C.D. Michel

Position: CEO, Senior Counsel
Direct Line: (562) 216-4444
Assistant’s Phone: (562) 216-4458
Email: cmichel@michellawyers.com


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Mr. Michel is Senior Counsel Michel & Associates, P.C.. His practice focuses on adversarial litigation and regulatory compliance advice in the fields of firearms law, civil rights, land use, and environmental law. He has been lead counsel in over 50 jury trials.

Mr. Michel is recognized as one of the leading authorities on California and federal firearms laws in the country. For over two decades he has played a significant role in advocating and defending individual civil and constitutional rights, and particularly Second Amendment rights, and in helping to shape related legislation. He has been instrumental in crafting some of the most important legal challenges to legislation that infringes on rights guaranteed by the Constitution.

Mr. Michel has been profiled in recognition of his work in multiple periodicals, video and radio interviews.

Mr. Michel represents many of the most prominent shooting sports and self-defense civil rights associations in the world, including the National Rifle Association (NRA) and the California Rifle and Pistol Association (CRPA), and has represented many different clients in high profile cases that garnered significant media attention. He is a regular commentator and frequent contributor to national media discussions, and has appeared as a spokesperson for the NRA, CRPA, other associations, and individual clients on dozens of video and radio interviews and in hundreds of newspaper articles.

Mr. Michel is an Adjunct Professor at Chapman University Fowler School of Law in Orange, California, where he teaches firearms law and law practice management. He is the author of the book California Gun Laws – A Guide to State and Federal Firearm Regulations. He has also published numerous articles and editorials in the Los Angeles Times, the Daily Journal, and many other state and national newspapers.

Mr. Michel began his career with a coveted judicial clerkship with United States District Court Judge William J. Rea in Los Angeles. He worked as a criminal prosecutor for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office as well as 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 included representing Exxon Corporation in connection with the Exxon Valdez oil spill, and serving as Staff Counsel to the “Christopher Commission” investigating 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 graduated near the top of his class from Rutgers University in New Jersey in 1980 and then from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles in 1989, again near the top of his class. In law school he won two prestigious awards for trial advocacy and writing skills, one through the United States Supreme Court.

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