Michael E. Cindrich
Michael E. Cindrich is a highly respected attorney in San Diego. Licensed by the State Bar of California to practice law, Mr. Cindrich delivers excellent service to his clients by taking a personal, vested interest in each individual case. Unlike large law firms that handle a high volume of cases, The Law Offices of Michael E. Cindrich limits the number of active cases to fewer than 25. By doing this, Mr. Cindrich can ensure that each case receives the same individual attention and that all the needs of his clients are met.
Prior to working in private practice, Michael Cindrich was a Prosecutor for the San Diego District Attorney’s Office where he was lead counsel on dozens of misdemeanor and felony cases. During that time, Mr. Cindrich successfully litigated and negotiated cases ranging from Gang Injunctions and DUIs to more serious charges such as Robbery, Assault with a Deadly Weapon, Burglary and Drug Sales. Having gained valuable trial experience and extensive knowledge of the San Diego Courts, Mr. Cindrich decided to pursue his true passion of becoming a criminal defense attorney. In private practice, Mr. Cindrich continues to be respected by prosecutors and judges for his zealous yet professional demeanor.
While attending law school in San Diego, Mr. Cindrich performed Pro Bono Work for the California Innocence Project, an organization investigating inmate claims of wrongful conviction. Because of Mr. Cindrich’s time and effort dedicated to the Project, he was awarded the Wiley W. Manuel Award for Pro Bono Legal services by the State Bar of California. Mr. Cindrich continues to be involved in the community by giving presentations regarding current DUI and drug laws.
Mr. Cindrich understands that your legal matters are of critical importance to you, and the lawyer you choose matters. He takes the time to get to know you, to understand your situation, to explain the issues, and to help you develop a proactive and effective strategy designed to help you reach your goals. The Law Offices of Michael E. Cindrich has the relevant experience and only one goal: helping you successfully navigate the legal process.
Anthony M. Bettencourt
Anthony M. Bettencourt is an associate attorney who focuses his practice in the areas of medical marijuana, criminal defense, and civil litigation. Mr. Bettencourt is admitted to practice before all California superior courts, various federal district courts (including the Southern, Central, and Eastern Districts of California), and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. He is an experienced litigator well versed in jury trial, law and motion, and appeal.
Prior to joining the Law Offices of Michael E. Cindrich, APC, Mr. Bettencourt served as a Deputy District Attorney in Glenn County. There, he prosecuted all cases involving DUI that were filed in the county. He also served as a plaintiff’s civil rights attorney, bringing actions under the Americans with Disabilities Act, California Unruh Civil Rights Act, and the Eighth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. In that capacity, Mr. Bettencourt’s efforts resulted in five cases that were published in federal reporters, including one Ninth Circuit appeal.
Mr. Bettencourt attended law school at the University of California, Davis, School of Law (King Hall). There, he was a member of the Moot Court board, participated in three national moot court competitions, served as a Staff Editor for the Business Law Journal, won two annual interschool negotiation competitions, and was awarded a McArthur Scholarship. Mr. Bettencourt interned for the Shasta County District Attorney’s Office and externed for Chief Judge Randal J. Newsom of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of California. Mr. Bettencourt received his B.A. from the University of California, Santa Barbara, with a major in Communication and a minor in Sport’s Management.
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