Born into a family of criminal defense attorneys, from a young age Michael Lambrose began developing the skills and passion necessary to effectively assist clients in criminal cases.
During his formal education, Mr. Lambrose further refined the skills necessary to become an effective advocate while also gaining a nuanced perspective of the state and federal criminal justice systems. As an undergraduate, Mr. Lambrose attended Loyola Marymount University. There, he researched how those exposed to violence react to violent situations in a spectrum of ways. Mr. Lambrose graduated magna cum laude with a degree in History and with recognition of his outstanding academic achievement.
Mr. Lambrose attended Loyola Law School in Los Angeles and specialized in the study of criminal justice. While at Loyola, he was a clinical law student for the Center for Juvenile Law and Policy. As a clinical law student, Mr. Lambrose directly represented clients in juvenile court facing delinquency petitions for crimes ranging from robbery to murder. Mr. Lambrose also specialized in issues surrounding competency and civil commitment since many of his clients had severe cognitive issues.
While litigating appeals from juvenile court, Mr. Lambrose gained extensive knowledge of California's complex writ and appeals system. With this knowledge, Mr. Lambrose assisted a team of experienced lawyers and law students in overturning a client's murder conviction and had the client resentenced to time served for involuntary manslaughter.
Mr. Lambrose also has considerable experience in federal court. As a law student and a post bar clerk, he interned in both the Trial and Capital Habeas Units for the Federal Public Defender, Central District of California. There, Mr. Lambrose became acquainted with the law surrounding federal habeas corpus, extradition, and immigration detentions. Additionally, as a law student, he observed the inner workings of the justice system as a clerk for the Honorable Richard F. Boulware, U.S. District Court Judge of the U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada.