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Michael P. Stone



Michael P. Stone, an "A-V" rated lawyer*, is the founder and principal partner of Stone Busailah, LLP. He also is the founder of Police Litigation Sciences, Inc. He has practiced in law enforcement representation of members, agencies, and organizations since 1979. Previously he was employed as a police officer, police supervisor, and police attorney, and has served in three municipal police departments from 1967 to 1979.

He is General Counsel for the Los Angeles Police Command Officers Association (Captains, Commanders and Deputy Chiefs), for the Riverside Sheriffs' Association Legal Defense Trust, and a number of other Southern California police associations. Formerly General Counsel for the Los Angeles Police Protective League, he continues to serve as a panel attorney for the League, PORAC-LDF, and the Fraternal Order of Police.

Michael P. Stone is an active member of the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association (ILEETA), the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE), the Los Angeles Police Historical Society, the Marine Corps University Foundation (Staff and Command College), the Marine Corps Association, the Marines' Memorial Association, and the International Association of Chiefs of Police - Legal Officers Section.

With expertise in police use of force policy and training, he regularly instructs force trainers for the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department and other agencies nationwide. He is a faculty member of the Americans for Effective Law Enforcement (AELE) and the Labor Relations Information System (LRIS), and lectures in national programs for government counsel and law enforcement executives and officials. He also taught at Harvard Law School in Harvard Labor Program’s semi-annual “Big Fifty” leadership program on campus.

Since 1976, Michael P. Stone has taught and trained thousands of police employees, supervisors, managers, executives, and government counsel in local and national programs, primarily focusing on constitutional law, civil rights, Brady law, advocacy skills, police liability, police press relations, criminal procedure, evidence, community relations, and other police litigation subjects. Throughout his career, he has emphasized the importance of training as a key factor in reducing liability exposure.

As a police attorney, he managed civil liability for the Orange Police Department and represented the Department in all police litigation matters. In November 2002, he passed his 45th year in the business of policing and “defending those who protect others.”

A POST instructor since 1976, Michael P. Stone has been training internal affairs investigators, attorneys, police managers, and employee representatives for over 35 years for the Center for Criminal Justice Research and Training at California State University, Long Beach.

He regularly represents individual, local, state, and federal officers and officials as conflict counsel for the City of Los Angeles (tort, civil rights, and employment law), and the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Division, Torts Branch, Washington D.C. (Bivens actions, BOP prison litigation, DEA, ICE, V.A. physicians and surgeons, and Qui Tam litigation).

He received diplomas from the National Institute of Trial Advocacy Notre Dame Law School as an Advanced Advocate (1987), Advocacy Teacher (1989), and Master Advocate (1991). Michael P. Stone is a Specialist Reserve Officer (LAPD, No. R6236) assigned to the Police Academy.
* The above articles were originally drafted for law enforcement bulletins, and are currently located in the archives at Stone Busailah, LLP. Law enforcement officials, agencies, and associations may request permission to republish these articles for training purposes only. Please contact the administrator for further information.


Notable Cases

The "PDID Cases" (1983-1988) - Alleged unlawful intelligence-gathering by officials assigned to LAPD's Public Disorder Intelligence Division, on politicians, activists and police critics.

The "Hollywood Vice Cases"(1985) - Alleged Prostitution Enforcement Detail corruption in Hollywood Division; criminal jury trial and administrative cases.

The "39th and Dalton Raid Cases" (1988-1992) - 1998 search-warrant raids on Rollin' 30's Crips' fortified "rock houses" at 39th and Dalton. Resulted in criminal conspiracy charges against captain, sergeant, and two officers for unnecessary destruction of private property.

All "Rodney King" trials (1991-1994) - State and federal criminal trials and civil rights damages trial, following 1991 video-taped beating of Rodney King.

The "Rampart CRASH" corruption cases (1999-2004) - Criminal, civil, and administrative prosecutions and investigation of Rampart gang officers.

The "Tracy Watson Cases" (1996-2003) - criminal grand jury, administrative, and civil rights cases following video-taped beating of illegal immigrants after an 80-mile high-speed pursuit.

The 1999 "Margaret Mitchell Shooting" (1999-2003) - Fatal police shooting of homeless woman with shopping cart who attacked officer with screwdriver

People v. Daniel Riter (2003) - Murder indictment of D.A. investigator for on-duty shooting during warrant service.

The “Devin Brown Shooting” (2005-2007) - Criminal, civil, and administrative cases involving an incident where a LAPD officer shot and killed the 13-year-old driver of a stolen care at the end of a pursuit. LAPD Board of Rights found all 10 shots in policy and the officer not guilty of using excessive force.

The “Butler Street Shooting” (2005-2008) - LASD deputies fired 120 rounds on video at driver Winston Hayes at the end of a pursuit in Compton.

Hoving v. Hedges (2007-2008) - Federal civil rights damages case where the Chief Deputy’s office was bugged and fitted with a hidden surveillance camera by the Sheriff and Undersheriff.

The “Steven Hirschfield Shooting” (2008-2010) - A fatal police shooting aboard a Harbor Police Boat in San Diego Bay.

Tuszynska v. Cunningham (2011) - A renegade panel attorney sued a fund for gender discrimination subject to an anti-SLAPP special motion to strike. Court held that police legal defense funds decisions on attorney selection and funding of cases engage in First Amendment-protected activities.



U.S. Supreme Court

9th Circuit Court of Appeals (Cal.)


U.S. District Court (C.D. Cal.)

U.S. District Court (N.D. Cal.)

U.S. District Court (E.D. Cal.)

U.S. District Court (S.D. Cal.)



Western State University (1979)
Juris Doctor

University of California, Los Angeles (1975)
Teaching Credential

California State University, Fullerton (1974)
Bachelor of Arts, Political Science


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