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G. Michael Brelje

Litigation Attorney at Santa Barbara, CA

5.0   23 reviews

also known as Mike Brelje

  • Licensed for 14 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2010
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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

About G.

Learn G.’s areas of practice.

I deal with a wide variety of legal issues on a daily basis, which include, but are not limited to, pre-litigation strategy and negotiation, general and complex civil litigation, alternative dispute resolution, discovery preparation and responses, as well as law and motion, trial, and appellate appearances.

I have been involved as Plaintiff's counsel in numerous complex civil litigation matters, many of which have settled prior to trial; and have also been involved as lead counsel or second chair in multiple cases that went to trial and/or were appealed.

Location

Cappello & Noël LLP
831 State Street
Santa Barbara, CA, 93101

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Reviews

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Posted by anonymous | October 20, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best Lawyer in Santa Barbara County Hands Down
Hard working, cunning, detail-oriented and authoritative attorney whose demand letters are the stuff of local legend. Guaranteed to become one of Santa Barbara's SuperAttorneys. Mike defended me against an unscrupulous landlord whose rent I paid on time... but for whom that was not enough. The landlord decided he was entitled to intimacy from me, and the usual dark events occurred. Few Santa Barbara attorneys (most of whom are landlords themselves) respond to this type of situation. I'm glad I retained Mr. Brelje. He stood for me unusually strongly and effectively against this cunning, unscrupulous straw-hatted elderly lecherous landlord and his lawyer, and protected me, and on top of that got me an unexpected and sizable settlement. Mike Brelje is confident, knowledgeable about the law and other subjects, and thorough; he's a smart, bright young advocate and JD star who knows T/LL law in and out, sides with his client, and upholds the law exceptionally fearlessly. In my opinion, the lawyer who represents both T and LL will know the most about how to defend both against either. Mike Brelje exemplifies this thoroughly. A better Santa Barbara lawyer cannot be had; and that might be why Mr. Brelje is almost always booked deep months ahead. Smart clients know he's that good. If your landlord decides he or she is entitled to sleep with you (and make no mistake, Santa Barbara County is filled with this type), don't waste any time with the others. Call Mike Brelje, pay him his retainer, then sit back and watch the fireworks. I don't regret it an instant.
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Posted by Ben and Lela | February 28, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
High Character/Integrity-Based Attorney
If you are in the market for an aggressive, knowledgeable, organized, integrity based real estate attorney, we would highly recommend Attorney G. Michael Brelje. Our previously hired attorneys took our money and took our case nowhere. Attorney Brelje listened to our claim, evaluated the strong merits of our case, and presented us with an honest description of the “legal reality” of our case, before we paid a dime. With much needed integrity based legal analysis, we moved forward, comfortable that we were proceeding with realistic expectations, and not just dumping money into a legal abyss. Attorney Brelje, delivered us a victory at mediation, negotiating a favorable monetary settlement. More importantly, strong strategy/presentation also helped us avoid potential years of mazing through the slow legal process, life on hold, as we would have to pursue our strong and (expensive) winnable case (while legal expenses mount). The attorney, G. Michael Brelje (Mike), and the firm, “Rogers Sheffield & Campbell LLP”, is unbeatable if they take your case. We will not do another real estate transaction without them. Attorney G. Michael Brelje was wise, honest, thorough, professional, accurate and compassionate. His assistance was priceless, worth every penny!
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Posted by Emily | January 9, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Awesome
Michael Brelje is great! He answered all of our questions succinctly, was clearly an expert on the field, and directly because of him we achieved the results we wanted. Definitely recommend!
Posted by Brogan | May 23, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Ready with all the answers
We hired Mr. Brelje to help us negotiate the complexities of city permitting and violation process. His intimate knowledge of the the cities process and the law helped us to manage and resolve our difficult situation with urgency. I enjoyed his professionalism and honesty even when it wasn't what I wanted to hear but what we needed to hear to make the right decisions. I would absolutely recommend Mike.
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Posted by anonymous | March 8, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Contracts Manager
Very professional and thorough. Clearly explained corrective course of action and executed his duties beyond our expectations.
Posted by Beverly | March 6, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
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I hired Michael to help me through a lawsuit during a difficult personal time in my life. Even though I had insurance coverage on my property, I wanted to have personal representation my an attorney to keep in close contact with the insurance company that covered my apartment complex. Michael kept me well informed about the legal procedures and the actions of all parties involved. I am very grateful for his keeping me apprised of each development in this long and arduous process. I highly recommend Michael whenever the opportunity arises.
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Posted by Chris | March 6, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Attentive and Knowledgeable
My company has been working with Mike for the past year and we have been very pleased with his quality of work. We have had a number of important contracts to review with Mike and he is very attentive to our needs. He has always provided sound and knowledgeable service. I would highly recommend him to anyone looking for a solid lawyer.
