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Such a well educated , helpful man !

“I was arrested for a pretty serious charge , it was my first time dealing with something like this or even being arrested at all . Michael had no doubts about helping me in my unlucky situation, he walked me through step by step & assured me he was going to help me get the best thing possible for me . It took over a little 4 months but with all his hard work & dedication on helping me , he was able to get my case dropped ! I 100% recommend anyone who’s dealing with a sticky situation to hire him ! I’m so thankful and lucky to have had him through this rough journey !! Today I live worry free & also case free knowing I have Michael by my side !”

Priscilla

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  • I knew right away that I would retain him as my attorney.

    “Michael Kern sat down with my boyfriend and I for an hour discussing my case. I knew right away that I would retain him as my attorney. Michael took the time to answer all our questions. During the course of my case, Michael kept me informed at each stage and I didn't have to go to court at all. He took care of everything for me. I was charged with domestic violence and possession of a controlled substance (cocaine). Michael got both my charges dismissed ! I was completely satisfied and thanked Michael for an excellent job on my behalf. Throughout my case, I always felt that Michael was available to talk to me when I had any questions. Michael is professional, patient, knowledgeable, and most of all caring. I'm glad I chose him to represent me. Anyone looking for an excellent attorney should give Michael Kern a call. He will defend you. I hope I never need an attorney again, but if I do I will call Michael Kern, A+ Attorney.”

    Ann S.

  • Michael did not want to settle unless we were to be offered the best possible deal.

    “I was recently given a serious felony charge, and with it being my first run-in with the justice system I was lost. I stumbled upon the Kern Law business card and quickly sent them an e-mail. Michael quickly replied and was able to meet with me within 16 hours for a free consultation. We tried to shop around but Michael really set the bar high. He gave us a fair and reasonable price and was able to reduce my felony charge to a misdemeanor within a few months. I loved how Michael did not want to settle unless we were to be offered the best possible deal. With that, we went into the preliminary hearing where the judge decided to reduce my charge. If it wasn't for Michael's belief and support in me, we would have accepted a bad deal or worse. My favorite part about working with Michael was his great communication with any questions I had as well as his professionalism and friendly personality. Now, I'm not hoping you get into trouble to where you will need Mr. Kern, but I was recently given a serious felony charge, and with it being my first run-in with the justice system I was lost. I stumbled upon the Kern Law business card and quickly sent them an e-mail. Michael quickly replied and was able to meet with me within 16 hours for a free consultation. We tried to shop around but Michael really set the bar high. He gave us a fair and reasonable price and was able to reduce my felony charge to a misdemeanor within a few months. I loved how Michael did not want to settle unless we were to be offered the best possible deal. With that, we went into the preliminary hearing where the judge decided to reduce my charge. If it wasn't for Michael's belief and support in me, we would have accepted a bad deal or worse. My favorite part about working with Michael was his great communication with any questions I had as well as his professionalism and friendly personality. Now, I'm not hoping you get into trouble to where you will need Mr. Kern, but if you are ever in a bind Michael Kern is the man you want to represent you.”

    Christian

  • Never leave home without Michael's card

    “I am for sure keeping Michael's card at hand and will be referring him to family and friends that are in need of a wise and enthusiastic attorney. He did what he said he would do and the outcome was great. I highly recommend obtaining Michael for your defense. 👍👍👍👍👍”

    Bryan

  • Michael fought for my freedom and I am ever so grateful for his hard work. Extraordinary results and utmost satisfaction.

    “I could not have asked for a better attorney... with Michael Kern you have knowledge, power, and compassion on your side. With good reason, Michael was strongly recommended from an employee of the San Diego Court House. From the very first meeting to the last hearing, Michael fulfilled every word and we achieved our goal. The process of needing and acquiring an attorney was new to me. Michael took care of every concern and question that rolled through my anxious mind; in doing so helps to relieve what stress one may be under. It felt as if he was family, someone to help you when you are in dire need. A goal was initially set at our first meeting and step-by-step we achieved it. If a new hurdle arose, a new plan to overcome it would be devised and one-by-one each task was accomplished. At no point in time did I feel overwhelmed with the process. Michael's experience really shines through in his methods. When it was required, Michael was aggressive and tenacious when resolving. He knew what to do and when to do it. In my case, there were usually options that he would devise and present with his suggestion as to what might have the best potential outcome pertaining to a charge. Michael fought for my freedom and I am ever so grateful for his hard work. Extraordinary results and utmost satisfaction. Thank you once again Michael.”

    David D.

  • I do recommend him to anyone that gets in any trouble with the law enforcement.

