Michael Anatole, Esq.


Michael Anatole graduated Pepperdine University School of Law in 1991, and was admitted to the Bar in December of that year. Since 1991, Michael’s practice has been divided among family law, general civil practice, transactions (contracts) and estate planning.

Michael served for several years as a judge pro-tem in Los Angeles Superior Court.

Published Appeals

He wrote the successful appeal in the matter of Tsemetzin v. Coast Federal Savings and Loan Assn (1997), which dealt with the responsibility of a failed Savings and Loan to a landlord.​

In the Community

 In addition to his legal work, Michael has served his community as a Cantor since 1974. He is a member of Channel Islands Masonic Lodge #214, in Ventura, California and serves on the Judiciary Committee of the Grand Lodge of Masons in California.

Michael invites you to connect with him on LinkedIn or come in for your legal needs.

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​Russ Charvonia

Attorney at Law and Mediator

Russ Charvonia was admitted to the practice of law in 2004 after earning his Juris Doctor from Ventura College. He is also a trained mediator.

 He is an excellent listener and is very skilled in de-escalating disagreements and helping parties find the real root of their challenges. 

Financial Planning Expert

The founding partner of Channel Islands Group, a financial planning firm. He has been  providing investment advice to individual and institutional clients around the country for 35 years.

In The Community

Russ volunteers his professional services to several non-profit organizations.  He serves is a director on the board of the Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation and the National Civility Center. He is active with Temple Beth Torah in Ventura and served as its president. 

Russ also volunteers for Channel Islands Restoration, and served as Grand Master for the Grand Lodge of Masons in California. (Freemason.org) in 2014-15.

Russ and his wife Linda have a daughter, Alissa; son, Keith and daughter-in-law, Kendall; and grandsons, Tanner and Hudson.  ​

Russ invites you to connect with him on LinkedIN.

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Our Clients Say

Patient, thorough and compassionate

Robin and I worked with Channel Islands Law Group to set up our living trust as well as Robin's mom's living trust. 

They navigated us through the process and made it very easy. Everything was well explained in layman's terms . Pro's and con's of each decision were laid out. 

Very patient when some of the more difficult decisions needed to be made and lots of questions asked. They went out of their way to accommodate with complicated logistics required by some of our plans.

- Randy R.

They obviously care

We've been remiss with some of the responsibilities of life, notably a will. 

We reached out to Russ and Michael on a friend's recommendation. Our experience couldn't have been better. 

They patiently, and clearly, explained what what we needed in a timely manner. 

They answered questions immediately. On almost every occasion, both of them met with us. 

In today's rushed, often too-busy-even-for-the-client atmosphere, they were a breath of old school air. Competent and caring, until the job is done right.

- Ken M.

Professional, honest, reasonable

Russ and Michael first guided me and my brothers through the necessary steps to resolve my fathers matters when he passed

They were professional and coordinated necessary professionals to assist. They also helped set up our trust. They advised us of the appropriate language to include to avoid unnecessary pitfalls. 

They always were available to explain and clarify any questions we might have. I have referred others as they are professional, honest and reasonable.

-Henry S.

This is more than just a law group.

Russ and Michael actually care about us. 

From family trusts to legal property matters that are even out of state. Everything is taken care of and we feel so relieved with putting everything in their hands. We can even just call and ask a question or for advice and they always have the time to talk to us or call us back.

-Sherril B.

Always there for me

Everyone at CILG are the best! 

From creating and updating trusts to helping me navigate through the process and paperwork involved in a parent's passing, 

Russ and Michael and everyone in the office are wonderful. They took time to understand my situation, and they've really been there for me. Wouldn't go to anyone else!

- Jamie K.

Fantastic Job

The Channel Island Law Group did a fantastic job of explaining, organizing, and executing our Estate planning. 

Their expertise and understanding of the process and all related subjects instills confidence and trust. I highly recommend them for any and all legal matters.

-Billy S.