Jonathan A. Michaels

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Business Litigation Attorney in Costa Mesa, CA

MLG, APLC
 | 151 Kalmus Drive, Suite A-102
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Phone: 949-581-6900
Fax: 949-581-6908
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2012 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1995
Education: Whittier Law School
Practice Areas:
  • Business Litigation (30%),
  • Franchise/Dealership (30%),
  • Civil Litigation: Defense (10%),
  • Civil Litigation: Plaintiff (10%),
  • Class Action/Mass Torts: Plaintiff (10%),
  • Business/Corporate (10%)
Attorney Profile

Jonathan Michaels first became licensed in 1995, and since that time has created an exemplary litigation practice. Michaels has challenged some of the largest companies in the world, litigating cases in state and federal courts throughout the U.S. In these endeavors, Michaels has received astounding verdicts and settlements for his clients – achievements that yielded him the “Attorney of the Year” award by his law school alma mater in 2012.

Michaels has also developed a particularly specialized practice in the automotive industry, having become well-known in the U.S. for litigating some of the most important cases in the industry. He is responsible for filing Ponce v. General Motors – a national class action case against GM for the fraudulent concealment of a deadly safety defect in its vehicles for 13 years; and Spitzer Motor City v. U.S. – where he represented terminated Chrysler dealers against the United States for the unlawful “taking” of their franchises in 2009, a violation of the 5th Amendment. In his tenure, Michaels has litigated cases against nearly every major auto manufacturer in the world, including GM, Audi, Maserati, Mitsubishi, Kia, Nissan, Honda, AM General, Isuzu, Toyota, Hyundai, Harley-Davidson, Ford, Chrysler, Tesla, Volvo, Volkswagen, Aston Martin, Land Rover, Mercedes and Porsche.

Michaels is also aptly skilled at structuring complex business transactions. In 2013, he was involved in taking the supercar company Saleen Automotive public, and during his career he has structured international distribution agreements, supply-chain agreements and automotive dealer networks.  Michaels has also been involved in structuring race teams that have competed in some of the most heralded races, including the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the Indianapolis 500.

Michaels’ efforts have earned him the respect of his peers. He has received the prestigious “Super Lawyers” award every year since 2012, a distinction reserved for no more than 5 percent of the lawyers in the state. Michaels is also regularly called upon by the press for relevant comment, and he has authored 100 articles for the prestigious Los Angeles Daily Journal. In 2015, Michaels was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in Journalism for his publications on the GM ignition switch recall.

In addition to his professional work, Michaels maintains close ties to the academic community. He is privileged to have been invited to speak at numerous law schools and business schools about effective litigation strategy and advanced business structuring.

All of this follows a strong scholastic beginning. Michaels graduated from the USC Marshall School of Business in 1992, and then attended Whittier Law School where he graduated in 1995 in the top four percent of his class. In law school, Michaels served as the Notes and Comments Editor of Law Review, he competed in several national Moot Court Honors Board competitions, and he published a winning Law Review article that is permanently housed in the U.S. Library of Congress.

Michaels is a member of the California, Colorado and Michigan state bars, and is actively involved in the Southern California community. He is the proud father of two sons, Jake and Dean.

 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Business Litigation (30%)

Franchise/Dealership (30%)

Civil Litigation (10%)

Civil Litigation (10%)

Class Action/Mass Torts (10%)

Business/Corporate (10%)

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Super Lawyers: 2012 - 2019

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About Jonathan Michaels

Admitted: 1995, California

Professional Webpage: https://mlgaplc.com/mlg-aplc-jonathan-michaels/

Honors/Awards:

