About Us

Michael P. Krival has been practicing law in Southern California for over 30 years. Michael, who began his legal career at a prestigious corporate firm (Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher), also has a Certificate in Financial Planning from UCLA, and uses his expertise in financial matters in conjunction with his broad based legal knowledge to best serve clients’ interests.

Michael believes in working both very hard for his clients and personally with them.  He does not employ a large staff of clerks, secretaries and paralegals.  So, when you call his office, you will speak with him.  And when you need help on your case, he will do the work-not a document clerk, paralegal or someone fresh out of law school.

When it comes to transactions, his extensive background in trial practice has provided him with a thorough understanding of what makes contracts and deals succeed or fail.  And when it comes to relationships, his personal integrity and willingness to strive to implement the express needs and goals of his clients are what has brought him numerous dedicated longtime and repeat clients and a successful practice.  His work takes him from the highest corridors of corporate power to the everyday needs of start-up businesses and middle-class families. Whether the deal is forming a new LLC and guiding that start-up through the early stages of business success or structuring a complex commercial real property sale and leaseback multiparty transaction, Michael Krival has the background, experience, expertise and dedication to get the best possible outcome for his clients.

Besides doing hundreds of hours of pro bono (free) legal work over the years for various individuals and organizations, Michael has done volunteer work with Meals on Wheels, Big Brothers and Big Sisters, the Center for Attitudinal Healing, Coalition for a Sustainable Africa, the Dance Resource Center for Greater Los Angeles, Venice Chamber of Commerce, Ulan Bator Foundation, Architecture for Humanity, San Diego Food Bank (Advisory Board) and Nsefu Wildlife Conservation Foundation.

Michael lives with his wife and daughter in North County San Diego, and maintains offices throughout Southern California.

Background & Education

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher-Associate, 1984-1990
Michael P. Krival, Attorney at Law, Santa Monica, 1991-1993
Krival & Oakleaf-Partner, Santa Monica, 1993-1996
Krival & Associates-Principal, Venice & Marina Del Rey, 1997-2015
Krival & Associates–Principal, Carlsbad, 2015-Current
B.A.   University of Wisconsin–Madison, Graduated in Top 1% of Class
J.D.   University of Texas-Austin

Bar Admissions

State of California 1984
U.S. District Court Southern District of California 1985
U.S. District Court Northern District of California 1986
U.S. District Court Central District of California 1987
U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit 1987

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