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Brian Russell Michaels

About me

Brian Michaels is a career trial lawyer having spent his entire legal career trying criminal cases both as a top Los Angeles Prosecutor and in private practice as a successful defense attorney. Mr. Michaels trained to be a courtroom advocate with the Los Angeles City Attorney where he tried over 75 Criminal and Civil Jury trials to completion and settled hundreds if not thousands of other cases. Mr. Michaels training, experience and contacts he established as a top prosecutor prior to setting out as defense lawyer make him unique against his peers, most of whom set out on their own with little or no formal trial training. We are a State Wide firm with headquarters in Los Angeles County. We come to any Southern or Central California Counties. 





Languages spoken: Spanish

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Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 60%
    20 years, 1 thousand cases
  2. DUI & DWI: 25%
    20 years
  3. Family: 5%
  4. Personal Injury: 5%
  5. Other: 5%
  6. More 



Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (sometimes), Free consultation (60 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Dorinda Jo Myers

    When you, or a loved one, find yourself in need of a criminal defense attorney it is important to retain someone who is experienced, knowledgeable and competent. I do not hesitate to recommend Attorney Michaels for those reasons.


    Dorinda Myers Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Aniko R. Hoover

    I endorse this lawyer. Brian is a great lawyer and I recommend him highly!


    Aniko Hoover DUI & DWI Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info


10866 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 400
Los Angeles, Ca, CA, 90024

Law Office of Brian Michaels

777 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way Suite 200
Palm Springs, CA, 92262

Law Office of Brian Michaels

42886 Hideaway Street
Indio, CA, 92203



We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers2015
Dean's List GraduateUniversity of LaVerne1994
Law ReviewJournal of Juvenile Law1993
Deans ListUniversity of LaVerne1992
#1 ranked studentUniversity of LaVerne1992
Dean's ListUniversity of LaVerne1991
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerLaw Office of Brian Michaels2002 - Present
LAPD Civil Rights LawyerLos Angeles City Attorney2000 - 2002
Prosecuting AttorneyLos Angeles City Attorney1995 - 2002
Judicial ClerkJustice Earl Johnson, Jr., Cal. Appellate Court1995 - 1996
Legal AssistantMasery and Vittitoe1989 - 1990
Legal InternPaul, Hastings, Janofsky and Walker1988 - 1989
Legislative AideState Senator Gary Hart1988 - 1988
DirectorUCSB Government Extern Program1987 - 1989
Research DirectorAssociation of Third World Affairs1987 - 1987
Legal AssistantLegal Aid Center of Santa Barbara1985 - 1988
Association namePosition nameDuration
Santa Barbara County Bar AssociationMember2014 - Present
Lawyers in MENSAMember2012 - Present
Long Beach Bar AssociationMember2008 - Present
San Fernando Valley Bar AssociationMember2002 - Present
Los Angeles County Bar AssociationMember2002 - Present
Beverly Hills Bar Associationmember2002 - Present
State Bar of Californiamember1994 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
People v. MNot Guilty After Trial
People v. CamachoMurder, Manslaughter and DUI charges set aside.
People v. BladesNo Jail. Probation Only
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Publication nameTitleDate
Journal of Juvenile LawChildren's Rights. Searching For A Constitutional Consensus1993
University of Laverne Law ReviewFirst Amendment Legal Survey1993
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of La Verne College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1994
University of California - Santa BarbaraPolitical ScienceOther - Bachelors1988
Birmingham High SchoolN/AN/A1983
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Birmingham High School Alum NightConsidering Law School2005
California DUI LawyersDUI's: A Prosecutor's View2002
Los Angeles City AttorneyDefending Police Abuse Cases2001