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C.D. Michel
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Attorney at Law
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“From the Second Amendment Desk”

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Adjunct Professor – Firearms Law
Description

Mr. Michel is Senior Partner at 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 national authorities on firearms laws. 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 represents many of the most prominent shooting sports and self-defense civil rights associations in the world, including the National Rifle Association and the California Rifle & Pistol Association, 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 has taught Firearms Law and Law Practice Management courses as an adjunct professor at Chapman University’s Fowler School of Law. He is the author of the book California Gun Laws – A Guide to State and Federal Firearm Regulations.

Mr. Michel began his career as a judicial clerk 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 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 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.

Mr. Michel has been profiled in recognition of his work in numerous newspaper, magazine, radio, TV and social media platforms. To view his entire media inventory, CLICK HERE.

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Email : CMichel@legalupdates.com
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Phone : (877) 266-4003
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Education & Certificates

  • Juris Doctorate, Loyola Law School (1989)
  • Oxford University, Magdalen College, SDSU Institute on International and Comparative Law (1988)
  • Bachelor of Arts, Rutgers University, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences (1980)

Experience

  • Attorney at Law, Michel & Associates P.C.
  • Judicial Clerk for U.S. District Court Judge William J. Rea, Los Angeles
  • Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office- Deputy District Attorney
  • Los Angeles Federal Public Defender’s Office – Advocate
  • O’Melveny & Myers, LLP  – Civil Litigation
  • Firearms Law, Adjunct Professor, Chapman University Fowler School of Law, Orange, California

Admissions

  • United States Supreme Court (1996)
  • United States Court of Appeals: D.C Circuit (2014), Fourth Circuit (2014), Ninth Circuit (1991)
  • United States District Court: Southern District of California (2009), Northern District of California (2004), Central District of California (1999), Eastern District of California (1989)
  • California State Bar Association (1989)
  • Texas State Bar Association (2011)
  • District of Columbia State Bar Association (2013)

Memberships

  • American Mensa
  • Elected to the Central Committee of the Republican Party of Los Angeles County (July 2008-July 2010)
  • Environmental Law Section, California State Bar
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • LACBA Environmental, Civil Rights, Law Practice Management and Civil Litigation sections
  • Long Beach Bar Association
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • Association of Environmental Professionals
  • Los Angeles County Lincoln Clubs
  • Professional Service Reserve Deputy, Orange County Sheriff-Coroner Dept.
  • Peace Officer’s Association of Los Angeles County
  • California Trial Lawyers Association
  • California Attorneys for Criminal Justice
  • National Institute of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Association of Federal Defense Attorneys
  • California Public Defenders Association
  • American Inns of Court
  • Phi Delta Phi Legal Fraternity, Aggeler Inn
  • International Foundation for Crime Prevention
  • National Rifle Association, Life Benefactor Member
  • NRA Business Alliance
  • California Rifle & Pistol Association, Life Member
  • Citizen’s Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, Life Member
  • Law Enforcement Alliance of America, Life Member
  • NORML Legal Committee
  • The Federalist Society

Teaching

  • Firearms Law, Adjunct Professor, Chapman University Fowler School of Law, Orange, California
  • Law Practice Management and Technology, Adjunct Professor, Chapman University Fowler School of Law, Orange, California
  • Judge, Trial Advocacy Competition, Loyola Law School

