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Michael Angelo Fiumara

Criminal defense Attorney at Santa Rosa, CA

4.7   30 reviews
  • Licensed for 31 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1992
    Active No misconduct found

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About Michael

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Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    Don’t bargain with your freedom! “The right attorney makes all the difference” between your freedom and incarceration! We make every effort to find our clients the most appropriate and sensible jail alternatives to avoid the harsh consequences of incarceration!

  2. DUI and DWI
    We use every cutting edge legal defense to get you on the road quickly and we do everything in our power to keep you out of jail! One mistake should not forever change your life!

  3. Personal injury
    We work on a contingency fee basis, which means you don't pay until we win! Call now for a free and confidential consultation and case evaluation! Our results speak for themselves! Recognized as one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers.

  4. Land use and zoning

  5. Family

My name is Michael A. Fiumara and I am a Santa Rosa Attorney specializing in Criminal Defense, Personal Injury, Education Law and Land Use. 


I have over 2 decades of legal experience handling cases throughout Sonoma and Marin Counties and the entire North Bay. 


I have 2 conveniently located offices in Santa Rosa and San Rafael. 


I was recently inducted into the National Trial Lawyers Association as a Top 100 Trial Lawyer in America. 


I have developed a reputation for providing skilled and compassionate representation that is dedicated to our clients well-being.  


I strive on giving each of my clients the personal and individual attention that they deserve. 


You are not another number at our firm. We treat every client like a member of our family and never rest on our laurels to get our clients the results they deserve. 


We fight tooth and nail and never give up until obtaining the best outcome for our clients. 


My firm defends its clients aggressively, supports them compassionately and focuses on quality of service with the experience needed to guide them through the complex legal maze. 


Call me today for a free case evaluation and we will come up with a cost effective plan to achieving a positive outcome on your case. 





