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Michael J. Haddad

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Civil Rights Attorney in Oakland, CA

Haddad & Sherwin LLP
505 Seventeenth Street
Oakland, CA 94612
Phone: 510-452-5500
Fax: 510-452-5510
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2022
Licensed in California Since: 1991
Practice Areas: Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
Attorney Profile

A partner with Haddad & Sherwin LLP, Michael J. Haddad is a prominent civil rights attorney in Oakland, California. He has a history of successfully fighting against powerful interests on behalf of ordinary people in lawsuits involving police misconduct, personal injury, wrongful death, constitutional law, employment discrimination and other complex issues. He represents clients in the San Francisco Bay Area and throughout Northern California.

Mr. Haddad graduated with honors in 1988 from James Madison College at Michigan State University. He went on to earn his law degree from the University of Michigan Law School. Prior to relocating to California and co-founding Haddad & Sherwin LLP, Mr. Haddad was a partner with a highly respected civil rights law firm in Detroit, Michigan.

A seasoned trial lawyer in high-profile cases, Mr. Haddad has helped numerous clients to recover multimillion-dollar verdicts or settlements. Some of his most high-profile cases have involved police misconduct and wrongful death, while other notable cases have involved medical treatment and care for inmates in California jails.

Beyond his law practice, Mr. Haddad has been active in many professional and community organizations throughout his legal career. From 2010 to 2016, he served as President of the National Police Accountability Project, a national organization of civil rights attorneys that seeks to reduce police misconduct. He has also been active with the San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association, the Consumer Attorneys of California, and other organizations.

Over the course of his career, Mr. Haddad has been honored by a number of organizations. He has been recognized for his community service by the Detroit Chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), and the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC). The attorney peer-review service Martindale-Hubbell gave him the rating of AV Preeminent,* its highest rating.

*AV-Preeminent and BV-Distinguished are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used 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 confidential opinions of members of the Bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice Areas
  • 80%Civil Rights
  • 10%Constitutional Law
  • 10%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
Focus Areas

Police Misconduct, Wrongful Death


19 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2022

Articles about Michael J. Haddad appearing in Super Lawyers

About Michael J. Haddad

First Admitted: 1991, California

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Bar/Professional Activity

  • National Police Accountability Project, Board member; President, 2010 - 2015
  • Consumer Attorneys of California (CAOC)
  • American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC)
  • State Bar of California
  • San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association (SFTLA)
  • Detroit Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • California, 1997
  • Alameda Contra Costa Trial Lawyers, Board of Governors, 1999-2006
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America (ATLA)
  • The Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • Michigan, 1991


  • Community Service Award, American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, 1999
  • AV Preeminent Rated Lawyer
  • Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, 2008
  • Northern California Super Lawyers, San Francisco Magazine, consecutively from 2004 to 2018

Educational Background

  • Michigan State University, James Madison College, B.A., with honors, 1988


  • Spencer v. U.S.D.C., 393 F.3d 867 (9th Cir. 2004)
  • Foster v. City of Oakland, 675 F.Supp.2d 992 (N.D. Cal. 2009)
  • M.H. v. County of Alameda, 62 F.Supp.3d 1049 (N.D. Cal. 2014)
  • Atayde v. Napa State Hospital, 255 F.Supp.3d 978 (E.D. Cal. 2017)
  • Wilkins v. City of Oakland, 350 F.3d 949 (9th Cir. 2003)
  • Foster v. City of Oakland, 621 F.Supp.2d 779 (N.D. Cal. 2008)
  • Hesterberg v. United States, 71 F.Supp.3d 1018 (N.D. Cal. 2014)
  • Johnson v. Shasta County, 83 F.Supp.3d 918 (E.D. Cal. 2015)
  • Green v. City and County of San Francisco, 751 F.3d 1039 (9th Cir. 2014)
  • Dimas v. City of Warren, 939 F.Supp. 554 (E.D. Mich. 1996)
  • Burns v. Redwood City, 737 F.Supp.2d 1047 (N.D. Cal. 2010)
  • Moore v. City of Vallejo, 73 F.Supp.3d 1253 (E.D. Cal. 2014)
  • Cornell v. City and County of San Francisco, 17 Cal.App.5th 766 (2017)

Industry Groups

  • American Arab Anti Discrimination Committee
  • Consumer Attorneys Of California
  • Million Dollar Advocates Club
  • National Police Accountability Project
  • President (2009-2016)
  • San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association
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Office Location for Michael J. Haddad

505 Seventeenth Street
Oakland, CA 94612

Phone: 510-452-5500

Fax: 510-452-5510

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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