Attorney Spotlight: Michael Chaloupka

This month we have decided to spotlight one of Santa Barbara’s newest personal injury attorneys, Michael Chaloupka. Michael grew up in San Luis Obispo, California, and began working for Harris Personal Injury Lawyers during his undergraduate schooling at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Graduating with a B.S. degree in business finance, Michael knew his education was not finished. Michael was inspired by his best friend’s mother, Cindy Rucker, for her successes in the courtroom. Also influenced by his boss, Ryan Harris, Michael then attended Santa Barbara College of Law with his mind set on becoming an attorney. Working full time through law school at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Michael learned the personal injury business and is passionate about making a difference in people’s lives. Michael truly enjoys getting to know his clients and will continue to aggressively fight for injured victims’ rights on the Central Coast of California. Thank you, Michael, for all your hard work!

  • Was there someone who influenced you to be an attorney?
    “My best friend’s mother who is an attorney, Cindy Rucker, and Ryan Harris.”
  • What schools did you go to?
    “Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara College of Law.”
  • What do you enjoy most about being a PI attorney?
    “I enjoy interacting with clients and delivering justice. Whether it be over the phone or in person, hearing a client’s story and learning more about their personal life helps me advocate for the best possible outcome in their case.”
  • What are you the most passionate about?  
    “Staying positive and making a difference in people’s lives. Professionally and personally, I strive to be the best person I can be, so I can set a good example for everyone I interact with. I always try to see the best in every situation.”
  • What is your philosophy when representing a case?
    “Prepare every case as if it were going to trial, always be on the offensive, and never surrender.”
  • Favorite food in Santa Barbara?
    “Sakana Sushi or Honor Bar.”
  • Favorite place to vacation?
    “Costa Rica is my favorite place I’ve been to so far. Swimming with pigs in the Bahamas is on my list of places to go.”
  • Favorite band/concert?
    “Jason Aldean. Country music is pretty much all I listen to.”
  • A fun fact or something exciting about you or your life/family…
    “I have a 180lb Great Dane named Rocky and in my free time I play ice hockey 2-3 days a week.”


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