Michael J. Haddad

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Civil Rights Attorney in Oakland, CA

Haddad & Sherwin LLP
 | 505 Seventeenth Street, Oakland, CA 94612
Phone: 510-452-5500
Fax: 510-452-5510
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1991
Practice Areas:
  • Civil Rights (80%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (10%),
  • Constitutional Law (10%)
Attorney Profile

A partner with Haddad & Sherwin LLP, Michael J. Haddad is a prominent civil rights attorney in Oakland, California. He has a history of successfully fighting against powerful interests on behalf of ordinary people in lawsuits involving police misconduct, personal injury, wrongful death, constitutional law, employment discrimination and other complex issues. He represents clients in the San Francisco Bay Area and throughout Northern California.

Mr. Haddad graduated with honors in 1988 from James Madison College at Michigan State University. He went on to earn his law degree from the University of Michigan Law School. Prior to relocating to California and co-founding Haddad & Sherwin LLP, Mr. Haddad was a partner with a highly respected civil rights law firm in Detroit, Michigan.

A seasoned trial lawyer in high-profile cases, Mr. Haddad has helped numerous clients to recover multimillion-dollar verdicts or settlements. Some of his most high-profile cases have involved police misconduct and wrongful death, while other notable cases have involved medical treatment and care for inmates in California jails.

Beyond his law practice, Mr. Haddad has been active in many professional and community organizations throughout his legal career. From 2010 to 2015, he served as President of the National Police Accountability Project, a national organization of civil rights attorneys that seeks to reduce police misconduct. He has also been active with the San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association, the Consumer Attorneys of California, and other organizations.

Over the course of his career, Mr. Haddad has been honored by a number of organizations. He has been recognized for his community service by the Detroit Chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), and the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC). The attorney peer-review service Martindale-Hubbell gave him the rating of AV Preeminent,* its highest rating.

*AV-Preeminent and BV-Distinguished are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used 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 confidential opinions of members of the Bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice Areas
  • 80%Civil Rights
  • 10%Personal Injury - General
  • 10%Constitutional Law
Focus Areas

Police Misconduct, Wrongful Death


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Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2020

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About Michael Haddad

Admitted: 1991, California

Professional Webpage: http://www.haddadandsherwin.com/lower.php?url=attorney-profi...


  • Northern California Super Lawyers, San Francisco Magazine, consecutively from 2004 to 2018
  • AV Preeminent Rated Lawyer
  • Community Service Award, American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, 1999
  • Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, 2008

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • National Police Accountability Project, Board member; President, 2010 - 2015
  • California, 1997
  • Michigan, 1991
  • Detroit Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild
  • State Bar of California
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • The Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC)
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America (ATLA)
  • Consumer Attorneys of California (CAOC)
  • San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association (SFTLA)
  • Alameda Contra Costa Trial Lawyers, Board of Governors, 1999-2006


  • Cornell v. City and County of San Francisco, 17 Cal.App.5th 766 (2017)
  • Atayde v. Napa State Hospital, 255 F.Supp.3d 978 (E.D. Cal. 2017)
  • Johnson v. Shasta County, 83 F.Supp.3d 918 (E.D. Cal. 2015)
  • Moore v. City of Vallejo, 73 F.Supp.3d 1253 (E.D. Cal. 2014)
  • Hesterberg v. United States, 71 F.Supp.3d 1018 (N.D. Cal. 2014)
  • M.H. v. County of Alameda, 62 F.Supp.3d 1049 (N.D. Cal. 2014)
  • Burns v. Redwood City, 737 F.Supp.2d 1047 (N.D. Cal. 2010)
  • Foster v. City of Oakland, 675 F.Supp.2d 992 (N.D. Cal. 2009)
  • Foster v. City of Oakland, 621 F.Supp.2d 779 (N.D. Cal. 2008)
  • Dimas v. City of Warren, 939 F.Supp. 554 (E.D. Mich. 1996)
  • Spencer v. U.S.D.C., 393 F.3d 867 (9th Cir. 2004)
  • Wilkins v. City of Oakland, 350 F.3d 949 (9th Cir. 2003)
  • Green v. City and County of San Francisco, 751 F.3d 1039 (9th Cir. 2014)

Educational Background:

  • Michigan State University, James Madison College, B.A., with honors, 1988

Industry Groups

  • American Arab Anti Discrimination Committee; Consumer Attorneys Of California; Million Dollar Advoca
  • President (2009-2016); San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association
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Office Location for Michael J. Haddad

505 Seventeenth Street
Oakland, CA 94612

Phone: 510-452-5500

Fax: 510-452-5510

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Last Updated: 2/7/2020

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