San Francisco defense attorney Michael Stepanian has over thirty-five years experience in Federal and State criminal case representation and criminal tax litigation.

Stepanian has extensive trial experience and has successfully negotiated hundreds of complicated and complex criminal cases. He has been tutored by and uses retired IRS agents and accountants for investigations in criminal tax cases. He is diligent and resourceful in representing businesses, employees, and individuals who are caught up in the criminal process. He is always positive and provides cutting edge defenses.

Stepanian has discretely represented powerful personalities in the entertainment and sports fields, the likes of which were Hunter S. Thompson and others.  

As a Northern District of California Federal Criminal Justice Act panel attorney Stepanian has handled only the most difficult and complex clients and cases. He has earned enormous respect of judges and prosecutors throughout the Northern District of California and is considered by many to be in the utmost and highest tier of criminal defense lawyers. He is also local counsel for lawyers throughout the country.

Stepanian has never lost enthusiasm for the courtroom or his clients. He frequently lectures before criminal lawyers for the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Louisiana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws. He has a loyal staff of thirty years and practices together with his lawyer daughter, Jennie Stepanian in the San Francisco 1881 Historic Landmark Victorian Stadtmuller House.
  • Criminal Tax Litigation
  • Bribery charges
  • Computer/cyber offenses
  • Criminal trade secret cases
  • Embezzlement offenses
  • False statement cases
  • Forfeitures
  • Grand jury representation
  • Money laundering offenses
  • Perjury offenses
  • Securities violations
  • Structuring violations
  • Bank fraud offenses
  • Federal and State Criminal Representation Nationwide
  • Identity theft
  • Drug offenses (including marijuana cultivation)
  • Grand theft cases
  • RICO & Continuing Criminal Enterprise
  • Robbery
  • Domestic violence
  • Pretrial motions & pleadings
  • Negotiations
  • Jury Trials
  • Expertise in Sentencing & Post Conviction


CA 94109

415 771-6174