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.
Fixed (always), Retainer (always), Free consultation (90 minutes)
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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
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
This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority.
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!”
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Top Lawyers||Palm Springs Life Magazine||2015|
|Lifetime Achievement Award||The Private Defenders of California, Inc.||2013|
|Top Trial Lawyers||Palm Springs Life Magazine||2012|
|Lifetime Achievement Award ["The Eddie"]||California DUI Lawyers Association||2011|
|Top Trial Lawyers||Palm Springs Life Magazine||2011|
|Top Trial Lawyers||Palm Springs Life Magazine||2010|
|Attorney - Owner||Law Office of Michael J. Kennedy||2012 - Present|
|Attorney at Law||Kennedy & Roe||2007 - 2012|
|Attorney at Law||Ledger & Kennedy||2004 - 2007|
|Deputy Public Defender||San Bernardino County Public Defender||1991 - 2004|
|Attorney at Law||Law Office of Michael J. Kennedy||1986 - 1991|
|Deputy District Attorney||District Attorney of Riverside County||1984 - 1986|
|Attorney at Law||United States District Court||1982 - 1984|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|National College of DUI Defense||Faculty; California Delegate||2014 - Present|
|California DUI Lawyers Association||Board of Directors||2006 - Present|
|California Attorneys for Criminal Justice||Member||2004 - Present|
|California Public Defenders Association||Member||1990 - Present|
|Southwestern University School of Law||N/A||Juris Doctor||1981|
|Many, many, starting date 1990 through date below||Criminal, Constitutional Law and Defense||2015|