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Contact and Location

Work: 650.260.2959

Cell: 650.619.5977

E-mail: marmstrong@ peninsulacrimlaw.com

Fax: 650.362.4198

600 Allerton St, Suite 200

Redwood City, CA 94063

Philosophy of Practice

For over 30 years, I have specialized in criminal defense here on the Peninsula, representing individuals being investigated for and accused of criminal activity. I take great pride in representing each client to the best of my ability. Every case is different and each client is unique. I try to gather all information possible before making the decisions which will lead to the best possible outcome in each case. It is important that my clients have access to the same information that I have in order for them to participate in decision making with me. After discussing the case with the District Attorney and the judge, if a satisfactory resolution is not achieved, going to trial may be the best option. I want to make sure, however, that my client knows and understands everything about the case before making that decision.

About Mike Armstrong

Criminal Defense Lawyer for 35 Years

California State Bar Certified Specialist in Criminal Law
Super Lawyers - selected for over 10 years by peers
Best Lawyers in America - selected for over 10 years

Mike Armstrong graduated from Stanford University in 1970 with a degree in Italian. He spent the next five years in Florence, Italy, before returning to the United States to attend Northwestern University School of Law.

Upon graduation in 1979, Mr. Armstrong spent three years in private practice in Hayward, California followed by two years with the Santa Clara County Public Defender’s Office, where he served as a Deputy Public Defender. Mr. Armstrong has spent the last 30 years as a trial lawyer with the firm formerly known as Nolan, Armstrong & Barton, LLP in Palo Alto, CA. In March of 2015, Mr. Armstrong opened his own office in Redwood City, CA

Mr. Armstrong is certified as a criminal law specialist by the California State Bar Board of Legal Specialization and has served as a Judge Pro Tem in Superior Court. He has also served on the Board of Trustees for both Santa Clara County Bar Association and the Palo Alto Area Bar Association. Each year since they began the survey, Mr. Armstrong has been chosen as one of a handful of criminal defense attorneys in San Jose Magazine’s annual Best Lawyers in the Silicon Valley in both criminal defense and white-collar criminal defense. He is also a Super Lawyer, as recognized by Thomson Reuter’s Super Lawyer Magazine, and has been selected for the Best Lawyers in America for over ten years. Mr. Armstrong is a member of the California Attorneys for Criminal Justice, the California Public Defender’s Association, the San Mateo and Santa Clara County Bars, and is an active attorney for San Mateo County’s Private Defender Program (PDP).

Mr. Armstrong has experience in almost every kind of criminal prosecution and investigation, both at state and federal levels. He has tried almost 100 cases to verdict before juries. Mr. Armstrong also has a significant experience representing local college and high school students both in criminal and juvenile cases and in school disciplinary proceedings.

Actively involved in the community, Mr. Armstrong has served as a Board Member with Community Legal Services for 10 years in East Palo Alto, and has also served as an advisor to fraternities at Stanford University.