  • Graduated in the top 4% of the 1995 graduating class, Whittier Law School
  • Featured in OC Metro article - 4/14/10, "Jonathan Michaels named to Supreme Court Bar”, OC Metro, 2010
  • Featured in Forbes on April 15, 2013, under the story "Southern California Leaders in Law", Southern California Leaders in Law, Forbes, 2013
  • Served as the Notes and Comments Editor of the Whittier Law Review 1994-95
  • Elected to the Moot Court Honors Board, and represented Whittier Law School in multiple national Moot Court competitions
  • Humanitarian Award by the Executive Director of Orangewood Children's Foundation
  • Received the "Attorney of the Year" award by Whittier Law School, 2012
  • Super Lawyers, every year since 2012
  • Awarded the Whittier Law School Merit Scholarship all 3 years of law school, a distinction given to the top 10% of the class
  • Finalist in the 1995 Fordham Securities Mootcourt Competition, held in NY
  • Featured in the Los Angeles Daily Journal under the Small Firm Focus - 7/12/10
  • Featured in Autoweek on October 15, 2012, under the story "Top Automotive & Motorsports Attorneys.", Top Automotive & Motorsports Attorneys, Autoweek, 2012
  • Achieved Dean's List all 3 years of law school, Whittier Law School
  • Awarded the distinction of the Best Law Review Article of 1995, and represented Whittier Law School in the Scribes National Law Review Competition

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • USC Marshall Alumni Association - Member
  • Orange County Automobile Dealers Association - Member
  • Ninth Judicial Circuit Historical Society - Member
  • Association of Business Trial Lawyers - Member
  • Checkered Flag 200 - Member
  • 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals - Admitted
  • Young Entrepreneur’s Organization - Membership Chair, OC Chapter
  • U.S. District Court, Federal Circuit - Admitted
  • American Bar Association - Member
  • USC Marshall Partners - Executive Committee
  • USC-Harvard Business Growth Conference - Speaker Committee Co-Chair
  • U.S. District Court, Easter District of Michigan - Admitted
  • National Association of Dealer Counsel - Member
  • California New Car Dealers Association - Member
  • Motor Press Guild - Member
  • Specialty Equipment Manufacturer Association - Member
  • California State Bar - Admitted
  • Young Entrepreneur’s Organization - President, OC Chapter
  • Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals - Admitted
  • Robert A. Banyard Inn of Court - Member
  • USC Marshall Partners - Chairman, OC Chapter
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association - Member
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California - Admitted
  • U.S. Supreme Court - Admitted
  • Whittier Law School - Dean's Council and Guest Lecturer
  • USC-Harvard Business Conference - Committee Chair
  • Southland Motor Car Dealers Association - Member
  • National Association of Motor Vehicle Boards, Member
  • Orange County Trial Lawyers Association - Member
  • Historic Motor Sports Association - Member
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California - Admitted
  • Young Entrepreneur’s Organization - Events Chair , OC Chapter
  • Michigan State Bar - Admitted
  • Orange County Bar Association - Member
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of California - Admitted
  • Colorado State Bar - Admitted
  • 6th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals - Admitted

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • SoCal Divers - Serving as counsel on a pro bono basis
  • Motor Press Guild - Serving as counsel on a pro bono basis
  • Child Guidance Center - Board of Directors
  • Segerstrom Center for the Arts - Circle Council
  • Southern California community

