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.