During his service in the United States Marine Corps, Michael Ehline learned more than he ever knew he wanted to know.
“Ehline got a black beltch in winning you money.”- Renato Laranja
So much so, over 25 years later, he still lives by the creed instilled in him by the Corps. Ehline started Judo at age six, and he has stayed involved in the MMA community as part of his fighting spirit.
“I knew the best guys I had ever met in the Corps., and in martial arts,” Ehline said, “I want to help warriors in any way I can.”
Ehline is currently a disabled former Marine, working his way into law after military service. After leaving the Corps, he did several blue-collar jobs before reading the law– being admitted to the Bar the same way Abraham Lincoln did.
“I wanted to make sure that whatever I did after service, I was the best,” he said.
And Ehline meant every word.
The Ehline Law Firm is currently one of the most respected personal injury, motorcycle, and car accident firms in California. Ehline himself is the recipient of several awards for outstanding service, especially for veterans. He offers a variety of services for vets, including a promise never to take a dime unless he recovers for them.
“I know what injury means,” he said. “How helpless you can feel without a comrade. I vowed never to let any of my clients feel that helplessness.”
Ehline has a top-tier staff to support him in his cases but decided in December to make a change. So he enlisted respected BJJ fighter Renato Laranja to spread the message. Laranja is known for dozens of major mixed martial arts victories and his taunts towards other fighters and comedy legends like one of the Diaz Brothers, for example.
Meeting together, the expert lawyer and the expert fighter shared notes. After a conversation, Ehline was convinced. “Renato taught me a few things,” he said. “I’m just glad I didn’t pass out from that chokehold.”
Inspired and re-energized from his bout with the champ, Ehline vowed to continue his fight for military members and their families.
“I want to be that champ for you,” Ehline said. Renato says: “Ehline got a black beltch in winning you money.”
Ehline is presently running an ad campaign in Leatherneck Magazine, and he has also enlisted the help of inactive U.S. Marine Nava the Beast. He has also announced the grand opening of his Torrance location as part of his service to this great state and country.