Attorney Bios

Michael Kevin Cernyar

Michael K. Cernyar is the principal attorney for a small boutique law firm with an emphasis in computer cases along with matters involving digital evidence. He practices law throughout the United States.

Michael Cernyar has more than 30 years of computer experience including, computer forensics and computer investigations. When it comes to computer crimes, Michael Cernyar is considered the computer geek of attorneys.

Mr. Cernyar frequently speaks as a guest legal commentator on national television for his computer/legal expertise. He has appeared on The Verdict with Paula Todd, along with ABC and CBS news. In addition, Mr. Cernyar has been interviewed by numerous newspapers, including the Wall Street Journal.

Prior to criminal defense, many of Michael Cernyar's clients included Fortune 100 entities such as Microsoft, Honeywell, Xerox, Shell Oil, Paramount Pictures, Northrop, Nestle's, along with other various Fortune 500 companies and and government agencies such as the United States of America and the County of Los Angeles. It was with these firms where Michael enriched his expertise in computer forensics and investigations.

Michael received his start in computers more than 30 years ago when was employed by the prestigeous law office of Keck, Mahin & Cate, at that time Chicago's largest law firm located high above on the 92nd and 93rd floors of the Sears Tower. At Keck, Michael assisted in a very large anti-trust case, Gulf Oil v. Westinghouse.

In 1982, Michael Cernyar moved to Los Angeles to joined a subsidiary of the Rand Corporation (located in Santa Monica, California), providing computer support to interests in Western Europe.

Later, Michael Cernyar began to ascertain his computer forensics and investigation skills as a systems analysis for a defense contractor during the Reagan adminstration.

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 access anywhere he needed to be in asymmetric and symmetric operating systems.

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 interested in Michael's services. 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 investigation and forensic needs. The larger companies included Microsoft, Honeywell, Mattel & Shell Oil.

Approximately 10 years ago, when Michael started practicing criminal defense, he discovered that many investigators, attorneys, and judges were limited in their knowledge of computer crime and digital evidence.

Many innocent people were being accused of computer crimes based upon guesswork, 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 expected to assist them. Since then Michael K. Cernyar has been assisting clients with matters in computer and/or digital evidence.

Michael K. Cernyar is the named principal of the firm. He is admitted to the California Bar, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, along with admission to the: United States District Court, Central District of California; United States District Court, Southern District of California; and the United States District Court, Eastern District of California.

As a student at Purdue University, Mr. Cernyar maintained a 4.0 GPA in engineering.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from California State University at Long Beach.

At Loyola Law School, he was the recipient of the Lexis-Nexis legal research competition and participated in Scott Moot Court.

Moreover, Michael Cernyar is a member of the Golden Key National Honor Society and Omicron Delta Epsilon, an international honor society.