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Article published in the Los Angeles Daily Journal about autonomous cars, hacking and possible terrorist use of automobiles in attacks. - 9/6/2017  , Author, Autonomous Fear, Los Angeles Daily Journal, Automotive, 2017
  • Article published in the Los Angeles Daily Journal about GM's decision to terminate a substantial portion of its dealer base - 11/4/10, Author, The Killing Fields, Los Angeles Daily Journal, Automotive, 2010
  • Article published in the Los Angeles Daily Journal about the continuance of the "Fast and Furious" franchise following Paul Walker's untimely death. - 4/8/15, Author, Paul Walker, Concluded, Los Angeles Daily Journal, Automotive, 2015
  • Article published in the Los Angeles Daily Journal about breaking into the automotive industry, and the high barriers to entry - 5/1/12, Author, An Industry Lost, Los Angeles Daily Journal, Automotive, 2012
  • Article published in the Los Angeles Daily Journal about the unfair treatment of Chrysler dealers by the US government - 6/7/12, Author, Chrysler Dealers Get Rejected Again, Los Angeles Daily Journal, Automotive, 2012
  • Article published in the Los Angeles Daily Journal about the automotive industry's presence at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show. - 1/9/2018, Author, Electrifying!, Los Angeles Daily Journal, Automotive, 2018
  • Article published in the Los Angeles Daily Journal about the undetectible problems with automotive electric systems - 10/8/10, Author, Ghost in the Machine, Los Angeles Daily Journal, Automotive, 2010
  • Article Published in the Los Angeles Daily Journal about how advancements in cellphone technology have created staggering dangers on the road. - 5/5/15, The Tragedy of Progress, Los Angeles Daily Journal, Automotive, 2015
  • Article published in the Los Angeles Daily Journal about personal possessions stolen during WWII and the ability to seek their return - 7/3/12, Author, Theft, Hiding and Restitution, Los Angeles Daily Journal, Automotive, 2012
  • Article Published in the Los Angeles Daily Journal about Tesla's continued financial losses and failure to turn a profit. - 12/5/2017, Author, Will They Make The Turn?, Los Angeles Daily Journal, Automotive, 2017
  • Article published in the Los Angeles Daily Journal about the challenges with the US CAFE regulations and electric cars - 9/7/10, Author, Electric Shock!, Los Angeles Daily Journal, Automotive, 2010
  • Article published in the Los Angles Daily Journal about Ferdinand Porsche's role as a war criminal in the second World War. - 6/3/15, Author, War Crimes, Los Angeles Daily Journal, Automotive, 2015
  • Article published in the Los Angeles Daily Journal about how Kia and Hyundai lied about their cars' MPG abilities - 12/4/12, Author, Oh, What A Tangled Web We Weave, Los Angeles Daily Journal, Automotive, 2012
  • Article published in the Los Angeles Daily Journal about Tesla's struggle to convert to high volume vehicle production. - 11/7/2017, Author, It's Harder Than It Looks, Los Angeles Daily Journal, Automotive, 2017
  • Article published in the Los Angeles Daily Journal about the fall of GM from greatness to baqnkruptcy - 8/2/10, Author, Somebody Tell Them the Party's Over, Los Angeles Daily Journal, Automotive, 2010
  • Article published in the Los Angles Daily Journal about the ruling by the California Labor Commissioner that Uber drivers are employees - 7/8/15, Author, Uber's Worst Nightmare, Los Angeles Daily Journal, Automotive, 2015
  • Article published in the Los Angeles Daily Journal about how the lawsuits brought by the terminated Chrysler dealers against the United States - 1/8/13, Author, Chrysler Dealers Bring Suit Against U.S. for Violating the Fifth Amendment, Los Angeles Daily Journal, Automotive, 2013
  • Article written for the Los Angeles Daily Journal about how the automotive industry is emerging as a front-runner in adopting blockchain technology. - 3/13/2018, Author, A Bit More Than A Coin, Los Angeles Daily Journal, Automotive, 2018
  • Article published in the Los Angeles Daily Journal about the challenges that Tesla will have with State dealer franchise laws - 7/6/10, Author, Tesla Business Model: Brilliance of Impending Disaster?, Los Angeles Daily Journal, Automotive, 2010
