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Hon. Michael Joseph Farrell

Hon. Michael Joseph Farrell
  • March 9, 1938 - October 16, 2016
  • Channel Islands Harbor Marina, California

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“Our thoughts and prayers are with the Farrell family. We have such fond memories of your husband and Dad on the soccer fields. We wish the Farrell...Read More »
1 of 5 | Posted by: Nancy and MaryKate Costello - CA

“Rest in Peace. Wieb and Barry Kits ”
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“Rest in peace Mike. My thoughts and prayers are with your family.Jim Houston, Loyola "557xAiP ”
3 of 5 | Posted by: Jim Houston - Laguna Hills, CA

“Rest in Peace.Brad Welty ”
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“My deepest sympathy to the Farrell family..there is no loss like the loss of a parent! I hope your memories of all the good times you have had...Read More »
5 of 5 | Posted by: Fiona Farrell - Raleigh, NC


Hon. Michael J. Farrell – He was born on March 9, 1938 in New York City, the son of Irish immigrants: Michael J. and Elizabeth (McQuade) Farrell. Michael completed fifth grade in the Bronx before the family moved to Los Angeles in 1948.

Michael was a graduate of Loyola High School. He studied engineering for a year at Loyola University and then served in the California National Guard. He graduated from U.C.L.A. and Loyola Law School, and was admitted to the California Bar in 1966. His initial legal jobs included Early Maslach and Hunt and Finn. Later he worked as an attorney for Global Marine, Inc. in Los Angeles, and for five years in the Philippines with his family.

In 1985, he was named U.S. Trustee in Bankruptcy for the Central District of California by U.S. Attorney General Ed Meese. Governor George Deukmejian appointed Michael to the Municipal Court in 1986 and within two years elevated him to the Superior Court. He served primarily in the San Fernando Valley where for two years he was Supervising Judge of the Van Nuys District.

Michael was active in various bar associations and on court committees. He co-founded the Irish American Bar Association in 1980. He was an active and devout Catholic.

In January of 2016, he celebrated his fiftieth wedding anniversary with the love of his life Susan (Finley) Farrell. He is survived by his wife Susan and his five children: Michael Sean Farrell, Erin Mansoor, Colleen Ehrlich, Kathleen Dupin, Kevin Farrell, their spouses, and twelve grandchildren: Luke, Grace, and Katie Mansoor; Fiona, Scott, and James Ehrlich; Sean and Vincent Farrell; Colin and Faith Dupin; and Lucia and Michael Farrell. He is also survived by his brother John Farrell and his sister Mary Cancel, and by numerous nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to:
The Pregnancy Counseling Center of Mission Hills
10211 Sepulveda Blvd
Mission Hills, CA 91345
818 895 2500