Michael J. Terhar

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Aviation & Aerospace Attorney in Pasadena, CA

Cunningham Swaim, LLP
 | 2 North Lake Avenue, Suite 550
Pasadena, CA 91101
Phone: 626-765-3000
Fax: 626-765-3030
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1979
Practice Areas:
  • Aviation and Aerospace (50%),
  • Personal Injury - Products: Defense (30%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Defense (20%)
Attorney Profile

Attorney Michael J. Terhar is a partner at Cunningham Swaim, LLP, in Pasadena, California. Mr. Terhar handles many types of complex civil litigation matters in the area of personal injury. He is experienced in matters of aviation accidents, premises liability, product liability and wrongful death. He also handles general liability matters such as discrimination.

Mr. Terhar has been licensed to practice law in California since 1979 and is admitted before all California state courts. He is also licensed before the U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Central, Southern and Eastern Districts of California, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington and the Supreme Court of the United States.

Over the course of his career, Mr. Terhar has been involved in many significant cases. He has represented individuals as well as aircraft manufacturers, airlines, airports, aviation-related businesses and major companies and producers in the entertainment industry. He is AV Preeminent peer-review rated,* the highest rating, through Martindale-Hubbell because of his high-quality work.

Outside of the office, Mr. Terhar enjoys being actively engaged in his legal and professional communities. He is a member of the Association of Southern California Defense Counsel, the State Bar of California, the American Bar Association and the Defense Research Institute. He is also a founding fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America.

Mr. Terhar has received community service awards from the YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles and the North Valley YMCA. He has served as a volunteer settlement officer and arbitrator for the Los Angeles Superior Court since 1994. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington and earned his law degree from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles.

*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
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Aviation and Aerospace (50%)

Personal Injury - Products (30%): Products Liability

Personal Injury - General (20%): Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Wrongful Death, Premises Liability - Plaintiff

Focus Areas

Products Liability, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Wrongful Death, Premises Liability - Plaintiff

Selections

Selected to Super Lawyers for 14 yearsbottom-image

Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2019

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About Michael Terhar

Admitted: 1979, California

Professional Webpage: http://cunninghamswaim.com/michael-terhar/

Honors/Awards:

  • North Valley Family YMCA Volunteer of the Year, 2007
  • North Valley Family YMCA Lifetime Achievement Award, 2011
  • Named a Southern California Super Lawyer by Thompson Reuters from 2006-Present
  • AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Litigation Counsel of America (Founding Fellow)
  • Association of Southern California Defense Counsel
  • Defense Research Institute (Product Liability Committee and Sports Law Special Litigation Group)
  • American Bar Association (Litigation, Law Practice Management, and Air and Space Law Divisions)
  • State Bar of California
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington
  • U.S. District Courts for the Southern Districts of California
  • U.S. District Courts for the Northern Districts of California
  • U.S. District Courts for the Eastern Districts of California
  • U.S. District Courts for the Central Districts of California
  • California

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Volunteer arbitrator and settlement officer for the Los Angeles Superior Court since 1994
  • AYSO Volunteer Soccer Referee
  • North Valley Family YMCA Board Chairman, 2005-2008
  • Metropolitan YMCA of Los Angeles Golden Book of Distinguished Service 2011

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Guest speaker at the annual seminar of the Association of Southern California Defense Counsel on Use and Abuse of Expert Witnesses

Verdicts/Settlements:

  • Lewis Operating Corp. v. Superior Court. (2011) 200 Cal.App.4th 940, 132 Cal.Rptr.3rd 849
  • Martin ex rel. Heckman v. Midwest Express Holdings, Inc. (2009) 555 F.3rd 806
  • PT Airfast Services, Indonesia v. Superior Court (1983) 139 Cal.App.3rd 162, 188 Cal.Rptr. 628
  • Pesses v Superior Court (1980) 107 Cal.App.3rd 117, 165 Cal.Rptr. 680

Representative Clients:

  • Allianz Aviation Managers LLC, Berkley Aviation, Chartis Aerospace, Markel Insurance Company, Starr Adjustment Services, Inc. and Werner Co.

Educational Background:

  • University of Washington, B.S., 1975

Industry Groups

  • American Bar Association
  • Association Of Southern California Defense Counsel
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Litigation Counsel Of America
Office Location for Michael J. Terhar

2 North Lake Avenue
Suite 550
Pasadena, CA 91101

Phone: 626-765-3000

Fax: 626-765-3030

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Last Updated: 10/3/2018

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