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Michael Laurence Fell

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Michael L. Fell – Attorney


Michael L. Fell is a dedicated and passionate defense attorney with a strong background in criminal law forged during his tenure as an Orange County Senior Deputy District Attorney. While an Orange County prosecutor for over 18 years, Mr. Fell handled many high profile cases and prosecuted various criminal offenses including, but not limited to: murder, arson, gang cases, sexual offenses, and organized crime. He also served as a Supervising Prosecutor with the Orange County Juvenile Court.


During his time with the OCDA’s Office, Mr. Fell was recognized for his efforts with the prestigious Ambassador of Peace Award from the Violence Prevention Coalition of Orange County in 2003. Mr. Fell has also received accolades and awards from Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), Community Services Program (CSP)/Victim Witness of Orange County and the Constitutional Rights Foundation of Orange County.

After leaving the DA’s Office, Mr. Fell spent two years as the California Senior Trial Counsel for a civil law firm where he negotiated and litigated multi-million dollar civil cases. He left the civil firm in 2009 to open his own practice–Law Office of Michael L. Fell, A Professional Corporation—where he concentrates on representing individuals accused of various criminal offenses. He is now a California Board Certified Criminal Law Specialist.

Thanks to his years working as a top prosecutor with the Orange County DA’s Office, Mr. Fell knows how cases are prosecuted by his former office and he understands the evidence needed to file charges against those being accused or arrested. Many times, he is able to speak to DAs while they are reviewing the police reports written by the arresting officer and avoid charges being filed.

Mr. Fell is well known as a passionate proponent of “creative sentencing.” Because he feels that jail is seldom the appropriate punishment for his clients, he is very proactive in negotiating with DAs in resolving his clients’ cases for dispositions other than incarceration whenever possible.

Mr. Fell has been publicly noted for his exceptional criminal defense representation in a variety of ways: He has been selected by OC Metro Magazine for the last three years as one of Orange County’s “Top Attorneys” in criminal defense and has been recognized as a “Superb Rated Attorney” with a 10.0/10.0 rating by, a national attorney evaluation and information website.


Languages spoken: Farsi, English, Spanish

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Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 50%
  2. DUI & DWI: 30%
  3. Juvenile: 15%
  4. Consumer Protection: 5%



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Attorney endorsements

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  • Jana Santiago

    Michael is highly regarded in the legal field as being exceptionally knowledgeable, experienced and an ethical criminal defense lawyer. Aside from his many accolades, Michael truly stands above most attorneys based on the amount of care and work he exerts on every case he handles. He takes his time with every person he comes in contact with, and fights compassionately and respectfully for their best interest. He is able to develop some of the best negotiations with his vast knowledge of the legal system, creativity and integrity. If you need someone to be there every step of the way and represent your criminal case, call Mike!


    Jana Santiago Criminal defense Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

  • Dan Tudor Danet

    Michael Fell is the real deal - a compassionate, committed, and brilliant attorney. Great listener and truly treats his clients like family. Anyone in need of legal representation would be fortunate to have Attorney Fell in their corner.


