Practice Areas

Michel & Associates, P.C. is a premier boutique law firm specializing in handling adversarial proceedings, civil litigation, regulatory and transactional law, and criminal defense. Our practice areas include environmental law, land use law, firearms regulation, government entity law, employment and labor law, contract law, civil rights advocacy, marijuana use law, criminal defense and other interrelated practice areas. The firm serves a diverse nationwide clientele.

Michel & Associates has earned a A/V performance rating, the highest rating available from renowned legal services evaluator Martindale-Hubbell.

Michel & Associates was formed by C.D. “Chuck” Michel in 1994 when he left big firm practice in downtown Los Angeles to start his own law firm. Michel & Associates quickly grew from its modest beginnings and, in 1998, changed its name to Trutanich-Michel, LLP when Mr. Michel partnered with Carmen “Nuch” Trutanich.  As Managing Partner of Trutanich-Michel, LLP, Mr. Michel assembled a talented team of legal advocates that emphasize performance, quality, and efficiency. When Mr. Trutanich was elected to be Los Angeles’s City Attorney in 2009, the firm revived the Michel & Associates name.

Michel & Associates attorneys have extensive experience in all phases of civil and criminal litigation. We formulate complex case strategies and tactics, control voluminous discovery, draft all manner of trial and appellate court documents, and handle all pretrial and trial proceedings, writs, and appeals.

Helping large and small clients to anticipate and solve problems that arise during civil litigation or criminal prosecutions demands a high degree of skill and sensitivity. Increased governmental regulation and constantly changing laws, coupled with heightened political, economic and societal pressures, make properly handling of adversarial legal proceedings more complex and challenging than ever before. We recognize that facing legal difficulties can be enormously demanding on our clients, both emotionally and financially.

Winning cases doesn’t come easy. Our team members, having worked for some of the most respected governmental entities and private law firms, have the talent, skill, experience, and sensitivity to get the job done right. Our strong practical orientation and devotion to our clients assure them exceptional results in the most cost-effective manner possible.

We exemplify commitment to our clients by equipping ourselves with the technology, training, and resources to respond quickly, accurately, and effectively. Technical advisors and nationally renowned experts also work closely with our attorneys when appropriate. Many of these experts were formerly employed by, or headed, the same regulatory or law enforcement agencies involved in litigation handled by the firm. The experts we use add an invaluable dimension and depth to the services we offer.

Michel & Associates also has the contacts and relationships needed to get things done. Our attorneys keep a high profile in state and local politics, and before both state and local administrative and legislative bodies. We appear on behalf of clients at state legislative hearings, before local government councils and officials, and at agency rule-making proceedings. As advocates, we also help our clients to contest agency rulings and pursue administrative appeals where necessary. In fact, our attorneys continue to draft and influence legislation at the local, state and federal levels on behalf of various clients.

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