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Douglas Charles Michie

Practice areas:

Wills & Living Wills, Trusts, Estate Planning, Real Estate, Probate

About Me

   Doug Michie brings a depth of experience and education to his role as your lawyer.  Doug began his work life when he entered the military at age 17 during the Vietnam conflict.  After his honorable discharge from active duty, he began college on the GI bill, graduating from U.C. Davis with a B.S. in biochemistry in June 1978.


 


   Doug was then accepted into the rigorous law program at Pepperdine University. There he received his J.D., cum laude, in December 1980.  He pased the bar exam on his first attempt and he immediately began a legal career which included serving as an in house counsel for Travelers Insurance Company, serving as a deputy district attorney for the County of Los Angeles, and ultimately the establishment of his law firm, the Michie Law Firm, in March 1988.


 


   He has been a licensed real estate broker since 1988 and has earned the Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) designation [his membership is currently inactive].1


 


   Recognizing the need for more diverse knowledge, Doug began a full time master degree program at Columbia University in New York in September 2000.  He completed the program nine months later in May, 2001, earning his MS in real estate development.  This was followed 16 months later at Texas A&M University where he earned his PhD in urban & regional science in August, 2002.  Meanwhile, in July 2002, he entered the highly rated Executive MBA program at the elite business school IMD in Lausanne, Switzerland, receiving his MBA in November 2003.2


 


   In 2006, Doug also obtained his Certified Financial planner® ( CFP®) designation.  Suze Orman astutely reminds investors in her advice on choosing a financial advisor: "An adviser should be a Certified Financial Planner, or CFP® Professional, just as I am. That means that he or she cares enough about his or her clients to have gone through a two-year certification process, with continuing education requirements mandating that he or she stay up-to-date on the kinds of information that you need."3


 


Doug resides in the Oxnard Plain with his wife and children, where he is active in AYSO sports, serving as a , U8 referee and coach, U10 referee and coach and U12 coach during past seasons.  He has served on the site council of Pierpont Elementary School and has been a member of the Ventura Chamber of Commerce.  He is on the Board of Directors of the Capistrano Surfside Inn Timeshare Owners Association.  He also served in the National Guard for over twenty years, ultimately becoming a Captain of Infantry in the Army National Guard.


 


1) "A Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) is a recognized expert in the disciplines of commercial and investment real estate. A CCIM is an invaluable resource to the commercial real estate owner, investor, and user, and is among an elite corps of more than 9,000 professionals who hold the CCIM designation across North America and more than 30 countries.... Only 6 percent of the estimated 150,000 commercial real estate practitioners nationwide hold the CCIM designation, which reflects not only the caliber of the program, but also why it is one of the most coveted and respected designations in the industry." CCIM Institute website, http://www.ccim.com/content/what-ccim, as written on 1/30/2010.


 


2) Quoted from the website of IMD business school (restating the results of the Economist),


"The IMD MBAhas been ranked number one by the Economist in its annual worldwide survey of students and alumni, up four places from 2007. The top five schools in 2008 are: 
1. IMD
2. IESE Business School  University of Navarra
3. University of Chicago  Graduate School of Business
4. Stanford Graduate School of Business
5. Dartmouth College  Tuck School of Business",


http://www.imd.ch/news/IMD-MBA-RANKED-NUMBER-ONE-WORLDWIDE-BY-THE-ECONOMIST.cfm, as written on 1/30/2010


 


3) Quoted from the website of Suze Orman, on the Resource Center page entitled: "Client Beware: How to Choose A Financial Advisor":http://www.suzeorman.com/igsbase/igstemplate.cfm?SRC=MD012&SRCN=aoedetails&GnavID=84&SnavID=25&TnavID=&AreasofExpertiseID=71, as written on 1/30/2010

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Languages Spoken: English, French, Spanish

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1981

  1. Estate Planning: 25%
    34 years, 1.5 thousand cases
  2. Trusts: 25%
    34 years, 1.5 thousand cases
  3. Wills & Living Wills: 25%
    34 years, 1.5 thousand cases
  4. Real Estate: 15%
    34 years, 1.2 thousand cases
  5. Probate: 10%
    34 years, 1.5 thousand cases

Payment

Fees:

Hourly ($395/hour), Fixed (Sometimes), Free Consultation (15 minutes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

18 total 

  • Timothy William Combs

    I endorse this lawyer's work. Mr. Michie shows a mastery of the law and a genuine willingness to help. His resume is impressive and I am certain he would be a valuable asset to any client.

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    Timothy Combs Real Estate Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Ellen Lorraine Patton

    I am familiar with Mr. Michie through his answers to questions on Avvo and a review of his credentials and website. Through these publications he has demonstrated depth and expertise in his several practice areas that make me confident that clients are well served in his care.

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    Ellen Patton Real Estate Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

TrueBlue Estate Planning Law Firm

1056 E. Meta Street #103
Ventura, CA, 93001

TrueBlue Estate Planning Law Firm

2030 Pavin Drive
Oxnard, CA, 93036

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Resume

License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
CAActive198102/26/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
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Awards
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Certification # 1333543Chartered Life Underwriter2008
Certification #114530Certified Financial Planner2006
Certififcation #12529Certified Commercial Investment Member2005
JD awarded Cum LaudePepperdine University School of Law1980
American JurisprudenceBancroft-Whitney1980

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
PresidentMichie Law Firm1988 - Present
Associate AttorneyFitzpatrick & Barbieri1986 - 1988
Trial AttorneyDavid Schuman Law Offices1984 - 1984
Deputy District AttorneyLA County District Attorney1983 - 1984
AttorneyTravelers Insurance Company1982 - 1983
Associate AttorneyBodkin, McCarthy, Sargeant & Smith1981 - 1982

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
American Academy of Estate Planning AttorneysMember2014 - Present
State Bar of California, Trusts and Estates SectionMember2010 - Present
WealthCounselMember2010 - Present
Capistrano Surfside Inn HOABoard of Directors2009 - 2015
Leadership Academy Ventura ChamberAcademy Member2008 - Present
Ventura Chamber of CommerceMember2006 - Present
American Arbitration AssociationArbitrator1991 - 1995
Morro Bay Chamber of CommerceBoard of Directors1991 - 1993
California Bear Credit UnionBoard of Directors1984 - 1986
Golden Bear Credit UnionBoard of Directors1982 - 1985
State Bar of CaliforniaMember1981 - Present

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Marriage of OlsenSuccessful Appeal
Harringer v. GemmelJury Verdict in favor of Plaintiff
Alvarez v. Gerry Baby ProductsSettlement paid to Plaintiff

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Publications
Publication NameTitleDate
Proquest Information and Learning CompanyA Comparison of State Statutory Law addressing the Placement of Manufactured Homes as Single family housing2002
Comparison of Factory Built HousingColumbia University Master Thesis2001

Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
IMD Business School, University of Lausanne, SwitzerlandBusinessMBA2003
Texas A&M UniversityUrban and Regional SciencePhD - Doctorate2002
Columbia UniversityReal Estate DevelopmentMA - Masters2001
Pepperdine University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1980
University of California - DavisBiochemistryBS - Bachelor of Science1978

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Ventura Chamber Ambassador BreakfastEstate Planning for the Middle Class2010
Ventura Leadership ConferenceFinancial Education in the Classroom2009
Ventura Business Network LuncheonFinancial Services for Retirement2009
Community Development CompetitionHarlem Redevelopment Project2001
Rotary ClubUnlawful Detainer Procedure1996
National Drug Enforcement Interagency CouncilMilitary Law and Law Enforcement Cooperation1994