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.
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Michelle is an experienced and knowledgeable criminal defense attorney who leverages all of her skill and experience to help protect her clients' rights. Michelle is the first person I think of when I need advice regarding criminal law issues, and I would recommend her for anyone who needs a skilled and compassionate defense attorney.
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I endorse Michelle Dylan. Michelle is an excellent criminal law attorney. She's passionate about defending her clients. She's creative, experienced, caring and excellent at problem-solving. She always looks out the best interest of her clients and she is an incredible criminal law attorney.
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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Admitted to the United States Supreme Court Bar||United States Supreme Court||2009|
|Felony and Misdemeanor Trial Appointment Panel||Bar Association of San Francisco||2006|
|Law Review||Universtiy of San Francisco School of Law||1997|
|Founding Attorney||Law Offices of Michelle Dylan||2013 - Present|
|Associate Attorney||Law Offices of Douglas Rappaport||1998 - 2013|
|Law Clerk||McCormick, Madison & Lent Law Firm||1995 - 1995|
|Paralegal||Mendes & Mount Law Firm||1992 - 1994|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|San Francisco Lawyer's Network||Founding Member||2013 - Present|
|Criminal Defense Trial Lawyers Association||Member||2011 - Present|
|California Attorneys for Criminal Justice||Member||2011 - Present|
|Queen's Bench||Business Development Committee||2010 - Present|
|California DUI Lawyers Association||Member||2010 - Present|
|Bar Association of San Francisco||Criminal Justice Section||N/A|
|People v. R.M.||Hung Jury|
|People v. R.G.||Acquittal|
|People v. K.Z.||Acquittal|
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|University of San Francisco School of Law||Law||Juris Doctor||1997|
|Boston College||Philosphy and Economics||BS - Bachelor of Science||1992|
|San Francisco Lawyers Network||Attorneys, Investigators, and Private Eyes||2013|
|My Life as a Criminal Defense Attorney||Protecting Your Rights||2013|
|Practicing Law in the Criminal Field||Practicing Law in the Criminal Field||2003|