Ehline Law Firm Walks the Walk Alongside Renato Laranja

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 in fact, over 25 years later he still lives by the creed instilled in him by the Corps. Ehline started Judo at age 6 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 a number of blue collar jobs before reading the law– being admitted to the Bar the same way Abraham Lincoln did.

All of this added to his original idealism drilled into him as a former Marine.

“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 to never let any of my clients feel that helplessness.”

“I fight and win for them.”

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 for 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 definitely 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.

Best of the Attorney and Hollywood Season

Hollywood Weekly Magazine
Attorney of the Year Awards. Hollywood Weekly

Saturday, December 3rd’s Christmas Party for Hollywood Weekly was a blast. Bringing together many of the finest and ritziest citizens of Southern California and beyond it was a chance to wine, dine, and socialize. While the event was a great chance to catch up and rub elbows it was also a chance to understand some of the more prominent spirits of the season.

Awards Given to Movers and Shakers.

Awards were given to several key individuals that help the greater Los Angeles area go round. These include individuals that tirelessly dedicate themselves towards a variety of goals. Some revolve around Hollywood and the film industry, which remains worthy goals.

Others focus in on community philanthropy and service. So the event based in Santa Monica, CA was just down the street from the Ehline offices on 201 Wilshire, which made it convenient for many local attendees to say the least. Santa Monica is famous for Cheech and Chong movies, traffic accidents and celebrities.

Michael Ehline was happy to attend the event. And this time it focused on independent films, celebrating the arts, and supporting supporters of Hollywood Weekly.

Giving Back.

It’s this second category that is particularly interesting. In some ways, it would appear that volunteerism is dying in America, especially in larger cities. However, Hollywood Weekly did an excellent job expressing the richness of community spirit existing in Southern California.

There is perhaps a no better example of that than local son Michael Ehline. Ehline joined the Marine Corps as a young man and discharged following injury. As a disabled former Marine, he had to decide on how to serve the area that reared him. He took on multiple jobs before reading the law to pass the bar. Through the same manner as Abraham Lincoln, Ehline became a respected fighter for the little guy.

“It’s not about me,” he said, “It’s about how to protect people that can’t do so themselves.”

As a result, Ehline has fought and won for accident victims against reckless and drunk drivers, corporations that cut corners, and faceless government agencies. You name them, Ehline Law has taken them on– and won. Ehline won the 2016 Attorney of the Year Award by Hollywood Weekly.

A prestigious award on one of the magazine’s most important days of the year. Ehline is humbled by the experience, hoping that it shows how others can also get involved in local service. As a result, Ehline will return to his practice next week with a renewed mission to help the people of Los Angeles.


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