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Learn about the awards and memberships of the attorneys at Law Office of Michael L. Guisti.

Nation's Top One Percent

The National Association of Distinguished Counsel (NADC) is an organization dedicated to recognizing attorneys who set the standard for other lawyers. Less than 1% of currently practicing U.S. attorneys are members of the "Nation's Top Attorneys."
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Coast Magazine Top Attorneys

In 2015, Mr. Guisti was named one of the top criminal defense lawyers in Orange County. Only attorneys with a perfect 10.0 score on Avvo's rating system were named to this list. Lawyers named to this list have shown high levels of education, experience, public speaking, publishing, and awards.
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The National Trial Lawyers Top 100

The premier trial lawyers from each state in the nation are invited to join this organization. Selection is based on peer nominations, combined with thorough research of the attorney’s work. Membership is only offered to attorneys with superior reputation, influence, stature and public profile.
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Avvo Rated 10.0 Superb

Mr. Guisti currently holds a 10.0 Superb rating from Avvo, the nation-wide rating system of attorneys. Ratings are based on the attorney's background, client reviews, and peer endorsements. Mr. Guisti also has a 5-star client rating on Avvo. Both of these ratings are the highest possible.
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Avvo Client's Choice (Criminal Defense)

Attorneys with a 10.0 Superb rating who receive five or more 5-star client reviews on Avvo within a year are given this accolade. This distinction is a reflection of glowing testimonials from satisfied clients.
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Three Best Rated

Attorney Michael Guisti was handpicked as one of the top three criminal defense attorneys in the city of Irvine. This rating is based on customer reviews, history, complaints, ratings, satisfaction, trust, cost and general excellence.
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International Advisory Expert

Since 2017, Mr. Guisti has been a member of this global alliance of experienced legal, financial, and consulting firms that assist with the challenges of doing business worldwide. Each expert provides cutting-edge and first-class advice to find solutions to any problems that arise.

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Client Reviews

“It was strongly recommended that I call federal defense attorney Michael L. Guisti. He had several investigators look at records and such, and my federal case was dismissed. Michael Guisti does what few attorneys can do, beat the federal government, and that is why if you’re in trouble with the government you need to call Michael Guisti right away!”

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“I had everything to lose, my future, my education. Basically I did something that got me a misdemeanor, and the judge wanted to give a guilty plea. But Michael Guisti would not back down. Instead he fought for me, and now my record is clean.”

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“Back in 2003 I was facing attempted murder. My family hired Michael Guisti to represent me. He is a very good attorney. He always answered my calls, addressed my questions and concerns, and kept me updated about my case. Thank you Michael Guisti for winning my case. I highly recommend anyone facing a criminal charge to see Michael Guisti.”

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Case Results

sex crimes

Case Dropped

Young man charged and arrested for sexual battery.


Case Dropped

Man charged with assault with a deadly weapon for hitting someone in the face with a heavy metal dust pan.

drug crimes

Served Less Than 30 Days in Jail

Young man charged with selling 1000 tabs of ecstasy to undercover officer.

Attempted Murder

Reduced to Assault With Deadly Weapon

Young man knocks the eye out his victim with a metal pipe. Charged with attempted murder and aggravated mayhem. Both cases carried life sentences.

Assault & Battery

Serves 80 Days on Work Furlough

Woman arrested and charged with assault with a deadly weapon using scissors on a co-worker.

Vehicular Assault

Serves 80 Days on Work Furlough

Man charged with three felony counts of vehicular assault with a deadly weapon.


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