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Michaela Cathleen Curran

Family Attorney at La Jolla, CA

4.8   22 reviews
  • Licensed for 35 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1988
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Ms. Curran has lived and practiced law in Southern California for thirty-four (34) years. She is a very experienced lawyer who has successfully tried, mediated, and appealed many hundreds of complex cases, including constitutional, civil, family, and criminal law cases. She has tried more than two hundred (200) cases to a verdict, before juries and judges, in both the state and the federal courts. Her client representation has produced groundbreaking results - including four (4) published cases, establishing new laws. Although client confidentiality is a top priority, some clients have sought media attention. Upon client request, some of Ms. Curran's cases have garnered international exposure.

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The Curran Law Firm, APC
4225 Executive Square.
Suite 600
La Jolla, CA, 92011

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Posted by Sylvia | June 9, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Extremely competent and tough on your opponent
tl;dr Amazing all around. Hire them now. I’ll start off by saying I’ve been around the family law block, and handled the beginning part of my case after consulting with a few attorneys. The Curran Law Firm stood out, because they seemed to be supremely organized, and it was very obvious that Michaela knows her ish. Of all the lawyers I spoke with, she was the most versed in terms of Rules of Court, Rules of Evidence, and case law. She knew every single pertinent to my circumstances case law off the top of her head, and how to most effectively use it. She stood out. I eventually hired the Curran Law firm, and I was able to relax, knowing with full confidence I was in capable and competent hands. And was I ever. I won on every point except one. And won big. Michaela did such a phenomenal job managing expectations all around, and getting results, all while being humble enough (despite her 30+ years’ experience in many facets of law) to sit in on our newish judge’s courtroom to get a feel for her style. To boot, she has a fun engaging personality, which goes far when you a. have to hang out in court all day waiting for your turn and b. rely on impressions for favorable judgements. Every question and concern was answered promptly, and I was kept apprised of what was going on with my case from beginning to end. I would hire The Curran Law Firm again in half a second, and I would recommend them to anyone needing sensible, take no sh!t and get things done representation.
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Posted by Heather | July 21, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Michaela Curran is a Best in Class (Family Law/Custody)
If you are looking for a family attorney... I know that you are feeling overwhelmed, emotional and do not know where to begin. In our case, Michaela was the second and final attorney. In a perfect world she would have been our first. Michaela is a straight shooter. She is highly motivated attorney with the experience and professionalism you need as representation in Family Court. Everyone on her team was equally committed to our case and our goals for the case. Michaela is realistic. She knows the law. She knows the judges. And, she is very strategic when planning out your case. Without getting into the dirty details of our case, we had an incredibly litigious Custody Case against a complete Narcissist. The case took two years to get to trial. There were bumps in the road (COVID court closures and continuances by opposing counsel for non-sense) and at least 30 or so different motions. All this was meant to increase the cost of litigation and prompted by the opposition. 90% of this was prior to hiring Michaela. Michaela never would have let it get out of hand as it did as she reviewed the history of our case. But, she swung it out of the park come trial for us. As I mentioned, Michaela was our second attorney. Had she been our first, I am certain that the duration would have been cut in half (at least). She doesn't mess around. She knows what she's doing and it's up to you to trust her. Thank God we did. She is ethical and personally involved in all of the details, and that was very important to us since this was our little person's future at stake. I wish you luck if you're reading this. Buckle up and retain Michaela Curran & her team, because it is going to be a bumpy ride... especially in the SD Court System. Good luck to you.
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Posted by anonymous | November 27, 2020
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| Consulted Attorney
Ms. Curran is diligent and thorough with all her cases. She gives great time and attention to each and every one of her clients.
Posted by Steve | August 5, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Good as it gets!
The fear of the unknown when having to go to court is a extremely stressful and nerve racking experience. I decided to represent myself the first time I went to court for a custody matter. That was a mistake to say the least. The established time I had with my children was reduced to less than 30%. I was taken advantage of due to my lack of knowledge of the judicial system. After that hearing I decided to find the most capable, aggressive and motivated firm that would stand beside me to help ensure the safety of my children. 1 year later after hiring Michaela Curran and her superior law firm Im happy to say I have 100% custody of my children at this time. The Curran Law firm is has consistently and diligently represented my family throughout this difficult custody matter. They have answered questions I have had after business hours and handled all aspects of the case flawlessly. When you need a firm that will fight on your behalf despite the challenges you may be experiencing, I can insure you that Michaela Curran, Ashley, Kelli and Adam will do everything in there limitless abilities to win on your behalf.
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Posted by Deborah | May 2, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
5 star amazing excellent
I don’t even know where to begin. I will start off by saying that I am eternally grateful for the Curran Law Firm and what they have done for my family. Kelli Blackburn and Ashley Dudley took on this case as if it were their own. During a very difficult time for our family, they came in with experience, knowledge, and confidence. They guided us every step of the way and were quick to respond to every text, call, and email. They took their time to review every little detail to ensure that they would win this case and reunite our family back together. They were calm, warm, and friendly outside of the courtroom with the utmost patience for our family and all of our questions and concerns during this difficult time. But during the trial, they were fierce, confident, and ran the courtroom as if it were a one man show, leaving the judge to see the petitioners false accusations and discredit him and his testimony all together. Kelli and Ashley are a power team and well oiled machine. They know exactly what they are doing. What started out as a professional relationship turned into a life long friendship and knowing these girls will forever be on our family’s side for the remainder of what we may walk through, is the most comforting feeling to have. If you aren’t using the Curran Law Firm you’re doing it wrong. Do yourself a favor and use these bad ass b****es for any roadblock you may run into in life. I can’t thank you ladies enough for all you have done for my family.
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Posted by Natalie | April 25, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
The Single Best Investment You Can Make For Your Family