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Fiumara & Milligan Law, PC
182 Farmers Lane.
Suite. 100A
Santa Rosa, CA, 95405
Fiumara & Milligan Law, PC
4040 Civic Center Drive
San Rafael, CA, 94903
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Posted by Andrea Hunolt | May 21, 2021
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Outstanding Service and Results!
As a lawyer and an attorney who works with a high number of attorneys, I can confidently say this law firm provides outstanding results and exceptional service. I researched carefully when choosing them, and I am a highly discerning researcher of law firms. The service and results the firm obtained far exceeded my expectations on all fronts. I hold them in the highest esteem and will recommend them every chance I get to my closest friends, family and colleagues. Five stars in all categories!
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Posted by Isabel | March 22, 2020
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The light at the end of the tunnel
When my 15 year old teenager was recommended for expulsion, I felt devastated. This has been, without a doubt, one of the most stressful times of my life. Fortunately, one of my friends recommended me Michael Fiumara and Milligan Law Firm. From the first moment, I felt reassured and I was able to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Michael was incredible; he really put my child’s interests first. It wasn’t about winning or losing, it was about what was the best outcome for my child. He also empowered me to be a pro-active parent and to exercise my rights. The school had violated many of my child’s right and I only learned that after Michael illuminated me. In every meeting, Michael was professional, efficient and dedicated. He answered all my questions and fought hard for my child. I am happy to say that my child is back to school, getting evaluated to receive the services needed.
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Posted by Denise | November 14, 2018
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Michael Fiumara
As an attorney myself I enjoyed working with Michael. I liked his style and he ultimately got me the results I was looking for. I would absolutely use him again.
Posted by Katherine | March 14, 2018
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Excellent Legal Services!
Michael Fiumara recently helped me with a sticky legal situation involving a family member's arrest in Marin County. As an attorney myself, I was impressed with both his legal knowledge and his in-depth understanding of the local court system. I felt he had the personal contacts to provide me practical assistance. He was attentive, reassuring and professional. And he delivered! I highly recommend Mr. Fiumara.
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Posted by anonymous | July 6, 2017
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land use
Michael Fiumara stands for honesty, truth, justice and the rights of his clients. He will regardless of financial stature, race or position you can count on him being there for you.
Posted by Brendon Gray | November 15, 2016
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Best service in town
I was pulled over by the police by speeding and they found Adderall without prescription in my car. Looking for a lawyer in the city was difficult because every office took around 5 days to answer me. Michael was different, he got back to me at the same day and was available to meet at 10 PM, my court appointment was early in the morning the next day. The court wanted me to serve 10 days in jail, pay a $1000 fee and go to innumerous narcotic classes, plus volunteer work hours. Michael was smart, his strategy was to reduce it little by little. Of course, if he tried to ask a lot they wouldn`t accept. So, at the first moment he took out my days in jail, reduced the fine and all the volunteer, course and class hours. Then, after that, he prepared a letter with all my background and a really solid argumentation to show the district attorney. He showed her, than they had a long conversation about my situation and at the end he got just incredible outcomes: the deferred my drug charge, and it means it looks like it have never happened and nobody will know about that (clean records) and I`ll have just the speeding charges. Also, the fine was supposed to be around $700 and he reduced it to the minimum of 237. If it wasn`t enough, he negotiated for me to take traffic lessons online, so I don`t have more points on my driver record. Just unbelievable! Thank you so much Michael! I would recommend his services for anyone. Clearly he loves what he do and it makes the whole difference!
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Posted by David | February 11, 2016
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The Best in Sonoma County!
Mr. Fiumara and his Law Firm has produced a great result for my son. He was facing a very difficult situation, and He and his associate, Justin, worked hard and saved my son from receiving harsh consequences. We as a family, are forever greatful to this law firm and will refer them to ANYONE who could use thier EXPERTISE. This law firm is truly a Godsend for us, and will be for anyone that hires them. I cant imagine getting the unbelievable results that my son received with any other firm. Plus, the amount of care and compassion that this firm exudes is incomparable. They can not be matched. Thank you so much Michael and Justin!! - D. Lal
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Posted by Rachel | August 31, 2015
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Excellent Educational law services
My son was greatly wronged by his school administration. After much research I found Michael Fiumara. He immediately made me feel understood and justified in wanting to clear my sons record. I knew immediately that I had found the right lawyer. He was caring, knowledgeable, prompt, professional and generous with his time. He won our case long before I was expecting and really changed my sons outlook on life and future! I highly recommend his services!
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Response from Michael Fiumara September 18, 2015
This is true. The CA Education Code is not always so clear and easy to understand for parents. However, with a lot of push and SHOVE it could be made to work for the pupils' benefit and not for just the Administrators convenience. I find that advocating for young people who have their entire futures at stake gives me the greatest job satisfaction as a practicing attorney. Rachel, I was so pleased to make a difference in your son's life. Now he needs to focus and apply his skills and intelligence toward getting into a great University. I wish him well in the future and you are a great parent. Thank you.
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Posted by anonymous | June 29, 2015
Educational Law Legal Services
Mr.Fiumara, his Law Firm and team are phenomenal!!! My son and I found ourselves in a discriminatory school-related matter and after speaking to a few Law Firms, the knowledge and genuine care Mr.Fiumara and his team showed was more than anyone could ask for. Mr.Fiumara and his team have been professional, diligent, prompt, compassion and results oriented. You are not just a client, you are part of their family and they care for your concerns with the same passion as you and because of their strong ethics, genuine care and dedication, you get results. I couldn’t be happier or trust any other law firm and HIGHLY recommend Mr.Fiumara and his team to anyone!!! Their professionalism, legal expertise and results-driven tactics will provide you with the support and results you’re looking for.
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Posted by Derek | June 19, 2015
Justin did a good job for me.
Justin Milligan (one of the lawyers at Fiumara's firm) did a good job for me. I got a discount both times I required legal help. Justin was there on time for every court date. He got me a fair deal for my two DUI's.
Posted by Daniel | May 19, 2015
Mr. Daniel Bucio
I am highly recommending the office of Mr. Michael Fiumara for his professional, caring, and competent work. His Law Firm made me feel protected, and welcome. Mr. Fiumara took care of my legal case immediately, and obtained great result. Visit or call Michael Fiumara for a free consultation.
Posted by Lennete | May 5, 2015
Positive, Quick Results
Mr. Fiumara and his Law Firm have produced a great result for me regarding a school related matter with my son. We are very happy with the Law Firm’s legal services constant communication, attention to detail and quick result achieved. Mr. Fiumara and his law firm have great integrity and showed great compassion for our situation. Mr. Fiumara is very passionate about what he does and truly cared about getting a positive outcome for our son. If you are ever in need of legal services, I highly recommend Mr. Fiumara and his law firm and will definitely refer family and/or friends.
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Posted by Christy | February 17, 2015
Honest Caring Law Firm Marin & Sonoma Counties
Michael and Justin ,they are not only thoughtful, i feel like they really care about their clients needs, they have the skills, and professionalism and a smile when needed . Both attorneys of the Fiumara Law Firm, were there to answer my questions. Attorney Milliken and his incredibly competent staff relieved me of any concerns, made appointments to fit with my work schedule and they worked well , collaborating on my behalf to resolve the challenges. Whatever legal issue you may be facing, contact this firm. You can be assured that they will direct you appropriately and honestly, a plus is they have a lot of bi-lingual staff on hand, treasures of the northbay."A firm that cares"
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Posted by anonymous | February 16, 2015
Excellent Service
Mr. Fiumara and his Law Firm has produced a great result for me, I am happy with the Law Firm’s legal services and the attention to detail, and I appreciate all that Michael did for me and my case. If it wasn’t for Michael I may have never gotten a great result. I commend the Fiumara's law firm's handling of my case and his firm’s ethics, promptness of communication and compassion in the pursuit of justice. I recommend to others who are seeking an attorney to use to their legal services or to refer a friend or family member to them.
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Posted by Gabriel Espinosa | January 26, 2015
Michael's empathy and diligence makes him stand out
Michael represented one of my relatives in a case for a CA vehicle code violation. My relative never having had previous runs ins with the law was extremely frightened at the possibility of having to face a misdemeanor. Fortunately, Michael was able to get her off with an infraction and no record. Micahel was able to do this by diligently looking through the case as to present the best defense and it worked. Many attorneys do not take the time to get to know their clients and develop good relationships with them, which is what makes Michael stand out in the best way. His empathy and passion for social justice always allows him to prevail.
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Posted by Lee | December 27, 2014
Smart, Competent, Responsive, Fearless and Accessible!
As a 37 year Sonoma County resident and former elected official, watching Michael Fiumara, in action, as an attorney, community leader, business owner and friend, I would describe him best with these 5 words: smart, competent, responsive, fearless and accessible! Michael is definitely a "5-Star" Attorney! I would not hesitate to refer him to any of my friends, family or anyone else, should the need arise! Lee P Former Vice Mayor Santa Rosa, CA
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Posted by maggie | December 22, 2014
number 1, A+ attorney
Michael Fiumara is number 1. I used his services multiple times and I got nothing but A+ service from Mrs. Fiumara and his staff. I highly recommend his law firm to everyone. Mrs. Fiumara treated me like a good friend and not a client, he has always, weather in his office or out in the streets, treated me with high respect. If your looking for an attorney theres no reason to keep looking cause Mrs. Fiumara is the man for you and his law firm is the best, stop searching and call Mrs. Fiumara's office now.
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Posted by De'Nee' | December 12, 2014
Michael care beyond measure
I have seen Michael in action and he sees to it that his client's are taken care in all aspects. He is sincere and approaches his cases head on,, never missing even the smallest detail. He communicates on a human level and is a powerhouse of energy when it comes to law and his client's needs. Outside the office Michael is involved in the community, hands on and can be found at many charity events. He is truly a man of action and a dedicated attorney.
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Posted by Susan | December 7, 2014
Michael went to bat for my son.
We hired Michael to represent our juvenile son in a graffiti case. Michael went to bat for him, as he had gotten caught up with the wrong crowd and a clean prior record. With my son's hard work and determination it has totally turned him around. Without Michael's help I belive I could be faced with a totally different set of circumstances. Michael goes out on a limb and considers all the options of what will be best for his clients.
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Posted by tom driggers | November 23, 2014
Always excellent service
I rarely need an attorney but when I have, Michael has been very attentive to detail, hard working and imaginative. One time when other attorneys essentially refused the work, saying I should walk away from the issue, Michael and his team were able to find a solution to the problem with very positive results.
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AVVO RATING 9.5 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Managing Partner
  • Law Offices Of Michael A. Fiumara
  • 1992 - Present
  • Partner
  • Fiumara Law Firm
  • 1992 - 1997


