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Michael Semanchik

Michael Semanchik

Freeing the Innocent Since 2008.
  • Criminal Law, Appeals & Appellate, Business Law
  • California
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Summary

Michael Semanchik is the Managing Attorney at Semanchik Law Group. He comes to the team with nearly a decade of experience working for the California Innocence Project (CIP). Michael began as a student at CIP while in law school and found himself as a staff attorney several years later. In 2013, California Lawyer Magazine named him Attorney of the Year for his work on the Brian Banks case. Several months after receiving the award, he embarked on a 712 mile walk to deliver clemency petitions to Governor Brown for 12 innocent clients.

In the fall of 2013, Michael joined the Volunteer Board of the Peninsula Family YMCA. He has worked on the Mission Advancement Committee for two years and through that role has expanded the reach of the YMCA to allow senior citizens to benefit from YMCA services remotely.

In 2014, the San Diego Daily Transcript named Michael a Top Attorney Finalist for his walk to Sacramento, work on the Brian Banks case, and work on the Kenneth Corley case. Michael filed and secured the release of Mr. Corley, who was the first individual released under California’s Proposition 36 – an effort to reduce the prison population by releasing non-violent drug offenders. Michael picked up Mr. Corley from prison and returned him to his family 16 years after he was sentenced to life in prison.

In 2017, Michael became the Managing Attorney at CIP. As the Managing Attorney, he is responsible for budgeting, grant applications, progress reports, procurement, and overseeing program implementation. Michael completed the Office of Justice Programs Grants Financial Management and Grant Administration Training. Since taking over the role, he has successfully applied and received more than $3 Million in grant funding for the program.

Michael’s role at SLG is to oversee the budget, case management system, and administrative procedures and policies. Michael al

Practice Areas
  • Criminal Law
  • Appeals & Appellate
  • Business Law
Fees
  • Free Consultation
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
California
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Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Managing Attorney
Semanchik Law Group
- Current
Mike’s role at SLG is to oversee the budget, case management system, and administrative procedures and policies. Michael also consults with nonprofit clients to assist them in having the most impact they can.
Managing Attorney
California Innocence Project
- Current
As the Managing Attorney, Mike is responsible for budgeting, grant applications, progress reports, procurement, and overseeing program implementation. Michael completed the Office of Justice Programs Grants Financial Management and Grant Administration Training. Since taking over the role, he has successfully applied and received more than $3 Million in grant funding for the program.
Education
California Western School of Law
J.D. (2010) | Criminal Law
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Honors: Cum Laude
Activities: California Innocence Project
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Duquesne University
B.S. (2007) | Business Administration - Economics/Finance
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Awards
Top Attorney
San Diego Daily Transcript
Lawyer of the Year
California Lawyer Magazine
In 2013, California Lawyer Magazine named Michael Attorney of the Year in the Criminal Division for his work on the Brian Banks case.
Professional Associations
San Diego Criminal Defense Bar Association
Member
- Current
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State Bar of California # 272205
Member
- Current
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Speaking Engagements
Wrongful Convictions, FBI Polygraph Program, San Diego, CA
FBI
Wrongful Convictions, Continuing Education for Defense Investigators, San Diego
Defense Investigators Association
Michael presented on the causes of wrongful convictions.
Contact & Map
Semanchik Law Group
2869 Historic Decatur Road
Suite 500
San Diego, CA 92106
USA
Telephone: (619) 535-1811
California Innocence Project
225 Cedar Street
San Diego, CA 92101
USA
Toll-Free: (619) 525-1485