We had the honor of being represented by the Curran team, specifically Kelli Blackburn & Ashley Dudley on an extremely sensitive and personal family court case. They were unfathomably knowledgeable, capable and professional in representing us- offering clear direction and support while aiding us in understanding every step in the process. They eloquently held us through one of the heaviest seasons in our lives and did so while making us feel protected, educated and heard. No call went unanswered. No stone went unturned. They don’t waste time or over bill. They are both fierce and kind while making their clients feel like their sole priority and every case, their personal mission. No one plans to find themselves in family court or in the wreckage that can lead to it - but I can confidently say that entrusting them to represent you is the single best thing you can do to protect your family.
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Posted by kenneth | December 11, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Thorough and great council
I engaged Michaela 2 years ago for a successful mediation and then again most recently for ongoing divorce issues. Her team are great advocates for me and provide unfiltered council, suggesting next steps when needed, or no steps at all. Thank you for your continued advice.
Posted by Caroline Morales | October 2, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
I wanted to share my first courtroom experience with Michaela Curran and The Curran Law Firm staff. Before hiring Michaela, my previous experience was losing just about every court hearing. There were extensions after extensions and five years later I was in the same spot from when I started. It was costly, emotionally draining and an overall horrible experience. During my initial consultation, Michaela analyzed my case and prepared me for a tough road ahead. It was going to be a tough fight, but she ensured me that she is a winner and knew how to win my case. I took my chances and I am so glad I did! Michaela WON my five-year court battle in her FIRST court hearing. Believe me when I say she was not dealing with an easy case! During the preparation of my case, she developed a professional relationship, encouraged teamwork, and trust. Her advice was realistic, honest, and her strategies were brilliant. Kelli Blackburn, an attorney, diligently worked side-by-side with Michaela Curran during my case. Kelli is an essential part of the team. She is smart, fast, focused, and knows the law. I was impressed with Kelli's ability to pull all of my paperwork together. She was extremely organized, professional and didn't miss a beat. Her actions gave me the confidence that we were well prepared for my case. Thank you! Michaela Curran saved my family, fixed my previous courtroom mess, and gave me hope again. Michaela has earned a 5-star recommendation from my family. I am VERY THANKFUL for what she​ and her staff have done. Michaela Curran, Kelli Blackburn, and The Curran Law staff exceeded my expectations. If you are looking for a no non-sense, skilled family lawyer with excellent courtroom litigation experience, Michaela Curran is your LAWYER!!
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Posted by anonymous | June 17, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Michaela and her team are absolutely fantastic! I never thought in my life that I would ever be in any type of legal matters, but unexpected things happened in my life and I needed to find a criminal defense lawyer. She helped me win my first case victoriously! Michaela and her team are so attention to detail and care so much for your well-being, that at least you know you will be able to breath when you hire her! Life happened again and without hesitation I hired Michaela. The second time around we ended with even better results than expected. I could not be happier finding Michaela and her team and I know you will feel the same way!
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Posted by Hemin | July 20, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
The best lawyer In the whole entire world
First and foremost if you are reading this you are already headed in the right direction I made the mistake of going cheap and you know what they say "go big or go home". So with that said Miss. Curran and her staff at Curran law firm are heavy hitters. Nobody wants to end up in a legal matter but if you do please trust me when I say you are in the best hands possible. I have nothing but rep act for my attorney and her staff know lagal reliable and strong communication was never an issue and everything was handled in a professional manner no sugar coating I truly felt like I had a team backing me in the courtroom and I am not lying when I say Michaella straight shark in the court room she gets her point across go with her no regrets. Thank you God bless you Curran office.
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Posted by Anthony | May 8, 2015
The only attorney I will ever hire
Michaela curran is by far the best attorney I have ever known. Her dedication and compassion to better a families life is unheard of. She handles every case and situation like she was defending her own blood. When you have a question, concern or worry about your case she effortlessly puts your mind at ease. I am currently in the middle of custody and child support case and Michaela has stuck by my side for 9 years and counting. She is ready for anything and willing to take on everything with full confidence that she will win and do right by her clients. I wouldn't recommend any other attorney besides Michaela. Nobody could come close to what she stands for. Will keep everyone updated of the outcome. Which I know will be good.
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Posted by Donna | September 21, 2014
Best Ever
Michaela Curran is an excellent advocate. She is extremely professional and accomplished. She wowed us with her expert knowledge of complex legal matters, & she was top notch at every court appearance- she always worked for our best interests. Recommend her highly. Donna W. Irvine, California
Posted by Sergio G. | July 29, 2014
great lawyer
I was very happy to have Michaela C. by my side she is a skillful lawyer and really seemed to care about me and what I was going through. she made me feel comfortable even thought my case was difficult thanks to her now i have 50% custody I would recomend her to anyone.
Posted by BGP | April 29, 2012
One of the Best and above Reproach!
I have used Michaela on more than one instance over the past years. Each time, her knowledge, skills and abilities surpass my high standards and expectations to accomplish what I need to accomplish. Her tenacity, commitment and integrity are second to none and above reproach. She sets the bar for which other law practitioners should strive to attain in not only client satisfaction but of knowledge of and practice of law in California. I can and will without hesitation recommend Michaela for true representation that gets the desired results and she will, exceed expectations, every time.
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Posted by Alissa K. | November 14, 2011
When I saw the legal charges, I was terrified. I got the lawyer's name from a friend. She went to work to help and defend me, and put me at ease. She won the hearings, and got the charges dismissed. She is super effective.
Posted by anonymous | June 9, 2011
Best Lawyer in San Diego
Michaela has worked with me on many issues and has even gone to court on my behalf with the best of results. She goes above and beyond and would not use any body else!
Posted by Tom | May 6, 2011
Represented us at trial in a serious matter. Was no nonsense, straightforward, kept us informed and gave us options along the way. Kicked the other side all over the courtroom at trial.
Posted by Daniel | August 11, 2010
She won our extreme high conflict custody case. We had two lawyers before her, neither of them were effective. Everyone kept telling us to give up. Ms. Curran was determined to help us, and kept working on our behalf until we won. She always kept us informed, and she was patient, even during times of great stress, Recommend her highly.
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Posted by Kim | August 19, 2009
I Definitely Recommend This Lawyer
Ms. Curran represented us and did a terrific job. She explained the complex legal process in simple terms, was patient with us, returned our calls and emails, kept us informed, worked quickly and ethically, basically was great.
Posted by anonymous | February 15, 2009
Excellent Lawyer
Handled a complex criminal matter. Was professional, courteous, quick to respond and carefully answered all of my questions.
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Work Experience

