Mike Ivancie, Esq. J. Mike Ivancie, Esq. is the founder of the Ivancie Law Practice. He is a licensed California attorney. His practice is based out of San Diego, California.

Mike takes his oath to his clients very seriously.  He is a results-focused attorney who deeply cares about the outcomes he gets for his clients. He knows how significant and intimidating legal cases can be for his clients, and he always takes the time to explain issues in an easy to understand way.

Hire employment law expert Mike Ivancie


Mike focuses on the following practice areas:

Federal Employment Law

  • Discrimination, EEOC
  • Discipline including suspensions and removals
  • Actions before the MSPB
  • USERRA Cases
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Mediation
  • Last Chance Agreements
  • Suitability
  • Unfair Labor Practices before the FLRA
  • Arbitration
  • Drug Testing Issues
  • Failure to accommodate
  • Disability
  • Constructive removal claims

Trade Law

  • All Title 19 issues
  • 19 USC 1592 penalties
  • 19 USC 1595a seizures and penalties
  • 19 USC 1526(e) issues
  • Valuation
  • C‐TPAT
  • Airport Seal (Badge) Applicant Advice and Appeals
  • Global Entry and Trusted Traveler Programs

Criminal Law

  • Border Search and Fourth Amendment Issues
  • Electronic Border Search

Asset Forfeiture

  • CAFRA Cases
  • Drug Related Federal Seizures
  • Customs Seizures
  • Vehicle Seizures
  • Federal Adoptive Seizures (e.g., CHP seizes your property but turns it over ATF or FBI)
  • Failure to Declare more than $10,000 when entering the Country
  • Bulk Cash Smuggling



University of Arizona, James E. Rogers College of Law, J.D., 2009

University of California, Irvine, B.A., 2005


Bar Admissions

California (2009)

United States District Court, Central District of California (2010)

United States District Court, Southern District of California (2014)

United States District Court, Eastern District of California (2014)


Noteworthy Training

Department of Justice, E-Discovery Training

Department of Homeland Security, Office of General Counsel Training

U.S. Customs and Border Protection – New Attorney Training, Trade Law

U.S. Customs and Border Protection – New Attorney Training, Administrative (Employment) Law

U.S. Customs and Border Protection – New Attorney Training,  Enforcement

U.S. Customs and Border Protection – New Attorney Training, Immigration Law

U.S. Coast Guard Missions Law Course

National Institute of Trial Advocacy, Deposition Skills Training

Federal Employment Law Training Group (FELTG) Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) Law Week


LawLink Profile

Justia Bio




Short Professional Biography

Prior to law school Mike worked for the San Francisco Public Defender’s Office. While at the Public Defender’s Office, which is widely regarded as one of the best in the country, Mike gained valuable experience assisting in the defense of various criminal cases.

Thereafter, Mike attended University of Arizona Law School. During law school, Mike interned with a Tucson State Judge and prosecuted cases for the Tucson City Prosecutor’s Office. After graduating in the top third of his class, he was selected to be a staff attorney with the largest law enforcement agency in the country, U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

While working at U.S. Customs and Border Protection, an agency within the Department of Homeland Security, Mike was exposed to various state and federal law enforcement agencies and their practices. Mike handled a diverse caseload including trade, immigration, asset forfeiture, Fourth Amendment issues, ethics, and federal employment issues before the M.S.P.B., E.E.O.C., and arbitrators.  These unique experiences inside the system allow Mike to provide a competitive edge to his clients when they find themselves facing the very scary proposition of losing their job, criminal prosecution, asset forfeiture, or anything else these powerful institutions can bring to bear.

Choose wisely, pick Mike to be your advocate.