    Dan Danet Criminal defense Attorney
    Relationship: Worked for lawyer

Contact info

Law Office of Michael L. Fell

900 Roosevelt
Irvine, CA, 92620


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Voted one of the Top Criminal Defense Attorneys in Orange CountyOC Metro Magazine2014
Top 100 Trial LawyersThe National Trial Lawyers2014
Top 100 Criminal Defense AttorneysThe American Society of Legal Advocates2014
Voted one of top criminal defense attorneys in Orange CountyOC Metro Magazine2013
Voted one of top criminal defense attorneys in Orange CountyOC Metro Magazines2012
Voted one of top criminal defense attorneys in Orange CountyOC Metro Magazine2011
Diligent Prosecutor AwardMothers Against Drunk Driving2006
Ambassador of PeaceVictims Rights Coalition of Orange County2003
Certificate of AppreciationCommunity Service Programs/Victim Assistance Programs2002
Outstanding Service awardMothers Against Drunk Driving1996
Outstanding Service AwardMothers Against Drunk Driving1995
Lawyer of the Year - Mock Trial CompetitionConstitutional Rights Foundation of Orange County1995
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Owner/CEOLaw Office of Michael L. Fell, A Professional Corporation2009 - Present
Senior California Trial CounselFeinberg Grant Mayfield Kaneda & Litt LLP2008 - 2009
Senior Deputy District AttorneyOrange County District Attorney's Office1989 - 2008
Association namePosition nameDuration
Association of Orange County Deputy District Attorneys - Civic Action CommitteeBoard Member2007 - 2007
Orange County Attorneys' AssociationBoard Member2006 - 2007
Westminster Police DepartmentChief's Advisory Board Member2003 - 2004
Orange County Department of Education - "Safe From The Start"Committee Member2003 - 2004
Juvenile Justice Education Together (JJET)Program Coordinator2002 - 2004
Orange County Constitutional Rights FoundationPeer Court Advisory Panel2002 - 2004
Juvenile Justice CommissionAdvisory Member2002 - 2004
Children's Services Coordination CommitteeDistrict Attorney Representative2002 - 2004
Steinberg Leadership InstituteChair2001 - 2002
Anti-Defamation LeagueBoard of Directors2001 - 2004
Steinberg Leadership InstituteParticipant2000 - 2001
Orange County Constitutional Rights FoundationPeer Court Advisory Panel1999 - 2000
Orange County Constitutional Rights FoundationBoard of Directors1997 - 2001
Association of Orange County Deputy District Attorneys - Civic Action CommitteeBoard Member1997 - 1998
Orange County Bar AssociationBoard of Directors1997 - 2006
Orange County Fire Authority - Juvenile Fire Setting Offenders ProgramCommittee Advisory Panel1997 - 2004
Orange County Bar Association - Judicial Evaluations CommitteeCommittee Member/Sub-committee Chair1996 - 1997
Orange County Bar AssociationYouth-in-the-Law Day Coordinator1996 - 2000
Association of Orange County Deputy District AttorneysPresident1995 - 1997
California District Attorneys AssociationMember1995 - 2008
Orange County Constitutional Rights FoundationMock Trial Committee Member1995 - 2004
Association of Orange County Deputy District AttorneysTreasurer1994 - 1995
Orange County Inns of Court - Banyard Inn of CourtMember1992 - 1993
Orange County Inns of Court - Legion Lex Inn of CourtMember1991 - 1992
Orange County Constitutional Rights FoundationHigh school coach, attorney scorer, judge1990 - 2005
Association of Orange County Deputy District AttorneysMember1989 - 2008
Loyola Law ReviewEditor1988 - 1989
Loyola Law ReviewStaff Writer1987 - 1988
Publication nameTitleDate
Orange County Lawyer MagazineUnderstanding and Utilizing Marsy's Law2013
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Loyola Law School, Loyola Marymount UniversityLawJD - Juris Doctor1989
University of California - Santa BarbaraPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1986
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Whittier Law SchoolCriminal Justice2012
Saddleback ChurchIncarcerated Loved Ones2012
Dino and Nelson Radio Show 1150 AMMarsy's Law and Criminal Justice2012
State Bar of California Annual ConventionCriminal Restitution2011
San Diego POMC (Parents of Murdered Children)Marsy's Law and The Criminal Justice System2010
Orange County POMC (Parents of Murdered Children)Marsy's Law and The Criminal Justice System2010
Irvine Rotary ClubMarsy's Law and The Criminal Justice System2010
Alliant UniversityMarsy's Law and The Criminal Justice System2010
Law DayFourth Amendment school searches2007
District Attorney TrainingProsecution of Child Pornography2003
The Prosecution of Hate CrimesThe Prosecution of Hate Crimes2002
Remembering 9/11Racial tolerance in light of 9/112002
Remembering 9/11The Impact of 9/11 from the eyes of Orange County's Hate Crime Prosecutor2002
Juvenile Law UpdateProsecution of Juvenile Offenders2000
Criminal Law for the Civil PractitionerCriminal Law and Corporate Responsibility1998
Anti-Defamation League Hate Crime SeminarModerator - Hate Crimes in Orange County1997