Honors & Awards

  • NRA’s Defender of Justice Award, NRA-ILA (2013)
  • Top Rated Lawyer for Energy, Environmental and Natural Resources (2013)
  • Southern California Super Lawyer (2009-2010, 2012-2013)
  • Unanimous Commendation Resolution by NRA Board of Directors for Work on the Heller case in Supreme Court (2008)
  • Gun Rights Defender of the Year, Citizen’s Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (2005)
  • National Leadership Award, National Republican Congressional Committee (2005)
  • Legion of Honor, National Rifle Association (1996, 2004)
  • Most Valued Board Member, California Rifle and Pistol Association (1997)
  • James Madison Award, Journalistic Excellence, Second Amendment Foundation (1997)
  • Poetry Achievement Award, Writer’s Digest Magazine
  • Pro Bono Services, Public Counsel Public Interest Law Office
  • Wiley W. Manuel Award for Pro Bono Services, State Bar of California (1992, 1993)
  • Meritorious Service Award, United States District Court, Central District of California (1990)
  • Dean’s Service Award, Loyola Law School (1989)
  • Byrne Trial Advocacy Competition Winner (1989)
  • Student Bar Association Vice President Service Award, Loyola Law School (1989)
  • Who’s Who Among American Law Students (1988)
  • United States Supreme Court and West Publishing, National Bicentennial of the Constitution Essay Competition, Ninth Circuit Regional Winner (1987)

