Michael D. Padilla

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Encinitas, CA

Padilla Law Group, LLP
 | 320 Encinitas Blvd, Suite A
Encinitas, CA 92024
Phone: 8584815454
Fax: 858-720-9797
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1975
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (80%),
  • Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff (10%),
  • Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff (10%)
Attorney Profile

A founding partner of Padilla Law Group, LLP 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.

Practice Areas

Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (80%)
Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff (10%)
Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff (10%)

Personal Injury - General (80%): Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Wrongful Death, Brain Injury, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff

Personal Injury - Products (10%): Motor Vehicle Defects, Medical Devices, Pharmaceutical, Products Liability

Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice (10%): Medical Malpractice, Birth Injury

Focus Areas

Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Wrongful Death, Brain Injury, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff, Motor Vehicle Defects, Medical Devices, Pharmaceutical, Products Liability, Medical Malpractice, Birth Injury


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Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2019

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About Michael Padilla

Admitted: 1975, California

Professional Webpage: http://www.oplawfirm.com/attorneys/michael-d-padilla-esq/


  • Outstanding Trial Lawyer Award, 1996 and 2010
  • AVVO Rated 6.7
  • One of Southern California’s Top Civil Trial Attorneys

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • California, 1975

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • President’s Counsel, Cal State University – San Marcos, the 22nd Agricultural District which oversees the Del Mar Fair Grounds and the American Red Cross


  • Brown v. MCI
  • Damage verdict of $3.7 million found by a jury for a carpenter injured in a Propane Gas Explosion. The Highest Pre-Trial offer was $250,000
  • Jury verdict of $2,098,000 for 59 y.o tractor mechanic. Injury was an L5 disc herniation leading to fusion. Products liability verdict against manufacturer of the Challenger Tractor. The hood design was defective as the gas springs failed resulting in its collapse upon to the back of the plaintiff.
  • Jury verdict of $4,700,000 for 36 y.o. injured when an out of control vehicle crashed into his work site alongside a street. Fractureh hip/sacrum. Defendent contested responsibility for the automobile collision that led to the loss of control.
  • One of his more remarkable accomplishments was a jury verdict exceeding $63 million for a two year old who suffered brain injury and lifelong neurologic deficit as a consequence of his doctor’s failure to order a CT scan following facial trauma. The last pre-trial offer to settle was $200,000


  • Verdict 1,900,000 JoshuaTree Superior Court for California Highway Patrol Officer with low back spine injury., 2009

Representative Clients:

  • Representative clients are individuals with injury claims against others for wrongdoing. Many clients are members of safety associations and/or unions. Often clients are referred by attorneys who do not practice in the plaintiff's personal injury field.

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • Steven J Sharp Public Service Award 1997 Association of Trial Lawyers of America for Olsen v Regents et al
  • Outstanding Trial Attorney Award  CASD 1996
  • Outstanding Trial Attorney Award CASD 2010

Educational Background:

  • San Diego State University
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Office Location for Michael D. Padilla

320 Encinitas Blvd
Suite A
Encinitas, CA 92024

Phone: 8584815454

Fax: 858-720-9797

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Last Updated: 11/6/2018

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