Michael L. Fell – Attorney
Michael L. Fell is a dedicated and passionate defense attorney with a strong background in criminal law forged during his tenure as an Orange County Senior Deputy District Attorney. While an Orange County prosecutor for over 18 years, Mr. Fell handled many high profile cases and prosecuted various criminal offenses including, but not limited to: murder, arson, gang cases, sexual offenses, and organized crime. He also served as a Supervising Prosecutor with the Orange County Juvenile Court.
During his time with the OCDA’s Office, Mr. Fell was recognized for his efforts with the prestigious Ambassador of Peace Award from the Violence Prevention Coalition of Orange County in 2003. Mr. Fell has also received accolades and awards from Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), Community Services Program (CSP)/Victim Witness of Orange County and the Constitutional Rights Foundation of Orange County.
After leaving the DA’s Office, Mr. Fell spent two years as the California Senior Trial Counsel for a civil law firm where he negotiated and litigated multi-million dollar civil cases. He left the civil firm in 2009 to open his own practice–Law Office of Michael L. Fell, A Professional Corporation—where he concentrates on representing individuals accused of various criminal offenses. He is now a California Board Certified Criminal Law Specialist.
Thanks to his years working as a top prosecutor with the Orange County DA’s Office, Mr. Fell knows how cases are prosecuted by his former office and he understands the evidence needed to file charges against those being accused or arrested. Many times, he is able to speak to DAs while they are reviewing the police reports written by the arresting officer and avoid charges being filed.
Mr. Fell is well known as a passionate proponent of “creative sentencing.” Because he feels that jail is seldom the appropriate punishment for his clients, he is very proactive in negotiating with DAs in resolving his clients’ cases for dispositions other than incarceration whenever possible.
Mr. Fell has been publicly noted for his exceptional criminal defense representation in a variety of ways: He has been selected by OC Metro Magazine for the last three years as one of Orange County’s “Top Attorneys” in criminal defense and has been recognized as a “Superb Rated Attorney” with a 10.0/10.0 rating by Avvo.com, a national attorney evaluation and information website.
Denise Hansen Grimes – Attorney
Since her first year of college, Denise Hansen Grimes has been focused on a career in criminal justice. Ms. Grimes attended the University California at Irvine and majored in Social Ecology with a special emphasis in Criminal Justice. While in college, she received a research grant and studied domestic violence cases. She also spent a summer working as an intern on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.
After college, Ms. Grimes attended Loyola Law School in Los Angeles where she earned her Juris Doctor degree. During her three years of law school, she was able to intern with both the Los Angeles District Attorney’s office and the Organized Crime Unit of the United State Attorney’s Office. She also had the honor of clerking for the Los Angeles Superior Court and was selected to serve as a staff member on the International and Comparative Law Journal. Ms. Grimes also worked as a summer intern for the Orange County District Attorney’s Office.
In 1991, Ms. Grimes was sworn in as an Orange County Deputy District Attorney. She worked as an OC Prosecutor from 1991 until 1998. While at the District Attorney’s Office, she prosecuted many types of cases, ranging from misdemeanors to felonies and served as vice president of the Association of Orange County Deputy District Attorneys. When she left the office, she was the Hate Crimes Deputy, filing and prosecuting hate crimes and also prosecuting cases involving public officials and police officers.
In 1998, Ms. Grimes moved to Santa Barbara where she continued her prosecutorial career, becoming a Deputy District Attorney in Ventura County. She later worked as a Deputy County Counsel with the Santa Barbara County Counsel’s Office. While with the County Counsel’s Office, she handled enforcement issues, civil litigation defending the county, and advised county agencies on employment law. Part of her duties included advising the County Supervisors in confidential meetings.
Ms. Grimes joined the Law Office of Michael L. Fell in December of 2011. She handles a variety of criminal and Marsy's law cases.
Jana Santiago Burrell - Attorney
Mrs. Burrell attended the University of California, Irvine where she competed in Division One Women’s Basketball. Soon after college, she received a scholarship to attend Whittier Law School in Orange County where she earned her Juris Doctor degree. During her three years of law school, she was able to intern with the Orange County District Attorney’s Office and serve as a judicial clerk for the Honorable Kimberly Menninger, a judge for the Superior Court of Orange County. Also, during her last year in law school Mrs. Burrell managed the Whittier Journal of Child & Family Advocacy as Editor-In-Chief.
In 2014, Mrs. Burrell was sworn in as an Orange County Deputy District Attorney where she worked as a prosecutor. While at the District Attorney’s Office she handled a variety of cases involving juveniles and adults.
As a former prosecutor Mrs. Burrell always considered herself a public servant and was able to acquire knowledge of the court system, including prosecutors and judges. Having had the opportunity to work on both sides of criminal law, she understands that some people are simply innocent, and that good people can find themselves in bad situations.