Books

Articles

Editorials

Presentations

  • Guns In America, the NRA Position, Law Enforcement Labor Summit (February 26, 2014)
  • Santa Barbara County Bar Association 2014 Bench and Bar Conference (February 25, 2014)
  • A Debate Of Constitutional Proportions, Santa Barbara County Bar Association 2014 Bench and Bar Conference  (January 25, 2014)
  • Voice Of Freedom, USS Hornet Museum (July 7, 2013)
  • Second Amendment & Gun Restriction Laws, ALADS Unit Representatives Training Seminar, Cerritos, CA (November 15, 2013)
  • Partners Of CRPA Fundraising Banquet (November 23, 2013)
  • NRA Firearms Law & The Second Amendment Symposium, Denver, CO (October 12, 2013)
  • Regulating Firearms, Gun Violence/Gun Control, Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, CA (May 31, 2013)
  • Guns, the Constitution and the Courts, Bar Association of San Francisco, CA (May 9, 2013)
  • Second Amendment Rights, George Allen Luncheon, Commerce, CA (March 29, 2013).
  • Second Amendment Rights and Litigation Updates, Fred Hall, Long Beach, CA (March 7–10, 2013)
  • Second Amendment Rights and Litigation Updates, Palos Verdes Republican Women Luncheon, Palos Verdes, CA (January 24, 2013)
  • History of and Current Developments in Second Amendment Jurisprudence, Intermountain Republican Women Federated Meeting, Ramona, CA (September 24, 2012)
  • Current Issues and Developments in Second Amendment Jurisprudence, Oath Keepers Meeting, Fountain Valley, CA (September 11, 2012)
  • Are We Losing Our Second Amendment Rights?, California Federation of Republican Women, Conference on the Bill of Rights, Pomona, CA (February 1, 2012)
  • Second Amendment Litigation Survey and Update, Firearms Law & Second Amendment Symposium, University of San Diego, San Diego, CA (October 15, 2011)
  • California Gun Laws Update, AcuSport 2011 Business Conference, Dallas, TX (January 26, 2011)
  • Recent Developments in Second Amendment Jurisprudenc,: Firearms Law & Second Amendment Symposium, John Marshall Law School, Chicago, IL (November 13, 2010)
  • Second Amendment Litigation, Temple City Sportsmen’s Club, Temple City, CA (November 4, 2010)
  • Second Amendment Evolution: Heller v. DC and McDonald v. Chicago–Protecting the Fundamental Individual Right to Keep and Bear Arms Against Infringement by Federal, State and Local Government, South Bay Footprinters Association Meeting, San Fernando Valley Chapter, Pasadena, CA (January 26, 2010)
  • Update on California Litigation and Legislative Developments, Gun Rights Policy Conference, St. Louis, MO (2009)
  • Second Amendment Initiations, NRA Members Council, Mission Viejo, CA (September 1, 2009)
  • Second Amendment Jurisprudence, Presentation with Stephen Halbrook, Phoenix, AZ (May 15, 2009)
  • Update on California Litigation and Legislative Developments, Gun Rights Policy Conference, Phoenix, AZ (2008)
  • Second Amendment Litigation Update, Safari Club International, Orange County Chapter, Anaheim, CA (November 20, 2008)
  • Second Amendment Litigation Update, NRA Member’s Council, San Diego, CA (November 1, 2008)
  • Second Amendment Litigation Update, NRA Member’s Council, Montebello Chapter, Pomona, CA (October 26, 2008)
  • Second Amendment Litigation Update, NRA Member’s Council, South Orange County Chapter, San Juan Capistrano, CA (October 25, 2008)
  • Second Amendment Litigation Update, NRA Member’s Council, Simi/Conejo Chapter, Simi Valley, CA (September 6, 2008)
  • NRA California Legal Initiatives, NRA Member’s Councils Regional Conference, Anaheim, CA (July 26, 2008)
  • NRA California Legal Initiatives, NRA Member’s Councils, Beach Cities Chapter, Irvine, CA (July 17, 2008)
  • NRA California Legal Initiatives, NRA Foundation Dinner, San Bernardino, CA (May 31, 2008)
  • Second Amendment Litigation Update, NRA Foundation Dinner (May 10, 2008)
  • Second Amendment Litigation Update, NRA Member’s Council, Los Padres Chapter, Oxnard, CA (May 10, 2008)
  • Second Amendment Litigation Update, NRA Foundation Dinner, San Diego, CA (April 19, 2008)
  • Second Amendment Litigation Update, NRA Member’s Council, San Gabriel Valley Chapter, San Gabriel, CA (March 29, 2008)
  • Gun Control in California, NRA Member’s Council, West Valley Chapter, Rancho Cucamonga, CA (March 7, 2008)
  • Heller v. DC/Litigation Update, NRA Member’s Council, Redondo Beach, CA (March 6, 2008)
  • Update on California Litigation and Legislative Developments, Gun Rights Policy Conference, Cincinnati, OH (2007)
  • Update on California Litigation and Legislative Developments, Gun Rights Policy Conference, Charlotte, NC (2006)
  • Update on California Litigation and Legislative Developments, Gun Rights Policy Conference, Los Angeles, CA (2005)
  • Firearms Law in California, Continuing Legal Education Seminar, Lorman Education Services, Los Angeles, CA (October 18, 2005)
  • Update on California Litigation and Legislative Developments, Gun Rights Policy Conference, Washington, D.C. (2004)
  • Update on California Litigation and Legislative Developments, Gun Rights Policy Conference, Houston, TX (2003)
  • Update on California Litigation and Legislative Developments, Gun Rights Policy Conference, Phoenix, AZ (2002)
  • Update on California Litigation and Legislative Developments, Gun Rights Policy Conference, Cincinnati, OH (2001)
  • Update on California Litigation and Legislative Developments, Gun Rights Policy Conference, Washington, D.C. (2000)
  • Update on California Litigation and Legislative Developments, Gun Rights Policy Conference, St. Louis, MO (1999)
  • Update on California Litigation and Legislative Developments, Gun Rights Policy Conference, Seattle, WA (1998)
  • Update on California Litigation and Legislative Developments, Gun Rights Policy Conference, Denver, CO (1997)
  • Academics For The Second Amendment: Scholarship Conference on the Bill of Right’s Second Amendment, Bellevue, WA (January 18, 1997)
  • Update on California Litigation and Legislative Developments, Gun Rights Policy Conference, Washington, D.C. (1996)

Degrees

  • Juris Doctorate, Loyola Law School (1989)
  • Oxford University, Magdalen College, SDSU Institute on International and Comparative Law (1988)
  • Bachelor of Arts, Rutgers University, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences (1980)

Certifications

  • Range Safety Officer, National Rifle Association
  • Professional Service Reserve Course, Orange County Sheriff-Coroner
  • Range Development and Operations Course, National Rifle Association
  • Defensive Handgun Course, Front Sight Firearms Training Institute
  • Trial Advocacy Training, National Institute for Trial Advocacy
  • Discovery and Depositions Training, National Institute for Trial Advocacy
  • Scott Moot Court, Loyola Law School
  • Criminology, Criminal Investigation and Identification, Western College of Criminology