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Mike Tonsing Resume and Qualifications

Mike Tonsing was first admitted to the practice of law in June of 1976. A former Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of California, he also is a member of the Federal Bar Association.

Mike is admitted to practice before the following courts:

  • All California State and Federal Trial and Appellate Courts
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (Washington, D.C.)
  • U.S. Court of International Trade
  • U.S. Court of Military Appeals
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Hawaii


Mike is active in the legal community as both an attorney and a contributor to several publications. His writing credits include:

  • Many articles for the San Francisco Recorder, a San Francisco legal newspaper, and the Los Angeles Daily Journal, a Los Angeles based legal newspaper
  • A monthly column in The Federal Lawyer (the magazine of the Federal Bar Association), which he has authored for 14-plus years

Teaching and Continuing Education:

Mike believes strongly in the value of continuing education for attorneys, and he participates in such programs as both a student and a teacher. Mike has taught legal seminars for the California State Bar and was a designated Bernard E. Witkin lecturer for Alameda County. He also speaks on a variety of legal topics for trade associations and professional groups.

Mike co-founded the first ABA-accredited paralegal program in the Bay Area, where he taught paralegal students for over two decades. He has also taught in a certificate program for the University of California. He believes that his teaching experience has helped him learn to communicate more effectively with about the law with non-attorneys.


Mike earned his law degree from Kendrick Hall, the law school at the University of San Francisco. While there, he served as a teaching assistant in the school’s Legal Research and Writing Program. He had earlier received a Master of Arts degree from Claremont Graduate University, majoring in political philosophy. And, he received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Saint Mary’s College of California, majoring in political science.

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