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Michael Li

michael-liAttorney Michael C. Li attended the University of California in Los Angeles, where he earned Bachelor of Arts degrees in both History and Political Science. Mr. Li graduated cum laude (with honors) from UCLA, and, thereafter, attended the Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, DC, where he earned his Juris Doctorate and acceptance to the Bar Association. During his studies with Georgetown, Mr. Li was afforded the privilege to work as a law clerk for the Honorable Lance A. Ito, during the 1995 historic and sensational case of People vs. O.J. Simpson. Mr. Li contributed to the famous case through research, fact finding and the preparation of legal briefs relevant to the processing of the case – all while he was still attending law school. It was a considerable honor for him, and served as a hallmark occasion that would influence his later decision to pursue a career dedicated to being a top Santa Rosa criminal defense lawyer.

Following Attorney Li’s 1997 graduation from Georgetown, he accepted a position with a prestigious legal firm in San Francisco, where he honed his litigation skills performing pre-filings of complaints; depositions; witness interviews; and alternative dispute resolution proceedings (mediations and arbitrations). Mr. Li also served as counsel during jury trials and acted as general counsel for a number of small businesses, at this time. After his tenure as a litigation lawyer in San Francisco, Attorney Li relocated to Sonoma County, where he served as a prosecutor for the District Attorney’s Office.

As a prosecuting attorney, Mr. Li was afforded the opportunity to delve into the practice of criminal law, learning both the intricate applications of California’s criminal codes along with the prosecutorial strategies implemented by the state. Through his experience as a prosecuting attorney, Mr. Li was able to gain a full understanding of how the accusations of the prosecution can be affected, diminished and even dismissed by effective arguments presented by the defense.

Attorney Li has literally handled thousands of cases throughout his extensive criminal law career, as both a prosecutor and a Santa Rosa defense attorney. And his experience has lent to the success of his current criminal defense and litigation practice.

Mr. Li has participated in every facet of activity connected with criminal law, including: Jury trials, court trials, arraignments, preliminary hearings, motions to suppress evidence, motions to dismiss, discovery motions, pre-trial negotiations, plea bargaining, sentencing hearings, probation violation hearings, investigations, post-conviction reductions and dismissals.

Mr. Li currently handles cases involving: DUI, robbery, assault and battery, domestic violence, sex crimes, gang crimes and vehicular homicides and drug offenses.

Santa Rosa Criminal Lawyer Li’s experience and knowledge of the law has afforded him the opportunities to serve as a public speaker and lecturer. He has spoken at local schools to educate students of the dangers of gangs and weaponry. And he has lectured extensively to police agencies and prosecuting attorneys on the topics of DUI and Constitutional Laws.


UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, LOS ANGELES (1990 – 1994) B.A., History and Political Science Graduated cum laude (with honors)

GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY LAW CENTER (1994 – 1997) Juris Doctorate

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"Michael eased my concerns during a very stressful time in my life and for that I will be forever grateful. Highly recommended!"
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