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Posted by Max | March 5, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great experience
Michael assisted with an LLC creation & grant deed and was fantastic to work with. Personable, accessible, and highly knowledgeable, he brought a comfortable confidence that allowed for a seamless and stress free experience.
Posted by Valerie | March 5, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very knowledgeable and complete
I am a property manager. Emotional Support Animals and the laws surrounding them have always been an issue - there are not specific examples for landlord denials. Mike has helped me with wording in my leases to accommodate some of the issues.
Posted by anonymous | March 5, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent representation!
Despite the fact that I'm located across the country, Mike handled our complex real estate matter like he was right next door. He was always available by phone/email to quickly answer our questions. Would highly recommend!
Posted by Trish | November 14, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Mike Brelje, Excellent Lawyer!
Mike Brelje is a great lawyer! We were experiencing a landlord tenant issue and realized we needed help, so after looking at other great reviews posted for Mike, we decided to give him a call, and subsequently hired him. He has been invaluable to us! He is professional, very knowledgeable, and expert at listening and determining the best course of action to take to protect our interests. I would highly recommend him to anyone!
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Posted by anonymous | June 21, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent attorney!
I consulted with and hired Mr. Brelje to assist me with a dispute I was having with an ex-tenant. Thanks to his expert counsel the dispute was resolved. I was very satisfied with his services. He always promptly returned calls / responded to emails, sometimes responding to emails outside of normal work hours (nights / weekends). He worked with me to keep costs down. A very sharp attorney, with powerful and flawless elocution, I highly recommend him.
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Posted by Kathy | June 24, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Avoiding a potential lawsuit
Mike took my worries away I enjoy being a landlord until the day you deal with the difficult tenant When I knew that time had come I called Mike From past experiences I have learned not to do it myself as I could make the problem much worse navigating between all the legal ramifications The whole ordeal over nine months was not taxing because Mike kept me in the loop and was always aware of time issues What started out as very intimidating ended really well and is now a closed file with a great sigh of relief
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Posted by anonymous | June 22, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Stress Reliever
I found Mike through yelp when I was attempting to break my lease due to reasons outside of my control. My slumlord. Oops sorry I mean landlord decided to intimidate me with made up fines demanding a payout in the 5 digits. I didn't bother arguing with her and contacted Mike. He explained the rights afforded to me by the state of California and supervised communication with my landlord. Suddenly my landlord turned into a sweet lady and I got my entire deposit back. I also got my landlord a replacement tenant and everyone lived happily ever after. Thanks Mike!
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Posted by Erich | June 16, 2015
Communicative and Organized
We had reached out to Mike for an employment issue we were having. He took the job on and he did very thorough research and gave us advice that we could very much feel comfortable relying on. Great guy.
Posted by Celeste | May 14, 2014
Great SB real estate attorney!
Mike has done a great job for me. He is very responsive and thorough. I have used him to handle tenant matters as well as reviewing contracts.
Posted by Clark | May 9, 2014
A lawyer worth having
I hired Mike to handle an estate dispute where the trustee was failing his fiduciary responsibilities. I do not live in the U.S. so everything was done long distance. Mike got a very rapid handle on the entire affair, did an outstanding job, kept up communications, and got what we both though was a decent resolution through strong armed negotiations. When we reached a point that was close to equitable, Mike said, "Look, we can fight for the last bit, but I don't believe it will be cost effective." Instead of running up fees in a legal battle he gave me the best advice he could. I have a lot of respect for Mike and his integrity. Although I hope to not require his services again, if I do, I would take him into any fight. Clark
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Posted by anonymous | May 8, 2014
Brelje is knowledgeable, engaged and a good listener and excellent advisor.
Brelje carefully analyzes and listenens to details. He accurately assessed my situation and provided expert advice and cousel. He has excellent attention to detail.
Posted by David | May 7, 2014
Trusted knowledge and advise
As the owner of two different types of businesses, I feel lucky to have such easy and quick access to a remarkable resource such as Mike. He has helped me tremendously with his legal knowledge and help protecting my interests. I would refer him to anyone in need of legal advise.
Posted by Eddie and Tina | May 7, 2014
Michael Brelje-Outstanding!
Mike Brelje came through when we were stuck in a horrible situation with bad tenants. His advice and help through the process saved us time and in the long run thousands of dollars! We would highly recommend Mike to anyone!! He was the best for us!! Thanks Mike, Eddie and Tina
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 650-650 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Associate Attorney
  • Cappello & Noel, LLP
  • 2022 - Present
  • Senior Attorney
  • Rogers, Sheffield & Campbell, LLP
  • 2018 - 2022
  • Senior Associate
  • Grokenberger & Smith
  • 2010 - 2017
  • Legal Assistant
  • Garrison Law Corporation
  • 2004 - 2009
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Education

