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Michael John Harrington

About me

      An understanding lawyer with compassion. Listens to his clients concerns and develops a plan to best meet them.  


    Early in my career I practiced criminal, juvenile delinquency and juvenile dependency law. This background still helps today.


    My practice focuses on typical family needs. Family law, child custody, consumer bankruptcy, and elder care. 


    Child Custody- successfully defended against "no contact" petition where allegations against parent included mental health issues.

    Child Custody/sexual abuse - obtained "no contact" against father and full custody to mother

   Domestic Violence- successfully defended against felony domestic violence charges (dismissed)

    Juvenile Court - successfully prevented child from entering foster care by establishing paternity and winning custody for previously unknown biological father  

   Juvenile Court - Successfully petitioned court for return of child from foster care to parents amid foster care abuse allegation


    Mediation  - Completed four day intensive training in mediation , Certificate from "The Center for Understanding Conflict" 




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Practice areas


  1. Family: 20%
    25 years, 500 cases
  2. Child Custody: 20%
    25 years, 300 cases
  3. Divorce: 20%
    1 year, 250 cases
  4. Domestic Violence: 10%
    500 cases
  5. Other: 30%
  6. More 



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Contact info

74710 Hwy 111
Suite 102
Palm Desert, CA, 92260


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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top LawyersPalm Springs Life Magazine2013
Certificate of AppreciationInland Counties Legal Services2013
Top LawyersPalm SpringsLife Magazine2012
Top LawyersPalm Springs Life Top Lawyers 2011 edition2011
Certificate of AppreciationRiverside County Court, Judge Sharon Waters2006
Certificate of Appreciation (Guardianship Program)Riverside County Courts2004
Certificate of AppreciationNeighborhood Legal Services1990
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Co Chair (past)National Lawyers Guild2014 - 2014
Board MemberRiverside County Mental Health Bd2013 - 2014
MediatorRiverside Co. Court Mediation Panel2012 - 2014
Guardianship Assitance AttorneyPublic Service Law Corporation2005 - 2007
Staff AttorneyLake Tahoe Womens Shelter1995 - 1995
Alternate Public DefenderCounty of Alpine1994 - 1995
Association namePosition nameDuration
Riverside County Mental Health Bd.Member2013 - 2014
National Lawyers Guild (Los Angeles chapter)Legal Observer Program2011 - 2014
Natl Assoc Consumer Bankruptcy LawyersN/A2007 - 2008
Desert Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
------ vs [school bus co. ]Confidential
Guardianship of _______Pro Bono protection of parental rights for mental health patient
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Publication nameTitleDate
State Party Platform (D) /proposed Labor LegislationHuman Trafficking2014
Desert SunSchool Bus Safety ____vs __--(school distrcit, --bus co,)1999
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of La Verne College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1991
University of California - Santa BarbaraBusiness-EconomicsBA - Bachelor of Arts1981
University of Southern California Law SchoolEconomicsN/AN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Coachella Valley Assoc of GovtsHuman Trafficking2015
San Francisco Coalition Against Human TraffickingPresenter- Vulnerable Populations2014
HousingLandlord -Tenant Law2014
Indio Teen CenterHuman Trafficking2013
Radio Show GuestSchool Bus Safety ____vs __--(school distrcit, --bus co,)1999