Michael H. Leifer

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Eminent Domain Attorney in Irvine, CA

Palmieri, Tyler, Wiener, Wilhelm & Waldron, LLP
 | 1900 Main Street, Suite 700
Irvine, CA 92614
Phone: 866-452-2707
Fax: 949-851-1554
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2018 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1988
Practice Areas:
  • Eminent Domain (80%),
  • General Litigation (10%),
  • Land Use/Zoning (10%)
Attorney Profile

A partner at Palmieri, Tyler, Wiener, Wilhelm & Waldron LLP, Michael H. Leifer handles cases of eminent domain and condemnation for clients in the Southern California area. Admitted to practice in the state of California, his practice focuses on environmental litigation, real estate and construction litigation, alternative dispute resolution and mediation, business litigation, lease renewal valuations, valuation litigation, and condemnation and inverse condemnation.

Mr. Leifer attended the University of California, Los Angeles, and earned a Bachelor of Arts, graduating with honors in 1985. At Loyola Law School, he then obtained a Juris Doctor in 1988. His experience includes a variety of public projects such as power and water facilities, sports arenas and highway and freeway projects. In 1998, he obtained a favorable verdict that was the state’s highest precondemnation damage verdict.

A member of The State Bar of California, the Orange County Bar Association, the Los Angeles County Bar Association and the American Bar Association, Mr. Leifer is also a member of the International Right of Way Association Chapter 67. One of his largest awards was over $3 million for compensable damages and denied liability.

After a landowner represented by Mr. Leifer was awarded a significant amount in arbitration, the case was challenged by the unit owners of the condominium in question. Mr. Leifer represented the landowner all the way through the process, and the challenge was defeated with his help in the Supreme Court. During his first condemnation trial, he and one of his partners achieved the original contaminated property appellate court decision in the context of eminent domain.

Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Eminent Domain (80%)

General Litigation (10%)

Land Use/Zoning (10%)


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Super Lawyers: 2018 - 2020

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About Michael Leifer

Admitted: 1988, California

Professional Webpage: https://www.eminentdomainlawyercalifornia.com/attorneys/mich...

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • California
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • International Right of Way Association (Chapter 67)
  • State Bar of California
  • American Bar Association

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Krav Maga, Orange County, Instructor


  • Kunec v. Brea Redevelopment Agency (1997) 55 Cal.App.4th 51
  • Abers v. Rohrs (2013) 217 Cal.App.4th 1199

Educational Background:

  • University of California, Los Angeles, B.A., with Honors, 1985

Industry Groups

  • Condemnation; Eminent Domain; Valuation
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Office Location for Michael H. Leifer

1900 Main Street
Suite 700
Irvine, CA 92614

Phone: 866-452-2707

Fax: 949-851-1554

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Last Updated: 9/5/2019

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