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Michael received his B.A. from the University of California, Irvine in 2002. He earned his J.D. from Thomas Jefferson School of Law in 2009. While in law school, Michael was a Notes Editor and Staff Associate of the Thomas Jefferson Law Review. He also earned the top grade in his Legal Writing I class and was placed on the Honor Roll and the National Dean's List. For experience, Michael interned for the Office of the Attorney General and clerked for the San Diego Superior Court, East County, for the Honorable Laura W. Halgren.
Michael is licensed to practice law in the State of California and the United States District Court for the Central Distrt of California. He has been practicing law since 2011.
Michael enlisted in the United States Army Reserve in 2003, and attended basic training in Ft. Benning, Georgia. In 2004, Michael mobilized for Operation Iraqi Freedom under the command of the XVIII Airborne Corps out of Ft. Bragg, North Carolina. As a Sergeant, he deployed to Balad, Iraq and Baghdad, Iraq in 2005. In 2006, he attended the Noncommissioned Officer Academy at Ft. Lewis, Washington, where he was the Distinguished Leadership Graduate of his class.
He commissioned into the Judge Advocate General's Corp in 2013, and graduated from The Judge Advocate General's Legal Center & School in 2014. He currently continues to serve as a Captain in the United States Army Reserve.
Michael is conversational in Mandarin Chinese. In his spare time, Michael likes to work out, travel, and play the guitar.
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Rising Star||Super Lawyers||2020|
|Top 40 Under 40||The National Trial Lawyers||2020|
|Rising Star||Super Lawyers||2019|
|Rising Star||Super Lawyers||2018|
|Rising Star||Super Lawyers||2017|
|Rising Star||Super Lawyers||2016|
|Client's Choice Award for Personal Injury||Avvo||2015|
|Distinguished Honor Graduate||United States Army NCO Acadamy||2006|
|Attorney, Owner||Chen Law Group||2019 - Present|
|Major, Judge Advocate||United States Army Reserves||2003 - Present|
|Attorney, Partner||The Law Offices of Chen & Tran||2012 - 2019|
|Attorney, Owner||Law Office of Michael H. Chen||2011 - 2012|
|Judicial Clerk||San Diego Superior Court||2009 - 2009|
|Legal Intern||California Attorney General's Office||2008 - 2009|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles||Member||2014 - Present|
|State Bar of California||Attorney Member||2010 - Present|
|Katterbach Kaserne, Ansbach, Germany||Consumer Law: A Brief Introduction to The Servicemember’s Civil Relief Act and Bankruptcy||2018|
|USAG Baumholder, Germany Legal Center Publication||Consumer Law: A Brief Introduction to The Servicemember’s Civil Relief Act and Bankruptcy||2014|
|chentranlaw.com Blog||Do I Need a Personal Injury Attorney?||2014|
|chentranlaw.com Blog||Contingency Fee Agreements for Personal Injury||2014|
|chentranlaw.com Blog||Slip and Fall Accidents (Premises Liability)||2014|
|U.S. Army The Judge Advocate General Legal Center and School||Army Officer Commission||2014|
|Thomas Jefferson School of Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2009|
|University of California - Irvine||BA - Bachelor of Arts||2002|
|Soldier Readiness for the 393rd MP Battalion||Code of the United States Fighting Force / Code of Conduct||2018|
|Katterbach Kaserne, Ansbach, Germany||What To Do Post-Auto Accident||2018|
|Yellow Ribbon Event||Servicemembers Civil Relief Act||2015|
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