    “I had got myself in a tough situation and thought I wasn’t going to be able to get through it. But I was referred to Michael Kern and man was I satisfied at what he told me the first time I met him. He’s such a nice guy with so much patience, always telling you what you need to hear. I was worried I was going to be incarcerated for a long time, but with the great help of Michael Kern they reduced my time I had to do. I do recommend him to anyone that gets in any trouble with the law enforcement. Thank you so much!”

    Joseph G.

  • This guy is awesome.

    “Michael Kern was referred to me by a family member. I was facing a 13 year prison sentence with 3 felonies. He worked hard to make sure I didn't get that. My case ended with me doing No time, No felonies, none of that. All I got was a fine of $300 with Summary Probation which means no check in, no restrictions, just staying out of trouble for a full 3 years. This guy is awesome. He treats his clients as if they were family and does everything he can to give you the best possible results... I'd definitely refer him to anyone I know. Thank you Mr. Kern”

    The Taylors

  • He represented me in a way I hope that everyone would experience.

    “Mr. Kern was a real benefit to me in my legal proceedings. He represented me in a way I hope that everyone would experience. He took the time to explain things I was unfamiliar with in the court system and kept me calm in what could have been a very stressful experience. Mr. Kern's experience in the legal field was demonstrated in his outstanding representation of me in a fair and precise manner. I would highly recommend him and would use him again if the need arose.”

    Andrea

  • He is a very good guy to have in your corner. Very straightforward and honest.

    “My first time hiring a lawyer plus being out of state. I wasn't sure how it was going to go, but I called Michael and spoke with him about my situation and even gave me options if I chose not to go with him. He was very detailed on what would happen, possible outcomes. He kept me up to date on court dates, very prompt with everything. He is a very good guy to have in your corner. Very straightforward and honest. Would definitely hire him again if ever needed!! I would give more stars if I could, but 5 seems to be all. Would highly recommend him for anyone in need of legal help, even if it's only a question.”

    Lisette V.

  • He ended this issue fast, it was a done deal, no fine or probation not even a ticket!

    “Late 2013 to early 2014 I was served court ordered documents to appear in superior court. I felt that I needed expert advise and representation. I spoke to a co-worker who had a similar experience. He recommended Kern Law. I did some research, then called Kern Law. I visited his office and was impressed by his professionalism and friendly demeanor. After another visit to his office and one trip to the court house Mr. Michael Kern produced results. My case was dismissed. He ended this issue fast, it was a done deal, no fine or probation not even a ticket! Thank you again Kern Law.”

    Joseph V.

  • Thank you Mr Kern, you really are a life changer to me.

    “Mr Michael Kern has not only helped me, he has helped my family, close friends of mine and many others. I put all of my trust in his ability and intelligence. If not for Mr Kern I would not be in the position I am in today. Not only is he trust worthy I also would like to consider him a great human being. It was my pleasure meeting Mr Kern. I refer him to anyone that is in any kind of trouble with the law. ...Thank you Mr Kern, you really are a life changer to me.”

    Ceasar Romero

  • I'm so thankful I made this decision to lawyer up.

    “I was pulled over for a DUI this year in Orange County, very conservative courts. My BAC was .08 and I was charged with a DUI. Mr. Kern was able reduce the charge to a Wet and Reckless which meant: No breathalyzer, No community service, and a reduction in fines (which offset the my cost for hiring him). Now I will be able to get my record expunged after 3 years and not have to have this thing looming over my head for 10 years. Since Mr. Kern works out of the SD area our communication was over the phone mostly, but he was very reassuring through the whole experience. And when it came to my day in court he was able to use his relationships within the system to get my charges reduced. I'm so thankful I made this decision to lawyer up.”

    Jacob

  • Excellent representation!

    “Excellent representation! At 43 years of age I found myself incarcerated for driving under the influence. I think to myself this cant be happening , my life is over. Well it wasn't . With the help of Michael Kern I made it through the ordeal. He took care of all the court appearances which saved me with my job and the embarrassment of having to explain to my employer why I was missing work. He took the time to explain the entire process from start to finish, made sure I understood my options and made me feel comfortable with the final outcome. I strongly recommend Kern Law to anyone in need of legal representation.”

    Theresa S.

  • His good relationship with the court and the judiciary in general is a major asset for his clients.

