About Our Firm

Mission Statement

Michael K. Cernyar is the principal attorney for a first-rate boutique law firm with an emphasis in computer cases and matters involving digital evidence. He practices law throughout the United States. Michael Cernyar has close to 30 years of computer experience including, a computer forensics and investigation background. Some of Michael Cernyar's clients range from the typical person to such business entities as Microsoft, Honeywell, Shell Oil, Paramount Pictures, various healthcare companies and small businessmen, along with various government agencies such as the United States Government and the County of Los Angeles.

Michael K. Cernyar represents clients throughout the United States. His offices are located on the Pacific Ocean, in beautiful downtown Long Beach, California.

The Firm's Philosophy

At Michael K. Cernyar, Esq., our philosophy is that our clients retain us to attain first-rate results. We realize that our clients did not retain us because they wanted a law firm, but rather we were retained because our clients needed strong, smart, and aggressive representation with computer issues.

The Firm's Formation

More than 30 years ago, Michael K. Cernyar was employed by the law offices of Keck, Mahin & Cate, Chicago's most prestigeous law firm located on the 92nd and 93rd floors in the Sears Tower. At Keck, Michael assisted in a very large anti-trust case, Gulf Oil v. Westinghouse. It was at Keck, where Michael started to learn about computers.

In 1982, Michael Cernyar joined the military subsidiary of the Rand Corporation (located in Santa Monica, California), providing computer support to interests in Western Europe. Later, Michael Cernyar provided systems analysis for a defense contractor.

It was at this time, Mr. Cernyar and a colleague became one of the first to decipher the most sophisticated encryption code of its day. In addition, Mr. Cernyar became quite sophisticated with manipulating operating system control blocks, allowing him to alter status on asymmetric and symmetric operating systems.

In 1987, Michael Cernyar left the defense industry and entered into healthcare industry as a computer consultant.

In 1991, Michael Cernyar was retained by the U.S. Government as a computer consultant during the Savings & Loan crisis.

After the Savings & Loan crisis, many Fortune 500 Companies were consolidating their data centers throughout the Western Hemisphere. At this time, Michael Cernyar's clients included Xerox, Nestle's, Verizon, Molina Healthcare, Paramount Pictures and Pacificare Healthcare.

Eventually, Michael Cernyar joined OnlineSecurity, a computer forensics company. Here Michael Cernyar was a member of several legal teams representing large corporations with high-tech legal matters. The larger companies included Microsoft, Honeywell, Mattel & Shell Oil.

Later, when Michael started to practice law he discovered that many attorneys, judges and investigators were limited in their knowledge of digital evidence. Many innocent people were being accused of criminal behavior based upon hunches, speculation and conjecture. Further, victims of computer crimes often found themselves frustrated because of the lack of knowledge and/or willingness by those who were suppose to help. Since 2005, Michael K. Cernyar has been assisting clients with matters in computer and/or digital evidence.