  • Article published in the Los Angles Daily Journal about the record $105 million file against Chrysler for recall violations - 8/5/15, Author, Chrysler's Record-Breaking Fine Not Enough, Los Angeles Daily Journal, Automotive, 2015
  • Article published in the Los Angeles Daily Journal about how the electric car industry and TARP funds - 2/5/13, Author, The Electric Car Myth, Los Angeles Daily Journal, Author, 2013
  • Article written for the Los Angels Daily Journal about the ownership, storage and use of data collected on motorists’ behavior. - 2/20/2018, Author, The Future of Privacy, Los Angeles Daily Journal, Automotive, 2018
  • Article published in the San Francisco Daily Journal about Toyota's gas pedal recall, and the challenges that it created - 2/10/10, Author, The Appropriateness of Toyota's Gas Pedal Recall, San Francisco Daily Journal, Automotive, 2010
  • Article published in the Los Angles Daily Journal about the strength of the collector car micro-economy - 9/1/15, Author, Gold Rush, Los Angeles Daily Journal, Automotive, 2015
  • Article published in the Los Angeles Daily Journal about how Obamacare will negatively impact businesses - 3/6/13, Author, Chasing the Seven Percent, Los Angeles Daily Journal, Automotive, 2013
  • Article published in the Los Angeles Daily Journal about Tesla's inability to turn a profit and predictions on the future of its stock prices - 5/17/2018, Author, The Long And The Short Of It, Los Angeles Daily Journal, Automotive, 2018
  • Article published in the Los Angeles Daily Journal about environmental impact of manufacturing and using electric vehicles - 12/6/10, Author, The Dirty Little Secret, Los Angeles Daily Journal, Automotive, 2010
  • Chapman Law School - Speaker
  • Article published in the Los Angeles Daily Journal about how the Treasury has handled CEO pay for TARP recipients - 4/2/13, The Root of All Evil, Los Angeles Daily Journal, Automotive, 2013
  • Article published in th Los Angeles Daily Journal about indicators of a recession in the near future - 6/19/2018, Author, Driving to Recessionary Times, Los Angeles Daily Journal, Automotive, 2018
  • Guest speaker at the USC Marshall School of Business, teaching a class of 75 upper-class students about the fundamentals of entrepreneurialism and how the legal system applies to starting and running a business - 9/16/09, Guest Lecturer, Fundamentals of Entrepreneurialism , USC Marshall School of Business, Academic, 2009
  • Article published in the Los Angeles Daily Journal about the Volkswagen emissions scandal, and the lack of personal responsibility for the corporate executives. - 10/7/15, Author, When Will They Stop?, Los Angeles Daily Journal, Automotive, 2015
  • Article published in the Los Angles Daily Journal about the future of self driving cars – 11/4/15, Author, Generation Forward, Los Angeles Daily Journal, Automotive, 2015
  • Article published in the Los Angeles Daily Journal about how Bernie Eccelstone's fall from grace in Formula 1 - 5/7/13, Author, The Fallen Angel, Los Angeles Daily Journal, Automotive, 2013
  • Article published in the Los Angeles Daily Journal about potential problems with emerging technology in autonomous vehicles - 4/11/2018, Author, A Development in Progress, Los Angeles Daily Journal, Automotive, 2018
  • Guest speaker at the USC Marshall School of Business, teaching a class of 75 upper-class students about the fundamentals of entrepreneurialism and how the legal system applies to starting and running a business - 2/3/10, Guest Lecturer, Fundamentals of Entrepreneurialism, USC Marshall School of Business, Academic, 2010
  • Article published in the Los Angles Daily Journal about Volkswagen ignition switch scandal - 12/1/2015, Author, The Harder They Fall, Los Angeles Daily Journal, Automotive, 2015
  • Article published in the Los Angeles Daily Journal about Tesla's success in the marketplace - 6/4/13, Author, Eliminating All Doubt, Los Angeles Daily Journal, Automotive, 2013
  • Article written for the Los Angeles Daily Journal about technological advancements of the past 100 years - 08/14/2018, Author, All Things 100, Los Angeles Daily Journal, Automotive, 2018
