Michael Kern - Attorney Bio
I was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. I attended the University
of California, Davis, where I received my B.A. in Political Science in
2000. In 2001, I moved to San Diego and was accepted to California Western
School of Law. California Western School of Law is one of the few law
schools nationally that has a clinical program dedicated to releasing
wrongfully convicted inmates. This program, the California Innocence Project,
was one of the reasons I chose to attend Cal Western. I graduated law
school in 2004, and opened my criminal defense practice that same year.
I was attracted to the practice of law because I felt many attorneys had
become quite distant, unapproachable, and not necessarily there to help
their clients. When I opened my practice in 2004, I wanted to emphasize
personal access. I want my clients to feel comfortable approaching me
and asking probative questions about their case. I want my clients to
have the ability to contact my office via phone, email, text and/or Facebook.
I am there for my clients, and I listen very carefully so I can address
their specific concerns.
My area of expertise is criminal law, with an emphasis on drug related
crimes. I chose this area of law because I feel that drug laws have become
too punitive, and I knew this would be an area of law that I could have
the biggest impact on my client's cases and lives. Because I specialize
in drug crimes, I am able to dedicate my entire practice to this area,
instead of spreading myself over different areas of the law. This benefits
my clients: I am not preoccupied with family law, civil law, or other
areas of law. My clients receive dedicated, focused, and experienced representation.
My approach to the practice of law is the following: I educate and inform
my clients about the law as it applies to their case. I offer an honest
evaluation of my client's case, as well as potential defenses and
possible outcomes. I provide a zealous representation on their behalf
focused on getting the best result based on my client's goals and
It is important to understand that the government will never run out of
resources to prosecute a case. A vigorous criminal defense is mandated
by the United States Constitution. I work every day on behalf of my clients
with those two thoughts in mind.
Since 2004, I have been involved in every aspect of criminal law: misdemeanors,
felonies, bail issues, arraignments, settlement conferences, preliminary
hearings, pretrial motions, trial motions, jury trials, bench trials,
post-trial motions, sentencing and expungements.
My clients receive representation that they cannot find elsewhere. I am
an attorney that has the time, experience, and resources to dedicate exclusively
to their case. Because I am in private practice, I can control which cases
I decide to take, and which cases I decline. That is, I will not take
on a case that I cannot dedicate the requisite time to defend zealously.
I know how to relate to my clients, and I understand my clients on a level
that goes beyond just being their attorney. I understand that my clients
may have children, a spouse, a partner, an ex-spouse, a job, loss of a
job, or other issues in their lives that go beyond their legal case.
I do not take every potential client that seeks to retain my law office.
I try to understand exactly what my client's expectations are, their
goals with respect to their legal case, and how I can help achieve those
goals. I do not treat my clients like criminals; I treat them like people
facing a very difficult legal situation. I am there to help them navigate
a very complex legal world and provide a dedicated defense of their case.
I do not promise a not guilty verdict on every case. I do not promise or
guarantee that every case will be dismissed. What I do promise and guarantee
is that I will work extremely hard on my client's case to obtain the
best legal outcome. I have had many cases dismissed, and I have received
not guilty verdicts. However, I do not make false promises or guarantees
on the outcome of cases because each case and every client is unique.
I am proud to say that through diligence and hard work, I have achieved
exceptional results on behalf of my clients. I have filed motions to have
evidence and statements suppressed. For example, I have successfully challenged
the reasonable suspicion to justify the stops of a clients suspected of
driving under the influence. I have had evidence suppressed, and cases
dismissed, when my clients were arrested without sufficient probable cause.
I have successfully defended cases and had charges dismissed based on
faulty eye witness identifications. Furthermore, I have had Strikes struck
and Enhancements dismissed.
In addition, I teach criminal procedure and criminal law at a local university
so I am well educated on current law, new law, and I understand the nuances
that separate experienced from inexperienced attorneys. Every year, I
attend legal seminars that provide the most up-to-date information on
criminal law and criminal procedure, which help sharpen my focus and ability
to defend clients. Furthermore, as a member of the National Association
of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL), I am constantly reading and learning
about information that allows me to provide the best representation on
behalf of my clients.
San Diego has been my home since 2001. I am married with children. I enjoy
vacationing with my family, staying physically active, and keeping up
with my favorite baseball, football and basketball teams.