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Michele Carmeli has been a practicing attorney in Orange County, California for the past 27 and has handled a wide variety of litigation matters. Most recently, she was lead trial counsel in an elder abuse action in which her client received a statement of decision with damages of approximately $3.8 million. For the past five years, Ms. Carmeli’s work has been in trust and estate litigation, where she has favorably tried and settled many trust and estate litigation matters. Previously, Michele did insurance defense litigation handling such matters as catastrophic injuries occurring at construction sites, general business disputes, homeowner association litigation, as well as employment, construction defect, sexual harassment, wrongful eviction, and real estate disputes. Michele also has an extensive background in the appellate field. Since 1986, she has filed approximately 100 civil writs and appellate briefs concerning all manner of civil disputes in Los Angeles and Orange Counties. Between 1991 and 2000, she also drafted approximately 200 appellate briefs regarding Los Angeles County felony criminal matters, including murder and Three Strikes.


Languages spoken: English, Spanish

Practice areas


  1. Trusts: 35%
    10 years
  2. Litigation: 25%
    22 years, 1 thousand cases
  3. Elder Law: 20%
    10 years
  4. Appeals: 10%
    32 years, 300 cases
  5. Probate: 10%
    10 years


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Attorney endorsements

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    Over the past year, I have had the pleasure to get to know Michele as a mentor in the field of trust and estate litigation. She is a smart, confident, highly competent attorney, someone you can rely on to face difficult legal matters with courage and resilience. When you think of how many cases she has handled across different areas of the law, including civil litigation, insurance defense, elder abuse actions, even criminal appeals, you begin to realize that she has an amazing breadth and depth of experience. A very special lawyer -- someone you want to be fighting on your side.


    Cory Jones
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

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    I endorse this lawyer. Michele is an excellent attorney that has been working for 27 years in the Orange County area. She is well respected and has a well known reputation in the community. Her specialties are Trust and Estate Litigation, General and Civil Appeals.


    Ronni Keen
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Serbin & Carmeli, Attorneys at Law

7700 Irvine Center Drive
Suite 800
Irvine, CA, 92618


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2013
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2012
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2012
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerSerbin & Carmeli, Attorneys at Law2011 - 2011
AttorneyDeily Law Firm, APLC2007 - 2011
AttorneyCummings Myer LC, formerly Law Offices of Thomas B. Cummings2000 - 2006
AttorneyLaw Office of Michele Carmeli1991 - 1999
Association namePosition nameDuration
Orange County Trust & Estate SectionCo-Program Chair2012 - Present
State Bar of California, Trusts and Estates SectionSpeaker, Educating Seniors2012 - Present
Orange County Bar Association, Elder Law SectionN/A2012 - Present
Orange County Bar AssociationN/A1985 - Present
Orange County Bar Association, Appellate Law SectionN/AN/A
Orange County Jewish Bar AssociationN/AN/A
OC Senior Fair - "Chicken Soup for The Silver Soul"Co-Chair2012 - 2012
Orange County Trust & Estate SectionTreasurer2008 - 2009
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
In re the Heiskell Family Trust,Co-Trustee removed; co-trustee surcharged, attorney's fees awarded
In re George O. Beck TrustSuccessful settlement resulting in division of trust assets
In re DeWitt Family TrustSettled at fraction of original demand.
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Publication nameTitleDate
Serbin & Carmeli blogIntroduction to California Writ Practice2012
Serbin Carmeli BlogThe Basics on California Unlimited Appeals for the Non-Appellate Attorney2011
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Loyola Law SchoolN/AJD - Juris Doctor1984
University of California - Santa CruzN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1981
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Trial Preparation from Start to Finish for ParalegalsTrial Preparation2012
Educating Seniors, Trusts, Wills and Elder AbuseTrusts,Wills and Elder Abuse2012
"Where There's a Will, There's A Way" Radio ProgramDiscussion re Elder Abuse and Conservatorship Issues2012