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  • Nominated by the Cochran Firm as their best criminal defense lawyer in 2005.

  • Recently nominated as Long Beach's best criminal defense lawyer.

  • More than 10 years of experience.

  • Never a prosecutor, always a defender starting with a member of the Federal Public Defenders Indigant Panel in Los Angeles.


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Practice areas


  1. Internet: 60%
    23 years
  2. Criminal Defense: 33%
    15 years, 1 thousand cases
  3. Domestic Violence: 5%
  4. Federal Crime: 2%



Fixed (sometimes), Free consultation (45 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

56 total 

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  • Jacek W Lentz

    In the course of my career as a criminal defense attorney in Los Angeles I have had the honor and privilege to know dozens and dozens of criminal defense lawyers. I have known a handful whom I would recommend without hesitation to a potential client or fellow lawyer. Among such handful, there is a few, no more than perhaps 3 or so, whom I would trust without slightest hesitation if I ever found myself in trouble. Michael is among the elite criminal defense attorneys whom I can always rely on for help and advice and who, I know from personal experience, always provides the best client representation possible. Michael is an excellent and experienced attorney with significant intellectual and writing skills, as well as great courtroom presence and trial experience. One cannot go wrong with Michael. I endorse him without any reservation.


    Jacek Lentz Criminal defense Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • John M. Kaman

    Michael is an intelligent aggressive and compassionate attorney who will fight the good fight for his clients. I would gladly refer him any case in Southern California. I endorse this lawyer.


    John Kaman Criminal defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Michael Cernyar

Wex Law
601 S. Figueroa, Suite 4050
Los Angeles, CA, 90012


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top Lawyers In CaliforniaThe Legal Network2014
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers2014
Top Lawyers In CaliforniaAmerican Lawyer Media2013
Best Lawyer (nominated)LegalForce Media2008
Top Criminal Attorney (nominated)The Cochran Firm2005
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyMichael K. Cernyar, Esq. A Professional Corporation2005 - Present
AttorneyThe Cochran Firm2004 - 2005
Attorney/Law ClerkLaw Offices of Charles Pereyra-Suarez2001 - 2004
Association namePosition nameDuration
United States District Court for the Northern District of CaliforniaAdmitted to Practice2013 - Present
United States Court of Appeals For the Ninth CircuitAdmitted to Practice2007 - Present
United States District Court for the Southern District of CaliforniaAdmitted to Practice2006 - Present
United States District Court for the Eastern District of CaliforniaAdmitted to Practice2004 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaAdmitted to Practice2003 - Present
United States District Court for the Central District of CaliforniaAdmitted to Practice2003 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersAttorney Member2002 - Present
American Bar AssociationAttorney MemberN/A
Croatian Bar AssociationAttorney MemberN/A
State Bar of California, Criminal Law SectionAttorney MemberN/A
Internet Attorneys AssociationAttorney MemberN/A
Footprinters #58MemberN/A
Beverly Hills Bar AssociationAttorney MemberN/A
Federal Bar AssociationAttorney MemberN/A
Los Angeles County Bar AssociationAttorney MemberN/A
California Attorneys for Criminal JusticeAttorney MemberN/A
California Public Defenders AssociationAttorney MemberN/A
Criminal Courts Bar AssociationAttorney MemberN/A
Los Angeles County Criminal Courts Bar AssociationAttorney MemberN/A
NORML Legal CommitteeAttorney MemberN/A
Harbor Winds IISecretary2001 - 2005
Harbor Winds IIPast Secretary/Treasurer1995 - 2000
Harbor Winds IIPresident1991 - 1994
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
People v. KibriyaAll cyberstalking & harassment charges dismissed at prelim
People v. McCahonMurder charge dismissed at prelim
People v. Robert BlakeAcquitted of Murder
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Loyola Law School, Loyola Marymount UniversityLawJD - Juris Doctor2001
California State University, Long BeachEconomicsBA - Bachelor of Arts1996
Purdue UniversityComputer EngineeringN/A1978
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
St. Anthony Career DayCareer Day2014
St. Anthony's Career DayCareer Day2013
Chapman University School of Law: Nexus Journal of Law and Policy Symposium-Privacy and the InternetPrivacy & the Internet2013
Tincher School Law DayLaw Day2008