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Michael Donald Ross

Criminal defense Attorney at Sacramento, CA

4.6   9 reviews

also known as Michael D. Ross, Mike Ross

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  • State Years
    California - CA 43 years
    Nevada - NV 45 years
  • Licensed for 43 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1981
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 45 years
    State NV
    Acquired 1978
    Suspended No misconduct found

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

About Michael

Learn Michael’s areas of practice.


I believe that good representation in any type of criminal case requires a lawyer with a broad background and experience defending heavy felony cases where the client’s freedom, or even life, has been at stake. From the first case I handled as a San Francisco defense attorney, I realized that communication and cooperation between attorney and client are indispensable in getting the best outcome of the case.


A client’s satisfaction is based on he or she knowing that everything that can be done for the client’s case is being done.  This is the kind of experience that I will bring to your case as your defense lawyer in San Francisco, the Bay Area courts, and the courts of any of the outlying areas of Northern California.


I am a former Deputy Attorney General (Criminal Division) and former Special Prosecutor, and I now represent clients who have been accused of a crime.
I have personally defended over 3,500 criminal cases, including “Three Strikes”, heavy felonies, misdemeanors, and over 1,000 DUI cases.


When you’ve been arrested it can be the beginning of a frightening journey through the criminal justice system.  To get the best outcome of your case, you need an experienced, aggressive criminal attorney as early as possible for your case. I handle each case personally, and promise the best possible defense.

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Mike Ross Law
770 L Street Suite 950
Sacramento, CA, 95814


