Wexford Law was found by Michael Devereux, a highly successful Los Angeles attorney with a remarkable trial record. Michael graduated with honors in economics. He completed post graduate studies in computer science at UCLA. Michael attended the masters program at Harvard University in cyber security. Michael's objective in life is not to do a good job - but to do a great job, so he will either find a way or make one himself.
Michael's success is the result of his amazing presence. His personality is quite unique. Michael Devereux is charming, suave and sophisticated. Michael possesses a simple, but rare quality which puts everyone at ease while taking charge and persuading others to see matters from his client’s perspective. His 6’4” frame commands attention, permitting Michael to hold court, owning the room - basically when Michael speaks people listen.
The formula is quite simple, Michael is prepared, he’s authentic, he’s interested, he’s positive, he’s confident, he’s humble, he’s empathetic, he can quickly adapt, he’s edutaining (a combination of education and entertainment) and he’s an exceptional storyteller. Before becoming an attorney, Michael was a Hollywood writer/storyteller so he knows how to tell a story so that it receives the attention it deserves.
Michael Devereux started his career with Operation Casablanca, the largest money laundering case in US history, while practicing white collar law and forfeiture law exclusively in federal court under the guidance Charles Pereyra-Suarez. After many years practicing exclusively white collar law Michael then departed to the Cochran Firm, with Johnnie Cochran where he began to practice in state court. Before starting his own firm, Michael was engaged on the defense teams in the Michael Jackson and Robert Blake cases with Thomas Mesereau as the lead attorney.
The Wall Street Journal, Tech News World, E-Commerce Times, and ABC TV have interviewed Mr. Devereux. In addition, Michael has also appeared on America Now with Leeza Gibbons & Bill Rancic, along with The Verdict with Paula Todd, and Gil Gross Show in San Francisco.
The Legal Network and the National Trial Lawyers named Michael Devereux in the Top Lawyers In California and Top 100 Trial Lawyers respectively. The American Lawyer Media honored him with Top Lawyers In California. In 2019, Top Verdict recognized Michael Devereux as having a Top 40 Civil Rights settlement. In 2020, Michael Devereux was awarded the Elite Lawyer, Trial Lawyer award.
Executives at Disney, Lucasfilm, Marvel, NBCUniversal, Universal, Warner Bros, Sony Pictures sold screening tickets to small entertainment company. All of the aforementioned major studios sue the small entertainment company for intellectual property violation(s). Major studios are demanding millions in damages. Major studios drop lawsuit with no payout to them.
Client is charged with attempted murder in tough conservative Orange County for stabbing his wife repeatedly over 32 times. Client took the stand and admitted that he stabbed his wife repeatedly. Jury finds the client not guilty on all counts.
Years of Experience
White Collar Cases
When Michael was in high school, Michael would after school, work the swing shift in a steel mill on the southside of Chicago. It was a job under horrible work conditions. It was dirty, grimy, loud and hot with temperatures consistently reaching over 150 degrees on summer days. It was so loud, that many men would lose their hearing within a couple of years. It was dangerous place where hot molten steel would often cut through a body like a hot knife through butter. Many of Michael's work colleagues were seriously injured - almost on a daily basis. It was there that Michael learned that he would need to study and work hard if he wanted to become more than a workplace casualty.
Michael Devereux didn't have much guidance outside of the typical blue collar family. Michael's father during World War II would be shot at by Nazi planes four or five times a week, but kept it quietly until his early 90s. Michael's father eventually retired from the steel mill. Michael's mother worked at the local hospital for years. Michael was the middle child of five. Michael was first child in his family to attend college and the first child to graduate from college. Michael Devereux graduated with honors in ecomomics.
A career as an attorney didn't come easy. Michael Devereux made many sacrifices. Michael gave up his dream job as a Hollywood writer to become an attorney. Michael loved to fly but had to give up flying because sleep deprivation and flying were in his mind, mutually exclusive.
When Michael was in law school, he was employed full time at Paramount Studios. Law school wasn't easy. Michael would wake up at 6 a.m. every weekday to begin driving in LA rush hour traffic to work at Paramount Studios. Michael would leave work each day at 5 p.m. to arrive at Loyola Law School by 6 p.m., four nights a week. On some nights class would end at 11 p.m.
Michael would drive home, but he was wound up so he wouldn't fall asleep until 1:30 a.m. only to repeat the process again at 6 a.m. This schedule went year round because in order to be eligible to take the bar exam, one had to finish law school within a short period. Thus, not only did Michael have to attend law school four nights a week for four years, but he had to attend law school each summer.
The hard work, the ability to crash 60 hours a week of studying outside the classroom, while working full time and spending five-hours a night in school was a great experience. The ability to put in those many hours a week into school and work, while still receiving honors in one of the top law schools in Los Angeles is what made Michael the attorney that he is today.
Basically when Michael and his client walk into a courtroom, the government or opposing counsel may be loved by the judge or the jury, but at the end of the day, Michael and his client are highly likely to be the judge and jury's favorite. The reason being, while the other side is looking for shortcuts, Michael and his client won't be out smarted, out worked or out prepared. Never!