Michael H. Leifer

Top rated Eminent Domain attorney in Irvine, California

Palmieri, Hennessey & Leifer LLP
Michael H. Leifer
Palmieri, Hennessey & Leifer LLP

Practice Areas: Eminent Domain, Business Litigation, General Litigation view more

Licensed in California since: 1988

Education: Loyola Law School Los Angeles

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2018 - 2023

Palmieri, Hennessey & Leifer LLP

3 Park Plaza
Suite 1950
Irvine, CA 92614 Visit website


Attorney Michael H. Leifer is a partner with Palmieri, Hennessey & Leifer LLP, law firm in Irvine, California. A top-ranked trial attorney with more than 32 years of legal experience, Mr. Leifer provides exceptional counsel and support to a diverse range of clients throughout Orange County and the surrounding areas of Southern California who have legal needs involving any of the following:

·       Eminent domain and inverse condemnation

·       Real estate and construction litigation

·       Valuation litigation

·       Lease renewal valuations

·       Environmental litigation

·       Business litigation

Along with maintaining a successful trial practice, Mr. Leifer is highly versed in alternative dispute resolution techniques, and he has helped his clients resolve their conflicts and reach favorable settlements through mediation and negotiation. However, he will not hesitate to take his clients' issues to court when necessary, and he has achieved a long record of securing successful results for his clients both inside and outside of the courtroom.

Among his most notable successes, Mr. Leifer secured a jury verdict of more than $60 million against a local municipality, which was later settled for more than $70 million. He also secured an award in excess of $3.2 million in arbitration involving an inverse condemnation matter against Caltrans, and he has secured many other favorable outcomes for his clients during trial and arbitration as well as on appeal.

A 1985 honors graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles, Mr. Leifer attended Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, where he obtained his Juris Doctor in 1988. He is an active member of The State Bar of California, the Orange and Los Angeles County bar associations, the American Bar Association and the International Right of Way Association. He has also served as a self-defense instructor with Krav Maga in Orange County.

Practice areas

Eminent Domain, Business Litigation, General Litigation, Land Use/Zoning, Real Estate: Business
  • 60% Eminent Domain
  • 10% Business Litigation
  • 10% General Litigation
  • 10% Land Use/Zoning
  • 10% Real Estate: Business

First Admitted: 1988, California

Professional Webpage: https://www.phl-law.com/attorney/leifer-michael-h/

  • Kunec v. Brea Redevelopment Agency (1997) 55 Cal.App.4th 51
  • HPT IHG-2 Properties Trust v. City of Anaheim (2015) 243 Cal.App.4th 188
  • Abers v. Rohrs (2013) 217 Cal.App.4th 1199
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
Educational Background:
  • University of California, Los Angeles, B.A., with Honors, 1985
Industry Groups:
  • Condemnation; Eminent Domain; Valuation

Office location for Michael H. Leifer

3 Park Plaza
Suite 1950
Irvine, CA 92614

Phone: 844-348-8245


6 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2018 - 2023

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