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Philip Michels

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Medical Malpractice Attorney in Los Angeles, CA

Law Offices of Michels & Lew
11755 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 1300
Los Angeles, CA 90025
Phone: 888-773-6593
Fax: 310-444-1211
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2023
Licensed in California Since: 1973
Practice Areas: Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff, Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
Attorney Profile

Philip Michels, the principal attorney at the Law Offices of Michels & Lew, serves clients throughout Los Angeles, California. A veteran personal injury attorney, Mr. Michels has almost 50 years of experience fighting for the rights of those suffering needlessly as the result of the negligence of others. His legal practice encompasses wrongful death; sexual abuse; medical malpractice cases such as birth injuries, failure to diagnose and surgical errors; and personal injury cases involving traumatic injuries, paralysis and drowning accidents.

After completing his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the University of California at Los Angeles, Mr. Michels obtained his Juris Doctor from the same university. He also has a master’s in English from the University of California at Santa Barbara.

A certified specialist in medical professional negligence law by The State Bar of California, Mr. Michels routinely secures millions of dollars in settlements and verdicts on behalf of injured California residents and their families.

Among Mr. Michels’s many honors are an AV Preeminent* rating from Martindale-Hubbell and an Avvo 10.0 rating. He was named “Trial Lawyer of the Year” in 2003 by the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles (CAALA) and among the Top 100 Trial Lawyers by The National Trial Lawyers. His firm was listed among the best law firms by the U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers.

Mr. Michels stays active in his community by maintaining memberships in legal organizations. These include the Los Angeles County Bar Association, American Association for Justice, American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine, Consumer Attorneys of California and American Board of Trial Advocates. He was elected as the President of the CAALA and served among the board of governors of Los Angeles Trial Lawyers' Charities.

Mr. Michels’s extensive experience and knowledge have urged educational institutions to request him as a speaker and presenter. He has multiple articles published, and he has also written extensively for other journals and publications.

*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
  • 80%Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff
  • 20%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
Focus Areas

Medical Malpractice, Birth Injury, Delayed or Incorrect Diagnosis, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Wrongful Death, Brain Injury, Sexual Abuse - Plaintiff, Premises Liability - Plaintiff

Selections

17 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2023

About Philip Michels

First Admitted: 1973, California

Professional Webpage: https://michels-lew.com/about/attorneys/philip-michels/

Educational Background

  • University of California at Los Angeles School of Law, Los Angeles, California J.D. University of California at Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, California M.A. Major:  English University of California at Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California B.A. Major:  Mathematics

Verdicts/Settlements

  • $7.6 million verdict - brain damage case
  • $10 milllion verdict - cerebral palsy case; $10 million settlement - medical malpractice wrongful death case; $8.1 million settlement - birth injury case; $7.6 million verdict - schoolyard injury case; $7.2 million verdict - spinal cord injury case; $6.8 million arbitration award - cancer case; $5 million settlement - nursing malpractice case; $4.25 million verdict - child drowning case; $4.1 million settlement - organ transplant case; $3.4 million settlement - early puberty case 

Pro bono/Community Service

  • We are proud that our firm has frequently reached out in the community and handled cases on a pro bono basis.

Bar/Professional Activity

  • State Bar of California, Member, Committee on Rules and Procedures of Court, 1982-1985; Litigation Section; Los Angeles County Bar Association; American Board of Trial Advocates; American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys; American Association for Justice; Consumer Attorneys of California; Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, Member, Board of Governors, 2001-2004; Treasurer, 2007; 2nd Vice President, 2008; 1st Vice President, 2009; President Elect 2010; President 2011

Special Licenses/Certifications

  • State Bar of California Medical Malpractice Specialist; Certification, Professional Negligence, American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys; Certification, Professional Negligence, Personal Injury and Trial Practice Law, Consumer Attorneys of California

