Michael J. Karlin

Michael J. Karlin

Tustin, California

Website: www.mikekarlin.com 

Michael J. Karlin is a Southern California based attorney whose practice primarily focuses on Real Estate, ADA Defense, Business Law, and Entertainment Law. Michael began practicing law with the Karlin Law Firm in 2010 after being admitted to the California State Bar and graduating with honors from Chapman University School of Law, with a Juris Doctorate and a Certificate in Entertainment Law.

Since 2010, Michael has handled matters in the entertainment fields of music, film, television, publishing, and new media. He has handled a wide range of entertainment clients, both big and small, in drafting and negotiating contracts, and in resolving disputes. With prior experience as an artist in both the independent music and film industries, Michael has a keen understanding of the legal pitfalls that are often experienced by struggling artists. In addition, through his Real Estate and Business law practice, Michael has become one of the leading ADA Defense litigation attorneys in Southern California and has resolved over 400 ADA Defense cases for both small and larger business and property owners. Michael understands the frustration and complication of the current accessibility laws and knows how to guide his clients to the most cost effective resolutions.

Prior to attending Chapman University School of Law, Michael graduated with honors from the University of California Irvine with a BA in Psychology. During that time, Michael worked in public radio, played in, produced, and managed bands, and produced shorts films. 

Areas of Practice

  • 50% ADA/Accessibility LAW
  • 50% Entertainment/Business Law

Litigation Percentage

  • 25% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Entertainment Law, Chapman University School of Law

Bar Admissions

  • California, 2010


  • Chapman University School of Law, Orange, California
    • J.D. cum laude - May, 2010
    • Honors: With High Honors
    • Major: Entertainment Law
  • University of California Irvine, Irvine, California
    • B.A. cum laude - 2006
    • Honors: With High Honors
    • Major: Psychology

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • OCBA
  • ABA