License Advocates Law Group is a law firm specializing in the defense of California licensed or certified workers—or those who want to be—from discipline against the license, such as revocation or suspension, or from burdensome limitations on “probationary” licenses.
Michael L. Claessens is the managing partner of License Advocates Law Group located in Pasadena, California. Before joining forces with Robert Cramer and Christine McCall, Mike served the City of Los Angeles as a prosecutor in the Los Angeles criminal courts, as a defense litigator in the Los Angeles state and federal civil courts, and as a senior lead counsel in internal investigations and complex and class action matters.
As Senior Assistant City Attorney, Mike supervised and directed Los Angeles’ central civil litigation staff, managing resources and supervising staff of more than 124 attorneys and support personnel who were responsible for defending civil lawsuits. He also provided legal and management advice directly to the Los Angeles City Attorney, City Council, Mayor, executive officers, and numerous City Department boards, commissions and general managers.
Mike is the proud holder of a California General Building and Plumbing Contractor License in effect for more than 34 years. Mike put himself through law school working as a Building Mechanical Inspector for the Los Angeles City Department of Building and Safety, ultimately reaching the rank of Chief Inspector and he has taught Fire Science at California State University Los Angeles.