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Michelle Marie Dylan

Michelle Marie Dylan

Practice areas:

Criminal Defense, DUI & DWI

About Me

Michelle (Thomson) Dylan has 15 years of criminal defense experience sucessfully representing clients in state and federal court. Known for her tenacity and attention to detail, Michelle has gained the respect of clients, colleagues and prosecutors alike. During her career, she has consistently obtained favorable results in complex and challenging cases, winning before or at trial on such charges as narcotics sales, marijuana cultivation, fraud, burglary, domestic violence and DUI.


Michelle has drafted numerous significant motions and appeals, including an Appeal in the California Supreme Court and a Petition for Certoriari in the United States Supreme Court. She has also worked closely with Attorney Douglas Rappaport in the litigation of a number of serious felony state cases and multi-defendant federal cases.


Over the years, Michelle has worked to improve the justice system and bring about systemic change, taking on such projects as challenging the use of juvenile adjudications as strikes under Three Strikes law, aiding in the creation of a diversion program for minors in traffic cases, and objecting to the scientific foundation related to the automated red light system in San Francisco.


Michelle was born and raised in New York. She graduated from Boston College with a dual major in Philosophy and Economics. In 1997, she received her JD from the University of San Francisco School of Law, where she served as a member of the school's Law Review and a Tutor in USF's Student Bar Association Program.


Fascinated by the criminal justice system, she chose to participate in the school's Criminal Law Clinic, whereby she had the opportunity to represent indigent clients in court, and she interned for the San Francisco Public Defender's Office doing investigative work through USF's Invesitgation Clinic.


Michelle joined Douglas Rappaport's Law Firm in 1998 as an attorney. From 2006 - 2010, she also served on the Felony Conflicts Panel in San Francisco, representing indigent defendants where the public defender had a conflict of interest.


Michelle lives in San Francisco with her husband, Micah, and their dog and cat. When she isn't practicing law, she enjoys live music, hiking, photography and snow-boarding.




Practice Areas

Licensed since 1997

  1. Criminal Defense: 75%
    17 years
  2. DUI & DWI: 25%
    17 years



Fixed (Sometimes), Free Consultation (60 minutes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

12 total 

  • Michael Kuzma

    If you need a great attorney, I highly recommend Michelle Marie Dylan. She's the kind of lawyer I want on my side. Michelle is a strong advocate and will work tirelessly to protect your rights.


    Michael Kuzma Speeding & Traffic Ticket Attorney
    Relationship: Other

  • No photo

    Michelle Dylan is one of the best. I've worked with her and have seen first-hand that she approaches each case intelligently and creatively, and she aggressively defends her clients. Most importantly, she gets excellent results. I highly recommend her.


    Severa Keith Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact Info

Law Ofc Michelle Dylan

179 11th Street, 2nd Floor
San Francisco, CA, 94103




Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Avvo Contributions

Legal Answers


Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Admitted to the United States Supreme Court BarUnited States Supreme Court2009
Felony and Misdemeanor Trial Appointment PanelBar Association of San Francisco2006
Law ReviewUniverstiy of San Francisco School of Law1997

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
Founding AttorneyLaw Offices of Michelle Dylan2013 - Present
Associate AttorneyLaw Offices of Douglas Rappaport1998 - 2013
Law ClerkMcCormick, Madison & Lent Law Firm1995 - 1995
ParalegalMendes & Mount Law Firm1992 - 1994


Association NamePosition NameDuration
San Francisco Lawyer's NetworkFounding Member2013 - Present
Criminal Defense Trial Lawyers AssociationMember2011 - Present
California Attorneys for Criminal JusticeMember2011 - Present
Queen's BenchBusiness Development Committee2010 - Present
California DUI Lawyers AssociationMember2010 - Present
Bar Association of San FranciscoCriminal Justice SectionN/A

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
People v. R.M.Hung Jury
People v. R.G.Acquittal
People v. K.Z.Acquittal

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School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of San Francisco School of LawLawJuris Doctor1997
Boston CollegePhilosphy and EconomicsBS - Bachelor of Science1992

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
San Francisco Lawyers NetworkAttorneys, Investigators, and Private Eyes2013
My Life as a Criminal Defense AttorneyProtecting Your Rights2013
Practicing Law in the Criminal FieldPracticing Law in the Criminal Field2003