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C.D. "Chuck" Michel


180 E. Ocean Bvld.,
Suite 200
Long Beach, California 90802
United States

Telephone: (562) 216-4444
Facsimile: (562) 216-4445
Firm: Michel & Associates, P.C.
Practice Overview:
Michel & Associates, P.C. is a premier boutique law firm specializing in civil and criminal adversarial proceedings and litigation. Our practice areas include firearms regulation, environmental law, land use law, employment and labor law, contract law, civil rights advocacy, criminal defense and other interrelated practice areas. The firm serves a diverse nationwide clientele.

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

Michel & Associates, P.C. 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, morphed into Trutanich • Michel, LLP when Mr. Michel partnered with Mr. 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’ City Attorney in 2009, all of the talented staff and attorneys stayed on and Michel & Associates, P.C. was revived.

Michel & Associates, P.C. 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 court documents (e.g., complaints, motions, writs, appeals), and handle all pretrial and trial proceedings.

Helping large and small clients to anticipate and solve problems that arise during criminal or civil litigation 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 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 eagerly 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. Our experts add an invaluable dimension and depth to the services we offer.

Michel & Associates, P.C. also has the contacts 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.


Professional Profile:
Mr. Michel is the firm’s Senior Counsel. Mr. Michel’s practice now focuses on civil litigation, including firearms law, business litigation, unfair business practice litigation, contract disputes, civil rights advocacy, land use, and environmental law.

Mr. Michel began his career with a coveted judicial clerkship 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 and 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 includes representing Exxon Corporation in connection with the Exxon Valdez oil spill and serving as Staff Counsel to the “Christopher Commission,” which investigated 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 has been lead counsel in more than 50 jury trials. He has represented many clients in high-profile cases that garnered significant state and national media attention. He has appeared as a spokesperson for the National Rifle Association, the California Rifle and Pistol Association and other associations, and for individual clients on dozens of television and radio interviews and in hundreds of newspaper articles. He has been profiled in recognition of his work in multiple periodicals, and has published several articles and editorials in the Los Angeles Times, the Los Angeles Daily Journal and several other state and national newspapers. Professor Michel also teaches law as an Adjunct Professor at Chapman University School of Law in Orange, California, where he teaches classes in Firearms Law and Law Practice Management.

Mr. Michel graduated near the top of his class from both Rutgers University in New Jersey in 1980 as well as Loyola Law School in Los Angeles in 1989. While in law school, he won two prestigious awards for trial advocacy and writing skills – one through the U.S. Supreme Court. He has since been honored with numerous other awards.

UndergraduateRutgers UniversityBachelor of Arts1980
LawLoyola Law SchoolJuris Doctorate1985

Affiliations & Memberships:
Supreme Court of the United States, 1996.
Supreme Court of the State of California, 1989.
United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 1991.
United States District Court: Northern District of California, 2004.
United States District Court: Central District of California, 1999.
United States District Court: Eastern District of California, 1989.
United States District Court: Southern District of California, 2009.
California State Bar Association, 1989.

Environmental Law Section, California State Bar
Los Angeles County Bar Association
Long Beach Bar Association
Association of Environmental Professionals
Los Angeles County Lincoln Clubs
Professional Service Reserve Deputy, Orange County Sheriff-Coroner Department
Peace Officer’s Association of Los Angeles County
California Trial Lawyers Association
California Attorneys for Criminal Justice
National Institute of Criminal Defense Attorneys
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 and Pistol Association, Life Member
Citizen’s Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, Life Member
Law Enforcement Alliance of America, Life Member

Civilr Rights and Second Amendment litigation; Adjunct professor at Chapman University, School of Law.