    “Michael Kern is a true professional. From the very beginning of a scary and intimidating process, Michael took the time to meet, to listen, and to outline our situation. There were few options for us. We were heading toward a most difficult time. Because of his serious investigative skills, Michael avoided some serious repercussions for us. His good relationship with the court and the judiciary in general is a major asset for his clients. He spoke to us in layman language, not legalese. He is caring, dependable, knowledgeable, and most effective. He takes the time to explain step by step how the process will work. He is meticulous in his research and his paperwork. He is no push over, but at the same time possesses a cordial respect for both his clients and the court officers. He is a true advocate and we would highly recommend him.”

    GDK

  • I would definitely hire Michael again if I ever get in trouble which I hope I don't get into.

    “Michael saved my behind from doing big time. At first I wasn't sure if i wanted to hire a lawyer for my case but when I found out that I was facing 4 years in prison I didn't know what to do. A person who I did work for told me that his friend is a lawyer and give me his number .I gave Michael a call set up an appointment and and he took it from there . Long story short I only got an ankle bracelet for 4 months which is way way better then 4 years in prison for a second dui. I can't thank him enough he is really good at what he does. I would definitely hire Michael again if I ever get in trouble which I hope I don't get into. Thanks again Michael”

    Diego O.

  • Very friendly and professional.

    “Very friendly and professional. I am very pleased with the work. Michael knows how to get the job done as quickly as possible. Thank you!”

    J. ALLEN

  • His technical knowledge and years of experience are shown immediately when you walk into his office.

    “This was my first time ever in need of a lawyer. At first I was very skeptical about hiring one, but my fellow co-worker had used Michael Kern before and had nothing but good to say about him. I gave Mr. Kern a call and talked about my situation. He told me everything that he would be doing for my case, if I was to choose to have him fight my case. I'm active duty in the military and have a VERY tight schedule, let alone be dealing with outside legal affairs. Mr. Kern straight up told me that: (He wasn't doing his job if i had to appear in court ONCE!). I thought that seemed impossible, I was in for a big surprise. Not only did I never once step foot in a court, it was the most mind and stress relieving legal process I have ever had. It helped me take care of my military career and look towards the future instead of dwelling on my case. I've already let a close friend know about Micheal Kern and has helped him out exactly like me. I highly recommend Michael D. Kern to anybody in need of legal advice or help. His technical knowledge and years of experience are shown immediately when you walk into his office, he looked deeper into my case than I ever dreamt was possible.”

    Jeremiah

  • Michael Kern was confident in the court room and assertive in just the right way.

    “I found myself facing contempt charges in a child custody case which are considered criminal charges and could have resulted in jail time. I originally thought the case had no merit and that I would just represent myself in court but I considered that my ex had hired some fancy lawyers to whom she was paying a very hefty sum (I know because she was trying to get me to pay her attorney fees!) and they kept serving me with all these documents and I felt at a big disadvantage so in the end I decided not to go it alone. That was the best decision ever. Michael Kern was confident in the court room and assertive in just the right way. It turns out it wasn't an open and shut case at all but thankfully the way Michael brought out all the evidence and his excellent delivery of the closing statements really made an impact on the judge (who had previously indicated he was leaning a different way during the course of the trial) so that by the time the verdict was made I was happily surprised. Although I was still found "guilty" it was based on a small technicality related to not filing proof of completion of a certain course months before Michael ever came in the picture. I thought I would have to retake the course, pay a fine, and still spend time in jail for having taken my daughter on multiple occasions without having that proof filed but the end result was that during the trial Michael had successfully proven I had indeed taken the course and the proof was now filed so I was in the clear and will continue to get my daughter an extra night every week. I just had to pay a relatively small penalty. I considered it a victory, apparently so did my ex's attorney because he made it a point to share with the judge how displeased he was with the ruling.”

    Dan

  • He is an awesome lawyer and i couldn't of asked for a better lawyer or a better outcome on my case.

    “Michael Kern is an honest, fair, hardworking attorney. He fights for the best possible deal that you can get but still lets you know what the worse outcome as well. You walk in knowing your case just as good as him so theres no surprises at court. I've had lawyers who keep you in the dark, basically you just feel lost the whole time.Throughout the whole case Mr. Kern keeps you informed on every detail no matter how small it may be. Also, he is fair on his price and is willing to work with you with whatever your income is. He is an awesome lawyer and i couldn't of asked for a better lawyer or a better outcome on my case. I highly recommend him on any caseload!!!”

    AJ R.

  • Finally, he got me the best outcome that was possible and was able to negotiate an infraction for me rather then a misdemeanor.

