Michael Beckman, who owns and manages the Law Office of Michael Beckman, has been practicing law since 1982. With a focus on parole law, he has represented over 1000 inmates serving life sentences in California, many of whom have been granted parole.
Beckman earned his Bachelor of Arts degree, with Distinction, in English Literature and American History from the University of Michigan in 1979. He then graduated from the University of Michigan Law School in 1982. During his time as a law student in Ann Arbor, Beckman was a Quarterfinalist in the Campbell Moot Court Competition and a participant in the Child Advocacy Law Clinic.
Beckman was admitted to the California State Bar in December 1982. After three years working for large law firms, between 1985 and 2005, he was a civil sole practitioner and engaged in all aspects of business litigation, emphasis in employment, insurance bad faith, legal malpractice, banking, torts, landlord/tenant, and bankruptcy. He also became an Adjunct Associate Professor of Law at the Southwestern University School Law in Los Angeles and taught a course in Professional Responsibility and Legal Ethics.
In 2000, he became a Civil Mediator for all types of civil mediations and a Panelist for the Dispute Resolution Services of the California Academy of Mediation Professionals. By 2004, Beckman joined the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA; formerly National Association of Securities Dealers) and became an Arbitrator and arbitrates disputes between brokerage firms and investors, brokerage firms and their employees, and among brokerage firms. He was also nominated for Volunteer Mediator Of The Year for Los Angeles County back in 2003.
For three years, between 2005 and 2008, Beckman served as an Administrative Law Judge (Pro Tem) for the State of California Office of Administrative Hearings and mediated special education due process cases.
From 2005 onwards, he has represented, and continues to represent, inmates sentenced to life with the possibility of parole in parole suitability hearings before the California Board of Parole Hearings and petitions for a Writ of Habeas Corpus in state and federal courts challenging denial of parole.
His pro-bono work has ranged from volunteered legal services for abused children through the Child Advocate's Office and for elderly and indigent renters through Bet Tzedek Legal Services to pro-bono mediation for the L.A. County Superior Court, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and U.S. Bankruptcy Court.
On the side, Beckman writes screenplays, some of which have been placed in major screenplay competitions, including the Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting Competition. He has had several scripts optioned. For fun, he spends quality time with his beautiful wife Ewa and daughter Hannah, their two dogs, Aphrodite and Nelson, travels, works out, and skis. He’s also a champion fantasy basketball and football player and an advocate for children and animal rights.