1991 ESHS Hall of Fame Inductee



Michael Peter Giannini
Class of 1958

Born:  March 31, 1941  -  Place:  New York City, New York. 
Parents:  Frank and Vera Giannini.

At El Segundo High School

Valedictorian; Class President for three years; elected Student Body President for two years (only sophomore student to serve as Student Body President); elected Speaker of the House; Bank of America Achievement Award; Boys State Representative; earned letters in Varsity baseball and football; Captain of All League Team.


Attended Yale University, 1958-60; received Bachelor of Arts Degree from University of California at Los Angeles in 1963; obtained Secondary Teaching Credential from California State University at Long Beach in 1964; received Masters Degree from Loyola University in 1965; and earned Juris Doctor from University of West Los Angeles Law School in 1970.


Taught for eight years at Mira Costa High School; Deputy Public Defender for fourteen years; Supervisor of Juvenile Court and Superior Court for three years; Charter Member of the National College of Criminal Defense Lawyers and Public Defenders; faculty member of the Orange County Bar Court Practice; Expert Witness for the State Assembly Committee and Public Safety; member of the Administration of Justice committee and the Judicial Evaluation Committee of the Orange County Bar; currently serving as Orange County leading Public Defender in capital cases.

"The true measure of a country's wealth is how much it provides for the arts, the poor, the young and the different."