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California defense attorney Michael Meehan is known for analyzing every detail of his clients’ cases to find the most promising defense strategy. His thorough and methodical approach to California criminal defense ensures that you will receive the best defense available.
Before going to law school, Michael served as a Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy. After earning his law degree, Michael was a prosecutor with the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.
His experience as a police officer, prosecutor and defense attorney provides California defense lawyer Michael Meehan with a unique perspective on criminal cases. Michael is well-versed in all areas of criminal law.
When a judge’s decision does not follow established case law or the Constitution, Michael is not afraid to appeal the case to a higher court. Michael’s tenacity has resulted in prior convictions being dismissed, arrests found unconstitutional and cases being dismissed when the police have not followed the law.
Michael received his bachelor’s degree from UCLA, where he was student body president, and earned his law degree from Loyola Law School. He is licensed to practice law in California, Tennessee and Kentucky.
Michael has devoted himself to improving his drunk driving defense knowledge and skills by attending the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers DUI / DWI summer conference. He is an active member of the NACDL and Balif.


Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 100%

Attorney endorsements

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  • Leigh Gretchen Fleming

    Michael is the best. He is extremely knowledgable, experienced, and compassionate. I have seen Michael in court, and not only does he present clear, concise, and convincing legal arguments, but he has a way of winning over juries. I strongly endorse Michael.


    Leigh Fleming DUI & DWI Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Brendan Owen Raven

    Michael Meehan is one of the smartest, toughest and most effective attorneys I have had the privilege to work alongside. He is the ultimate courtroom warrior who is willing to take any case to trial if necessary and zealously defend the rights of his clients. For the time I have worked with him, he has consistently gotten excellent results in very difficult situations. I endorse Michael Meehan whole heartedly.


    Brendan Raven Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

Contact info

1 Embarcadero Ctr Ste 500
San Francisco, CA, 94111



Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority.

  1. Public reproval with/duties
    issued in CA, 2007


    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.

  2. Censured
    issued in TN, 2007


    When an attorney is censured it means he or she did something wrong but may still practice law. Typically in this case the lawyer's poor behavior is exposed to the public in hopes that he or she will not repeat the behavior.

Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
DWI Detection and SFST-Student Course CertificationNational Highway Traffic Safety Administration and International Association of Chiefs of Police2012
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing AttorneyThe Kavinoky Law Firm2006 - Present
AttorneyLaw Offices of Michael Meehan1999 - 2006
Owner/ManagerPlanet Salon1998 - 2004
Deputy District AttorneyLos Angeles County District Attorney1995 - 1998
Association namePosition nameDuration
California DUI Lawyers AssociationMember2007 - Present
California Public Defenders AssociationMember2007 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
People v. Thomas CornishDismissed
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Univ of California at Los AngelesN/AundergraduateN/A
Loyola Law SchoolN/AlawN/A