  • Served as a moderator to an automotive industry panel, featuring Franz von Holzhausen (cheif designer for Tesla), Steve Saleen (motorsports personality) and Dick Marconi (car collector) - 5/6/10, Moderator, USC-Harvard Business Growth Conference, USC - Harvard, Academic, 2010
  • Article published in the Los Angles Daily Journal about Toyota's "unintended acceleration" - 1/6/16, Author, What Will Become of Us?, Los Angeles Daily Journal, Automotive, 2016
  • Article published in the Los Angeles Daily Journal about vehicle recalls and NHTSA - 7/2/13, Author, So, You Think You're Safe, Los Anteles Daily Journal, Automotive, 2013
  • Article written about the possibility that Tesla might need to use the Bankruptcy Code to shed debt and allow innovation to succeed - 9/19/2018, Author, Chapter 11, Here We Come, Los Angeles Daily Journal, Automotive, 2018
  • Article published in the Los Angeles Daily Journal about the dominance of the internal combustion engine - 9/5/12, Author, Market Forces Challenge Electric Car Industry, Los Angeles Daily Journal, Automotive, 2012
  • Article published in the Los Angles Daily Journal about drastic change in the world's oil market - 2/4/16, Author, Oil's New Economy, Los Angeles Daily Journal, Automotive, 2016
  • Article Published in the Los Angeles Daily Journal about the collector car market becoming a significant class of investment - 7/19/2018, Author, Investor's Paradise, Los Angeles Daily Journal, Automotive, 2018
  • Article published in the Los Angeles Daily Journal about the automotive manufacturers' control over dealerships - 8/7/12, Author, The Grand Ole Plan, Los Angeles Daily Journal, Automotive, 2012
  • Article published in the Los Angles Daily Journal about EPA's proposed legislation - 3/8/16, Author, The EPA Slams the Door on High Performance, Los Angeles Daily Journal, Automotive, 2016
  • Article published in the Los Angles Daily Journal about legal issues relating to distracted motorist - 8/6/13, Author, The Deadliest Weapon, Los Angeles Daily Journal, Automotive, 2013
  • Article published in the Los Angeles Daily Journal about new federal regulation concerning automotive dealers - 5/13/10, Author, Auto Dealers Beware: Big Brother Is Looming, Los Angeles Daily Journal, Automotive, 2010
  • Article published in the Los Angles Daily Journal about autonomous cars - 4/5/16, Author, Autonomous Cars Have Finally Arrived, Los Angeles Daily Journal, Automotive, 2016
  • Article published in the Los Angles Daily Journal about the recovery of the U.S. economy in the automotive sector - 9/4/13, Author, Pop the Champagne, Los Angeles Daily Journal, Automotive, 2013
  • Article published in the Los Angeles Daily Journal about legislation regarding the use of ethanol as a fuel source - 1/12/11, Author, Ethanol Still Ablaze, Los Angeles Daily Journal, Automotive, 2011
  • Article published in the Los Angeles Daily Journal about the use of backup cameras in cars - 2/8/11, Author, Do It for the Kids, Los Angeles Daily Journal, Automotive, 2011
  • Article published in the Los Angles Daily Journal about texting and driving - 5/3/16, Author, NY’s Response to Texting and Driving, Los Angeles Daily Journal, Automotive, 2016
  • Article published in the Los Angles Daily Journal about the love affiar that the international sporting world has with Formula One racing - 10/1/13, Author, Head Rush, Los Angeles Daily Journal, Automotive, 2013
  • Article published in the Los Angeles Daily Journal about vehicle safety and regulation relating thereto  - 3/7/11, Author, How Many More Have to Die, Los Angeles Daily Journal, Automotive, 2011
  • Article published in the Los Angles Daily Journal about Britain’s departure from the EU -7/12/16, Author, Britain’s Exit and the Auto Industry, Los Angeles Daily Journal, Automotive, 2016
  • Article published in the Los Angles Daily Journal about a settlement reached between GM and the hedge funds - 11/5/13, Author, Dodging a Bullet, Los Angeles Daily Journal, Automotive, 2013
  • Article published in the Los Angeles Daily Journal about the future of oil in America - 4/4/11, Author, Will Oil Become Extinct?, Los Angeles Daily Journal, Automotive, 2011
