Mary-Margaret Bierbaum, Attorney at Law


You did well showing the world how to handle insanity. You're the poster child for calm and collected.

Mary-Margaret Bierbaum handled my DUI / DWI matter and overall she was excellent as she is trustworthy, knowledgeable, responsive and kept me informed.

Mary-Margaret Bierbaum offers and executes excellent legal advice and representation. Her attention to detail, extensive knowledge of the law and one's rights, combines with her strong positive spirit, uplifting and turning cases upside down for dismissals and monumental outcomes.

I couldn't be more pleased with how she conducts her practice. Having an amazing secretary/paralegal was a huge beneficial factor. This allowed me to easily discuss my case in detail at any given time while also providing detailed updates, reminders, and important questions relative to my case.

I can say that she goes above and beyond for every case she obtains and I highly recommend hiring her for any legal matters. She's not only professional but is genuinely a good spirited determined woman that fully prepares to give her clients the best representation possible in order to acquire the most favorable outcomes possible. She does this by extensively researching the law and the facts, which lead to a dismissal of all 3 charges in my case. I will forever recommend Mary-Margaret Bierbaum to family, friends, and anyone struggling with serious charges. I can't thank her enough.

Having to deal with a nightmare that resulted in fourteen months and numerous court dates could have been more stressful and painful. We were fortunate to have found Mary-Margaret and Michael, two very dedicated and supportive professionals. They were personable, compassionate and knowledgeable.

Mary-Margaret's and Michael's sensitivity helped to ease some of our fears and anxieties. They were very open and informative about the process and explained how they would be able to assist in this very sensitive matter. They took care of everything at court and at all times acted in our best interest. We know that had it not been for Mary-Margaret's expertise, diligence and experience with Michael's assistance, the outcome could have been more punitive.

We are very thankful for all the hard work and determination they provided to reach a more favorable outcome. We would highly recommend Mary-Margaret & Michael to anyone in need of legal assistance.

OMG....... What a GREAT DAY!!!!!! Thank you soooooooooooooooo much.... Yeah TEAM BIERBAUM!!! LOVE YOU GUYS

We just wanted to express our appreciation for all you both have done for our son. We know that his case was trying, convoluted and exasperating with the delays of the judicial process. We do commend you however for being diligent, performing research and considering all options in his best interest at all times. We understand that the process is far from easy and that the twists and turns often sent you scrambling for different avenues to pursue.

Thank you so much for staying on top of it all and walking us through a very difficult circumstance. We would have been lost without your perseverance and direction.

Thanks so much for all your work with our son. You‘ve really been a blessing to him and our entire family! We are praying for good to happen, as it has been in many ways.

I owe you the world. Thank you so much for all you have done. I couldn't have done this without you. Now I can go back to school and re-start up my life. Thank you so so very much.

I think you are very delightful....I thought you were darling, you’re the best lawyer I ever met except for Marvin Belli [I really have met him] ,  .... You are charming, totally charming...

Mary-Margaret saved my life. She is the most compassionate, caring, dedicated and intelligent lawyer I have ever met. She not only fights for your rights, but she fights to get your life back to normal. Dealing with lawyers, court dates, paperwork, insurance companies, the DMV and district attorneys can be the scariest and most overwhelming experience to live through. For me, this was all occurring after the most traumatic and life threatening experience of my life. I can't imagine anyone else I would want on my side, fighting for me, than Mary-Margaret Bierbaum.

She stuck with my case and continued to diligently investigate through seven months of being thrown through the ringer by the courts and DMV. She stuck by my side and fought for me at every chance, doing everything in her power to not only help me in the courts, but to provide me with resources to make my medical, insurance, and DMV situations easier and my overall life better. She is more than a lawyer.

Mary-Margaret Bierbaum is a public servant defending those that cannot help themselves. She is no longer my lawyer, but my friend and role model.

I have known Mary-Margaret Bierbaum for over 20 years and I was counsel for an opposing party (criminal defendant) during a serious felony trial when she worked in and represented Santa Cruz County District Attorney's office. Ms. Bierbaum is a skilled trial attorney and a hard working advocate for her clients who practices with honesty and integrity.

