Michael Danko

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Redwood City, CA

Danko Meredith
 | 333 Twin Dolphin Drive, Suite 145
Redwood City, CA 94065
Phone: 650-453-3600
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2017
Licensed Since: 1983
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (40%),
  • Aviation and Aerospace (30%),
  • Business Litigation (20%),
  • Utilities (10%)
Attorney Profile

Mike Danko represents clients in the San Francisco and Silicon Valley areas in a broad range of personal injury cases. Mr. Danko advocates for individuals who have been injured or lost a loved one in cases of wrongful death, catastrophic injuries and serious accidents, and he has obtained multiple eight-figure verdicts on their behalf. He won a $20 million settlement for a bystander who was wounded in a utility explosion, and he also obtained a $50 million award for the family of a child who died after ingesting candy containing a hazardous ingredient.

As an avid pilot who has logged more than 3,500 flight hours, Mr. Danko brings nuanced insight to the niche practice area of aviation law as well. He obtained a $15 million jury verdict for one client injured in the crash of a single-engine Beechcraft, and a $10 million verdict for the widow of a pilot who died in helicopter crash.  He most recently won a $13 million verdict for the family of pilot who died in a Cessna plane crash.  The $13 million dollar result was a record verdict for the death of a 69-year old.

After graduating magna cum laude from Dartmouth College, Mr. Danko went on to complete his law degree at the University of Virginia School of Law. He began his law career representing large Wall Street firms in complex litigation proceedings but found greater rewards in representing individuals seriously harmed due to the carelessness or wrongful conduct of others.

The Consumer Attorneys of California has recognized Mr. Danko with the distinction of a Trial Lawyer of the Year nomination. He belongs to the American Association for Justice and has served on the board of governors for the Consumer Attorneys of California. Because of the respect he has earned in the field, he has been been asked to speak on a number of radio and television shows, and is frequently featured in National and local publications, such as Forbes, Bloomberg News and the Wall Street.Journal

 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Personal Injury - General (40%): Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Wrongful Death, Brain Injury

Aviation and Aerospace (30%): Aviation Accidents - Plaintiff

Business Litigation (20%)

Utilities (10%)

Focus Areas

Personal Injury - General: Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Wrongful Death, Brain Injury

Aviation and Aerospace: Aviation Accidents - Plaintiff

Selections

Selected to Super Lawyers for 14 yearsbottom-image

Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2017

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About Michael Danko

Admitted: 1983, California

Professional Webpage: www.dankolaw.com/Mike_Danko.html

Honors and Awards:

  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers - The National Trial Lawyers
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • Honored by the California Trial Lawyers Association, 2009 Trial Lawyer of the Year Finalist, The Consumer Attorneys of California

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Licensed Helicopter and Airplane Pilot

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Member, San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member, San Mateo County Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member, Santa Clara County Bar Association
  • Board of Governors, Consumer Attorneys of California
  • Member, Lawyer Pilots Bar Association
  • Member, American Association for Justice

Verdicts and Settlements:

  • $9.5 million jury verdict for dangerous crosswalk design
  • $11 million settlement for insurance bad faith
  • $13.4 million jury verdict for family of pilot killed in light plane crash
  • $9.75 million settlement for a family injured in a Hawaiian tour helicopter crash on the island of Kauai
  • $50 million court judgment against a candy manufacturer for the wrongful death of child
  • $1.55 million settlement for woman injured in a plane crash at Lake Tahoe
  • $10 million jury verdict for the window of a pilot killed in a helicopter crash
  • $2.2 million court judgment against a state for a bicyclist who fell after hitting an obstruction in the road
  • $2.9 million jury verdict against an overhaul facility for a pilot injured in helicopter crash
  • $9.8 million jury verdict against a snow resort for a woman injured in a snowboarding accident
  • $20 million settlement for a pedestrian injured by a utility explosion
  • $10 million court judgment against a large developer for the breach of a promise to deposit $400,000 into purchase escrow
  • $2.6 million settlement for a policy holder whose insurance company wrongfully refused to pay $225,000 in medical bills
  • $14.9 million jury verdict against an aircraft engine manufacturer for injuries a passenger sustained in the crash landing of a single-engine aircraft

Representative Clients:

  • Chandler v. State of California ($9.5 million)
  • Gottlieb v. Khalaf ($13.4 million)
  • Insurance Bad Faith ($2.6 million)
  • Utility explosion ($20 million)
  • Helicopter accident ($9.75 million)
  • Vine v. Bear Valley ($9.8 million)
  • Young v. Standard Aero ($2.9 million)
  • Jing-Li v. Sheng ($50 million)
  • Dunn v. State ($2.2 million)
  • Denevi v. Swenson ($10 million)
  • Burdett v. Teledyne Continental Motors ($14.9 million)
  • Goble v. Estate of Pike ($10 million)

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Educational Background:

  • Dartmouth College, Magna Cum Laude, A.B., 1980
Office Location for Michael Danko

333 Twin Dolphin Drive
Suite 145
Redwood City, CA 94065

Phone: 650-453-3600

 

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Last Updated: 2/10/2017

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