Michael Coffino

Law Office of Michael A. Coffino
3030 Bridgeway, Suite 207
Sausalito, CA 94965


Mr. Coffino graduated with honors and Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Oregon and received his law degree and M.A. in philosophy at the University of Wisconsin, where he was Articles Editor of the Wisconsin Law Review.

A high school track All-American, he represented Oregon at the Pac-10 championships and in 2009 was inducted into the Marin Athletic Foundation Hall of Fame.


Mr. Coffino has practiced criminal law for over 18 years, handling everything from murder, bank robbery and embezzlement cases to petty theft, drug possession and drunk driving. A member of the state bars of New York, Wisconsin and California, Mr. Coffino first worked as an intellectual property and real estate lawyer. He began his criminal defense career as a deputy public defender in Lake County and Marin County, representing clients in serious felony matters as well as countless routine misdemeanors. He now represents people facing criminal charges in state and federal court throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.

With an ability to clearly explain legal concepts to a non-legal audience, Mr. Coffino has an outstanding record of success at trial and has won jury acquittals in felony and misdemeanor cases of all kinds. He has achieved defense verdicts for several San Quentin inmates accused of new crimes within the prison, as well as patients seeking release from involuntary treatment at the state mental hospital.

Mr. Coffino's clients include individuals of varied backgrounds ? from military veterans and teenagers to elders and immigrants, educators and doctors, business owners, mental health professionals, athletic coaches and everyday people accused of crimes.


In 2016 Mr. Coffino ran for Superior Court judge in Marin County, finishing second out of nine candidates. In a runoff election, he received over 55,000 votes, or 47.51 percent of the vote. No criminal defense attorney in county history has ever received more votes for judge.


Four of Mr. Coffino's cases have resulted in published opinions by the California Court of Appeal. Of note, People v. Castagne (2008) 166 Cal.App.4th 727 made new law in California by broadening the availability of rehabilitation programs for drug addicts who had previous treatment failures. The others are:

People v. Lazlo (2012) 206 Cal.App.4th 1063 -- application of Fourth Amendment exclusionary rule to probationers.

People v. Nishi (2012) 207 Cal.App.4th 954 -- constitutionality of warrantless searches at campsites.

People v. Brown (2017) 7 Cal.App.5th 1217 -- application of Proposition 57 to prescription drug forgery.


Mr. Coffino has been interviewed on local radio and TV programs numerous times. His public speaking engagements include addresses to Marin Latino Leaders, the Marin County Bar Association, the Marin Trial Lawyers Association, the League of Women Voters, the San Rafael Chamber of Commerce and other civic organizations.

Mr. Coffino teaches a graduate law course at Alliant International University in San Francisco and has guest lectured at UC Berkeley, Chabot College and City College of San Francisco. He has served as an instructor at Continuing Legal Education (CLE) seminars throughout the Bay Area.

A past editor of college textbooks for Congressional Quarterly Press in Washington, D.C., Mr. Coffino is credited in, among other publications, Constitutional Law for a Changing America: Rights, Liberties and Justice by professor Lee Epstein, et al.; Administrative Law: Cases and Comments by professor Christine Harrington; and The Law of Journalism and Mass Communication by professor Robert Trager, et al.

Mr. Coffino's own scholarly work has been cited in the Columbia Law Review, Michigan Law Review, Tennessee Law Review, and a half-dozen other academic journals.