About Mike Donaldson

criminal defense attorney in temecula, ca - serving All of riverside county

I am Mike Donaldson.  I am a criminal defense attorney located in Temecula, California.  I proudly provide criminal defense services throughout Riverside County, including the cities of Temecula, Murrieta, Wildomar, Corona, Riverside, Moreno Valley, Perris, Menifee, Hemet, San Jacinto, Banning, and Indio.  

I was born and raised in Temecula by my two awesome parents, Mike and Linda.  My father built fences, and my mother was a school administrator. In addition to building fences, my father volunteered in just about every organization in the Temecula community.  My father demonstrated to me the importance of community service at a very young age. So, after gaining years of valuable experience with Public Defender's Offices and one of the top litigation firms in Orange County, I decided to get back to my roots and serve my hometown community of Temecula.  


When I am not practicing law, I enjoy traveling with my wife, playing guitar, and rooting for the Los Angeles Dodgers.  Below is some additional information regarding my education, rates, professional affiliations and memberships, and community involvement.  


  • University of California Santa Cruz
    • Bachelor of Arts - Political Science, with honors
  • Santa Clara University School of Law
    • Juris Doctorate
    • CALI Excellence for the Future Award Winner in Criminal Procedure and Advanced Post-Conviction Innocence Practice

Other Employment

  • Professor of American Government 
    • Mount San Jacinto College


There is a large class of people who may not qualify for a public defender, yet cannot afford the rates of many private criminal defense attorneys.  I strive to keep my overhead costs low in an effort to serve that class of people.  As a result, my rates are flexible, and I am willing to work with whatever financial situation you may be in.  In addition, I accept most major credit cards.

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • The State Bar of California
  • Riverside County Bar Association
  • Southwest Riverside County Bar Association
  • California Attorneys for Criminal Justice