OC Criminal Bios

Michael Taibi

Attorney of Counsel

Michael Taibi attended Davidson College, the prestigious liberal arts school, where he received his Bachelor of Arts in Economics, in 1989. As he concentrated part of his undergraduate studies toward pre-law classes, Mr. Taibi placed among the top 5% of those taking the LSAT, the exam required for entry into law school. Mr. Taibi was very active in leadership positions during his college career, as he was Treasurer of his college government and President of his fraternity, Phi Delta Theta.

Mr. Taibi earned his law degree at California Western School of Law in 1992. He was the law clerk for one of the preeminent criminal defense and family law attorneys in San Diego County while he attended law school. During the three years at his law firm, Mr. Taibi learned invaluable information in what it truly means to be an attorney and how one can best represent their clients in various areas of law.

After earning his law degree, Mr. Taibi was admitted to practice law in the state of California. The day after his acceptance into practice, Mr. Taibi walked into the Courtroom and began litigating. He is authorized to practice in all Courts of California, including all State Courts, Federal District Courts, Courts of Appeal, and the Supreme Court of California. Mr. Taibi is a member of the State Bar of California, the Criminal Law Section of the State Bar, San Diego County Bar Association, and the American Bar Association.

Over 25 years of practice, Mr. Taibi has successfully defended his clients throughout all of California in criminal cases from misdemeanor theft to felony murder cases, state and federal. Additionally, Mr. Taibi has represented military personnel in criminal matters, and is therefore familiar with the nuances involved.

Mr. Taibi is an intelligent, aggressive, and caring advocate for his clients and has thus been recognized as a top attorney by organizations such as the American Society of Legal Advocates and the American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys. Mr. Taibi’s extensive experience and knowledge of the law across various areas has given him a rare perspective into the complexity of cases and how they can best be resolved for his clients.

Mr. Taibi is very familiar with international cultures and has successfully represented many diverse individuals. As mentioned earlier, he has extensive experience in many areas of the law that happen to cross over in many cases. He has counseled and represented thousands of clients with many different matters. He has successfully handled felonies, misdemeanors, DUIs with and without injury, theft, violent crimes, domestic violence, drug crimes both state and federal, and crimes involving military personnel.

Mr. Taibi is a highly respected litigator and counselor with over 25 years of experience as a practicing attorney. He is well known amongst attorneys and judges alike, and he has the intelligence and experience to handle almost any matter.

David Ruyle

Attorney of Counsel

David J. Ruyle, Jr. was born and raised in San Diego, California, where he focuses his criminal and DUI defense practice. In 1998, Mr. Ruyle received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Baylor University. Four years later, in 2002, Mr. Ruyle earned his law degree from Trinity Law School. As a student in law school, David interned with the San Diego County Public Defender’s office where he was exposed to felony and misdemeanor related matters.

Mr. Ruyle spent a few years focused on DUI and other criminal matters as an attorney before developing a desire to better understand the public view of law enforcement and the harsh realities that officers face daily. His calling led him to become a Reserve Police Officer with the City of El Cajon in 2007 after attending the California POST certified Police Academy. During his time as an officer, Mr. Ruyle was certified to use the PAS and Intoximeter to determine levels of intoxication as he was heavily exposed to drunk drivers. Additionally, Mr. Ruyle was exposed to domestic violence, narcotic offenders, and many other issues that peace officers encounter daily. He enjoyed participating in many outreach events sponsored by the police department.

As Mr. Ruyle remained in the reserve force while practicing law, he was able to effectively apply his experience as an officer to representing his clients in their cases and addressing their needs. Although he has since resigned his position with the City of El Cajon, he enjoys sharing the knowledge he acquired as an officer. His passion for sharing his knowledge led him to teach in the Criminal Justice Department of both Westwood College and the University of Phoenix. Additionally, Mr. Ruyle works with students who are studying for the Bar Exam.

As an attorney in the criminal defense sector, Mr. Ruyle has represented clients with various types of charges from misdemeanor DUIs to felonies such as robbery, severe domestic violence, and narcotics. Mr. Ruyle takes much pride in being attentive to his clients’ needs and understanding their situation in order to produce a favorable outcome for their case while promoting their ultimate well-being.

Mr. Ruyle is a member of the San Diego County Bar Association and the California Public Defender’s Association.

Samuel Sue

Attorney of Counsel

Samuel Sue has joined the Orange County Criminal Lawyer team as the new Senior Attorney of Counsel. Mr. Sue has practiced law in various areas for several decades, serving hundreds of clients. His extensive experience has allowed him to remain a vital role in creating the initial stages of cases for our valued clients. Mr. Sue has consistently maintained unbroken contact with his clients and the defense team in order to develop winning legal strategies.

Retaining the Orange County Criminal Lawyer means that Mr. Sue will work with you in your primary consultation in order for him to determine if you have a solid case and what our most successful plan of action would be. Mr. Sue works lengthily with former officers and detectives, which has given him a unique perception into the application of the law and how criminal charges are best fought.

As Senior Attorney of Counsel, Mr. Sue will listen to every aspect of your criminal case in order to analyze it and present the information to the attorney who oversees your case. As stated earlier, Mr. Sue will work with you, his client, the other attorneys, and our outside investigators to create a specific legal plan that will likely be successful. One of the best resources in a criminal case is the possession of data and facts as they allow Mr. Sue to do everything he can in order to properly represent you in any legal proceedings.

Mr. Sue’s impressive educational background is one that makes him a formidable asset to our team. He received his bachelor’s degree at Wake Forest University, then went on to American University to earn his first master’s degree in International Law and Policy. Shortly after, Mr. Sue earned his law degree from the Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego. He then went on to earn his doctorate and second master’s degree in International Financial and Tax Law. Furthermore, he has worked at a highly distinguished law firm that focused on financial, tax, and estate law, while working as an instructor in various international affairs.

