Michael P. Ehline, Esq.

Background as a Hard Charger

Michael P. Ehline, Esq., is not a typical California lawyer.  Before becoming an attorney, he was a U.S. Marine. After his honorable discharge from the Corps., he then continued his childhood adventures into entrepreneurism, first as a salesman, and then as a sales manager of multiple Southern California health clubs during the fitness craze of the 90’s. He eventually followed in his father’s footsteps as the owner of a construction company. He also worked as a paralegal during this period to help address contract issues and liability avoidance for his businesses and for others.

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During this same period, he was co-owner of  a limousine business with a fleet of livery vehicles (sedans and large limousines).   Marketing is something that always came with the territory in these private sector enterprises. Ehline saw that the internet was the future.  Not the tech bubble of the 90’s, but the more practical aspects of replacing the yellow pages and other forms of media like fliers on windshields, for example.

Career in Law

Ehline had already done appellate briefs and complex litigation for supervising attorneys, and he had always savored the challenge of the law, and passing the bar exam, as he is a goal oriented person.  He had barely made it out of high school, as he found school boring.  He had presumed you needed college to become a lawyer and was too busy creating jobs and building businesses to consider that.  But he had always looked up to lawyers as intellectually superior.

Law Office Study

Swearing in to the California State Bar

Eventually, Ehline learned it was still possible in a few states to become a lawyer with no law degree, or college, and he went for it. Ultimately, Ehline used the traditional method of “reading” for the law and passed the First Year Law Student’s Exam (Baby Bar). He ended up reading for the law for the City Attorney of Los Angeles, as well as several other private attorneys, and ultimately externed for Justice Gary Hastings at the Second District Court of Appeal. True to form, Ehline passed the Baby Bar, and was accepted into a law school, who waived his first year courses.

He remained on the program, and simultaneously went to law school at night. He passed the bar exam before finishing law school, and practiced law, going to school at night to earn his JD.  He is one of about 64 people in the history of the state to become a lawyer on the law office study program. He is the first to go on to get his Juris Doctorate based upon the available materials.


Ehline put up a shingle right away, and continued doing what he had learned in on behalf of other lawyers.  Ehline used the skills he learned as a webmaster to immediately put up a website, and began the arduous process of understanding attorney search.  After seeing his colleagues get ripped off by so many SEO experts, and having been ripped off himself, he decided that there had to be a better way.

This is the better way.  The Circle of Legal Trust is the culmination of all his experience in marketing and relationship building.  Attorneys helping eachother in all facets of social, organic, blended and local search.  Ehline helps people who share with him and his online audience, so they can all have better sites and client reach.  It is pointless to have a message that no one can see.  We are here to help you get your message out in an effective way, that is helpful and beneficial to users and researchers seeking legal knowledge.  Attorney Ehline hopes you enjoy our site.


Ehline Law Firm P.C.
633 W 5th St. #2890
Los Angeles,CA
Phone: (213) 596-9642

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