Michael J. Hanagan

Michael HanaganMichael J. Hanagan is a senior associate attorney at The Rodriguez Law Group with thirty-years experience in the criminal justice system. 

As a young man, Mr. Hanagan worked as a police officer and specialist where he gained experience in patrol, plain clothes and undercover narcotics and vice enforcement, traffic enforcement, investigations, and as a field training officer.  Mr. Hanagan is a state certified law enforcement instructor.

Upon obtaining his bachelors degree at the University of Washington, Mr. Hanagan attended the J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University, graduating cum laude.  While a law student, Mr. Hanagan was a teaching assistant in criminal law and criminal procedure courses.  He also conducted scholarly research on the Miranda rule, which addresses the laws protecting persons against unlawful police interrogations and forced and/or illegal confessions.

Upon graduating from Law School Mr. Hanagan served as law clerk to the Honorable Manuel L. Real at the United States District Court in Los Angeles. Following this clerkship, Mr. Hanagan worked as a litigation associate attorney at a large international law firm. 

Mr. Hanagan then moved on to become an esteemed deputy prosecuting attorney. As a D.A., Mr. Hanagan gained expertise in the prosecution of a wide array of criminal cases at virtually all stages of a case, giving him an edge in criminal defense on how to approach, attack and beat the DA’s case against his client.  

Mr. Hanagan is also a state credentialed college instructor, teaching criminal justice courses.  Prior to joining The Rodriguez Law Group, Mr. Hanagan worked for more than a decade as a staff attorney at both the United States District Court in Los Angeles and also at the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit where he worked solely on Death Penalty cases.

Mr. Hanagan is fluent in Spanish.  He focuses his practice on criminal litigation in federal court, including narcotics and international extradition matters.  He represents clients in Africa, Europe, and Latin America.