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Contact Mr. Gennaco:

Michael Gennaco is a nationally recognized expert on law enforcement reform and accountability systems.  He was the Chief Attorney of the Office of Independent Review for Los Angeles County and is a founding Principal of OIR Group. Mike has performed a number of monitoring tasks, audits and reviews for a federal judge, special masters, and other governmental entities. He has assisted law enforcement entities throughout the country with constitutional policing issues, critical incident reviews, internal affairs investigations, and design of effective oversight mechanisms. Under his leadership, OIR Group has become a resource for numerous California cities grappling with officer-involved shootings and other critical incidents in an effort to bridge the gap between the police and the communities they serve and to utilize those incidents as learning tools.


Prior to starting OIR, Mike was Chief of the Civil Rights Section at the United States Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California. He also served for ten years as a trial attorney with the Civil Rights Division at the Justice Department in Washington, D.C.  During his time as a federal prosecutor, Mike supervised over 20 federal grand jury investigations into police misconduct. He conducted a number of successful civil rights prosecutions against police officers for excessive force, including officers of the Los Angeles Police Department, the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department, and federal immigration detention officers. 


Mike received a J.D. from Stanford University and his B.A. from Dartmouth College.

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