Michael Fell – Attorney
Mr. Fell attended the University of California at Santa Barbara where he graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1986.
Following his undergraduate degree, Mr. Fell worked as a probation officer with the Santa Barbara Probation Department prior to attending Loyola Law School in Los Angeles. While in law school, Mr. Fell was selected to become staff of the prestigious Loyola of Los Angeles Law Review during his second year and became an editor of Law Review his final year. Mr. Fell was also selected and competed on Loyola’s Mock Trial Team and was awarded the Top Orator Award at graduation.
In 1989, Mr. Fell became a Deputy District Attorney for the Orange County District Attorney’s Office where he worked for more than 18 years. Mr. Fell prosecuted hundreds of cases including: arson, organized crime, child molestation, juvenile crime, hate crimes, gang cases and murder. He left the office in 2008 as a Senior Deputy District Attorney, a title reserved for the top trial attorneys in the office. While at the DA’s Office, Mr. Fell was President of the Association of Orange County Deputy District Attorneys, was on the Board of Directors of the Orange County Bar Association, was on the Board of Directors of the Anti-Defamation League of Orange County, was an elected Board Member of the Orange County Attorneys’ Association and served as an Advisory Member of the Juvenile Justice Commission.
In 2008, Mr. Fell left the District Attorney’s Office to become the lead California Trial Counsel at a Newport Beach civil firm before opening his own firm, the Law Office of Michael L. Fell, in 2009.
Mr. Fell has always had a passion for helping victims of crime and his firm is one of the only law practices in California concentrating on representing crime victims under Marsy’s Law, the 2008 California Constitutional Victims’ Bill of Rights.
Mr. Fell and his firm have handled dozens of Marsy’s Law cases involving victims of murder, sexual abuse, domestic violence, burglary, attempted murder, etc. He has been the victim rights attorney in many high profile cases including representing the victims in the rape/murder of San Diego juvenile Chelsea King and in the DUI Murder of former Major League baseball great Nick Adenhart, along with Courtney Stewart, Henry Pearson and injury to Jon Wilhite.
Mr. Fell has been the recipient of many honors and awards most recently being awarded the National Attorney of the Year for Pro Bono Victims’ Rights Representation presented by the National Crime Victim Law Institute. He has received additional esteemed recognition including the Diligent Prosecutor Award presented by the Orange County Chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving and the Ambassador of Peace Award presented by the Victims Rights Coalition of Orange County.
Mr. Fell lectures throughout Southern California on Marsy’s Law and the Criminal Justice System and was a Speaker at the California State Bar Convention in 2011.