  • Article published in the Los Angles Daily Journal about Brazil suffering the worst recession in more than 100 years - 8/2/16, Author, The Brazilian Nightmare, Los Angeles Daily Journal, Automotive, 2016
  • Article published in the Los Angles Daily Journal about Paul Walker's tragic car accident and it igniting a firestorm of litigation - 12/4/13, Author, Life Interrupted, Los Angeles Daily Journal, Automotive, 2013
  • Article published in the Los Angeles Daily Journal about the impact of vehicle safety legislation - 5/3/11, Author, How Soon We Forget, Los Angeles Daily Journal, Automotive, 2011
  • Article published in the Los Angeles Daily Journal about automotive recalls - 6/14/16, Author, Airbag Recall Understood, Los Angeles Daily Journal, 2016
  • Article published in the Los Angles Daily Journal about the U.S. Treasury selling it's last shares of General Motors stock on Dec. 9, 2013. - 1/7/14, Author, Success, Redefined, Los Angeles Daily Journal, Automotive, 2014
  • Article published in the Los Angeles Daily Journal about Chrysler's illegal operation of dealerships - 6/7/11, Author, Winning at All Costs, Los Angeles Daily Journal, Automotive, 2011
  • Article published in the Los Angeles Daily Journal about the amount the federal government spends - 9/18/16, Author, The Exporting Enigma, Los Angeles Daily Journal, Automotive, 2016
  • Article published in the Los Angles Daily Journal about The Detroit Institute of Art having one of the largest, and most important, art collections in the U.S. - 2/4/14, Author, Rock Bottom, Los Angeles Daily Journal, Automotive, 2014
  • Article published in the Los Angeles Daily Journal about Formula 1 legal battles with Team Lotus - 7/5/11, Author, Will the Real Team Lotus Please Stand Up, Los Angeles Daily Journal, Automotive, 2011
  • Article published in the Los Angeles Daily Journal about Formula One being sold in an $8 billion deal between Liberty Media (buyer) and CVC Capital Partners (seller) - 10/5/16, Author, Formula One’s $8 Billion Deal, Los Angeles Daily Journal, Automotive, 2016
  • Article published in the Los Angles Daily Journal about GM's conduct in concealing the ignition key defect - 3/4/14, Author, The Evil that Men Do, Los Angeles Daily Journal, Automotive, 2014
  • Article published in the Los Angeles Daily Journal about the legality of Ford's interaction with Lincoln dealers - 8/8/11, Author, The $1 Million Question, Los Angeles Daily Journal, Automotive, 2011
  • Article published in the Los Angeles Daily Journal about a new leader for the next four years - 11/1/16, Author, The Next Four Years, Los Angeles Daily Journal, Automotive, 2016
  • Article published in the Los Angles Daily Journal about General Motor's CEO appearing before an angry panel of examiners in the House and the Senate - 4/1/14, Author, GM's Day of Reckoning, Los Angeles Daily Journal, Automotive, 2014
  • Article published in the Los Angles Daily Journal about Tesla disrupting everything familiar in the automotive world - 5/8/14, Author, Tesla's Federal Showdown, Los Angeles Daily Journal, Automotive, 2014
  • Article published in the Los Angeles Daily Journal about CAFE regulations - 9/6/11, Author, Troubles with the New Fuel Regulations, Los Angeles Daily Journal, Automotive, 2011
  • Article published in the Los Angeles Daily Journal about ownership of lost or stolen assets that have been recovered, such as the Bullit Mustang that Steve McQueen drove in the 1968 movie "Bullitt", which was found after having gone missing 49 years ago. - 3/4/17, Author, Drive It Like You Stole It, Los Angeles Daily Journal, Automotive, 2017
  • Article published in the Los Angles Daily Journal about General Motor's failure to disclose to the public the ignition switch defect - 6/3/14, Author, Moments of Atrocity, Los Angeles Daily Journal, Automotive, 2014
  • Guest speaker at the Pepperdine School of Business, teaching an MBA class about the fundamentals of mediation and alternative dispute resolution - 9/23/11, Guest Lecturer, Pepperdine School of Business, Academic, 2011
  • Article published in the Los Angeles Daily Journal about texting and driving - 12/6/16, Author, Texting and Driving: Public Enemy No. 1, Los Angeles Daily Journal, Automotive, 2016
