Michael has over 23 years of experience as a trial attorney in California state and federal courts. He defends public agencies, energy companies, auto manufacturers, land developers, municipalities, contractors, and subcontractors in catastrophic personal injury, construction defect, product liability, breach of contract, cargo, auto liability, subsidence/subsurface water migration, and condemnation claims.

Michael also counsels clients on AIA contracts for multi-unit residential and commercial projects. As an insurance coverage attorney, he prosecutes subrogation and declaratory relief cases on behalf of insurance companies and insureds.
Michael has successfully tried a malicious prosecution and two product liability cases to verdict. He holds published appellate opinions in his clients’ favor, including Westamco v. Lee, et al., 69 Cal.App.4th 481 (1999) and DiCola v. White Brothers, et al., 158 Cal.App.4th 666 (2008).

Michael is a member of the Litigation and Real Property subsections of the California State Bar and has been chosen to speak on contract formulation and risk prevention for insurers, brokers, and construction clients.

Education

  • University of California at Davis, B.A., 1991
  • The Whittier College School of Law, J.D., 1996

Bar Admissions

  • California, 1996

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Central and Southern Districts of California

Lawyers

Our lawyers provide strategic advice and representation with intelligence, dedication, and enthusiasm. Our firm governance and culture are informed by a commitment to community, diversity, sustainability, and public service. +

Insurance

Our mission is to contribute to the bottom line. Whether we are taking a position on coverage wordings, safeguarding policy layer exposure, or defending against extra-contractual damages, our legal strategy serves immediate and long-term goals. +

Litigation

 Litigation is not a profit center. It is a problem to be solved effectively in the energy, construction, hospitality, manufacturing, and transportation spaces we know. We provide representation with finesse and know how. +