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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


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



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Payment types:

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Attorney endorsements

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  • Peter Bernas Roldan

    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.


    Peter Roldan Insurance Attorney
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  • Chelsea Manli Wang

    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.


    Chelsea Wang Immigration Attorney
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Contact info

Law Ofc Michelle Dylan

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


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