  • Article published in the Los Angeles Daily Journal about the truthfullness of window stickers and fuel economy mileage ratings. - 8/06/14, Author, There's No Honor in the System, Los Angeles Daily Journal, Automotive, 2014
  • Guest speaker at the USC Marshall School of Business, teaching a class of 75 upper-class students about the fundamentals of entrepreneurialism and how the legal system applies to starting and running a business - 10/12/11, Guest Lecturer, USC Marshall School of Business, Academic, 2011
  • Article published in the Los Angeles Daily Journal about the dangers on our roads caused by texting and driving - 12/6/16, Author, Texting and Driving: Public Enemy No. 1, Los Angeles Daily Journal, Automotive, 2016
  • Article published in the Los Angeles Daily Journal about GM's announcement of the "victim compensation fund" - 7/8/14, Author, The Company Without a Soul, Los Angeles Daily Journal, Automotive, 2014
  • Article published in the Los Angeles Daily Journal about new the Leham Brothers impact on the automotive industry trhee years later - 10/4/11, Author, The Pain Is Far from Over, Los Angeles Daily Journal, Automotive, 2011
  • Article published in the Los Angeles Daily Journal about the use of vehicles in terror attacks - 1/3/17, Author, Automotive Weaponry, Los Angeles Daily Journal, Automotive, 2017
  • Article published in the Los Angeles Daily Journal about the shocking truth about automobile rentals and recalls - 9/04/14, Author, The Shocking Truth, Los Angeles Daily Journal, Automotive, 2014
  • Guest speaker at the USC Marshall School of Business, teaching a class of 75 upper-class students about the fundamentals of entrepreneurialism and how the legal system applies to starting and running a business - 2/29/12, Guest Lecturer, Fundamentals of Entrepreneurialism, USC Marshall School of Business, Academic, 2012
  • Article published in the Los Angeles Daily Journal about the possible impact of a 20% tariff on automotive imports from Mexico - 2/8/17, Author, The Mexican Standoff, Los Angeles Daily Journal, Automotive, 2017
  • Super Lawyers – Blue Ribbon Panelist
  • Article published in the Los Angeles Daily Journal about how long off self-driving cars still are. - 10/07/14, Author, Self-driving cars: 20 years out, still, Los Angeles Daily Journal, Automotive, 2014
  • Article published in the Los Angeles Daily Journal about the government's loan to Fisker, and whether Fisker will survive - 3/6/12, Author, Fisker's Power Outage, Los Angeles Daily Journal, Automotive, 2012
  • Article published in the Los Angeles Daily Journal about America's changing love affair with automobiles - 4/4/17, Author, Generation Next, Los Angeles Daily Journal, Automotive, 2017
  • Article published in the Los Angeles Daily Journal about President Obama's role in the aumotive industry - 11/2/12, Author, Obama and the Auto Industry, Los Angeles Daily Journal, Automotive, 2012
  • Article published in the Los Angeles Daily Journal about how automakers face little deterrent from U.S. authorities to correctly represent their vehicles' fuel economy standards. - 11/11/14, Author, A Failed System, Los Angeles Daily Journal, Automotive, 2014
  • Article published in the Los Angeles Daily Journal about the staus of the collector car industry and its impact on the economy - 11/1/11, Author, Basking in the Ferrari Sun, Los Angeles Daily Journal, Automotive, 2011
  • Article published in the Los Angeles Daily Journal about Tesla's market cap surpassing Ford and GM despite never having posted a profit in its 14 year history - 5/2/17, Author, Phantom Stock, Los Angeles Daily Journal, Automotive, 2017
  • Article published in the Los Angeles Daily Journal about Snapchat encouraging young adults and teens to engage in reckless behaviour - 6/6/2017, Author, Oh, Snap!, Los Angeles Daily Journal, Automotive, 2017
  • Guest speaker at the USC Marshall School of Business, teaching a class of 75 upper-class students about the fundamentals of entrepreneurialism and how the legal system applies to starting and running a business - 9/15/10, Guest Lecturer, Fundamentals of Entrepreneurialism, USC Marshall School of Business, Academic, 2010
