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About Michael Bruggeman

About Michael Bruggeman – Newport Beach Criminal Defense Lawyer

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Attorney, Michael Bruggeman was born and and raised in Southern California. He earned his Juris Doctor in 1994, and has been a member of the State Bar since that same year. Mr. Bruggeman has practiced Criminal and Juvenile Deliquency law exclusively. Because of his experience working both as a prosecutor and public defender he has a unique perspective on how the prosecution looks at a case and how it is put together, and conversely the most effective way to defend those accused of crimes. Further, as a former government lawyer he has received superior training and conducted well over 100 trials in his career. In his career he has won numerous hearings and trials, including not guilty verdicts in DUI cases, serious felonies, and attempted murder with a firearm. Mr. Bruggeman has practiced nearly all his career in Orange County, and enjoys an excellent reputation amongst lawyers and Judges. Experience and skill count.


  • Corona Del Mar High School: 1979
  • University of California, Irvine: B. A. History, minor in Spanish: 1983
  • Universidad Complutense De Madrid (Spain): Advanced studies in Spanish History and Literature 1983-1985.
  • Western State University, College of Law (Irvine Campus): Juris Doctor 1994

Professional Experience:

  • Orange County Public Defender’s Office 9/95-4/97: Deputy Public Defender at Juvenile Court and the South Justice Center.
  • Shasta County District Attorney 4/97-5/98: Deputy District Attorney III; Deputy in charge of the Juvenile court operations.
  • Law Office of Michael Bruggeman 7/98-present: Practice dedicated solely to criminal and juvenile matters

Memberships and affiliations:

  • State Bar of California, Criminal Law Section
  • Federal Bar: Member of Southern and Central Districts of California.
  • Orange County Bar Association.
  • South Orange County Bar Association: Past President.
  • Elliot Inn of Court; Current Vice President.
  • Orange County Juvenile Court: Conflict Contract Attorney.
  • Former Riverside Alternate Defender (CDL) : Strike force attorney.
  • Santa Ana Elks Lodge

Special Skills:

  • Fluent in Spanish.

References and recent results:

  • Available upon request.