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Brian Michaels

The Restraining Order Lawyer is former Los Angeles Prosecutor Brian Michaels. Mr. Michaels is a 30 year veteran of the California Criminal and Family Courts. Born and raised in Los Angeles, he was recruited out of law school to join one of Los Angeles's two Prosecuting Agencies. As a Los Angeles City Attorney Michaels tried nearly 85 criminal trials to verdict losing but a few.

As part of his experience with this office Michaels was at the forefront of Domestic Violence prosecutions,  working as a specially assigned DV Prosecutor on many cases. He has extensive training and real work experience in the area of criminal domestic violence that has served him in his private practice including training other lawyers in domestic violence trial skills. While with the LA City Attorney Michaels was selected, as a result of his trial achievements to work as a trial trainer to the Trial Advocacy Program where he mentored lawyers from big law firms in trial technique and practice. 

Mr. Michaels left government service after 7 and half years to form his own firm in Beverly Hills and has been in business since 2003. He has handled thousands of criminal cases to date and additionally has litigated hundreds of restraining order trials in multiple counties involving Domestic Violence, Civil Harassment, Elder Abuse and Workplace Violence. Because of his deep criminal experience handling both prosecution and defense Mr. Michaels is uniquely suited to take either side of a case and winning it. 

During the lockdowns in California attorney Michaels began to see a significant uptick in the number of cases that would normally flow through the criminal justice system end up in Restraining Order courts. The reasons for this are complex but involve the significant reduction in the number of police on the streets, some of it involving measures to reform criminal justice with Covid also continuing to play a big roll in slowing down our criminal justice system forcing many to seek their own justice.

Attorney Michaels, as both a prosecutor by training and a defense attorney for the last 20 years has the unique capacity to effectively take either side of a Restraining Order case and is just as willing to file and litigate legitimate cases of violence and harassment as he is defending them. His firm has the capacity to handle cases in multiple counties and has an effective network of attorneys up and down the state to assist in the litigation of these cases in addition to having a selection of top Private Investigators with law enforcement background for cases that are more involved.

Since the beginning of 2021 Mr. Michaels has exclusively been litigating restraining order matters from San Diego in the South as far north as San Francisco. Most recently Michaels has now opened his firm back up again to begin receiving Criminal and DUI matters as well as a limited number of proceedings in the Family Court including Divorces, Custody and Support Disputes, and the litigation and drafting of prenuptial agreements. 

Mr. Michaels is a member of the California State Bar, Los Angeles County Bar, Orange County Bar, UCSB Alumni, 100 Top National Trial Lawyers, California Prosecutors Association and is a card carrying member of Mensa International. 

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  • If you want results...this is the Attorney to hire!

    “I had hired another attorney and it was a back and forth thing for over one year then one day he stopped communicating with me. About a week ago, I connected with Mr Michaels and my case is already completed as of two days ago. Mr Michaels was quite thorough and efficient keeping me informed eve...
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    “My search for a criminal defense attorney began when my son was arrested twice in one week for repeat of felony charges. They will result in 2 strikes. He is in "big trouble" and he is a young man facing his life in prison. I spent hours reading the bio's of the candidates I selected, checking i...
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  • EXCELLENT LAWYER! Honest and cares for client

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  • It would be an understatement to call Brian Michaels a guardian angel.

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  • Highly recommend.

    “I had a 9-year-old warrant for a felony drug offense I knew nothing about until I was denied a passport and informed by the state department. I had another attorney 3 years earlier try to find any warrants but he found nothing. Brian was able to find where the warrant was from and the case infor...
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  • Amazing Results!

    “Attorney Michaels represented my husband in 4 different gang cases in Los Angeles. Over the course of a year Mr. Michaels worked hard to get my husband home to his family. If he was convicted he would have spent 24 years in jail. Through his contacts with the District Attorney he was able to get...
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    “Brian was extremely helpful during my case. Always answered my calls, texts, emails, and questions in a prompt manner. His knowledge led to me getting results I was/am very happy with. I highly recommend his services”
  • We all appreciate his quick response to our emails and questions, his prompt on the court time     

    “Brain said his job is to keep Don (who is accused and charged for years in prison) out of jail, and for each day that Don is out of jail, he is doing his job till the case is settled. Indeed he gave strategies based in his experience and expertise and made countermeasures based on calculated ris...
  • It was a great pleasure working with Brian

    “I had been harassed by my ex-husband for years with threatening emails. I finally started to look for legal help. I spoke to quite a few attorneys and hired Brian as he is the only one that told me specifically what he planned to do. I am glad I did. He was very responsive, responsible, predicta...
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  • The outcome was above what I expected and he was extremely easy to work with given my timeframe.

