Richard A. Ciummo & Associates has been providing indigent legal defense services since 1988. Our mission is ensure that our clients receive high quality legal representation and that their constitutional rights are safeguarded throughout their legal proceedings. We currently provide such legal services in five counties in California. We provide representation in adult criminal matters (felonies and misdemeanors), juvenile matters (both delinquency and dependency), and in contempt proceedings.
Our administrative and management models are tried and true and our performance over the past 25 years speaks for itself. We have always fulfilled our contractual obligations and pride ourselves in developing first-rate attorneys. We have successfully adapted to such dramatic changes as the "Three Strikes" law and realignment pursuant to AB 109. We work, insofar as we can, collaboratively with our criminal justice partners. However, we never compromise the interests of our clients.
About Michael Fitzgerald
The sole shareholder of the firm is Michael Fitzgerald. Mr. Fitzgerald acquired all of the stock of the firm in 2018 having formerly been a minority shareholder. Mr. Fitzgerald was admitted to the California bar in 1991. His first legal employment was with the firm starting in 1991.
Prior to his entry into management, Mr. Fitzgerald was an experienced trial attorney. He subsequently was promoted to the Chief Defense Attorney (supervising attorney) of the main Madera office in January 1997.
Thereafter, in 2016 Mr. Fitzgerald was promoted to the Chief Executive Officer of the firm at which time he also acquired a minority interest in the firm. After two years in that position Mr. Fitzgerald acquired all of the remaining stock of the firm from Richard A. Ciummo. Mr. Ciummo commenced his employment with the firm in 1988 progressing from staff attorney, to Chief Defense Attorney of the firm’s main Fresno office, to Chief Executive Officer, and finally to the sole shareholder of the firm. Mr. Ciummo remains employed by the firm as a consultant and coordinator of special projects.
Mr. Fitzgerald graduated from Cal Western School of Law in 1991. As stated above, he has been with the firm since then. He resides in Madera, California with his wife Andi and son Evan.
Mr. Fitzgerald has participated in numerous organizations involved in the community including the Lion’s Club of which he is past president.
Mr. Fitzgerald is also on the Board of Directors for the Madera Community Hospital Foundation.