I would like to thank you for the services you have provided me these last weeks and months during the course of my case. It has been a very difficult time for me and I want to tell you how much I appreciate what you and your staff, especially Edlina Melehan, have done for me. Your professionalism and attention to detail have been spot-on in all aspects of the services you provided me.

Your familiarity with the local court system and law enforcement agencies proved very valuable throughout these weeks and gave me the confidence I desperately needed. However, the thing I found most appealing with regard to the services you provided, was the compassion you showed me while delivering a more than satisfactory resolution to my case and you delivered this with the experience of a truly knowledgeable expert.

I would recommend to anyone seeking council, that they can be assured of fair and competent service with your offices.

I came to Mary-Margaret scared, confused and in serious need of a good attorney. I was being falsely accused of a felony charge in a domestic violence case that was ruining my life. But with two prior convictions already on my record, I had barely any confidence as I knew I had very little going for me.

I pretty much felt hopeless, and defeated. But after meeting Mary-Margaret I instantly began to feel more confident in my case. She made a sincere connection to me which made a significantly stressful situation easier to live through. Instantly she began to gather evidence, keeping me informed at all times. In court, she was amazing! She exposed the truth by tactfully discrediting the accuser and a police officer witness during a cross-examination. And not only was she successful in getting my charges dismissed, but she also helped me get a restraining order granted in my protection. She genuinely saved my life and I will always be grateful to her.

I have never been so thankful to anyone and I truly do not know where I would be today without her.

Thank you again Mary-Margaret!!!

This is a testimonial to Ms. Bierbaum's diligence and compassion while working on a difficult and complex case. Ms. Bierbaum listened to the issues involved with an open mind. She is not condescending nor judgmental. She was hard-working and did not waiver from the desired results. I found her to be most effective and would recommend her to anyone who found themselves with criminal legal issues.

Mary-Margaret Bierbaum was empathetic and communicated well. She kept me from missing any work and saved me from myself. I feel lucky to have picked her as my defender.

Ms. Bierbaum was a great choice for our legal needs. She kept us informed and gave us good advice about what we needed to do to have a good outcome with our case. She advised us about what court programs were available and helped us to decide what would be the best course to take concerning the case itself and what impact any decision we make would have on our future. She is also very experienced in the Santa Cruz court system which helped out a lot. We would definitely hire Mary-Margaret again if we need a lawyer in the future.

Mary Margaret Bierbaum is a marvelous lawyer. When we first met, she listened to me and believed in what I was saying.

She didn't pass judgment on me like so many other people were doing at that time. She fought hard for me and my case, going to jury trial and almost a retrial. She kept me informed about what was going on in my case, cleared up any of my confusion, and our communication was always clear. She even allowed me to play an active role in defending myself by asking me during trial if there was anything else I wanted to bring in front of the court.

She was kind and professional to my witnesses during trial who were very nervous about taking the stand. And she always gave me a smile when she knew I needed it. She taught me through example very important lesson to be learned about our justice system. This experience changed the way I viewed lawyers, judges, and district attorneys. She is a phenomenal person and I would highly recommend her to anyone out there who needs the defense of this wonderful attorney.

Thank you very much to Mary Margaret Bierbaum and her lovely staff, I will forever appreciate your guidance.

I just had the pleasure of working with Mary-Margaret Bierbaum on a criminal defense trial for misdemeanor DUI. She is a very talented attorney and I wanted to express publicly my gratitude to her for her invitation to mentor me as a new attorney and allowing me to work with her during a hard fought DUI jury trial, in which she secured a favorable dismissal on one count and a hung jury on the second count.

She absolutely knocked my socks off with her skill to zealously and competently defend against a DUI charge. I learned so much under her tutelage.

Hopefully you will never find yourself facing a DUI..... But if you do, don't hesitate to consider calling Mary-Margaret Bierbaum. She is an incredibly smart woman who has obviously mastered the area.

I want to say "thank you" so much for taking care of my son's case so effectively.

His Dad and I are very pleased with the outcome. We feel that this experience was a great lesson for him. What a positive outcome he had, thanks to your hard work, compared to what he could have been faced with!

