Michael served as the 2014 president of the Los Angeles Criminal Courts Bar Association and currently sits on the Board of Directors.
Michael has secured 4 consecutive not guilty verdicts. The last two juries found Michael’s client not guilty in 27 minutes and 50 minutes. The first of these significant victories involved an 8-week, 42 defendant complex insurance fraud case tried before the Honorable Lance Ito.
Michael is currently part of a team of lawyers in the UK defending an American clothing designer facing serious criminal charges. In another international case, Michael put together the defense team for a client arrested in Oslo, Norway. Michael collaborated with the defense team litigating issues under the US-Norwegian extradition treaty to prevent the extradition of our client back to the United States on Racketeering & Gaming charges. That matter was ultimately argued before the Norwegian Supreme Court in June 2014.
Michael has handled more than 1500 felony and misdemeanor criminal matters ranging from major narcotics cases, assault cases, DUI’s, homicide cases as well as complex fraud or regulatory matters for corporate clients. Michael has represented musicians, doctors, lawyers, athletes, entertainment executives, career criminals, and foreign nationals. Michael’s creative work on behalf of musicians and/or athletes has made it possible for them to tour and/or work internationally.
Michael has carved out a niche representing individuals with substance abuse and/or mental health issues. Where necessary, Michael relies on the assistance of intervention specialists and drug counselors to secure confidential and professional help for clients. Michael is an advocate of alternative sentencing and his network of experts provide his clients with the best chance to avoid incarceration. Michael has represented doctors, lawyers and other licensed professionals in criminal matters.
Michael currently sits on the board of directors of the Los Angeles Criminal Courts Bar Association and is a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Los Angeles County Bar Association, San Fernando Valley Bar Association and sits on the Park Advisory Board of Pan Pacific Recreation Complex.
Michael also sits on the board of the Anti-Recidivism Coalition that provides a support and advocacy network for, and is comprised of formerly incarcerated young men and women. Michael was born and raised in Los Angeles, is married and the father of two young boys.
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