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Michael E. Cindrich is a highly respected attorney in San Diego. Licensed by the State Bar of California to practice law, Mr. Cindrich delivers excellent service to his clients by taking a personal, vested interest in each individual case. Unlike large law firms that handle a high volume of cases, The Law Offices of Michael E. Cindrich APC limits the number of active cases to fewer than 25. By doing this, Mr. Cindrich can ensure that each case receives the same individual attention and that all the needs of his clients are met.

Prior to working in private practice, Mr. Cindrich was a Prosecutor for the San Diego District Attorney’s Office where he was lead counsel on dozens of misdemeanor and felony cases. During that time, Mr. Cindrich successfully litigated and negotiated cases ranging from Gang Injunctions and DUIs to more serious charges such as Robbery, Assault with a Deadly Weapon, Burglary and Drug Sales. Having gained valuable trial experience and extensive knowledge of the San Diego Courts, Mr. Cindrich decided to pursue his true passion of becoming a defense attorney. In private practice, Mr. Cindrich continues to be respected by prosecutors and judges for his zealous yet professional demeanor.

While attending law school in San Diego, Mr. Cindrich performed Pro Bono Work for the California Innocence Project, an organization investigating inmate claims of wrongful conviction. Because of Mr. Cindrich’s time and effort dedicated to the Project, he was awarded the Wiley W. Manuel Award for Pro Bono Legal services by the State Bar of California. Mr. Cindrich continues to be involved in the community by giving presentations regarding current DUI and drug laws.


Practice areas


  1. DUI & DWI: 45%
    9 years, 600 cases
  2. Criminal Defense: 45%
    9 years, 600 cases
  3. Corporate & Incorporation: 10%
    8 years, 200 cases



Fixed (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Jacques Francois Bezou Jr

    Great guy and highly intelligent attorney who I wholeheartedly recommend and would not hesitate to hire if I needed an attorney in California.


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  • James Nelson Dicks

    This attorney works very hard for the client and keeps up with the law by attending legal seminars to assist them in this regard. I endorse this attorney.


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Contact info

Law Offices of Michael E. Cindrich APC

750 B St Ste 3300
San Diego, CA, 92101


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Wiley W. Manuel Award for Pro Bono Legal ServicesWiley Manuel Law Foundation2003
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerLaw Offices of Michael E. Cindrich APC2008 - Present
Deputy District AttorneySan Diego District Attorney's Office2006 - 2007
Legal InternCalifornia Innocence Project2003 - 2003
Association namePosition nameDuration
San Diego NORMLPresident2010 - Present
Law Enforcement Against ProhibitionSpeaker2010 - Present
National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana LawsLifetime Member2009 - Present
California Public Defenders AssociationMember2008 - Present
San Diego County Bar AssociationMember2007 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember2007 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaAttorney Member2006 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
84 Plant Marijuana Cultivation Case Dismissed by District AttorneyDismissed
College Student on Probation Found Not Guilty of Marijuana SalesNot Guilty
Not Guilty Verdict on Vehicular Manslaughter While Intoxicated CaseNot Guilty
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Publication nameTitleDate
Nug MagazineMedical Marijuana Use on Probation2011
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of San DiegoBusinessOther - Masters2006
University of San Diego School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2005
Bucknell UniversityEnglishOther - Bachelors2002
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
The Medical Marijuana Situation in CaliforniaMedical Marijuana And Federal Threats2011
Talk With Michael E. CindrichMedical Marijuana Laws2011
LibertopiaCosts of Marijuana Prohibition to Society2011
Handling First DUI CaseDUI Laws2011
Medical Cannabis Dispensary & Law WorkshopMedical Cannabis Laws and Defenses2010