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Curriculum Vitae


Law Office of Brian Michaels, Los Angeles, California - June 2002-Present

Owner and proprietor of the Law Office of Brian Michaels, a private law practice. Responsible for all the day to day business and legal affairs of a full time law practice from initial client contact through trial in 5 Southern California Counties. The primary emphasis of my practice is criminal defense though I have with minor emphasis in civil, family and business litigation. My criminal caseload runs the gamut from infractions and misdemeanors, to gang crimes, sex crimes, homicide and other serious felonies. I represent clients in five Southern California Counties.

Los Angeles City Attorney – Criminal Prosecutor - June 1995-June 2002

In June of 1995, I was hired to serve as a criminal Prosecutor. After receiving 6 weeks of intensive trial training I was assigned directly to trial courts where over the course of the first 4 years of my career I completed nearly 75 jury trials to verdict. I filed cases from inception. I was assigned higher profile homicide cases. I trained and supervised new hires and volunteer attorneys in trial skills. I argued law and motion and settled hundreds of cases as a Prosecutor.

Los Angeles City Attorney – Civil Litigation Attorney June 2000 – January 2002

I spent approximately 2 and half years assigned to the City's Civil Litigation Division where I was responsible for a full caseload of Personal Injury, Civil Rights and Excessive Force cases for the City and the Los Angeles Police Department. I had a heavy caseload, which included all aspects of civil discovery and Trial in State and Federal Court. I tried 4 complex Civil cases over the course of two years including two Federal Civil Rights Trials at the height of the Rampart Scandal and obtained defense verdicts in all trials.

Judicial Clerk- Associate Justice Earl Johnson, Jr. Second Appellate District, May 1995-September 1996

Selected from over 800 applicants to serve as a Judicial Clerk for the California Court of Appeals in Los Angeles assigned to Justice Earl Johnson Jr. Researched and wrote enumerable appellate memorandum and decisions for the court, one of which was published and set a legal precedent at that time.

Intern– State Senator Gary Hart, Santa Barbara – 1988

I was hired to serve as a legislative intern for then State Senator Gary Hart in his Santa Barbara Office. I worked on both local community issues as well as legislative research.

U.C.S.B Government Internship Program – 1987-1988

I was the director of the Government internship Program at the University of California at Santa Barbara. I was responsible for placing qualified students in relevant Government positions in Washington D.C. I interfaced directly with Congressional Offices as well as the White House. I interviewed, hired and placed students personally with positions in Washington D.C. and oversaw their programs.

Association for Third World Affairs, Washington D.C. – 1987

I served as an intern for a policy center in Washington D.C. during the summer of 1987. I was a research intern. My primary project was working on the global Cambodian refugee crisis under the direct supervision of Chhang Song, who later became a Senator in the newly formed Cambodian Government and was a minister in the Lon Nol government during the 1970s.

Legal Defense Center of Santa Barbara – 1986

I was a legal assistant for a Pro Bono law firm that worked on litigation defending the rights of the homeless in Santa Barbara.


University of LaVerne, College of Law, Juris Doctor, May 1994

Honors and awards include Law Review, Annual Dean's List, Dean's List Graduate, #1 ranked student for two consecutive years, performance based scholarships.

University of California, Santa Barbara, Bachelor of Arts, Political Science, June 1988

Minor emphasis in International Relations.

Associations and Affiliations

Los Angeles County Bar

San Fernando Valley Bar

Ventura County Bar Association

Mensa International