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This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority.
This means the attorney temporarily lost his or her license to practice law while the State investigates whether the attorney should be disciplined. The suspension typically expires when the investigation is resolved.
Michael’s comment: “I have been in recovery continuously since these events and am happy to have concluded this discipline favorably, I am open to discussing any of this with my clients. Having this experience has made me a better, and more compassionate, attorney.”
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Verne Adrian & Annabel McGeorge Scholarship||University of the Pacific-McGeorge||2000|
|Verne Adrian & Annabel McGeorge Scholarship||University of the Pacific-McGeorge||1999|
|Attorney||Michael McKneely, Attorney at Law||2009 - Present|
|Attorney||Ciummo & Associates Alternate Defense Office||2009 - 2014|
|Attorney||Ciummo & Associates||2007 - 2009|
|Deputy District Attorney||Fresno District Attorney||2003 - 2007|
|Associate||Trainor Fairbrook (Previously Trainor Robertson)||2001 - 2003|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Federal Bar Association||Member||2015 - Present|
|National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||Member||2015 - Present|
|American Bar Association||Member||2014 - Present|
|California Public Defenders Association||Member||2012 - Present|
|State Bar of California||Member||2001 - Present|
|McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2001|
|Colgate University||Political Science||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1998|
Posted by anonymous
Mike fought for me and did an amazing job, achieving an outcome that I thought was impossible from the beginning of my case. The District Attorney would not budge from a minimum offer of two years in prison. Mike got several charges against me dismissed so that only one remained. He was ultimately able to negotiate a plea of two years of probation. He kept me out of prison!
Communication is key, and Mike always made himself available to speak to by phone or email. Not only was Mike a smart and extremely competent attorney, he really demonstrated that he cared about me and my case.
I cannot express enough gratitude to Mike for all of his hard work. I would recommend him to anyone unfortunate enough to find themselves in trouble. Hire him, and make the most of your second chance.
Everything "Katrina" said about how great Mike is is true from my experience as well.
Posted by Katrina
First, I am a proactive regular rule following member of society, but I also have anxiety. When I got arrested and found out there would be legal action I was an anxious mess. I actively, relentlessly searched for a way to resolve this issue myself. I'm an intelligent person but after weeks of gaining no ground with countless phone calls and research I realized that I could not speak the foreign language that is the law. I began my search for a reputable lawyer that wouldn't break my bank. (Single mom of 2) When I was referred to Mike by a coworker, I immediately made an appointment to meet with him. I hired him that day! He was such a bright spot in all the darkness of the situation. His knowledge and experience was immediately apparent in all the information he gave and resources he suggested. It was a long process for both of us with a lot of postponements and unknowns. We encountered resistance from the arresting agency regarding evidence that he handled with grace. Mike has such a friendly hopeful personality that never once made me wary of the direction my case was headed. With all his hard work and use of all of the resources at his fingertips, he managed to keep my license and get my charge greatly reduced, and even then he pressed on to maximize my benefit! My ticket price was cut in half! All of my anxiety fell away when I hired Mike! Had I continued to try to handle my case alone, it would have been a long year of confusion, penalties, and manipulation that would have ultimately led to the conviction of the arresting charge. I would greatly suggest anyone in similar situations hire Mike. I work in a hospital with countless professionals crossing my path everyday, it's a breath of fresh air to meet a professional in a gruesome workforce that handles his job with such pleasantness. It's always great to encounter someone who is not only great at what they do but are compelled through the crap to keep a smile. Thanks again Mike!
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