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I’m Michael Cernyar, founder of the Law Offices of Michael K. Cernyar. My computer background includes being a computer analyst, programmer, data security specialist, and a computer forensics investigator for more than 20 years for the Rand Corporation, the United States of America, Paramount Studios, XEROX, Nestle’s, Northrop Aircraft, and Verizon.

I started this law practice more than 13 years ago with somethings in mind. I wanted to help people, regular everyday folks that needed help in Internet Law. I wanted to build a law firm being the very best Internet lawyer in the country to help protect people.

And I wanted to ensure that this office did something every day to make this world a better place for all of us, including my child and your loved ones. I am very proud to say that it's what this firm has been able to do.

What makes this office different than other law offices is that I am an attorney well versed in the technology of computers, networks and the Internet. This office is set up to win on behalf of our clients and I do it all the time. I am the type of lawyer that gets in front of the jury and asks for justice. And the results prove that I do it well.

I have put together a team second to none. I'm a member of The National Trial Lawyers, Top 100 Trial Lawyers, I'm ranked 10 Best in California, and I’m ranked 3 Best Southern California. From top to bottom this office strives to be the very best in when it comes to Internet law. I'm very proud of what this office does every day.

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Clients' Testimonials

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    Internet Extortion Case
    When I thought my case was impossible, Michael came to the rescue. His knowledge of internet forensics is beyond impressive. I cannot thank him and his team enough for all of their hard work. Courtney
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    Thank you Michael Cernyar
    Unfortuantely I was in a situation where I needed to hire Michael Kevin Cernyar regarding cybercrime that happened to me personally. Mr. Cernyar was very knowledgable in this field and had my case rectified and closed within weeks. I highly recommend Michael Kevin Cernyar. IC
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    Responsive and Knowledgeable
    I did not hire Mr. Cernyar because of my issues were in small claims court where you can not be represented by an attorney. He give me his full attention and benefit of his experience during our hour free consultation and provided me with guidance as I moved forward. He would be my first choice when I am in need of an attorney in the future. Gayle
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    ISP Matter
    Great detail and knowledgeable answer to my question. I would definitely used him as a lawyer for future reference SDKev760
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    Great Attorney
    Mr. Cernyar and his firm did an outstanding job with understanding and handling my case. I'm a veteran of the US Marines of 8 years, and didn't discover that I had a warrant up until a month or so ago. The experience was so stressful for me and my family because we had nowhere else to turn, and was running out of cash very quickly. From the initial consultation on the phone, Mr. Cernyar put me at ease that the situation could be taken care of. Within a day or so he sent me the retainer agreement which explained his fees and payment options. Let me just say that I'm not an educated man, but I do know how to treat people, and I know when someone has a good heart. I would like to personally thank Mr. Cernyar for communicating with me constantly during the process, and for responding to my emails and/or phone calls in a very timely fashion. Thank you!!!! - TJ
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    Super Lawyer beat the pants off the Prosecutor & the Judge-WINS unanimously in less than 40 minutes of Jury deliberation.
    YES, I highly recommend Michael as a Super Lawyer. Michael took my case to the full jury trial because the issue was politically sensitive and he beat the pants off the Prosecutor & the Judge, so much the prosecutor commented such and shook his hand at the end. WINS unanimously in less than 40 minutes of Jury deliberation... Shawn Paul

Top Internet Attorney

Michael Cernyar has handled many types of Internet law and technology-related legal matters for business & individuals. The anonymity of the Internet generates a haven for lawbreakers who perpetrate their deception by disappearing into cyberspace, often disguising themselves with stolen identities or hiding behind fabricated personas. Many law enforcment agencies and many law firms are not equipped to assist those with Internet issues. His exceptional background in computer forensics makes him the best in Internet law.

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For more than 20 years, Michael Cernyar served the world's largest entities in resolving their computer and Internet issues as a computer analyst, system programmer and in computer & Internet forensics. Those entities included the US Government, the Rand Corporation, Northrop Gruman, Microsoft, Verizon, Nestle's, XEROX, Shell Oil and Paramount Pictures. Michael Cernyar will bring that same computer and Internet expertise to your matter. He is equally adept at pursuing perpetrators and defending his clients.

