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Our attorneys have over 60 years of combined experience.  It would be our pleasure to put our extensive experience to work for you.
 
Michael R. Totaro
 
     Mr. Totaro graduated from Hastings College of the Law in 1981 and proceeded to go to Washington D.C. where he completed a Master of Laws Program in Law, Psychiatry and Criminology in 1982. He returned to Los Angeles the same year and opened his own practice with Maureen J. Shanahan in February 1983.
 
     Mr. Totaro has practiced in every bankruptcy and appellate court in California and has also represented persons on appeal in Washington D.C.  Texas, Virginia, New York, Hawaii, the Court of Trade, and the Federal Circuit. He has also represented death row inmates before the California Supreme Court.
 
    Mr. Totaro has taught appellate law at Pepperdine University School of Law and has taught bankruptcy as an adjunct professor for the UCLA paralegal extension program. He has also sat as a pro-bono mediator for the California Court of Appeal.
 
Maureen J. Shanahan
 
    Ms. Shanahan also graduated from Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco where she was Order of the Coif. Thereafter she obtained a Master in Laws from George Washingon Uinversity, The National Law Center, in Washington D.C. in Law, Psychiatry and Ciminology graduating summa cum laude. 
 
     Ms. Shanahan has practiced Appellate Law for over 20 years and has represented clients in Washington D.C. Texas, Virginia, Hawaii, New York, The Court of Trade and the Federal Circuit. She has participated in over 1200 appeals nationwide and has practiced in every appellate court in the State of California.

     Ms. Shanahan has also appeared as a guest lecturer at the UCLA Extension School and at Pepperdine University School of Law. She has been in private practice since 1983.
 
Michael R. Totaro
Michael R. Totaro
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Maureen J. Shanahan
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Maureen J. Shanahan
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