Michael J. DeNiro, PhD, Attorney: Defending students, faculty and individuals wronged by educational and governmental institutions since 2007

My Background and Experience

Long before I became a lawyer, I was an undergraduate at the University of Notre Dame, graduating with a B.S. in Chemistry in 1970, a graduate student at Caltech, receiving a Ph.D. in Biochemistry in 1977, and finally a professor of stable isotopy for thirty years, first at UCLA, from 1979 through 1988, and then at UC Santa Barbara, from 1988 through 2009. My experiences as an academic profoundly impressed on me an understanding of how institutions often deny individuals their legal rights. That impression informs how I practice law.

I went to law school toward the end of my time as a professor. Over the span of 97 days in 2007, I took the California bar exam, graduated law school, received notice that I passed the bar exam, and was sworn into the State Bar of California.

As a member in good standing of the State Bar of California, I can represent you if you reside anywhere in California, and have done so for clients throughout the state. I can also represent you if you attend or attended a college or university in California, regardless of the state in which you reside when school is not in session.

I have represented clients at elementary and high schools and at community colleges, colleges and universities throughout California, in Superior Court in Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Santa Cruz, Orange, Los Angeles, Riverside and Yolo counties, and in front of California state agencies, including the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), the Employment Development Department (EDD), the Department of Industrial Relations (DIR), and the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE) (aka the Labor Board.)

I am also admitted to and have represented clients in all the United States District Courts for California (the Central District of California, the Eastern District of California, the Northern District of California, and the Southern District of California), and can also represent you in front of Federal agencies, including the U.S. Social Security Administration.

Getting Started

Click the tabs at the top of the screen to read about the types of legal services you are seeking, then, to schedule a free initial consultation, call me at (805) 845-8223, or email me at mjdeniro7cox.net (please replace the "7" with the "at symbol"), or Click to send me an e-mail.

I will gather the relevant facts from you, and then give you an assessment of the prospects for a successful outcome if you decide to hire a lawyer.


Being sworn into the California State Bar
by Ruggero J. Aldisert, United States Circuit Judge
United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
Goleta June 4, 2007

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