Called in 2011 (UK)
UK Practise currently focused on International Arbitration and Mediation
Degree of the Utter Bar - Middle Temple
B.S.L. Western State University College of Law, USA
J.D. Western State University College of Law, USA
LL.M. (International Tax Law) Regent University School of Law, USA
LL.M. Summa Cum Laude (International Tax Law and Financial Services) Thomas Jefferson School of Law, USA
Certificate (Mediating the Litigated Case) Straus Institute of Dispute Resolution, Pepperdine University School of Law, USA
Civil and Criminal Litigation
Judge Pro Tempore/Arbitrator/Mediator - California Superior Court, Sacramento County, California, USA
Former Judge Pro Tempore - California Municipal Court, Orange County, California, USA
Former Judge Advocate/Law of War Specialist - United States Marine Corps
Principal areas of practice
Arbitration and Mediation: As an arbitrator and mediator, Michael has successfully handled a large number of cases over the years in matters that have involved business litigation, personal injury, medical malpractice, and more.
Criminal Law: Michael, as a civilian criminal defence lawyer, has litigated cases from the initial stages through trial and appeal. The cases have involved a variety of crimes including Assault, Battery, Theft, Aggravated Burglary, Domestic Violence and Attempted Murder. As a military lawyer, the criminal cases that he handled ranged from Absence Without Official Leave to Breach of Classified Intelligence and Murder.
Civil Law: As a civil litigation trial lawyer, Michael has handled numerous cases including those that involved Breach of Contract, Construction Defects, Fraud, Serious Personal Injury, Toxic Tort Negligence, Trusts, Product Liability Negligence and Medical Malpractice.
Military Law: Michael served as Summary Court Officer in over 25 Summary Courts-Martial and was appointed as Trial Counsel/Defence Counsel in over 75 Summary, Special and General Courts-Martial. He served as President of the Board for Special Court-Martial, and as counsel in Medical Boards and Administrative Discharge Boards. Also, he served in the United States Marine Corps as the Site Judge Advocate for Marine Air Group 42 (MAG-42) and as Law of War Specialist for the 4th Marine Aircraft Wing.
Supreme Court of England and Wales
United States Supreme Court
United States Tax Court
United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces
United States Navy-Marine Corps Court of Criminal Appeals
United States District Courts (Eastern, Central and Southern California Districts)
State of California Supreme Court
The Honourable Society of the Middle Temple
London Court of International Arbitration