4.6 / 5.0
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Posted by Rebecca | February 22, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Really cared about my case and did a great job
Mr. Ross was easy to reach, knew what he was doing and got great results. I hired him because of his experience. Anyone who has been a lawyer that long has got to know his stuff. He spent a full hour with me even before I hired him. Once I hired him I felt better immediately knowing I had someone on my side that knew what they were doing. He always answered my calls and he spent a lot of time preparing me for the preliminary hearing on my case. I went into that courtroom with confidence. My case was dismissed. He made my nightmare go away. I couldn't ask for anything better. I definitely recommend him highly!
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Posted by anonymous | September 7, 2011
He made my first experience with a lawyer a good one~
Michael Ross is not only a very knowledgeable and good lawyer; he is a very decent person with deep integrity. He is interested in helping people while at the same time being very tough and assertive when necessary. I had never even had a consultation with a lawyer before, and he took ample time (that he didn't have to take) with me. He is responsive and task oriented; I would be very comfortable with him in any legal situation.
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Posted by aa | March 28, 2011
On of the best criminal defense lawyers
Michael is one of the best criminal lawyers. He handled my case and got the least sentence possible. He is very good and I recommend him to anyone who needs a criminal defense lawyer.
Posted by Cheryl | November 23, 2009
Great! Great! Great!
I have been EXTREMELY impressed with Michael Ross. He is by far the best there is! I really never take the time to comment on things like this but for Mike Ross i will any day!
Posted by anonymous | November 18, 2009
What a great Lawyer
I found that my experience was eased to have Mike Ross for my Lawyer. I could sleep well knowing that he had my back, and he did.
Posted by anonymous | November 18, 2009
Mike Ross
Mike Ross is experienced I highly recomend him
Posted by Dave | November 18, 2009
Good Experience!
Mike Ross is a really good lawyer, and one of the few out there. My experience with him was very positive, and we won my case. I would definitely recommend him to anyone wanting to win their case in the San Francisco area.
Posted by anonymous | November 18, 2009
Great Guy!
Mike Ross is one of the last great attorneys
Posted by Daniel | January 31, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I don't believe the other reviews are genuine, please read this first!
I hired Mike Ross as my lawyer two years ago for a case regarding a spurious robbery charge. Why review him now? Because after I went onto multiple sites including this one in order to warn people of my experiences I decided against it because he had been negatively reviewed into the ground. Indeed, even before I hired him, I printed out the reviews that greatly troubled me, and showed him and asked for his explanation. Using the greatest skill he ever showed me, he deftly wound each story into the other. So many reasons from each client. Bitterness. Regret. Lack of financing. His inability to help them due to them either hamstringing him, or going against his advice, or just being guilty with overwhelming evidence against them. I was glued to these stories, and impressed with his speaking style. Surely, I thought, if he defends me with even a modicum of the same skill, this is an easy win, right? Looking back, he divulged way too much information, and I wonder what he tells people of me now, even what rationalizations he uses to say why I am just like all the other clients he discredited. I don't know what he's done or how, but this site now shows a five star average rating for him. It's both ridiculous and impressive. I'd laugh if he hadn't caused so much harm. Reputation is everything, and it is fitting that Mike Ross' reputation is the only thing he will work his magic to defend and protect. I chose Mike Ross because I was impressed that a lawyer of his experience could be had for the price point. Careful what you wish for. Other lawyers had quoted me anywhere from 12-25k to go to trial, which I was deadset on, being falsely accused. He quoted me a paltry 10 grand. 5 up front, two payments splitting the rest after. What a deal! i quickly signed our agreement and paid him the first 5k and then an additional 2.5 very shortly after, eager to secure such a skilled man before any one else monopolized him. The only thing that tripped me at the time was his equal rush for me to sign, and a tiny portion of fine print saying the quote was for "pretrial services", which of course was not what we agreed. But he laughed it off, said they'd grabbed the wrong papers, and crossed it out, writing over it in what seemed like pen, that it was including trial services once full payment was received. Hindsight, right? So how did it go? We had film and witnesses proving my innocence. I truly felt there was nothing that could possibly go wrong. I felt strange that I only ever called him, never the reverse, but if it was such a slam dunk, so what? Then he deposed me, but not really, it was the last time I ever saw him. He met me in a secluded spot out in old town Sac by the river and took notes on my version of events. He noted that I had not gathered the relevant film nor contacted the relevant witnesses, to my shock, which he said he'd guess he'd have to do then. He never did. Then for three months before the trial, ignored my calls with the exception of his secretary calling to inquire about the final 2.5k, which we'd already agreed he'd get once the trial date was set, which also should have alerted me. On the date of the pretrial hearing, we went on Zoom, he came on late, and just destroyed any hope I had. He said he was there for pretrial only, and not my main council. Then once I, flabbergasted, asked to recess the hearing to talk to him on the phone, he denied. The ADA offered a bad deal never discussed, and Ross stopped it and said then and there that if I didn't accept it, he was gone, and I was on my own. I had no more money, and therefore no way to sue him, and worst, was blindsided at my greatest hour of need. He knew this. I made what deal I could without him and just plead out. No evidence, no witnesses, he had never done any work he promised. Just like that, he disappeared. You will regret any relationship to this man. Maybe he erases this too. Please don't make my mistake!
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  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
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AVVO RATING 7.9 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Law Office Of Michael Ross
  • 1981 - Present
  • Judge Pro Tem
  • San Francisco City Attorney's Office
  • 1995 - 1998
  • Deputy Attorney General
  • Nevada Office Of The Attorney General
  • 1979 - 1981
  • Special Prosecutor and Chief Counsel
  • Nevada Office Of The Attorney General
  • 1979 - 1981
  • Public Defender
  • Public Defenders Office of Nevada
  • 1978 - 1979
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  • Southwestern University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1977
  • California State University, Long Beach
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1970

Sample of Legal Cases

  • People v. Darrell XXX XXXXXXXXX
  • Acquittal (Not Guilty)


  • Bar Association of San Francisco
  • Member
  • 1995 - Present
  • United States Federal District Courts, Northern, Central, Eastern, and Southern Districts of California
  • Member
  • 1991 - Present
  • United States Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Member
  • 1985 - Present
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1982 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • 1981 - Present
  • State Bar of California, Criminal Law Section
  • Member
  • 1981 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • "Patron" Award
  • San Francisco Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
  • 1996

Attorney endorsements

Received (3)
Given (5)
Endorse Michael
Unknown Attorney | Apr 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Feb 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Having had the pleasure of watching Michael vigorously represent fine folks accused of alleged criminal acts over the past 24 or more years, I strongly endorse this criminal defense lawyer's hard work."
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Sacramento Criminal defense Lawyer Michael Donald Ross
Michael Donald Ross
Criminal defense Attorney
Sacramento, CA
Licensed for 45 years
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