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Michael Khouri has been practicing law in Orange County for over 30 years.
He is considered an expert in professional licensing defense and the defense of Medi-Care/Medi-Cal audits, and has tried in excess of 100 cases. An expert in representing health care providers, Michael has proven his abilities with a number of cases and has spoken at multiple events. He is recognized throughout California and the Country for his integrity and firm resolve to help his clients get the best possible resolution to their licensing or criminal matters.

Mr. Khouri started his career as a Deputy District Attorney in Orange County.
He routinely practiced before the trial and appellate courts when he was a prosecutor and focused his practice on the legality of police conduct in major narcotics investigations. In this regard, Mr. Khouri argued the case of People v. Bravo (1987) 43 Cal.3d 600 before the California Supreme Court and represented the state wide association of prosecutors. The Bravo case established a new standard for the search of repeat narcotic offenders.

Once in private practice, Mr. Khouri began to develop a specialty representing health care providers (ie doctors, dentists, podiatrists, chiropractors, pharmacists, psychologists etc) in criminal cases such as medical billing fraud, narcotics cases and sexual assault on patients, including rape. He has handled these cases across the country and has lectured nationally in front of state wide medical associations. Mr. Khouri is a member of the indigent defense panel in the U.S. District Court-Central District of California and in that capacity acts as a privately contracted federal public defender. He recently was lead counsel on the Mexican Mafia organized crime case and has represented other major defendants in large drug conspiracy cases, alien smuggling cases, bank robberies and more. Mr. Khouri is AV rated by Martindalle-Hubbell. 


Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 50%
  2. Administrative Law: 30%
  3. Health Care: 20%



Retainer (always)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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    I endorse this lawyer. I have know Mike for over 20 years. He is an elite criminal attorney with uncountable criminal jury trials. Do not think twice about hiring another criminal attorney.


    Edward Kerns Family Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

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    I have worked with Mike Khouri on a number of cases over the past 15 years. He is certainly one of the best in this field, and is both knowledgeable and responsive.


    Roger Calton Administrative law Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Law Offices of Michael J. Khouri

4040 Barranca Pkwy.
Suite 280
Irvine, CA, 92604-4782


TXEligible To Practice In Texas 201007/16/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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2015 Judicial AwardMartindale-Hubbell2015
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2015
Southern California Best LawyersLos Angeles Times2014
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Southern California Best LawyersLos Angeles Times2013
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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerKhouri Law Firm2009 - Present
PartnerBuckner, Khouri, Chavos & Mirkovich2001 - 2009
Association namePosition nameDuration
Orange County Bar AssociationMember2014 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
People v. Bravo 43 Cal.3d 600Win in California Supreme Court
United States v. ChapmanCharges Dismissed
United States v KasamatsuCharges Dismissed
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Loyola Law School, Loyola Marymount UniversityLawJD - Juris Doctor1981
Loyola Marymount UniversityHistoryBA - Bachelor of Arts1978
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Chiropratic CEIssues In Healthcare Billing2014
Tri State Podiatry ConferenceDefending Medicare Fraud Cases1999
Ohio Podiatric ConferenceDefending Medicare Fraud Cases1999
Michigan Podiatric ConferenceDefending Medicare Fraud Cases1999