C.D. “Chuck” Michel is Senior Counsel and owner of Michel & Associates, P.C., a boutique law firm employing 15 attorneys located in Long Beach, California. The firm’s practice focuses on litigation, both civil and criminal. Areas of practice include firearms law, constitutional law, civil rights advocacy, business litigation, land use law, employment law and environmental law. The firm’s website is www.MichelLawyers.com.
Mr. Michel has been litigating civil and criminal firearms cases since 1991. His clients include the National Rifle Association (NRA), the California Rifle and Pistol Association (CRPA) Foundation, 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 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 his law firm have donated over 1.5 million dollars worth of pro bono legal work to the NRA and the CRPA Foundation.
Among many other victories, Mr. Michel 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 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 gun-rights 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 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 had articles and editorials published in the Los Angeles Times, the Los Angeles Daily Journal, and 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 Dale E. Fowler School of Law in Orange, California.
Mr. Michel graduated near the top of his classes from both Rutgers University in New Jersey in 1980 and from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles in 1989. He began his legal career with a coveted judicial clerkship for 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 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 clients ranging from individuals to multinational corporations. Among many other cases and clients, he represented Exxon in connection with the Exxon Valdez oil spill and served as a staff counsel to the “Christopher Commission” which investigated the Los Angeles Police Department after the Rodney King incident.
Mr. Michel grew up in what used to be rural New Jersey at a time when neighbors wished him luck as he walked out his back door and into the woods behind his house to go rabbit hunting before high school – these days the neighbors would call the SWAT team on a high school student with a gun. His father was a businessman who loved teaching others, including his three sons, the shooting sports as an NRA instructor. Some of Mr. Michel’s fondest childhood memories are of backyard plinking contests with his entire family. He is striving to pass this firearm heritage along to his own sons and hopes that they will be able to pass it on to future generations of free Americans.