Michelle M. West

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Products Liability Attorney in Newport Beach, CA

Robinson Calcagnie, Inc.
 | 19 Corporate Plaza Dr, Newport Beach, CA 92660
Phone: 949-720-1288
Fax: 949-720-1292
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2016 - 2021
Selected To Rising Stars: 2010 - 2011
Licensed Since: 2003
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff (40%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (60%)
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Attorney Profile

Michelle M. West is a partner at Robinson Calcagnie, Inc. focusing her practice on trucking accidents, automobile collisions, unsafe premises cases, traumatic brain injury, amputation, spinal cord injuries and other catastrophic personal injury and products liability matters. Ms. West generally handles cases that involve matters including defective products, dangerous public and private property conditions, industrial and construction accidents, carbon monoxide poisoning, cruise ship injuries, unsafe working conditions and motor vehicle accidents. She is dedicated to serving clients throughout the State of California and across the country with the assistance of local counsel.  Ms. West dedicates her practice to making places and products safer and obtaining recovery for those injured by unsafe products, practices and premises. 

Ms. West has committed herself to advocating on behalf of those injured by the recklessness or negligence of others. She reviews each case from every angle, works with forensic and other professional experts, and employs numerous resources in order to help her clients obtain financial compensation for their losses. Ms. West has recovered seven and eight-figure settlements and verdicts on behalf of numerous clients. Her dedication to providing quality, professional representation while maintaining the highest standards of legal ethics helped her to receive the highest possible rating of AV Preeminent* from Martindale-Hubbell.

Beyond her work in the courtroom, Ms. West is active in the legal community. She is a member of numerous professional associations, including the Orange County Bar Association, the Orange County Trial Lawyers Association, the Consumer Attorneys of California and the Consumer Attorneys of Los Angeles. Michelle West is a proud Board Member of the Los Angeles Trial Lawyers Charity (an organization dedicated to improving the lives of those in need in Los Angeles) and the Western Trial Lawyers Association. Ms. West also attended the American Board of Trial Advocates National Trial College.

In 1999, Ms. West graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in history from California State University Long Beach. She went on to earn a Juris Doctor from Pepperdine University School of Law, graduating cum laude and in the top 10 percent of her class.

*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
  • 40%Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff
  • 60%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
Focus Areas

Products Liability, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Wrongful Death, Trucking Accidents


Selected to Super Lawyers for 6 yearsmiddle-imageSelected to Rising Stars for 2 years

Super Lawyers: 2016 - 2021 Rising Stars: 2010 - 2011

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About Michelle West

Admitted: 2003, California

Professional Webpage: http://robinsonfirm.com/our-attorneys/michelle-west/


  • Dean’s Honor List
  • AV rating, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Cum laude, Pepperdine University School of Law
  • Witkin/West Group award for Academic Excellence
  • Southern California Rising Star in 2010 and 2011
  • Editor, Pepperdine Dispute Resolution Law Journal, Pepperdine University School of Law
  • CALI Excellence for the Future Award
  • Southern California Super Lawyer, 2016
  • Member, Moot Court Board, Pepperdine University School of Law

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Consumer Attorneys of Los Angeles, Member
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association, Member
  • ABOTA National Trial College, Fellow, 2014
  • Consumer Attorneys of California, Member
  • Orange County Trial Lawyers Association, Member
  • Orange County Bar Association’s Administration of Justice Committee
  • United States District Court‚ Central District of California
  • Orange County Bar Association, Member
  • Women’s Lawyers Association of Los Angeles, Member
  • California

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Board Member, 2018 Honorary Board Member 2016-2017
  • Silver Level Honorary Board Member of the Los Angeles Trial Lawyers Charities (LATLC)

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Don’t turn away that skylight case just yet: A skylight often constitutes a dangerous condition; here’s how to prove it, ADVOCATE (Journal of Consumer Attorneys Associations for Southern California) March 2015
  • Presentation: Wage and Hour Class Actions from the Plaintiffs’ Perspective; Wage & Hour Conference, Los Angeles Athletic Club, California, Jan. 2014
  • VOIR DIRE: “Panning for Gold” © William D. Shapiro, Esq. and Michelle M. West, Esq., presentation for San Francisco Consumer Attorneys of California Convention, November 2012
  • Amelia Earhart’s Crash In a Court of Law Today, Invited Speaker on Aviation Law at Luncheon of Zonta International, Laguna Niguel, California, Jan. 2011
  • Protecting Precious Cargo: Rear Seat Safety‚ ADVOCATE (Journal of Consumer Attorneys Associations for Southern California) [with Raymond P. Johnson], Sept. 2007


  • Rear-end collision resulting in spinal injuries to client. Resolved within one year of incident for $10,900,000., 2019

Educational Background:

  • California State University at Long Beach, cum laude
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Office Location for Michelle M. West

19 Corporate Plaza Dr
Newport Beach, CA 92660

Phone: 949-720-1288

Fax: 949-720-1292

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Last Updated: 3/11/2021

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