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Co-Author, "Attacking the Doubling Time Defense in Breast Cancer Cases", Medical Trial Technique Quarterly and California Trial Lawyers Association Forum, 1980
  • Author, "How to Obtain and Use Experts in Medical Malpractice Cases", California Trial Lawyers Association Journal
  • “Malpractice Cases", Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, Las Vegas Convention, 2010
  • "Taking Depositions", Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles New Lawyer Seminar, 2009
  • "Psychology of Depositions & Marketing Tips for Your Practice", CAALA New Lawyers Section, 2009
  • “Techniques to Prepare and Take the Defense Expert’s Deposition", Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, Las Vegas Convention, 2007
  • "Dealing with Unsympathetic Clients", Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, Las Vegas Convention, 2004
  • "Advanced Trial Skills", Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, Las Vegas Convention, 2003
  • Moderator, Medical Malpractice Panel, Consumer Attorneys of California, San Francisco Convention Chair of Subsection, 2002
  • "Deposing Defendants Physician", Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, Las Vegas Convention, 1999
  • "Use of Videotaped Child Interviews in Civil Trials: Innovative Techniques, Technology and Trial Presentation", Children's Center for Child Protection, San Diego Conference on Responding to Child Maltreatment Syllabus, 1998
  • "Finding and Retaining Experts in a Professional Negligence Case", Consumer Attorneys of California, Las Vegas Convention, 1997
  • "Selected Issues in Medical Malpractice", , California Trial Lawyers Association, San Francisco Convention Syllabus, 1995
  • "Opening Statements in Medical Malpractice Cases", Consumer Attorneys of California, San Francisco Convention, 1991
  • "Selection and Aggressive Management of Cancer Cases", California Trial Lawyers Association Convention Syllabus, 1986
  • Co-Author, "Attacking the Doubling Time Defense in Breast Cancer Cases", California Trial Lawyers Association Forum, 1980
  • Finding Experts in Medical Malpractice Cases", Consumer Attorneys Of California, Newport Beach Convention, 1986
  • Co-Author, "Attacking the Doubling Time Defense in Breast Cancer Cases", Medical Trial Technique Quarterly, 1981
  • "Recreational Accidents: Liability and Immunity of Public Entities", California Trial Lawyers Association Forum, 1984
  • Author, "How to Obtain and Use Experts in Medical Malpractice Cases", California Trial Lawyers Association Journal
  • Author, "Strategies for Dealing with the Statute of Limitations in Medical Malpractice Cases", Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, 1999
  • Author, "Strategies for Dealing with the Statute of Limitations in Medical Malpractice Cases", Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, 1999
  • Author, "Presenting the Best Case with An Unsympathetic Client", Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Ange, 2003
  • Author, "Motions in Limine", Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, 2001
  • Author, “Marshalling Medical Evidence for Trial”, Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, Las Vegas Convention, 2009
  • Author, “Development and Resolution of Medical Malpractice Cases”, Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, Las Vegas Convention, 2010
  • Author, Advocate, 1982
  • Author, "Finding and Effectively Using Experts in a Professional Negligence Case", Advocate, 2007
  • Author, "Deposition Strategies", Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, 2005
  • Author, "The Psychology of Depositions", Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, 2003
  • Author, “Medical Issues in Discovery", ,” Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, Las Vegas Convention, 2008
  • Author, “Preparing for and Taking a Defense Expert Deposition", Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, Las Vegas Convention, 2007
  • Author, “Finding and Retaining Experts in a Professional Negligence Case", Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, Las Vegas Convention and the Advocate, 2005
  • Author, “Common Mistakes You Should Avoid in Medical Malpractice", Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, Las Vegas Convention, 2002
  • Author, “Opening Statement", Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, Las Vegas Convention, 2001

Honors/Awards

  • Trial Lawyer of the Year by Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, 2003
  • AV-Rated by Martindale Hubbell
  • Named one of The Best Lawyers in America in the specialties of Medical Malpractice, Personal Injury Litigation and Professional Malpractice Law., 2006
  • Consumer Attorneys of California, Recognition of Experience in Professional Negligence and Personal Injury Trial Practice
  • Included as one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in 2008 by the American Trial Lawyers Association, 2008

Industry Groups

  • State Bar Of California Medical Malpractice Specialist
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Office Location for Philip Michels

11755 Wilshire Boulevard
Suite 1300
Los Angeles, CA 90025

Phone: 888-773-6593

Fax: 310-444-1211

Last Updated: 6/23/2022

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