Practice Areas:
Litigation and Jury Trials in Defense of Commercial Properties, Music Venues, Commercial Transportation, Catastrophic Personal
Injury, Catastrophic Automobile Liability, Wrongful Death, Product Liability, Libel, Slander and Defamation as well as Matters
Involving Business, Music and Real Estate Disputes.
While in college, Michael was president of his fraternity and was appointed as a senatorial intern for United States Senator Alfonse
D’Amato from 1986-1987. Michael joined Daniels, Fine, Israel, Schonbuch & Lebovits, LLP as a law clerk in 1989 and became a
partner in the firm. Michael’s practice focuses upon resolution of cases via jury trial. He specializes in civil litigation. Twenty percent
of his practice stems from substituting into actions previously handled by other counsel for purposes of seeing a matter through jury
trial. The majority of his currently pending matters involve premises liability including but not limited to claims of inadequate security
and lighting, unsafe premises, dangerous premises conditions, third party criminal conduct, assault and battery and intentional torts
all resulting in a wide range of alleged catastrophic injuries.
Michael handles matters involving catastrophic automobile, wrongful termination, products liability, sexual harassment and
discrimination, libel, slander and defamation, real estate and property litigation, business litigation and music litigation. Michael
represents individuals, local shopping centers, strip malls, educational institutions, bars, nightclubs, commercial and residential
apartment complexes, municipalities, trucking companies, public entities, parking facilities, musicians, rock bands, promoters and
security guards as well as many businesses throughout Southern California.
Michael lectures and teaches continuing education courses for young lawyers and paralegals with an emphasis upon the rules of
evidence and trial advocacy. Michael is also a faculty member of the ABOTA Trial School teaching young lawyers how to present
cases before a jury. Michael has presented voir dire techniques to the joint memberships of CAALA and ASCDC as well as ABOTA
and he is a faculty participant at the Loyola Law School Champions of Justice Program. Michael is also a presenter at the California
State Bar Litigation Section – Best of the Best Trial Practices – Program.
Weightlifting at Gold’s Gym and supporting the Raider Nation.

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