    “I was recently charged with a misdemeanor because my dog had bitten someone and I was terrified. I had never had so much as a traffic ticket before. I chose Mr. Kern because of his great reviews and I'm so glad that I did. When I arrived at his office, he explained the charges and what my options were. I never felt rushed with him and I never felt pressured to make any particular decision. Once I hired him, he always answered my questions and concerns promptly. I've known people who have hired other defense attorneys and every time they contact their attorney they end up talking to a different assistant rather then the attorney. That is definitely not the case at Kern Law. I felt like he really took my case seriously. Finally, he got me the best outcome that was possible and was able to negotiate an infraction for me rather then a misdemeanor. I feel great about my experience with Mr. Kern and I highly recommend him.”

    Elaine C.

  • Mr. Kern was a very helpful lawyer looked into the case thoroughly to make sure you get the best out come possible.

    “Mr. Kern was a very helpful lawyer looked into the case thoroughly to make sure you get the best out come possible. Very laid back and confident lawyer, knew his stuff, easy to talk to always had your back no matter how long the case will take. Me being from AZ, and getting well taken care of in a case i had in California, i wouldn't pick any other lawyer. Thanks again!!”

    Mitchell

  • I would highly recommend Michael to any of my friends and family members

    “I would like to start off by saying Michael Kern got the best possible outcome in my DUI case. I must say, I was extremely nervous about my DUI outcome. He understood my concerns and advised me from the very beginning what was his plan of action and kept me up to date during the whole process. He told me to try not to worry and said he would notify me if anything came up that I needed to worry about, and he did. He was very professional and did do his best to get the best attainable outcome he could get. In my case I was facing jail time and he was able to keep me out of jail and was able to get me into the first conviction 3 month program. Also had one charge of Hit and Run dismissed by the courts. I would highly recommend Michael to any of my friends and family members.”

    Jose S.

  • Kept me from going to jail and really minimized my sentence.

    “Mr. Kern really helped me with my DUI case. Kept me from going to jail and really minimized my sentence . I highly recommend him. A true professional , I'm very satisfied that I chose him. Outstanding attorney!”

    Eddie S.

  • I received an excellent result, and I credit that to Mr. Kern's hard work and experience.

    “I was arrested for a DUI, and I was really scared because I had never been arrested before. I contacted Mr. Kern after finding his webpage online. He immediately explained the steps we needed to take to protect my license and fight my DUI case. I was extremely happy with the amount of work he dedicated to my case, and he was available whenever I had questions. I received an excellent result, and I credit that to Mr. Kern's hard work and experience.”

    Sandy H.

  • Michael personally handled my case with outstanding results and dedication.

    “Absolutely loved working with this company! Michael personally handled my case with outstanding results and dedication. They kept me informed updated in as involved as I needed/wanted to be and work with me on areas where I needed help such as payment information and questions about how to handle the situation after the court hearing.If I had to choose again I would pick the same company to represent me.”

    Domenic T

  • My attorney, with patience, provided me with all of the answers to my many questions.

    “I was foolish and drove under the influence. Resulting in an arrest, a blood test, and a DUI. Had I not hired Kern to defend me I would have been jailed for a minimum of three months. The confusion I felt following my arrest was real. There were so many things to be completed, legally speaking, in such a short amount of time. I am beyond grateful to my attorney for having an existing relationship with the legal system. From that relationship I benefited by serving NO jail time. Nor did I ever have to appear in court. My attorney, with patience, provided me with all of the answers to my many questions. Every case is different, so even if my attorney didn't know the answer immediately, he always found it. I was given all the necessary paperwork and tasks to be completed. All tasks were explained in such sensitive detail. I never felt like I was dealing with the repercussions of my mistake on my own. I highly recommend the professional attorneys at Kern Law, you'll be happy you hired this team.”

    Ms. Kerr

  • I am so grateful to have has Michael Kern represent me.

    “I am so grateful To have has Michael Kern represent me. He is highly intelligent and very quick thinking. His courtroom skills are exceptional. I had no idea what kind of attorney I would get assigned to me and I really feel like the universe had my back giving assigning me Michael Kern. It was very reassuring to know I had a quality attorney.”

    Lisa L.

  • I was lost, but then there was Michael Kern.

    “Never thought I would need legal representation for my child. I felt lost but as a parent I wanted to ensure his mistake would not be a lifelong mistake. I was lost, but then there was Michael Kern. He was everything I hoped he would be. He is competent, considerate, confident and calculating. Mr. Kern handled a difficult case with ease. Not only did he represent my son but he gave him sound advise to inspire him to get his life in order. Mr Kern you have definitely met you Calling, but I believe you may have another one inspiring young men...You Sir are Amazing! Thank you!”