  • Founder
  • The Curran Law Firm APC
  • 1988 - Present


  • University of San Diego School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1987
  • Univ of California Santa Barbara
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1982


  • San Diego Society for Human Resource Management
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • 1988 - Present
  • San Diego Consumer Attorneys
  • Member
  • 1988 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2018
  • Top Lawyer
  • Lawyers of Distinction
  • 2018
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Preeminent 5.0 out of 5
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
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Given (4)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly recommend Michaela. She is an experienced lawyer that you want on your side!"
Family Attorney | May 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer 100%. Attorney Michaela Curran is a first rate lawyer. She is dedicated to her clients' interests, hardworking, and goal-oriented. In addition, Michaela Curran is an admirable person, with high ethical standards. In her law practice, Ms. Curran consistently demonstrates keen and perceptive insights into human behavior and motivation. She is a lawyer that I would always want on my side. She is also a great humanitarian. I admire Ms. Curran as an attorney and as an individual. Overall, she is both a great lawyer and a fantastic person."
Family Attorney | Mar 19
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Michaela is a very knowledgeable and experienced attorney!"
Family Attorney | Jan 17
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse Ms. Curran as an attorney who always puts her clients first, and everything else follows behind. She is professional and polished in court, and in the office. She has earned the respect of both bench and bar with a reputation as a formidable adversary who always brings 110% for every phase of litigation. She is fair but has an unlimited supply of tenacity and grit. I have found Ms. Curran highly knowledgeable and she is one of the friendliest people who you will ever meet (eg outside of the courtroom)."
Family Attorney | Jan 16
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Ms. Curran is a true advocate for her clients. She is very influential, genuinely cares about her clients, and I'd trust her to handle any matters involving criminal, family or civil litigation. She has high ethical standards, and her work effort, passion for the law, and experience are unparalleled in the legal community."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jan 15
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Ms. Curran is a professional in all aspects of her practice. She is a client centric attorney, and she always provides the best possible outcome in each and every case."
Family Attorney | Jan 15
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Oct 27
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"We have referred several clients to Michaela for various family law issues and they have all been extremely pleased with her level of service."
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La Jolla Family Lawyer Michaela Cathleen Curran
Michaela Cathleen Curran
Family Attorney
La Jolla, CA
Licensed for 35 years