No case is too big or too small for Mike. He readily accepts challenges, working with defendants facing a multitude of charges, including sex crimes, drug crimes, federal offenses, fraud, theft, assault, felonies, property crimes, juvenile offenses, traffic offenses, and weapons crimes. He helps clients dealing with substance abuse, mental health problems, and other complicated issues navigate the criminal justice system and works to minimize the future consequences of having been charged with crime.
Mike has valuable experience defending cases on behalf of clients throughout California and in federal courts across the United States. He is particularly passionate about working with the wrongly accused and those who are seeking to change their lives for the better.
He received a bachelor’s degree in political science at Colgate University in Hamilton, New York, and studied law in Sacramento at the University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law. After a few years in civil litigation and property law, Mike became a Deputy District Attorney in Fresno, where he saw the effects of prosecutorial abuse on people who were trying to recover in the face of serious charges. He switched sides to defend clients who need a second chance.
His passion for fighting for those who need support led him to begin his own practice in 2007.
He is a public speaking champion, traveling as far as Cape Town, South Africa to compete in collegiate speech and debate. This experience, as well as the time he served as a juror the week after he took the bar exam, was key to his becoming a trial lawyer. He enjoys a challenge and strives to achieve the best results possible for clients in any situation.
Mike grew up in Fresno in a family of airline and commercial pilots. He continues to enjoy flying as a hobby today. He spends time with his wife Karen, his family, and their four rescue dogs and a cat. He enjoys world traveling, reading, and in his spare time he roots for the Miami Dolphins.
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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|