  • Santa Barbara College of Law
  • Juris Doctor
  • 2008
  • University of California - Santa Barbara
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2003

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Zissler v. Saville
  • Represented Plaintiff during a Three Week Court Trial, Judgment in favor of Plaintiff
  • Garl v. Justin Vineyards & Winery, LLC
  • Represented Plaintiff during a Three Week Court Trial, SOD in favor of Plaintiff

Associations

  • United States District Court, Eastern District of California (EDCA)
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • United States Supreme Court
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • Santa Barbara County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • United States District Court, Central District of California (CDCA)
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Santa Barbara County Bar Association
  • Board of Directors
  • 2016 - 2017
  • Santa Barbara Barristers
  • President
  • 2012 - 2012
  • American Inns of Court, William L. Gordon Chapter
  • Member
  • 2010 - 2010
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • 2021 Super Lawyers Rising Star Southern California
  • Super Lawyers Magazine a part of Thompson Reuters
  • 2021
  • 2020 Super Lawyers Rising Star Southern California
  • Super Lawyers Magazine a part of Thompson Reuters
  • 2020
  • Client's Choice - Litigation
  • Avvo
  • 2019
  • Top Contributor - Litigation
  • Avvo
  • 2015
  • Client's Choice - Litigation
  • Avvo
  • 2014
  • Richard Abbe Honor’s Moot Court Finalist
  • Santa Barbara College of Law
  • 2007
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Publications

  • Santa Barbara Lawyer
  • Medical Marijuana: Questions and Answers regarding Reasonable Accommodation Requests by Residential Tenants
  • 2017
  • Santa Barbara Rental Property Association: Rental Property News
  • City of Santa Barbara Tenant Displacement Assistance Ordinance
  • 2016
  • Santa Barbara Rental Property Association: Rental Property News
  • Ask an Expert
  • 2016
  • Santa Barbara Lawyer
  • Pre-Judgment Writ of Attachment: A Powerful and Unique Provisional Remedy, If Used Correctly
  • 2016
  • Santa Barbara Rental Property Association: Rental Property News
  • Landlord's Responsibility to Provide Reasonable Accomodations for Companion Animals
  • 2013
  • Santa Barbara Rental Property Association: Rental Property News
  • What Are Fixtures and Does the Landlord or Tenant Own them at the End of a Tenancy?
  • 2012
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Speaking Engagements

  • UCSB Annual Property Owner/Manager Meeting
  • Companion and Comfort Animal Law
  • 2013
  • Santa Barbara Superior Court
  • Attorney Swearing-In Ceremony
  • 2012

Attorney endorsements

Received (10)
Given (14)
Endorse G.
Litigation Attorney | Oct 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mike Brelje demonstrates extensive knowledge and experience in a wide variety of legal matters. His responses on Avvo are remarkably thoughtful, articulate and accurate. It is my pleasure to endorse him."
Landlord or tenant Attorney | Jan 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have worked with Mike on several cases and found that he is extremely intelligent and easy to work with. I rely on him as a resource for the real estate and other litigation matters that I encounter in my practice. I highly recommend Mike."
Litigation Attorney | Jan 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Michael provides great insight with his responses to legal questions on Avvo."
Landlord or tenant Attorney | Apr 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have referred clients to Mike and have gotten to know him serving on a non-profit board together. Mike has integrity and works harder than most lawyers are willing to. These qualities make him a great advocate for his clients."
Lawsuits and disputes Attorney | Jan 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Michael is a highly competent attorney who is a tenacious advocate for his clients. When I refer work his way, I rest assured knowing the referrals are in good hands."
Litigation Attorney | Jan 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mike is an extremely reputable litigator known for his civility and credibility. In addition to his strong advocacy, Mike is a personable guy and has the ability to put his clients at ease and work productively with opposing counsel."
Landlord or tenant Attorney | Jan 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mike is an aggressive, intelligent and tenacious litigator who successfully represents landlords in all types of landlord-tenant disputes."
Landlord or tenant Attorney | Dec 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mike is competent, efficient, dedicated, and straightforward, and I would gladly refer him to anyone seeking advise on any landlord / tenant related issues."
Real estate Attorney | Nov 27
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Mike is not only a great lawyer, but a great person. Mike is smart, caring and a great advocate. Mike ensures that his clients interests are zealously represented. Providing his clients with the ability to make sound reasoned business decisions is second nature. I would not hesitate to work with Mike again in the future."
Real estate Attorney | Nov 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mike Brelje is an intelligent lawyer who fights hard for his clients. He has a wealth of industry know-how and will not rest until he has achieved for his clients the best results possible. You can't go wrong with Mike."
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