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Recognized for his exceptional Internet and law background Michael Cernyar has been interviewed in media broadcasts and articles, including, The Wall Street Journal, America Now with Leeza Gibbons & Bill Rancic, The Verdict with Paula Todd, KABC Los Angeles, KGO (San Francisco's ABC affiliate), KKSF Gil Gross Show Talk Radio 910, the e-Commerce Times, Tech News World, and e-Commerce Law & Policy. In addition, he has been a speaker on the topic at various forums including the Chapman School of Law Nexus Symposium.

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  • This firm represents both plaintiffs and defendants since law enforcement is rarely active with investigating Internet fraud, online reputation matters, stolen cell phones, stolen identity issues, and other digital matters.
  • More than 30 years of experience in Internet/computer investigations & analysis - far, far longer than many law enforcement investigators.
  • Nominated by the Cochran Firm as its best defense lawyer in 2005.
  • Clients have included Microsoft, Shell Oil, Nestle's, Paramount Studios, Xerox, Verizon (then GTE), the County of Los Angeles, and the United States of America.
  • Have represented clients throughout the United States, including Chicago, New York, Denver, San Francisco & Los Angeles and have had several international matters.
  • Graduated from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, in 2001.
  • Attended Purdue University, majoring in engineering and Long Beach State, majoring in economics. Plenty of math and science, no poli-sci.
  • Member of the California Bar Association, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, the Central District Court of California, the Southern District Court of California, the Eastern District Court of California.
  • Member of the Internet Attorney Association, Beverly Hills Bar Association, Los Angeles Bar Association, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the American Bar Association.


  • Michael Cernyar is a hard working individual who as a high school sophomore would work the swing shift at a local factory on the southside of Chicago; sometimes pulling two shifts before returning to school the same morning
  • As a high school senior he worked in a steel mill after school, putting in a minimum 40 hours a week while in school and still was academically ranked in the top 10% in the country
  • Mr. Cernyar paid his own way through Purdue University
  • He attended the evening program at Loyola Law School, while being employed full time at Paramount Studios as a consultant to the Y2K computer conversion


  • Retained by television executive to remove from the Internet nude photographs from a website that claimed that the photographs would not be remove and that we had no jurisdiction because the website was located outside the United States. Although website was registered in Europe within hours of being retained we discovered that the person running the website was located in Colorado Springs and wasn't even close to who he claimed to be. Photographs were removed immediately from the Internet.
  • Retained by college student to recover stolen cell phone that contained nude photographs. Found person who had cell phone within hours of being retained.
  • Retained by professor to recover $120,000 she lost from an Internet dating scam.
  • Retained by television anchorman who was maligned on the Internet and through email by a stalker, which cost anchorman several job opportunities. Stalker was found and anchorman is back televising in a major market.
  • Assisted in the defense of a Chicago Police Officer who was accused of harassment of a superior officer. Proved alleged emails were not emails, but rather Word documents.
  • All charges dismissed in Los Angeles Superior court for a client who was wrongfully accused of cyberstalking and Internet harassment. Proved all alleged emails were fake.
  • All Internet fraud charges dismissed in preliminary hearing for client in Orange County Superior Court. Reviewed thousand of pages of system logs and discovered the real culprit, proved it to the prosecution and charges were dismissed.
  • Retained by a healthcare professional to remove fake Facebook website and to remove sex videotapes of her on other Internet websites.


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Attorney Michael K. Cernyar is a Los Angeles, California lawyer who successfully takes on seemingly impossible cases. Since each situation is different, our firm represents both victims and defendants. Other law firms may pressure clients to make choices based upon what's best for the firm, at our firm your case is decided with choices best for you. We are not intimidated by digital evidence and no other attorney knows computer forensics and evidence better.

Computers and the Internet are the crime scene of the new milleneum. In computer crimes and cyber crime there is either: (1) a tremendous rush to judgment since many crimes are committed anonymously and the typical law enforcement officer does not understand computer forensics; or (2) law enforcement does not have the knowledge and/or time to competely investigate the computer crime, cyber crime and/or the Internet.

The typical attorney does not have the background and/or knowledge to successfully represent a person entangled in a computer crime, a cyber crime or an Internet crime. Someone affected by such crimes needs the expertise of a strong computer crime attorney.

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