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Mr. Michel is the firm’s Senior Counsel. Mr. Michel’s practice now focuses on civil litigation, including firearms law, business litigation, unfair business practice litigation, contract disputes, civil rights advocacy, land use, and environmental law.
Mr. Michel began his career with a coveted judicial clerkship with U.S. District Court Judge William J. Rea in Los Angeles. He worked as a criminal prosecutor for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office and for several Southern California cities, and as an advocate with the Los Angeles Federal Public Defender’s office. Mr. Michel also practiced environmental and general civil litigation as an attorney at the renowned international law firm of O’Melveny & Myers, LLP. While at O’Melveny, Mr. Michel represented all manner of clients, from individuals to multinational corporations. His varied experience includes representing Exxon Corporation in connection with the Exxon Valdez oil spill and serving as Staff Counsel to the “Christopher Commission,” which investigated the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) in the wake of the Rodney King incident under the leadership of former Secretary of State Warren Christopher.
Mr. Michel has been lead counsel in more than 50 jury trials. He has represented many clients in high-profile cases that garnered significant state and national media attention. He has appeared as a spokesperson for the National Rifle Association, the California Rifle and Pistol Association and other associations, and for individual clients on dozens of television and radio interviews and in hundreds of newspaper articles. He has been profiled in recognition of his work in multiple periodicals, and has published several articles and editorials in the Los Angeles Times, the Los Angeles Daily Journal and several other state and national newspapers. Professor Michel also teaches law as an Adjunct Professor at Chapman University School of Law in Orange, California, where he teaches classes in Firearms Law and Law Practice Management.