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Michael John Khouri

Criminal defense Attorney at Irvine, CA

4.6   13 reviews
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  • State Years
    Texas - TX 13 years
    California - CA 43 years
  • Licensed for 13 years
    State TX
    Acquired 2010
    Status
    Eligible to Practice in Texas No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 43 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1981
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Michael

Learn Michael’s areas of practice.

I have practiced law in Orange County for over 40 years and have tried over 100 cases. I started my career as an Orange County Deputy District Attorney where I routinely practiced as a prosecutor before the trial and appellate courts. I focused my practice on the legality of police conduct in major narcotics investigations. I argued the case of People v. Bravo (1987) 43 600 before the California Supreme Court representing the statewide association of prosecutors. The Bravo case established a new standard for the search of repeat narcotics offenders. 

Once in private practice, I began to develop a specialty representing licensed health care providers in criminal cases involving medical billing fraud, narcotics and sexual assault on patients. I have handled these cases across the country and have lectured nationally in front of statewide medical associations. I am particularily expert at professional licensure defense and the defense of Medicare and Medicaid audits.

I am AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell.

 

 

Awards

AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating

Location

Khouri Law Firm, APC

Reviews

4.6 / 5.0
  13 customer reviews
Posted by Keith Forster | February 22, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The Right Attorney!!
From the moment I called Michael, I knew he was the right attorney for the job!! Coming from a Law Enforcement Background. Having over 30 years interaction with lawyers, I can tell quickly when you have a knowledgeable articulate litigant like Michael. Both compassionate and tenacious.
Posted by JASON | August 24, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Tenacious Defender
I have been a business owner for 15 years. In that time, I've dealt with the IRS, Treasury, HUD, FBI and PIS. I retained Michael for the newest government infringement and he has been nothing short of incredible. I've never had an attorney work so hard for me and so quickly. I do not mean he's fast with his work as in he doesn't take his time, I mean he is quick to act and ward off problems before they may begin to exist. In my first 3 days as a client, Attorney Khouri had sent several emails on my behalf, made several demands and had talked with me on the phone a dozen times and kept in constant contact between email and text messages. This kind of attorney is very, very rare. I would recommend Attorney Khouri to family and friends without hesitation.
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Posted by ilya | April 1, 2019
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cutting edge expertise
Michael is a rare attorney you might see in a movie sometimes, but not so much in a real life. Michael is extremely hardworking, smart, professional, quick witted, and fair. He has a great sense of humor and abundance of the personal warmth. His fees are very reasonable for the job he does, and cutting edge expertise he delivers. Michael is one of these rare people who works purely for the love of his trade. Through my lifetime I've been exposed to many attorneys, but only knowing Michael gave me faith in this profession. If you are in a medical field and looking for attorney to represent you against the unyielding forces of the different agencies which rule the Medicine nowadays, Michael is your best man.
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Posted by Neida | March 23, 2019
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Kickback
”As the saying goes “there is always a light at the end of the tunnel”. That’s the best thing I can attribute to my lawyer. He has given me and my family a clearer picture of solutions whenever times of limited options come our way and has always given me more possible options even when it seems impossible. Right now, I am so grateful to him for his support in my defense. What I am going through is something grievously heavy and painful to the heart, but my lawyer opened avenues that gave hope to alleviate the hopelessness and pain to some degree. To this, I thank him from the bottom of my heart! May God bless and protect him always
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Posted by Cheryl | March 23, 2017
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Conspiracy and kickback
Because of my indictment on conspiracy and kick back my former lawyer failed me I contacted Attorney Michael Khouri he was very attentive he came down immediately to address my situation and see what my needs were at this point I can say he was very attentive each time I called him he called me back in a responsible time and manner and he was very concerned about the negligence and the knowledge that the other lawyer had it is apparent that the former lawyer never processed a case like this before I feel very confident that he believed me and I did not feel that the former lawyer believe what I said because he was trying to make deals rather than taking this seriously to court and believing in me I am very confident that the truth will come out somehow and everything will be alright I feel great about attorney khouri and his confidence in me and now I can sleep nights knowing that I have an attorney that really cares
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Posted by Miriam | February 25, 2015
The Best Attorney Ever
I called Mr, Khouri at my biggest despair. He calmed me down the minute I spoke to him on the telephone. The next day he drove from Irvine to North Hollywood to assess my case. Mr.Khouri convinced the court to allow me to work after I went to jail and was convicted of a Felony. Where do you find such a person!. He is calm, knowledgeable and does speak agressivelly to the oppossing lawyers of judges. He kicks ass with kindness!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Posted by anonymous | February 16, 2015
Not leaving anything to chance.
One of Michael Khouri's most impressive attributes is his responsiveness and returned phone calls. I was arrested on a Saturday evening and called him at 10.30 pm and he answered the phone and came to see me on Sunday. The difficulty was that I had a 1275 imposed and Monday was a Holiday with arraignment at a different court than where I was being held. The bail bondsman shared that with the three days allowed by the 1275 that it would be impossible to get out that week and in his 15 years of being in the business he has never seen it happen. Needless to say that was very depressing to hear. Mike showed up to my arraignment on Friday morning and conducted many sidebar conversations with the DA, with the presiding judge the bail bondsman and came back to me and said you will be out of here tonight and that's what took place. Is he responsive - yes or someone from his office will get back to you. He certainly kept me informed and and continues to take the time to explain the different proceedings. There is a journey ahead but I believe I am in the right hands.
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Posted by Nikishna | February 11, 2015
Excellent Cross Examiner
Michael Khouri was very responsive from start to finish of my complicated administrative case. Upon first review, it seemed like it would be a relatively straightforward case. However, the employer proved to be difficult and did not want to admit fault, regardless of witnesses and substantial evidence. His team was able to file all the appropriate responses in a thoughtful and timely manner. Yet, the most important factor in my assessment deals with seeing Mike in action. Mr. Khouri was able to single-handed take on a team of highly-educated professionals and Institutional Council during cross-examination. If you are looking for an attorney that will defend your interests, give Mike a call.
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Posted by John | February 11, 2015
Mike may be the best Medicare Attorney in the Country!
I was being investigated by Medicare for Medicare Fraud and had a tough time finding anyone who knew anything about Medicare Law. I finally found Mike and he showed up at my office, knew exactly what to do and who to talk to. Mike contacted Medicare and I was able to get out of it without any penalties whatsoever. I'm not sure anyone else would have been able to do what Mike did. Thanks Mike!
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Posted by Cheryl | February 9, 2015
Awesome Lawyer
I hired Michael Khouri over 3 years ago to represent me in a Medicaid Fraud case. I found him on the internet and called him up. I was very cautious because I am from Massachusetts and he is from California but he convinced me that he could do the job and would be there for me. He also worked with me on his fee. When we met I liked him instantly and he was so knowledgeable about Healthcare Laws and Regulations. Even though he lives in California, he came every single time I needed him to which was quite a lot, he never sent an associate he always came himself. His professionalism and knowledge were outstanding and the way he interacted with the Attorney General's office was amazing. He was also very straight forward with me and I appreciated that. I was a nervous wreck until I hired Mike Khouri to represent me. I am so grateful to Mike for everything he has done for me I just can't say enough about him. I highly recommend Mike Khouri.
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Posted by anonymous | July 20, 2014
Mike is my Hero
Mr. Michael khouri represented me in a very difficult malpractice lawsiut. He filed several motions and was very thorough, meticulous and worked hard in my case. Most importantlty, he was always available for me and returned all my texts and phone calls right away. He is superb and awesome lawyer to work with. His young assoiciates are very courteous as well. I highly recommend him for all physicians in such cases.
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Posted by anonymous | September 20, 2011
Be careful
I believe he was a good lawyer but he endorsed me to his co- workers during the settlement. I have not spoken to that co-worker prior to the settlement of my case. I was not happy. In my opinion they do not have the full knowledge of my case. I believe that I went to the settlement unprepared and I was not properly coach before the settlement. I could have gotten a better outcome if they fully fought for my right and they look into my evidences at hand. Everytime I go to their office, the time was so short that I have not told them the whole story of my case. I would recommend this lawyers if he will give the 200% of his knowledge and expertise. In my case I believe he did not believe in me and did not research enough for my case. I believe that they believe and relied on the prosecutor or previous attorney that tell negative things about other lawyers and maybe client .For me, that is very hurtful. I believe attorneys should not take cases if they do not believe in their clients or cannot research or give their 200% of their knowledge and trust.
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Posted by anonymous | January 5, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Disappointment
I had a hearing with the state board of nursing. The attorney I hired was a disappointment . He was totally unprepared, he kept asking for time during the hearing to review documents. I was not prepared, because I depended on my hired attorney. The few interactions we had prior to the hearing, he was more interested in if I wired his money, than on the evidence. The irony was is I had another attorney who was much less expensive, but I was not happy with the possible outcome.However Mr Khouri assured me he could do better, so I hired him. What a big mistake!!! After the disaster outcome, I called him about the follow up that the board wanted, he was quite uninterested. Even though the fee was a flat fee, after the hearing, could not get in touch with him. I have never had an attorney that was so blatantly aloof about a client
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Cost

