Michael S. Carrillo grew up in South Pasadena, CA and went to high school at South Pasadena High School. After high school, he eventually wound up at Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN.
After graduating from Purdue, Michael attended Whittier Law School in Costa Mesa, CA. While there, he also began working for one of the most prestigious and well-known criminal defense and family law firms in Orange County. After working there, Michael went on to start his own firm, The Law Offices of Michael S. Carrillo, A Professional Corporation. In his solo practice, he handled criminal defense and family law matters and has taken numerous cases to trial. His practice continued for sometime until he and his father joined to form the Carrillo Law Firm, LLP.
Working with his father, Luis Carrillo, the two worked on a myriad of high-profile cases, such as the Miramonte Elementary School case out of south Los Angeles. Michael and his father were part of a nearly $140 million settlement with the Los Angeles Unified School District in which they represented children who had been sexually abused by their teacher, and serial predator, Mark Berndt while they attended Miramonte. This was the largest settlement ever garnered against a school district in the country. Thereafter Michael continued working on other high-profile matters including being a part of a $58 million settlement against the LAUSD for a case involving teacher Robert Pimental who had sexually abused children at George De La Torre Elementary in Los Angeles. Other cases that include a $17.5 million settlement in an electrocution case on behalf of a family whose father was electrocuted. Recently he garnered a $5 million-dollar verdict against the El Monte Union High School District on behalf of a child sexually abused by her high school science teacher.
Michael continues to work on high-profile cases that have garnered national media attention. His practice today focuses on child sexual abuse cases, police misconduct cases, catastrophic injuries and other wrongful death matters. He is a passionate advocate for his clients including the countless child sexual abuse victims he currently represents.
California State Bar Number 258878
U.S. District Court, Central District of California
U.S. District Court, Southern District of California