We are happy to offer a reference for you, should anyone be faced with a similar situation (whether parent or child). You are genuine, with much competence, skill and integrity. You lend a listening and compassionate ear, during a very difficult time.

I really want to thank you for your extensively hard work you put into my case, I sat and watched your dedication, and I just wanted to let you know how much I appreciate your brilliance and tenaciousness you did a great job!

After speaking with several other DUI attorneys I found a true gem in Mary-Margaret Bierbaum. She really knows the law, and having previous experience as a District Attorney in Santa Cruz County, she has an understanding of how things actually get done in this county that only a handful of attorneys have first hand knowledge of.

She made me feel very comfortable from our first meeting and found mistakes in the police report, and even the person who took my blood was not "qualified" to do so. She found problems that I could have never even thought of in my case!

She gives attorneys a "good name". She is smart, reliable, diligent, "tough as nails" in the court room, and a really nice person outside the courtroom.

I highly recommend her, she gets excellent results.

If I was in trouble (with the law), I would hire you as my attorney.

As I told you outside the courtroom, you have completely changed my opinion of attorneys and the legal system. I know a million lawyer jokes, and relished all of them! In my mind, if someone was arrested, they must be guilty. I had to find out the hard way that this is not true. You were our lifeline.

I truly feel that had it not been for you, my brother would be facing the loss of his job, fines, and possibly prison. I applaud your diligence in using an investigator to help bring the truth to light. I thank you sincerely for all your help, and further, for going the one step beyond the scope of our agreement to help us protect my brother from unwanted and threatening contact with his wife.

I hope that we never need the services of a criminal attorney again, but if we should, we would look no further than you.

You can rely on Ms. Bierbaum to do a thorough job preparing for your case. Her ability to anticipate every eventuality will protect you from any unexpected developments during the trial process. Ms. Bierbaum's technical knowledge of the law is excellent. My case was dismissed at the trial stage due to her ability to correctly interpret the law and have the pertinent statute read into the pre-trial record.

I want to thank you again for the excellent well as all of (investigator's) assistance. It was a trying time for all of us as well as frustrating (the many court delays) and I am glad that it has been concluded successfully.

I can't thank you enough. You were worth every penny. I even want to tip you!

Hello Mary Margaret, I want to share with you that my son is doing so well. He has turned his life around 180 degrees. It's a good story.

I want to thank you again for representing me. I couldn't have asked for a better outcome...We both won in this case. Maybe attorneys are not all bad.

It was a pleasure working with you. Your drive and determination to do the things you love was inspirational...


Good Karma commendation for behavior of the highest intention; behaving with integrity on fee, and all around nice!!

With a World of Thanks. I'm sorry this was so long in coming but I just wanted to let you know how much I appreciated all of your hard work over the last two years. You made this process very easy.

Thank you again for coming to my rescue — if I hadn't had you, I'd probably be in jail by now!

P.S. -Thanks to your assistant too

Thanks once again. Now I can get on with my life.

The past several months have been quite a personal education not only in the legal system but in truth and justice. I once believed that truth and justice were true or false values. I now perceive them as relative ideas that are shaped by personal backgrounds and biases. With this realization, I'm going to consider myself a wiser man and move on. I believe that I have been dealt some injustices, but I'm going to learn to live with them.

I am quite certain that you are the best counsel I could have chosen. I believe you represented me well and gave me good advice. I thank you for all of your efforts...


Thank you kindly for representing me in traffic court. I sincerely appreciate you devoting your time & effort to my case. Although, I must admit, I was a bit tense from the moment I awoke, your delightful disposition made the day quite pleasant, and what a wonderful surprise for it to have ended with a dismissal! I don't think I envisioned the whole experience to be as simple and vibrant as it turned out. You were very impressive in court.

I just want you to know how I admire and support you in all your endeavors. I also admire your character and how you truly dedicate your "all" in caring for, and supporting your clients, friends, and family.

The Law Offices of Mary-Margaret Bierbaum

Phone: 831-462-6099
Fax: 831-427 -5524

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 24
Santa Cruz, CA 95063


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