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Michael J. Markowitz - Danville, CA

630 San Ramon Valley BoulevardSuite 100 Danville, CA 94526

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Updated: 06/17/2022

Danville Criminal Defense Lawyer


After several years cutting his teeth as a criminal prosecutor, attorney Michael J. Markowitz joined Bill Gagen in private practice in 1985, forming the cornerstone of one of the region's most formidable criminal defense teams. With his unique mix of diplomacy and doggedness, Mr. Markowitz has amassed an excellent track record of success in and out of the courtroom...

About Michael J. Markowitz

Practice Areas

  • Criminal Defense
  • Juvenile Law
  • Juvenile Defense
  • Litigation


  • 100%

Current Employment Position(s)

  • Shareholder


Bar Admissions

  • California, 1982
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California

Specialties and Certifications

  • Certified by the State Bar as a criminal law specialist since 1992

Other Affiliations

  • Alameda - Contra Costa Trial Lawyers Association (Member)
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America (Member)
  • California Trial Lawyers Association (Member)
  • American Bar Association (Member)
  • Alameda-Contra Costa Trial Lawyers Association, 1991 - 1992 (Recording Secretary)
  • Judge Pro Tempore in the Juvenile Division of the Contra Costa Superior Court
  • Arbitrator and Mediator, Contra Costa County Superior Court
  • Contra Costa County Bar Association (Board President, 2000)
  • Alameda-Contra Costa Trial Lawyers Association (Board President, 1993)
  • Contra Costa County Conference of Delegates
  • Contra Costa County Judicial Evaluation Committee, 2000 - 2004
  • Contra Costa Bench-Bar Committee
  • California Attorneys for Criminal Justice
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • California Public Defenders Association
  • Robert G. McGrath American Inn of Court
  • Criminal Conflict Program of the Contra Costa County Bar Association (Chair)


  • Golden Gate University School of Law, San Francisco, California, 1982
    J.D., Doctor of Jurisprudence
  • State University of New York, Brockport, New York, 1973
    B.A., Bachelor of Arts
    Major: American History

Past Positions

  • Janet Reno
  • Florida’s Attorney General, Paralegal
  • Contra Costa County District Attorney, Deputy District attorney, 1982 - 1985

Pro Bono Activities

  • Member , Board of Directors, The Kennedy-King Memorial College Scholarship Fund, Ltd., 2011 - Present


Other Sources of Feedback About Michael J. Markowitz

Included on the 2018 Northern California list

Past Lists

  • 2017 Northern California Super Lawyers list
  • 2015 Northern California Super Lawyers list
  • 2014 Northern California Super Lawyers list
  • 2013 Northern California Super Lawyers list
  • 2010 Northern California Super Lawyers list
  • 2009 Northern California Super Lawyers list
  • 2008 Northern California Super Lawyers list
  • 2007 Northern California Super Lawyers list
  • 2006 Northern California Super Lawyers list
  • 2005 Northern California Super Lawyers list

View the profile for Michael J. Markowitz on Super Lawyers


  • Received AV Preeminent Rating From Martindale-Hubbell
  • Selected as 2013 Northern California Super Lawyers
  • Selected as 2010 Northern California Super Lawyers
  • Selected as 2009 Northern California Super Lawyers
  • Selected as 2008 Northern California Super Lawyers
  • Selected as 2007 Northern California Super Lawyers
  • Selected as 2006 Northern California Super Lawyers
  • Selected as 2005 Northern California Super Lawyers
  • Selected for inclusion in California Super Lawyers in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010



Office Information


630 San Ramon Valley BoulevardSuite 100 Danville, CA 94526


  • (925) 838-5985

Accepts Credit Cards


Office Hours

Monday-Friday: 8:00am - 5:30pm, Saturday-Sunday: Closed

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