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  • He is easy to reach tells you how it is and explains things well.

    “Brian helped me out big time in a felony settlement case. With the help of his knowledge, I have a year of probation and some other guidelines that if I follow I will have the felony dropped to a misdemeanor no questions asked. I cannot thank him enough as I'm young and didn't want that on my re...
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    “Brian was extremely helpful throughout the entire expungement filing procedure for my Reckless Driving charge. He explained the process and gave me a very reasonable quote for the work - the most competitive quote I received from all the attorneys I requested quotes from, since he included the f...
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    “Mr. Michaels represented me in a serious felony case. I was only 18 at the time and I didn't really know what to do and didn't have a lot of money. My parents helped a little and he worked it out with them. Mr. Michaels worked on my case for about a year and got it dismissed. He did a really goo...
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    “Brian Michael is the best lawyer that we hired for a DUI case. From the first moment we talked to him on the phone we already felt comfortable and confident. We are thankful that we hired him, because he is very professional in what he does. We are very happy with the outcome of the case. We rec...
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    “I hired Mr. Michaels eariler this year to help me expunge an old case. He did even better and filed a motion that got my case dismissed. Because of his work I was able to keep my job. I highly recommend Mr. Michaels. He was responsive and got my job done quickly and with a better result than I w...
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  • After two weeks of trial he made the DA look silly like a kid. It took the jury two hours to make me not guilty of everything.

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    “Brian was kind enough to work with me at a discounted rate due to my being unemployed and never made me feel like I was getting discounted representation. He not only kept me out of jail but also is helping me clear my record after my community service is completed. I would highly recommend him ...
  • Mr. Michaels researched the scenario, found a different way to approach the judge and got our case dismissed.

    “We interviewed 5 different lawyers that were highly recommended. My husband had two charges one was Fraud and the other was possession of cocaine. Both got dismissed and vacated. All the other attorneys we interviewed gave us zero chance of vacating these cases. We needed to vacate them under im...
  • Great outcome!

    “Brian was great, he represented me for a traffic violation. He was responsive, provided great advice, and ultimately my case was dismissed. Great outcome!”
  • Best attorney money can buy

    “I don't want to give too many personal details, but I have had an 8-year-old case that every lawyer I spoke to, guaranteed me that I'm going to do some amount of jail time. I heard everything from a year to a week. Truthfully when I contacted Mr.Michaels, I was also speaking with a couple of oth...
  • Great Job!

    “Brian recently got me out of Felony Child Abuse charges in a case with LAPD. I am very grateful to have had Mr. Michaels and has allowed me to now get my children back. Thank you!”
  • Brian answered quickly through text and emails to keep me well informed.

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  • Mr. Michaels researched the scenario, found a different way to approach the judge and got our case dismissed.

    “We interviewed 5 different lawyers that were highly recommended. My husband had two charges one was Fraud and the other was possession of cocaine. Both got dismissed and vacated. All the other attorneys we interviewed gave us zero chance of vacating these cases. We needed to vacate them under im...

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The Law Office of Brian Michaels is committed to answering your questions about your restraining order in California.

Brian Michaels offers a free consultation and he'll gladly discuss your case with you at your convenience. Contact Brian today to schedule an appointment.

Office Locations

Century City Office
1925 Century Park East,
Suite 1700
Los Angeles, CA 90067
Newport Beach Office
260 Newport Center Drive
Newport Beach, CA 92660
San Diego Office
5755 Oberlin Drive
San Diego, CA 92121
Palm Springs Office
777 E Tahquitz Way
Palm Springs, CA 92660
San Francisco Office
739 Bryant Street
San Francisco, CA 94108