  • Rutgers University School of Law
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1988
  • University Of Pennsylvania
  • Masters Degree
  • 1982

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Felony Police Evading
  • Reduced To Misdemeanor
  • $10,646,446 Wrongful Death Jury Verdict
  • $10,646,446 Wrongful Death Judgment
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  • 2014 - Present
  • California DUI Lawyers Association
  • 2013 - Present
  • California Parenting Institute-Santa Rosa SW Farmers Market
  • Sponsor and Volunteer
  • 2013 - Present
  • Coalition For A Better Sonoma County
  • 2013 - Present
  • Social Advocates For Youth
  • 2013 - Present
  • Kawanis Club Boy Scouts
  • 2013 - Present
  • Iglesia Josue, Church
  • 2012 - Present
  • Consumer Attorneys of California
  • 2012 - Present
  • Hispanic Youth On The Move
  • 2012 - Present
  • Hispanic Chamber Of Commerce
  • 2011 - Present
  • Drug Abuse Alternatives Center
  • 2011 - Present
  • Senior Advocacy Services
  • 2011 - Present
  • Santa Rosa Democratic Club
  • 2010 - Present
  • California Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
  • 2010 - Present
  • Sonoma County Consumer Attorneys
  • Vice President
  • 2009 - Present
  • California Public Defenders Association
  • Member
  • 1992 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • 1992 - Present
  • Criminal Defense Section of the Sonoma County Bar
  • 1992 - Present
  • Sonoma County Bar Association
  • 1992 - Present
  • Marin County Bar Association
  • 1992 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • 1989 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • 10 Best for Client Satisfaction
  • American Institute of DUI/DWI Attorneys
  • 2015
  • National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2014
  • Clients Choice Award
  • Avvo
  • 2014
  • Honoree & Recognized
  • Social Advocates For Youth
  • 2014
  • Diamond Sponsor and Honoree
  • California Parent Institute
  • 2014
  • Recognized
  • Northern California Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Certificate of Appreciation (Donations)
  • Santa Rosa City Schools
  • 2014
  • Lawyer Referral Award
  • Sonoma County Bar Association
  • 2010
  • Volunteer and Award
  • Council On Aging
  • 2008
  • Certificate of Appreciation
  • Sonoma County Bar Association
  • 1997
  • Merit Award
  • American Planning Association (APA)
  • 1989
  • Phyllis Turnball Scholarship
  • Bryn Mawr College
  • 1987
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  • Santa Rosa Press Democrat
  • Sidewalk Dangers
  • 2013

