mississippi
November, 2004 – Helena, Montana
January, 2005 – Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
March, 2005 – Hazard and Lexington, Kentucky
April, 2005 – Dallas, Texas
April, 2005 – Butte County, California
September, 2005 – UC Davis, California
October, 2005 – Atlanta, Georgia
October, 2005 – Washington, D.C.
November, 2005 – Honolulu and Hilo, Hawaii
Ms. Segall presented on the prosecution of DEC cases to prosecutors, law enforcement, mental health professionals and social workers.

Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, California – 2008
Ms. Segall performed the role of judge for the National Trial Competition.

Beverly Hills Bar Association, Beverly Hills, California – February 17, 2010
Ms. Segall presented to entertainment attorneys on celebrity and high profile stalking and criminal threat cases.

The Los Angeles County Bar Association’s Domestic Violence Project, Los Angeles, California – March 10, 2010
Ms. Segall presented to attorneys and civilian volunteers on stalking, criminal threat and domestic violence cases.

Cal Poly Pomona, Pomona, California – March 2, 2012, May 7, 2012 and May 22, 2013
Ms. Segall served as “Professor for a Day” and educated college students about the District Attorney’s Office, stalking and criminal threat cases.

Cal Poly Pomona, Pomona, California – April 18, 2012
Ms. Segall instructed law enforcement on stalking and criminal threat prosecutions.

Los Angeles School Police, Los Angeles, California – April 1, 2013
Ms. Segall instructed law enforcement on stalking and criminal threat prosecutions.

Southern California Campus Crime Consortium, Mt. San Antonio College, Walnut, California – April 30, 2014
Ms. Segall presented to campus law enforcement and campus public safety personnel from higher learning institutions throughout Southern California and local law enforcement agencies on prosecuting stalking and criminal threat cases.

Center for the Pacific Asian Family, Los Angeles, California – June 24, 2014
Ms. Segall presented to civilian personnel on stalking, criminal threats and domestic violence.

California Endowment’s Domestic Violence Awareness Training, Los Angeles, California – November 25, 2014
Ms. Segall presented to law enforcement, mental health professionals and civilian personnel on stalking, criminal threats and domestic violence.

Studio Chief’s Association Lunch, Los Angeles, California – December 16, 2014
Ms. Segall instructed security chiefs for the major studios on stalking and criminal threat prosecutions.

California Coalition Against Sexual Assaults (CALCASA) South Region Meeting, Los Angeles, California – February 27, 2015
Ms. Segall presented to civilian personnel on stalking, criminal threats and domestic violence.

Overseas Security Advisory Council’s Media and Entertainment Working Group, Los Angeles, California – March 12, 2015
Ms. Segall instructed security personnel for major studios and corporations on stalking and criminal threat prosecutions.

California District Attorney’s Association’s Stalking Symposium, Los Angeles, California – April 7, 2015
Ms. Segall presented to prosecutors and law enforcement on stalking and criminal threat prosecutions.

Long Beach State University, Long Beach California – October 22, 2015
Ms. Segall appeared as a guest speaker at the university’s stalking prevention program.

PERSONAL INTERESTS

Ms. Segall enjoys traveling extensively. As Mark Twain said, “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness.” Her travels have included trips through China, Viet Nam, Thailand, Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay, Turkey, Russia, India and Egypt in addition to many other countries. In 2013, she bike rode from Vienna, Austria to Budapest, Hungary and also toured Cuba with the Mexican American Bar Association (MABA). Recently, she completed a one hundred mile walking safari across two national parks in Kenya. In addition to that extraordinary experience, she was able to incorporate her passion for photography in capturing the African wildlife.

Ms. Segall firmly believes that travel increases knowledge and widens perspective. To view different customs and other ways of living is stimulating for the mind and allows one to develop a deeper understanding and tolerance for diversity. It gives a new perspective about life and especially our life; it can help us change some of our habits or even create new ones. Discovering different values and cultures is fascinating and has greatly contributed to her open-mindedness.

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MOSTe mentee Heidi Perez
Wendy with MOSTe mentee Heidi Perez after she was accepted to college.