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I am a business attorney who does both transactions and litigation.


In business transactions, we do everything from formation of entities, contracts of all types, trademarks and licensing, due diligence and the contracts in the purchase and sale of businesses. We do no tax work but use outside experts. We do immigration work in collaboration with specialists of long-standing relationships.


For business transactions, we act like "outside general counsel" to the small and medium size businesses we represent. We have numerous companies that are start-ups and most of our company clients are with our firm for decades.


In litigation, we handle most civil litigation almost exclusively on an hourly fee basis. On the very rare occasion we handle a matter on a contingent fee. In addition to litigation in courts, I am handle both arbitrations and mediations, as a lawyer and as a trained Mediator (by the International Trademark Association - INTA) and an accredited Arbitrator (e.g. FINRA).


We have substantial experience in the apparel business, businesses involved in foreign trade, restaurants, and the purchase and sale of real estate.




Languages spoken: English, French, Spanish, Italian

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Practice areas


  1. Business: 30%
    37 years
  2. Intellectual Property: 20%
    37 years
  3. Litigation: 20%
    37 years
  4. Real Estate: 15%
    37 years
  5. Other: 15%
  6. More 



Fixed (sometimes), Free consultation (60 minutes)

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Contact info

Doland & Fraade

12424 Wilshire Blvd
Suite 900
Los Angeles, CA, 90025

Doland & Fraade

12424 Wilshire Blvd.
Suite 900
Santa Monica, CA, 90025

Doland & Fraade

12424 Wilshire Blvd.
Suite 900
Brentwood, CA, 90025



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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top Contributor - BusinessAvvo2016
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2015
Client Choice - BusinessAvvo2015
Commendatore (Knight Commander) nel Ordine al MeritoRepublic of Italy2006
Chevalier (Knight) Ordre des Arts et LettresFrance1999
Chevalier (Knight) Ordre des Palmes academiquesFrance1993
Top Attorney - BusinessAvvoN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerDoland & Fraade2006 - Present
OwnerLaw Offices of Michael Doland, Inc.2004 - 2006
PartnerDoland & Gould1978 - 2004
Association namePosition nameDuration
Beverly Hills Bar Association, International Law SectionPresident2007 - 2009
International Trademark AssociationMediator2000 - Present
FINRAArbitrator2000 - Present
Italy America Chamber of Commerce WestPresident1997 - 1999
French American Chamber of CommercePresident1993 - 1996
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Trademark Office Registration 3,902,534Registration granted
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Publication nameTitleDate
Recouvrement de creances(French) Debt collection in USA2009
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Georgetown University Law CenterLawJD - Juris Doctor1977
Georgetown UniversityPhilosophyOther - Bachelors1973
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Givner Kaye webinarInternational Trade - Common Errors and Issues2013
Givner & Kaye seminarsCommon Business Frauds and How to Avoid Them2012
APRAMUS Developments in Web trademark piracy2009