Michel & Associates, P.C. is a mid-sized boutique law firm specializing in handling adversarial proceedings and civil and criminal litigation. The firm employs 15 attorneys in Long Beach, California. Michel & Associates, P.C. has earned the highest available rating for legal service providers, an AV rating from renowned legal services evaluator, Martindale-Hubbell.
Our practice areas include environmental law, land use law, firearm regulatory matters, labor and employment, trade secret, business litigation, contract law, civil rights advocacy, constitutional law, criminal defense, and related matters. The firm’s website is at www.michellawyers.com.
Michel & Associates, P.C. serves a diverse clientele throughout California and the nation. Our mission is to provide compassionate, knowledgeable and economical legal services and guidance to satisfy our clients’ demands for sophisticated legal representation in as efficient and cost-effective a manner as possible. We offer this unique brand of legal support to our clients – both large and small, who need and deserve our services.
C.D. “Chuck” Michel is Senior Counsel and owner of Michel & Associates, PC. Mr. Michel has been litigating civil and criminal firearm cases since 1991. His clients include the National Rifle Association of America, the California Rifle and Pistol Association, FFLGuard, gun manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers, and individual gun owners. He has represented thousands of individuals and companies charged with violating California’s confusing firearms laws. He has been trial counsel in scores of jury trials, many of which were high-profile cases and attracted state and national media attention. He has litigated hundreds of firearms cases involving constitutional issues, including Second Amendment challenges, in both state and federal trial and appellate courts. As an attorney for the NRA, Mr. Michel has been a stakeholder in drafting legislation to protect California gun owners, and an advocate in opposing ill-conceived legislation that restricts their rights.
Since 2002, Mr. Michel and Michel & Associates have donated over 1.5 million dollars worth of pro bono free legal work to the NRA and the CRPA Foundation. Some of that work includes time developing this website, CalGunLaws.com. This entire site has been a pro bono effort dedicated to NRA and CRPA members.
Among many other victories, the lawyers at Michel & Associates won the NRA sponsored lawsuit that struck down Proposition H, the San Francisco law that would have banned the civilian possession of handguns in the City. He also led the successful CRPA Foundation lawsuit that struck down Assembly Bill 962, an anti-gun politician’s attempt to severely restrict and require registration of all ammunition purchases. Mr. Michel also filed prestigious, influential, and unprecedented amicus briefs on behalf of dozens of California District Attorneys in both the 2008 District of Columbia v. Heller and the 2010 McDonald v. Chicago Supreme Court Second Amendment cases. He has been honored with numerous awards for his legal successes, including awards for his civil rights advocacy, trial advocacy skills, writing skills, and pro bono work.
Mr. Michel has served as a spokesperson for the NRA, CRPA, other civil rights group clients, and for individual clients. He has appeared on dozens of television and radio interviews and been quoted in thousands of newspaper articles. He publishes a monthly column, Legal Front Lines, and a blog at www.calgunlaws.com. He has also published several articles and editorials in the Los Angeles Times, the Los Angeles Daily Journal and several other state and national newspapers and magazines.
“Professor” Michel also teaches classes in Firearms Law and Law Practice Management as an Adjunct Professor at Chapman University School of Law in Orange, California.