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  1. Criminal Defense: 65%
  2. Family: 25%
  3. Business: 10%

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    Mike was consistently one of the toughest opponents I faced when he was in the DA's Office. He knows criminal law inside and out and he is as competitive as they come. That combination is what people should look for when seeking out a criminal defense attorney and now that he is branching out into other areas of law, I have no doubt that his skills will translate to those arenas as well.


    George Mavris General practice Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Marc Pelta

    Anyone who hires Mr. Riese knows that they have the best trial attorney in Del Norte County, as well as in the entire North Coast. When I started working for Mr. Riese I thought I was sufficiently trained in the United States Attorney's Office, the Queens County (NY) District Attorney's Office, and in the Los Angeles DA's Office. Little did I know Mr. Riese would show me what it was to be a trial lawyer. He taught me to take the tough cases to trial and to scrupulously respect the rights of the accused among other things. He is a leader. Juries like him very much for a good reason. Judges respect his opinions and tend to agree with his arguments, which is why he has such an astounding record in the courtroom. Mr. Riese made me into the attorney I am today by adhering to the highest standards in the practice of law. Speaking for some of my acquaintances who served in the Del Norte DA's Office, we all owe him that same great debt of gratitude.


    Marc Pelta Criminal defense Attorney
    Relationship: Worked for lawyer

Contact info

Del Norte Law

1079 4th St
Crescent City, CA, 95531


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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerDEL NORTE LAW FIRM2012 - Present
Chief Deputy, DADel Norte County District Attorney's Office1996 - 2000
Deputy District AttorneyHumboldt County District Attorney1991 - 1996
Law ClerkHumboldt County District Attorney's Office1988 - 1991
Association namePosition nameDuration
rural human servicesBoard of Directors1994 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
people v wigleylife conviction plus 10 years
people v wigleylife conviction plus 10 years
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Gonzaga University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1991
California State University, Humboldt State UniversityN/ABS - Bachelor of Science1988
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
2007search and seizure2007
post academycriminal law2006
casa trainingcasa court appointed special advocates2005
CLE for College of RedwoodsCon. Law/ 4th Amendment, Search and Seizure2004
A&E networkdna cold case rape /torture/ murder case2003