Michele Carmeli is a Partner with Serbin & Carmeli.  Her focus is litigation, often in the fields of trust and estate litigation and elder abuse litigation.

Recently, as an outgrowth of her work in the trust and estate field, Michele became Co-Chair of an upcoming Senior Fair scheduled for November 11, 2012 in Irvine, CA.  Michele is also a member of the California State Bar Educating Seniors Speakers Bureau where she will be speaking on important legal matters affecting seniors, including how to avoid financial elder abuse.

Since graduating from law school in 1984, Michele’s litigation experience has covered a very broad spectrum. She has defended corporations, large and small businesses, and individuals of all backgrounds. During the past five years, Michele engaged in substantial trial work at the Deily Law Firm, APLC,  in cases such as elder abuse, trust and estate contests and contested conservatorships.  Michele’s extensive civil litigation and appellate background has helped her aggressively represent clients from case inception through trial and appeal.

Prior to working in the trust and estate field, Michele worked at firms defending contractors/developers and/or subcontractors in catastrophic injury cases that arose from work at construction sites, such as a wrongful death, burn, and assault and battery actions. Michele also defended businesses, homeowner associations and/or individuals in such matters as brain-injury, sexual harassment, wrongful eviction, wrongful termination, toxic injury, breach of contract, and other negligence actions. She also did construction defect litigation, defending developers and subcontractors in lawsuits by home purchasers. In addition, Michele drafted civil writs and appeals while doing general civil litigation between 1999 and 2006.

From 1991 through 1999, Michele was busy raising her two small children but maintained a prviate appellate practice. She drafted approximately 200 criminal appellate briefs concerning felony convictions of all kinds, including burglary, robbery, kidnapping, Three Strikes, manslaughter and murder cases.  Michele was trained to do appellate work, both during her internship with the Fourth District Court of Appeal in 1983 and while working for six years with Harrington, Foxx, Dubrow & Canter, a long-established Los Angeles insurance defense firm.  While at this firm, in addition to drafting writs and appeals, Michele engaged in civil litigation where she represented such clients as Bank of America, St. John’s Hospital, UCLA and the Ford Company.

Michele draws on a wealth of experience from her personal background, various fields of law and disparate training in order to represent her clients. She loves a challenge, provides personal attention, pays great care to case detail and performs the research and discovery necessary to be extremely well-prepared in representing her clients whether in negotiations, mediations, arbitrations or trial.

Michele is AV-rated in the areas of trust and estate, litigation and personal injury law.

During law school, Michele was on the Scott Moot Court Honors Program, contributed to the Entertainment Law Journal and did an internship with the California Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District, Division Three.  Michele completed her Juris Doctor degree at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles in 1984.  She is currently a member of the Orange County Bar Association, Trust & Estate Section, Elder Law Section, Appellate Law Section, Jewish Bar Association and Women in Leadership.   She was born in Haifa, Israel and immigrated to the United States at the age of 3.

Recommendation for Michele Carmeli

One of the few attorneys I have met in my lifetime that is ethical, excellent communicator, hard working, and very knowledgeable. All attorneys should be as honest and dedicated to their client’s best interest as Michele is.
Ralph W., September 26, 2011