Michael P. Verna

Top rated personal injury attorney in Walnut Creek, California

Bowles & Verna, LLP
Michael P. Verna
Bowles & Verna, LLP

Practice Areas: Personal injury, Aviation & aerospace, Business & corporate; view more

Licensed in California since: 1978

Education: University of California Hastings College of the Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2004, 2006 - 2023

Bowles & Verna, LLP

2121 N California Blvd
Suite 875
Walnut Creek, CA 94596 Visit website


For over forty years, Michael P. Verna has dedicated his law practice to helping victims of catastrophic accidents build a  new life and hold those accountable responsible for their negligence. He has been Board Certified in Civil Trial Law since 1986 (ABA approved certification by the National Board of Trial Advocacy); been listed in Best Lawyers of America for over ten years; been designated a Super Lawyer for over ten years; been recognized as a Top 100 Lawyer by the by the National Trial Lawyers Association; and enjoys the highest possible rating for legal ability and ethical standards from the nationally recognized firm of Martindale Hubbell.  He has amassed over $200 million in settlements and jury verdicts for his clients in courts throughout California and the nation, and has been admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of California, Supreme Court of the United States, several Federal District Courts, and the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the 2nd, 9th and 11th Circuits. Mr. Verna's qualifications, experience, and results are unmatched. 


Practice areas

Personal injury - general: plaintiff, Aviation and aerospace, Business/corporate, Civil rights

Focus areas

Personal injury - plaintiff, Wrongful death, Construction accident, Brain injury, Trucking accidents, Aviation

First Admitted: 1978, California

Professional Webpage: https://www.bowlesverna.com/about-the-practice/about-our-att...

Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Supreme Court of the United States of America, 2002
  • International Association of Defense Counsel
  • National Italian American Bar Association
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California, 1978
  • U.S. Federal Court, 1978
  • American Bar Association, Aviation and Space Law Committee, Vice-Chairman 
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit, 2006
  • Contra Costa County Bar Association
  • Supreme Court of California, 1978
  • California, 1978
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California, 1998
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit, 2009
  • San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association
  • Consumer Attorneys of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 1988
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of California, 1998
  • American Association for Justice
Educational Background:
  • University of California at Berkeley, California, B.A., Summa Cum Laude, Majors in Pre-Law, 1975
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Panelist, American Bar Association
  • Guest speaker, European Air Law Association, 2007
  • Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, Life Member
  • Faculty: National Institute of Trial Advocacy, 1987
  • American Inns of Court, Master of the Bench, Member Hon. Robert G. McGrath Chapter of Inn of Court
  • “Top Attorney in Northern California”
  • Litigation Counsel of America Trial Lawyer Honorary Society,Charter Fellow
  • National Trial Lawyers Association, Top 100 business tort litigation attorneys
  • The American College of Master Advocates and Barristers, Senior Counsel
  • Phi Beta Kappa honors, University of California at Berkeley, California
  • Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell
  • Best Lawyers in America, 2006-present
  • American Board of Trial Advocacy, 1999, Peer-reviewed invitation
  • American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys, Diplomate, 1992
  • Named Top Lawyer by Global Directory of Who' Who, 2016
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Judge Pro Tempore, Appointed by Contra Costa and San Francisco Superior Courts
  • Arbitrator, Appointed by American Arbitration Association
Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • Board Certified: Civil Trial Advocate, National Board of Trial Advocacy (American Bar Association accredited), 1986-Present
  • Board Certified as Civil Trial Advocate by National Board of Trial Advocacy (ABA approved) since 1986 Board Certified as Civil Pre-Trial Advocate by National Board of Trial Advocacy (ABA approved) Certified by Best Lawyers of America for ten years Martindale Hubbell Peer Reviewed Preeminent Highest Rating in Legal Ability and Ethical Standards for twenty five years  
  • Board Certified: Civil Pre-Trial Practice Advocacy, National Board of Legal Specialty Certification (American Bar Association accredited)
  • $23 Million Settlement for Victims of the Air France Flight 447
  • $5 Million (Sukhoi Superjet 100 Crash--Indonesia, for death of one passenger)
  • $32 Million (Korean Airlines Flight 801--Guam)
  • $12 Million (Estonia Helicopter Crash--Finland)
  • $63 Million Settlement for Filipino Victims of the Crash of an Air Philippines Boeing 737
  • $14 Million (Helios Airlines Flight 522--Greece)

Office location for Michael P. Verna

2121 N California Blvd
Suite 875
Walnut Creek, CA 94596

Phone: 925-478-5763


19 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2004, 2006 - 2023

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