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.
Attorney Michael 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.
By far the best law firm I have ever dealt with. With the case that was presented to the firm Brian took it on with a heavy hand. 2 years later he is still representing us and doing an amazing job. Representing himself and our case with the upmost respect and class ever. I would highly recommend to anyone in need of representation to contact Brian McDonnell.
- p Orozco. 2/17/2020
We made the absolute perfect choice when we called Brian McDonnell. He went out of his way to help our family with the upmost professionalism and great amount of knowledge. Thank you Brian for all your hard work, compassion and time. Thank you for continuing to go above and beyond to help this family you are greatly appreciated!
- Mia Rodriguez. 2/16/2020
I could go on and on about The McDonnell Law Firm. The best way to find out how honest and great they are is having them represent you. I called many law firms until I contacted Mc Donnell Law firm. The attorney, Brain Mc Donnell talked to me over the phone on my first call to his office. Then he had rearranged his personal time to meet with me the following day, which was a Saturday.
He was honest with me about my case, not making any promises just to get my money. The only court dates I had to attend was my arraignment and the sentence date.
In this day and age of so much dishonesty it was nice to meet someone like Brain. He really cares about people and gives you the best outcome that he can. Not a lot of promises for lots of money that only end up as excuses at the end.
Brian and the Mc Donnell law firm thank you for being the exception.