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Michael L Crowley

Michael L Crowley

Criminal Defense Lawyer
Crowley Law Group
San Diego, CA
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About Michael L Crowley

Attorney Biography

Founder and lead attorney of the Crowley Law Group (formerly the Law Offices of Michael L. Crowley), Mr. Crowley has been practicing criminal law for more than 27 years and is a Criminal Law Specialist, certified by the State Bar of California’s, Board of Legal Specialization for more than 15 years. He practices in both state and federal criminal courts and was named Criminal Defense Lawyer of the Year for 2005 by the Criminal Defense Bar Association of San Diego.

Mr. Crowley began his law career working for the former San Diego City Attorney Michael Aguirre "prosecuting" securities violators in the civil courts. Two years later, Mr. Crowley became a sole practitioner in criminal law and civil rights litigation, representing civilians complaining of police abuse. He won a $1.3 million award against the County of San Diego on behalf of a former Navy chaplain who was severely beaten by sheriff's deputies.

Today, he leads a team of lawyers who specialize in most criminal practice areas from DUIs to White Collar Crime, and civil practice areas such as Abusive Debt Collection, Civil Rights, and Administrative matters.

Additionally, Mr. Crowley has spent the past 19 years as an adjunct law professor at California Western and Thomas Jefferson law schools, teaching Legal Skills, Constitutional Law, Constitutional Litigation, Criminal Motions and most recently California Evidence.

Mr. Crowley graduated from California Western School of Law, cum laude in 1984 where he was executive editor of California Western Law Review and the author of an award-winning article in the same publication. He graduated from the University of South Florida in 1974 with bachelor degrees in Journalism & Political Science before working as a newspaper reporter which included covering the courts.

He is a past president of both the Criminal Defense Lawyer's Club and the Criminal Defense Bar Association (CDBA) where he is currently a director of CDBA. He has co-chaired the 9th Circuit Judicial Conference of Lawyer Reps, and the county bar's Federal Court's committee, chaired the Lawyer Referral and Information Service, and is currently a member of the San Diego County Bar’s Ethics Committee. He is a member and licensed to practice law in all California state courts, the U.S. District Courts of San Diego and Los Angeles along with the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Mr. Crowley is a member of the Criminal Defense Bar Association – San Diego, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, California Attorneys for Criminal Justice, and the San Diego County Bar Association.

Practice Areas

Criminal Defense (100%)

Résumé - Michael L Crowley

Bar Licenses

California State Bar
Member in Good Standing


University of South Florida

California Western School of Law

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Specialty Certifications

State Bar of California
Board Certified Specialist
Criminal Law
State Bar of California


National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

California Attorneys for Criminal Justice
California Attorneys for Criminal Justice

California Lawyers Association, Criminal Law Section
California Lawyers Association, Criminal Law Section

California Lawyers Association
California Lawyers Association

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Awards & Honors

Top Trial Lawyer
San Diego Criminal Defense Bar Association

Commercial Recognitions

Professional Involvement badge
Recognized for Professional Involvement
Lawyer Legion

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Contact Michael L Crowley

Michael L Crowley
Crowley Law Group
401 W "A" St Suite 925
San Diego, CA 92101
Office: 619-238-5700
Fax: 619-795-0990

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Bar License Information

California Bar Membership -

Michael L Crowley - Profile information with the State Bar of California - Find more information about Michael L Crowley on the State Bar of California website, including: current status, actions affecting eligibility to practice law and disciplinary history.

Specialty Certification Information

Criminal Defense Specialty Areas -

CBLS Board Certification in Criminal Law - The California Board of Legal Specialization certifies lawyers as specialists in criminal law. Attorney must show substantial experience, completion of specific task requirements, pass an examination, submit to peer review, and show completion of continuing education requirements in criminal law.

Nonprofit Organizations

National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers -

Founded in 1958, NACDL is the largest organization for criminal defense lawyers fighting to preserve fairness within America's criminal justice system. The organization has more than 10,000 direct members including criminal defense attorneys in private practice, public defenders in state or federal court, U.S. military defense counsel, law professors and judges.

California Attorneys for Criminal Justice -

CACJ works to preserve due process and defend the rights of the accused while providing quality continuing legal education courses to criminal defense lawyers in the State of California.