Since 2016 Mrs. Burrell has dedicated her career to the field of criminal defense in order to provide people with the best possible defense on their behalf. Additionally, she is fluent in Spanish, and enjoys representing those who are more comfortable communicating in this language.
Michelle L. Tran - Attorney
Michelle L. Tran graduated from the University of California, Irvine with a double major in Political Science and Criminology, Law, and Society. She received her J.D. from Chapman University School of Law. During her law school career, she was selected as a judicial law clerk for Justice William F. Rylaarsdam in the California Court of Appeal and acted as Senior Editor of Chapman University’s Nexus Journal of Law and Public Policy.
Ms. Tran practices family law matters and her cases are 100% devoted to litigation. She has over 200 hours of family law training and is passionate about her work. She handles all family law matters including dissolutions, legal separation, annulments, child custody/visitation, spousal support, division of marital property, child support orders and arrears, pre-marital and post-nuptial agreements, mediation, enforcement, paternity, domestic violence matters, and modifications.
Ms. Tran understands that family law matters are extremely emotional and can be a difficult time for both parties. She is devoted to providing compassionate, fair, and effective representation to those going through this challenging time.
Ms. Tran is actively involved with the Orange County legal community. She serves as the President of the Orange County Women Lawyers Association (OCWLA) and has been on the Board of Directors of the organization since 2011. She has also served on the Board of Directors for the Orange County Asian American Bar Association (OCAABA) from 2011-2016.
Previously, Ms. Tran served on the board of the Orange County Bar Association and acted as the Young Lawyers Division Chair in 2013. She has also been active in the Orange County Trial Lawyers Association and the Orange County Bar Association’s Family Law Section and Appellate Law Section. As a dynamic member of the Orange County legal community, Ms. Tran continues to give back to the community and stay involved.
In her spare time, Michelle enjoys cooking and spending time with her family and friends. She is also an avid Green Bay Packers fan and enjoys attending sporting events.
"Law Clerks: The Law Clerk Experience in the State System" for the September/October 2015 issue of GPSolo, the magazine of the ABA General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Division.
“Bar Passage and Beyond” July 2013 OC Lawyer Magazine
Featured on the cover of OC Lawyer Magazine July 2012 issue, March 2013 issue, July 2013 issue
Panelist at “The Status of Diversity in the Southern Legal Community” (2/12/15)
Panelist at “How to Make the Most Out of Law School” at UCI School of Law (3/18/13)
Panelist at “Orange County Asian American Bar Associations’ Solo/Small Firm Panel” (3/31/15)
Guest lecturer at Whittier Law School “Learning from Practice” (2014)
Guest lecturer at Santa Ana College “Civil litigation tips and practices” (2013)
Moderator at the NAPABA (National Asian Pacific American Bar Association) Western Regional Conference for “How to Represent a Client on Appeal” (2012)
OCWLA (Orange County Women Lawyer’s Association) President (Jan 2017 to present)
OCWLA (Orange County Women Lawyer’s Association) President Elect (Jan- Dec 2016)
OCWLA (Orange County Women Lawyer’s Association) Vice President (Jan- Dec 2015)
OCWLA (Orange County Women Lawyer’s Association) Treasurer (Jan- Dec 2014)
OCWLA (Orange County Women Lawyer’s Association) Board Member (2011-2014)
Young Lawyers Division Chair (President) (Jan – Dec 2013)
Young Lawyers Division Chair-Elect (President-Elect) (Jan- Dec 2012)
OCBA (Orange County Bar Association) Board Member (Jan –Dec 2013)
OCAABA (Orange County Asian American Bar Association) Board Member (2011-2016)
OCAABA (Orange County Asian American Bar Association) Small Firm/Solo Practitioner Committee Chair (2014-2016)
OCAABA (Orange County Asian American Bar Association) Membership Committee Chair (2012-2014)
NAPABA member (2011-present)
Irena Nissanoff – Paralegal
Raised in Huntington Beach, Ms. Nissanoff attended Cal State Fullerton and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice and a minor in Political Science. She then attended Platt College where she obtained her paralegal certification (Associate of Arts in Paralegal Studies). Prior to coming to work for the Law Office of Michael L. Fell, Ms. Nissanoff worked at a civil firm as a paralegal handling legal research, reviewing contracts, and preparing legal letters.
In 2010, Ms. Nissanoff joined the Law Office of Michael L. Fell, assisting the attorneys with their duties and projects. She also supports client services, conducts legal research, and helps in the preparation of pleadings, declarations, and motions. Ms. Nissanoff also prepares documents for filing with the court, organizes case files, and manages the daily operations of the firm.
Ms. Nissanoff speaks fluent Farsi and is a sworn Notary Public.