Orange County Criminal Law Attorneys

Michael R. McDonnell

Attorney Michael McDonnell has been practicing law in California for over 40 years, in the process becoming one of the most prominent criminal defense attorneys in Orange County, recognized for his extensive trial experience and track record of successful results. National directory of attorneys Martindale-Hubbell has given Mr. McDonnell an AV Preeminent rating, reflecting the highest standards of professionalism and ethics in the legal community.

After receiving his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of San Diego (USD), Mr. McDonnell attended USD’s School of Law, where he earned his Juris Doctor in 1967. Following law school, he was admitted to practice in California and the United States District Court for the Central District of California. Since then, Mr. McDonnell has been admitted to the U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of California, the District of Arizona, the District of Nevada, the District of Colorado, and the Northern District of Georgia. Mr. McDonnell is also admitted to practice in the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Fifth and Ninth Circuits, as well as the U.S. Supreme Court.

As a prominent figure in the Southern California legal community, Mr. McDonnell maintains active memberships in the Orange County Bar Association, California Attorneys for Criminal Justice, the California Public Defenders Association, and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. He is a staunch advocate for protecting the rights of criminal defendants, including juvenile offenders. Mr. McDonnell’s impressive track record of assisting DUI defendants is showcased by his and Attorney Jeffrey’s reported case before the California Supreme Court: Larsen v. Department of Motor Vehicles (1995) 12 Cal. 4th 278.


Brian D. McDonnell

Attorney Brian D. McDonnell concentrates his practice on the criminal defense representation of clients in Los Angeles and Orange counties and throughout Southern California. Mr. McDonnell is admitted to the California State Bar, California Supreme Court, and the U.S. District Courts for the Central District of California, the Southern District of California, the Northern District of California, and the Eastern District of California. In addition, he is an active member of several prominent legal organizations, including the Orange County Bar Association, the American Bar Association, and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

A native of Fullerton, Mr. McDonnell earned his Bachelor’s of Arts from the University of San Diego and his Juris Doctor from Western State University, College of Law.