    Vicki

  • Strategic is the word I would use to describe Michael Kern. He is the best!

    “Strategic is the word I would use to describe Michael Kern. He is the best! He is a great communicator, and keeps you in the loop of what the next steps will be, every step of the way. I highly recommend Michael Kern for any legal matters you may have.”

    Joel

  • Mr Kern was a great attorney and would recommend him to anyone in need of representation.

    “Mr Kern was a great attorney and would recommend him to anyone in need of representation. He helped my son get through a very tough time in his life and kept in constant contact with him and was available 24/7. His knowledge of the law and experience was definitely top notch through the judicial process. I would highly recommend his service.”

    Dave H.

  • I feel fortunate to have had Michael on my side!

    “After undergoing a recent traumatic experience, I contacted Michael and he walked me through exactly what to expect in dealing with the criminal justice system. Michael was extremely knowledgeable and responsive which provided me with a great sense of comfort during a very difficult time. Michael took the time to make sure I was comfortable with the process and always new what to expect. I feel fortunate to have had Michael on my side!”

    Valerie J.

  • Such a well educated , helpful man !

    “I was arrested for a pretty serious charge , it was my first time dealing with something like this or even being arrested at all . Michael had no doubts about helping me in my unlucky situation, he walked me through step by step & assured me he was going to help me get the best thing possible for me . It took over a little 4 months but with all his hard work & dedication on helping me , he was able to get my case dropped ! I 100% recommend anyone who’s dealing with a sticky situation to hire him ! I’m so thankful and lucky to have had him through this rough journey !! Today I live worry free & also case free knowing I have Michael by my side !”

    Priscilla

  • He has the experience and rapport with the DA to get the best possible results.

    “I found myself stuck between a rock and a hard place. A friend of mine who had a similar case referred me to Mr. Kern. He is flexible and great at explaining all the details and possible outcomes of your case. He has the experience and rapport with the DA to get the best possible results. He saved my future and I couldn't be more grateful. I would refer him to anyone who needs the best legal representation.”

    Kalen J.

  • He's is very professional and takes his job serious.

    “I was fortunate to come across Michael, a family friend referred me to him and I am so grateful that he did. He's is very professional and takes his job serious. I've never been in any trouble with the law, and my case was rather serious, but he sat with me and broke it all down for me on the process, how it works and the steps I can make to help my case. I walked out of our first face to face very confident that he was adequate, and confident in the methods he wanted to use. He sat and broke down exactly how he was going to attack the case and what the judge and D.A were going to be looking for. He's a man of his word, what he told me would be my probable outcome and what it actually turned out to be was harsher than what the judge actually ended up giving me. I definitely recommend him to anyone in unfortunate jam like I was. You will not be disappointed!”

    Steven

  • I couldn't thank him enough for the work he did on my case, which managed to get completely dismissed.

    “This was my first ticket ever, let alone court case, and after searching online I came across Kern Law. After looking at the site and reading the reviews I figured this would be my best bet, and it was; Michael Kern is great. He was always quick to reply via email and text over any questions I had. He kept me up to date with my case and thoroughly explained everything going on. He took care of literally everything, and I did not appear in court once. I couldn't thank him enough for the work he did on my case, which managed to get completely dismissed. I'd recommend him to anyone in need, as he is a great legal representative.”

    S.

  • So happy and grateful for the results he was able to get me.

    “By the grace of God I came across Michael Kern. I spoke to quite a few lawyers when I had a legal issue to take care of, and I can confidently say that he was the ONLY one who cares more about his clients then the money. He spent more time going over my case and doing everything he could to make sure I got the best possible outcome. Not just going to court for me and standing there like other lawyers I've had in the past. He clearly does this to help people, not an ulterior motive. He was willing to work with me 100% of the way. Even if I had a few other issues come up he still worked with me which says a lot about his character. Hopefully I won't need legal guidance in the future but if I or anyone I know does I will without a doubt contact him. So happy and grateful for the results he was able to get me. I am forever thankful to Michael Kern! 5 out of 5 stars!”

    Derek C

  • I would recommend his assistance to anyone I know who got into trouble of some sorts and requires a great lawyer.

    “From the first day speaking to Michael over the phone, he thoroughly asked me questions about my situation getting to know me and my new case. He was professional and friendly, and we soon met, which led to making him my lawyer. Michael Kern has performed excellent service the entire time we have worked together, and he is very knowledgeable about all things pertaining to the law. I would recommend his assistance to anyone I know who got into trouble of some sorts and requires a great lawyer.”

    Vicky B.