A founding partner of O’Mara & Padilla Attorneys at Law, located in Encinitas, California, Michael D. Padilla provides representation to clients throughout San Diego, Imperial and Riverside counties. He focuses his practice on plaintiff's personal injury litigation, with representative matters including motor vehicle accidents, medical malpractice, premises liability, defective medical products and wrongful death.
Mr. Padilla received a Bachelor of Arts from San Diego State University in 1972. He then went on to attend the University of San Diego School of Law and was awarded his Juris Doctor in 1975. After graduation, Mr. Padilla spent nine years in the civil litigation department of a well-known San Diego law firm. He was then a partner at another area firm where he handled plaintiff's personal injury cases until co-founding his present firm in 1999. Mr. Padilla is admitted to practice before all California state courts.
During his career, Mr. Padilla has obtained several significant settlements and jury awards for his clients. One notable example was a jury award in excess of $63 million in a medical malpractice case where a doctor's failure to order a CT scan resulted in brain damage. Another was a $3.7 million settlement for a worker injured in an explosion, where the highest pre-trial settlement offer had been $250,000. His successful track record and high degree of ethics have earned him the respect of his fellow professionals, as evidenced by his receipt of an AV Preeminent* peer review rating through Martindale-Hubbell and a "Superb" peer review rating through Avvo.
Mr. Padilla is actively involved in his community. He has served as an adviser to the 22nd District Agricultural Association, which is the sponsor of the annual San Diego County Fair, and he has been a member of the California State University San Marcos University council.
*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.
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Last Updated: 10/27/2016