Rates
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.9 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Khouri Law Firm
  • 2009 - Present
  • Partner
  • Buckner, Khouri, Chavos & Mirkovich
  • 2001 - 2009

Education

  • Loyola Law School, Loyola Marymount University
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1981
  • Loyola Marymount University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1978

Sample of Legal Cases

  • United States v Pak
  • Charges Dismissed
  • Simpco v Amazon
  • Citation for contempt dismissed
  • Medical Board v Nigro
  • License Saved
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Associations

  • Orange County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2024
  • 2015 Judicial Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • Southern California Best Lawyers
  • Los Angeles Times
  • 2014
  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
  • Southern California Best Lawyers
  • Los Angeles Times
  • 2013
  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013
  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2012
  • Southern California Best Lawyers
  • Los Angeles Times
  • 2012
  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2011
  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2010
  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2009
  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2008
  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2007
  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2006
  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2005
  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2004
  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2003
  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2002
  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2001
  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2000
  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 1999
  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 1998
  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 1997
  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 1996
  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 1995
  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 1994
  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 1993
  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 1992
  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • N/A
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Speaking Engagements

  • Chiropratic CE
  • Issues In Healthcare Billing
  • 2014
  • Tri State Podiatry Conference
  • Defending Medicare Fraud Cases
  • 1999
  • Ohio Podiatric Conference
  • Defending Medicare Fraud Cases
  • 1999
  • Michigan Podiatric Conference
  • Defending Medicare Fraud Cases
  • 1999
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Attorney endorsements

Received (5)
Given (1)
Endorse Michael
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 09
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I've seen firsthand in many cases the expertise, passion, and persistence that Mike brings in the successful defense of his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 02
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"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."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 26
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"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."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 25
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have worked with Mike on several cases over the years. He is a terrific lawyer who is very knowledgeable about health care fraud and related administrative matters that result when health care professionals are ensnared in the criminal justice system."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I referred a friend of a friend to Mike regarding an unfounded assault complaint and he made sure that no charges were filed. Best possible result for his client."

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Irvine Criminal defense Lawyer Michael John Khouri
Michael John Khouri
Criminal defense Attorney
Irvine, CA
Licensed for 43 years
Virtual consultation available