Speaking Engagements

  • Speaking Engagement
  • Local Teamsters Union Hall
  • 2014
  • Santa Rosa Junior College
  • Attorney & Professional Ethics
  • 2014
  • Roseland Prep High School
  • Portfolio Day
  • 2014
  • Speaking Engagement
  • Windsor High School
  • 2013
  • Speaking Engagement
  • Santa Rosa High School
  • 2013
  • Speaking Engagement
  • Immigration Forum
  • 2013
  • Santa Rosa Middle School
  • After School Tutoring Program
  • 2013
  • Santa Rosa Junior College
  • Professional Ethics and the law
  • 2013
  • Santa Rosa High School
  • Career Day
  • 2013
  • Community Alternative Schools
  • At Risk Kids
  • 2013
  • Speaking Engagement
  • Woman In Law
  • 2012
  • Speaking Engagement
  • Kawana Springs Elementary School
  • 2012
  • Maria Carrillo High School
  • Day of Tolerance Events and Programs
  • 2012
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (5)
Endorse Michael
Education Attorney | Jun 26
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have worked with Michael for many years on a wide variety of matters, including civil litigation,wildfire litigation, education matters, and land use planning. Michael is a fierce advocate and an empathetic lawyer. I highly recommend him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 31
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have had many interactions as a lawyer with Michael Fiumara, all of them have been uplifting as he is a champion of the underdog, the underserved and disadvantaged. Especially those who have a passionate case and no one to listen to them. When Michael Fiumara takes a case he makes a commitment to fight. He is a Heavyweight Boxer, not to be messed with in Court, as he has stamina and is relentless, and doggedly persistent in fighting for JUSTICE..."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 31
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Mr. Fiumara for approximately 18 years. We have worked together on numerous complex legal matters over the years, including restraining order cases involving both family law and criminal components, divorce and other family law matters involving child custody and financial issues, contested guardianship cases, and personal injury cases. Mr. Fiumara is responsive to his clients' needs, conscientious, detail oriented, aggressive when necessary, creative in his approach to resolving legal problems, and is willing to go the extra mile for his clients. He also has a strong team of attorneys and legal assistants in his office who offer the same level of service. Jackie L. Martens, Esq."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Michael Fiumara is a vigorous and conscientious advocate for his clients, both in the defense of criminal charges and pursuing their civil remedies. He is knowledgeable, personable, and has an excellent courtroom demeanor."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 23
Relationship: Other
"I have worked for Michael since April of 2014 and I am amazed at how much he cares for our clients and how much energy he has to make sure our client's interests are not only met, but exceeded! I also consider him a genius. He has an amazing ability to assess a case and suggests steps I might take to obtain the very best outcome. On top of all that, he has employed a support team that is immaculate and efficient in what we do. I endorse Michael not only for Criminal Defense, but also Personal Injury cases. He has an established record of fighting for and getting the very highest award for our clients who have, unfortunately, met with injury as a result of someone else's negligence. If you want the very best, I suggest you call us. Michael is the best!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 14
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have had the pleasure of knowing Michael for many years and seeing first hand the level of commitment he has to his clients. It is not at all uncommon for Michael to put a client's needs ahead of his own. He is involved in his community and advocates for many who are unable to advocate for themselves."
Land use and zoning Attorney | Nov 13
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Michael is a zealous and effective advocate for his clients."
Unknown Attorney | Nov 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Michael always shows up when you need him and works hard when he arrives."
Unknown Attorney | Nov 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
General practice Attorney | Nov 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Michael has been a staple in the community for many years. He is deeply involved in many of the issues important to North Bay citizens. When there is a community event, you're sure to find Michael and his excellent staff."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Michael is an experienced attorney with a pulse on the community and the justice system. You cannot go wrong hiring him as your defense counsel."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Oct 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He is asset to the legal community and fierce advocate for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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Santa Rosa Criminal defense Lawyer Michael Angelo Fiumara
Michael Angelo Fiumara
Criminal defense Attorney
Santa Rosa, CA
Licensed for 31 years
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