Michael L. Claessens is the managing partner of License Advocates Law Group, a Pasadena law firm with deep expertise in the defense of misconduct allegations on behalf of California students and faculty and on behalf of State professional and occupational licensees. "We defend our education clients against expulsion, termination, and other kinds of discipline in educational institutions. We defend State license-holders and license applicants against license revocation, denial, and against restrictions of the license by State licensing agencies."
Before forming License Advocates Law Group LLP with friend and colleague Christine McCall, Mike served the City of Los Angeles as a prosecutor in the Los Angeles criminal courts, as a defense litigator in the Los Angeles state and federal civil courts, and as a senior lead counsel in internal investigations and complex and class action matters.
As Senior Assistant City Attorney, Mike supervised and directed Los Angeles’ central civil litigation staff, managing resources and supervising staff of more than 124 attorneys and support personnel who were responsible for defending civil lawsuits. He also provided legal and management advice directly to the Los Angeles City Attorney, City Council, Mayor, executive officers, and numerous City Department boards, commissions and general managers.
Mike is the proud holder of a California General Building and Plumbing Contractor License in effect for more than 34 years. Mike put himself through law school working as a Building Mechanical Inspector for the Los Angeles City Department of Building and Safety, ultimately reaching the rank of Chief Inspector and he has taught Fire Science at California State University Los Angeles.
Licensed since 1986
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I endorse this lawyer's work. Mike Claessens is a truly outstanding lawyer. He is scrupulously ethical, thorough in everything, and an excellent critical thinker. His research is wholly reliable; his written motions and P's & A's are effective and compelling. He has superb analytic skills, knows how to cut to the heart of matters while still honoring the fine distinctions that are so frequently determinative. He can keep a dozen projects in full-on mode at the same time, with no corners cut. All that said, he is unsurpassed in negotiations skills. He has that rare gift of negotiating so that the issue is win-win, never gets in his own way in the back-and-forth, and his word is gold.
Christine McCall Administrative Law Attorney
I endorse this lawyer. Mike's answers demonstrate his superb knowledge of the niche specialty of licensing. Many occupations require a license in order to work. Mike will help you get that license and keep it, even in the event of government efforts to revoke or suspend the license. He is one of the few lawyers I would trust to handle a licensing issue.
Steven Fink Real Estate Attorney
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|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|Outstanding Leadership||City Attorney Carmen A. Trutanich||2010|
|Council Resolution||Los Angeles City Council||2010|
|Certificate of Appreciation||City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo||2009|
|Admission||Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals||2002|
|Promotion of Excellence in Fire Service Education||California State University Los Angeles||1988|
|American Jurisprudence Award: Constitutional Law||University of La Verne||1984|
|American Jurisprudence award: Evidence||University of La Verne||1984|
|Certified Arbitrator||Office of Administrative Hearings, Public Works Contract Arbitration Program||2010 - Present|
|Partner||License Advocates Law Group||2010 - Present|
|Managing Senior Assistant City Attorney||Office of the Los Angeles City Attorney||1988 - 2010|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|Crescenta Valley Water District||Board Member||2014 - Present|
|Crescenta Valley Town Council||Council Member||2011 - Present|
|Los Angeles County Bar Association||Member||2003 - Present|
|Dillingham Ray Wilson, et al. v. City Of Los Angeles||Judgment for Plaintiffs, case on appeal|
|Monroy, Yesenia BC 339263/Monroy, Jeannette 01K24186||defense verdict, city lost appeal, re-trial|
|B.A.Aguilar, et al. v. City of Los Angeles, et al. CV07-04131 AHM (FMOx) [30 plaintiffs]||Settled|
|GoArticles.com||Successfully Appeal CSLB Denial of Contractors License For Lack of Journeyman Trade Experience||2013|
|EzineArticles.com||Contractors: Have a Licensing Problem? Use This Punch-List to Pick the Right Attorney||2011|
|University of La Verne College of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1986|
|Minimizing Risks and Subsequent Liabilities Within State, County and City Departments, NCDA||Police Litigation Risk Management||2010|
|Fire Science, CSULA||Code Enforcement for Investigators||1989|
|Fire Science, CSULA||Uniform Building Code||1988|
|Fire Science, CSULA||Fire Protection Systems Design||1988|