Mr. Sue’s educational background has allowed him to secure positions of estate planner and financial advisor to different private entities, such as corporations and families with large estates. As a planner and advisor, Mr. Sue was responsible for keeping overall finances strong while developing assets protected by legal policies and maximizing investments. He has aided companies in their fight to secure legal backing in order to conduct their business and operations in the United States.

As an additional tribute to his rigorous education, Mr. Sue has also worked with immigrants, individually helping them secure citizenship or legal resident status. Mr. Sue is proud of his work as he is a member of the AILA, which is a legal organization for attorneys with assist immigrants and others without American citizenship. Mr. Sue has over 20 years of experience in immigration law, making him a formidable asset when representing clients who may not be an American citizen.

Over his career, Mr. Sue has accumulated vast experience while working for various types of clients. As Senior Attorney of Counsel on the Orange County Defense Lawyer team, he will bring his knowledge and expertise to all of his cases so that you may rest knowing that we will take care of you.

Sabrina Darwish

Attorney of Counsel

I received my undergraduate degree from UCLA where I was part of the honors program.  I then went on to attend Loyola Law School in Los Angeles where I was a mock trial judge.  After finishing law school, I joined the Riverside Public Defender’s Office. As a deputy public defender, I counseled clients on their legal rights and appeared with them at their court hearings. I prepared any necessary legal documents and motions and argued them before the judge.  I also got an award and recognition for winning at trial.  I left the public defender’s office to go on and open up my own law practice.  I wanted to be able to give more time and attention to my clients.

Having been a public defender now and a private defense attorney for over 10 years, I have gained a lot of training and experience.  I have handled numerous misdemeanor and felony matters in all of the Orange County Superior Courts.  My cases have included drunk driving offenses, drug and theft crimes, domestic violence matters, and assault and battery amongst many others.

When facing a criminal charge, you need a competent and assertive attorney by your side.  A criminal conviction can greatly impact your life and result in probation, jail time, hefty fines and fees, and a criminal record unless you later get it expunged by an attorney.

An effective defense plan begins right when you’re arrested by having an experienced defense attorney speak with a prosecutor on your behalf.  Representation continues at arraignment and proceeds to pre-trial conferences. Defending a criminal case requires expertise in the law since the law is complicated and new laws are constantly coming out.  I have been practicing criminal defense since 2006. My passion lies in defending those who have been accused of a crime.  I understand good people make mistakes or get caught in bad situations or are even wrongfully accused at times.  I make it my mission to give each client the smartest and best possible defense by closely analyzing the facts of the case.

My team and I diligently work on your behalf to come up with a strong and effective defense strategy to get you the most favorable resolution.  We closely analyze the police report to find any loopholes there may be.  Finding problems with the government’s case and presenting reasonable defenses on your behalf is our job and what we do best.  We talk to witnesses, cross-examine police officers, and investigate the incident scene. These are only some of the tactics we use to minimize the evidence against you.  Depending on what’s necessary, we either fight the case at trial or negotiate a reasonable disposition for you or may even get your charges dismissed.  Either way we make sure your rights are protected and you have peace of mind along the way.  We fight to earn your trust and protect your rights.

You need someone on your side who will fight hard. Without a lawyer, you have to face a complicated legal process on your own. I have knowledge and familiarity with the criminal justice system since I was a public defender and have been a criminal defense attorney for over 10 years. When you hire me, you can be sure that you have a skilled professional fighting for you. Don’t risk your freedom!  Give us a call.

Thomas Filicia

Attorney of Counsel

Thomas Filicia joins the Orange County Criminal Lawyer as Attorney of Counsel. Mr. Filicia is responsible for evaluating each case extensively, then deliberating with the rest of the team in order to determine the best solution for each individual client. Mr. Filicia has great attention to detail, team mentality, and communication skills that make him a valuable asset to our firm.

Mr. Filicia has lived in Southern California for most of his life as he was born in San Diego. Mr. Filicia graduated from the Syracuse University College of Law where he participated in the school’s American Bar Association Negotiation Team. While studying at Syracuse, Mr. Filicia developed a passion for criminal defense and thus became a clerk for a law firm focused primarily on criminal appeals. Over his career, Mr. Filicia has drafted appellate briefs in multiple areas of criminal law including Domestic Violence, Parole Violations, Rape, and Murder. After earning his law degree, Mr. Filicia worked at one of the preeminent Construction Defect and HOA law firms in San Diego.

Prior to law school, Thomas attended Loyola Marymount where he studied Communications and played Varsity Baseball. He then moved on to complete his bachelor’s degree at St. John’s University where he majored in Philosophy. Mr. Filicia competed annually in national competitions as part of the St. John University’s Ethics Debate Team. Mr. Filicia is also a member of the St. Thomas Moore Society for Catholic Attorneys.

Thomas is a sports fan who enjoys staying active and rooting for the Padres, Lakers, and Cowboys in his free time.

Thomas J. Beck

Director of Operations

Thomas Beck joins the Orange County Criminal Lawyer team as the Senior Director of Operations and Client Operations. Mr. Beck has spent almost 20 years as a leader in the industry with one of the largest law firms in Arizona. As his focus is mainly on DUI and Criminal Defense, Mr. Beck brings a commitment of excellence that continually exceeds the expectations of our clients. Mr. Beck’s relationship between clients and attorneys is critical as he is a key part in the initial process of determining every element and the responsibility of every team member in their responses and engagements in each individual client’s case. Mr. Beck works thoroughly with the senior trial attorneys, associate attorneys, DMV attorneys, and private investigators within our law firm. Our focus is treating each client like our sole client, thus, we constantly strive to go beyond our clients’ expectations.

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