Michelle Mabugat is an experienced trial attorney whose powerful combination of intellect and charm has quickly earned her a reputation for being one of the most highly-gifted young litigators in Southern California. Known as a caring yet tenacious litigator and strategic out-of-box thinker, Michelle has handled a wide variety of criminal matters and trials ranging from theft, drug possession and major narcotics offenses, to sex crimes, murder, and complex white-collar prosecutions at both the state and federal level.
In addition to her criminal practice, Michelle is also emerging to be one of the brightest legal minds in L.A.'s cannabis industry. Through her vast experience defending medical marijuana clients in criminal courts throughout Southern California, Michelle developed, almost inadvertently, an expertise in the fields of cannabis business law and regulatory compliance. As a result, Michelle is frequently consulted on various compliance issues related to cannabis, and she often advises clients on how to effectively mitigate – and ultimately overcome – significant risk in today's growing cannabis industry.
Michelle graduated with honors from UCLA in 2007, before obtaining her law degree from the USC Gould School of Law in 2011. Drawn to the world of criminal law from an early stage of her education, Michelle interned with one of L.A's most premier trial attorneys while in law school. She also received an externship at the California Court of Appeal as well as a clerkship at the Los Angeles Public Defender's Office. Her clerkship at the Public Defender's Office was highlighted by her successful overturning of a prison inmate's life sentence - a rare achievement accomplished by very few.
Immediately after law school, Michelle focused her practice and her passion exclusively in the area of criminal defense. Michelle set out to learn her trade by studying the lost art of trial litigation by starting with a foundation built on legal analysis and writing skills. As a young associate at a national criminal defense practice, Michelle had tremendous success in preparing, arguing, and winning, numerous suppression issues, motions to dismiss, trial motions and requests for post-conviction relief.
Before proudly joining the Manzuri Law team in 2016, Michelle worked closely with founder and CEO, Meital Manzuri, for over five years.