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About me

I am second to none in a combination of scholarship, effective aggressiveness for my clients, and insights into the system and what it does and should be doing. You could do no better than have me on your side in a fight against the system; you could, however, do much, much worse.


It is imporant to understand that I handle cases in all of Riverside and San Bernardino and Imperial counties, and I will take cases in Orange, San Diego, and Los Angeles Counties if the issues are interesting enough or if the client is facing certain hardships or criminal sanctions that I suspect would not be properly handled by attorneys in those areas. Unfortunately, AVVO's system does not allow a person to reflect that he handles anywhere that he does not have a physical office, thereby depriving those seeking help the full range of possibilities for the help they seek.  I am availble in most places where the Constitution is in peril; feel free to contact me wherever your problems might be occurring. No matter where they are, you could do no better than having me help, and you always could do much, much worse.


Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 55%
    33 years, 2.5 thousand cases
  2. DUI & DWI: 40%
    28 years, 750 cases
  3. Juvenile: 5%
    18 years, 300 cases



Fixed (always), Retainer (always), Free consultation (90 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check

Attorney endorsements

37 total 

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  • Timothy Earl Nilan

    I've seen some of the motion work he has done. I have seen him at seminars he's given for attorneys. I have heard about his results from fellow attorneys. He may seem eccentric at times. But no one in the criminal defense business, including judges, and of course DA's, and including the "criminal law specialists," know their stuff like this man. Anyone who is not aware of that, including judges, and opposing prosecutors, learn that REAL fast. My endorsement for Mr. Kennedy is one word: Amazing.


    Timothy Nilan Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Other

  • Nicholas Milan Loncar

    Michael Kennedy is in a class of his own as a criminal defense attorney in Southern California. His zeal in fighting for the constitutional freedoms our founders envisioned is UNMATCHED, and I envy and admire his incredible ability to do so. I endorse this lawyer.


    Nicholas Loncar Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Law Office of Michael J. Kennedy

82632-B Hwy 111
Suite 3 [Cabrera Offices]
Indio, CA, 92201



Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority.

  1. Public reproval with/duties
    issued in CA, 1994


    This sanction means the attorney did something wrong but may still practice law. The Bar placed conditions on the lawyer's activities to try to prevent a recurrence of the wrongful act.

    Michael’s comment: “Solely for two drunk driving incidents within 6 years of each other, over 20 years ago. Never anything related to competence nor ethics. If drunk driving disqualified a person from serving the public's needs, GW Bush could not have been president, Don Rumsfeld could not have been secretary of defense, and Dick Cheney could not have been vice president!”

Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top LawyersPalm Springs Life Magazine2015
Lifetime Achievement AwardThe Private Defenders of California, Inc.2013
Top Trial LawyersPalm Springs Life Magazine2012
Lifetime Achievement Award ["The Eddie"]California DUI Lawyers Association2011
Top Trial LawyersPalm Springs Life Magazine2011
Top Trial LawyersPalm Springs Life Magazine2010
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Attorney - OwnerLaw Office of Michael J. Kennedy2012 - Present
Attorney at LawKennedy & Roe2007 - 2012
Attorney at LawLedger & Kennedy2004 - 2007
Deputy Public DefenderSan Bernardino County Public Defender1991 - 2004
Attorney at LawLaw Office of Michael J. Kennedy1986 - 1991
Deputy District AttorneyDistrict Attorney of Riverside County1984 - 1986
Attorney at LawUnited States District Court1982 - 1984
Association namePosition nameDuration
National College of DUI DefenseFaculty; California Delegate2014 - Present
California DUI Lawyers AssociationBoard of Directors2006 - Present
California Attorneys for Criminal JusticeMember2004 - Present
California Public Defenders AssociationMember1990 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
People v. Kent MorganTrtal acquittal.
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Southwestern University School of LawN/AJuris Doctor1981
Widener UniversityEnglishB.A.N/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Many, many, starting date 1990 through date belowCriminal, Constitutional Law and Defense2015