  • Article published in the Los Angeles Daily Journal about how 2014 will be the year that honest disclosure from automakers gave way to raw deception. - 12/2/14, Author, The Year of the Snake, Los Angeles Daily Journal, Automotive, 2014
  • Article published in the Los Angeles Daily Journal about auto manufacturers requirements on franchised dealers for facility upgrades - 12/6/11, Author, Spend It Like You Got It, Los Angeles Daily Journal, Automotive, 2011
  • Article published in the Los Angeles Daily Journal about the way technology is affecting the way cars are being sold to consumers. - 7/7/2017, Author, Selling Cars in Tomorrowland, Los Angeles Daily Journal, Automotive, 2017
  • Guest speaker to 80 first year students about how to put on a trial, and presenting a mock trial for their viewing - 3/15/12, Speaker, Whittier Law School, Academic, 2012
  • Article published in the Los Angeles Daily Journal about how Uber's simplistic business model has been the foundation of its success; however, the same simplicity has regulators stirring. - 1/6/15, Author, An Uber Mess, Los Angeles Daily Journal, Automotive, 2015
  • Article published in the Los Angeles Daily Journal about GM's cover up of the Chervolet Volt fires - 1/5/12, Author, Up in Smoke, Los Angeles Daily Journal, Automotive, 2012
  • Article published in the Los Angeles Daily Journal about the electric car industry and it's dependancy on the non-renewable resource, lithium. - 8/1/2017, Author, The Truth About Lithium, Los Angeles Daily Journal, Automotive, 2017
  • Published Law Review article that represented Whittier Law School in the Scribes National Law Review Competition, Author, "Johnson v. Texas: The Supreme Court's Paradoxical Reconciliation of the Constitution and the Texas Death Penalty", Whittier Law Review, 1994
  • Article published in the Los Angeles Daily Journal about how last year the U.S. achieved a goal long considered unapproachable: it surpassed Saudi Arabia and Russia to become the world's largest producer of oil. - 2/4/15, Author, Swimming in a Sea of Oil, Los Angeles Daily Journal, Automotive, 2015
  • Article published in the Los Angeles Daily Journal about Porsche's failed hostile takeover of Volkswagen - 2/7/12, Author, Porsche's Billion Dollar Blunder, Los Angeles Daily Journal, Automotive, 2012
  • Article published in the Los Angeles Daily Journal about automotive manufacturers concealing great acts of malfeasancecause, and thier exectives face no personal responsibility, even in cases where death has resulted where it could have been prevented. - 10/10/2017, Author, When Will They Stop?, Los Angeles Daily Journal, Automotive, 2017
  • Article published in the Los Angeles Daily Journal about the role of GM in terminating automotive dealers in Northern California - 10/3/12, Author, Could GM Be at it Again?, Los Angeles Daily Journal, Automotive, 2012
  • Article published in the Los Angeles Daily Journal about legislation passed by a senate committee that gives incentives to automotive safety whistleblowers. - 3/3/15, Author, Getting It Right, Los Angeles Daily Journal, Automotive, 2015
  • Article published in the Los Angeles Daily Journal about the FBI's role in a stolen Ferrari - 4/3/12, Author, The Love of All Things Ferrari, Los Angeles Daily Journal, Automotive, 2012

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • Counsel in Sabatino v. Uber Technologies, a class action case against Uber for fraudulent business practices., 2015
  • Lead counsel in Lumpkin v. Chrysler, a class action case against Chrysler for its ignition switch recall, 2014
  • Counsel in Spitzer v. US, a lawsuit filed against the federal government on behalf of several terminated Chrysler dealers, stemming from the 2009 economic crisis, 2012

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Educational Background:

  • USC Marshall School of Business, 1992

Industry Groups

  • Primarily Servicing The Automotive Industry
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Suite A-102
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Phone: 949-581-6900

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