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Michael Maroko

Michael Maroko

Practice areas:

Arbitration, Discrimination, Wrongful Termination, Employment & Labor

About Me

Michael Maroko is a senior partner with Allred, Maroko & Goldberg.


Mr. Maroko, along with partners Gloria Allred and Nathan Goldberg, founded the firm in February 1976. Mr. Maroko received his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1971 from UCLA from which he graduated Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude. In 1974 Mr. Maroko graduated with honors from Loyola Law School. He was admitted to the California Bar in December 1974. 


Mr. Maroko has participated in numerous employment discrimination and wrongful termination cases as well as in civil rights litigation and appeal. He has worked on many noteworthy cases including Fernandez v. Wynn Oil, 653 F.2d 1273 (1981), in which the Ninth Circuit ruled that customer preference in an international business setting is not a justification for sex discrimination; Birtell v. Lockheed, 201 Cal. App.3d 293 (1988), in which the Court of Appeals ruled that no Federal preemption prevents a worker from filing suit for a wrongful termination arising out of a claim by a union member against an employer, and reaffirming a legitimate state interest in enforcing the "whistle blower" statute; Rolon v. Kulwitsky, 153 Cal. App.3d 289 (1984), establishing how to prosecute a violation of the Unruh Civil Rights Act against a discriminatory business practice; and Bass v. Great Western Savings, 58 Cal. App.3d 770 (1976), one of the first cases to interpret the Unruh Civil Rights Act.


Michael Maroko was lead counsel in the California Supreme Court on behalf of Robin Tyler, et al in the In Re Marriage Cases 43 Cal.4th 747 (2008) which held that California law limiting marriage to heterosexual couples was unconstitutional and ordered the State of California to license same sex marriages.


Michael Maroko was also lead counsel in the California Supreme Court case of Tyler et al v State of California, California Supreme Court Case No. S168066, challenging the constitutionality of Proposition 8 which amended the California Constitution to ban same sex marriage.


In addition, Mr. Maroko was lead counsel in the California Supreme Court case of In re Marriage of Burgess, 13 C4th 25 (1996), which set forth new guidelines for custody/move-away orders, and White v. Marciano, 190 C.A. 3d 1026 (1987), which dealt with child support payments of high-income earners.


Mr. Maroko has also been lead attorney in numerous successful civil and personal injury cases.


Every year since 2004 Mr. Maroko has been named a Southern California "SuperLawyer" by Law & Politics and Los Angeles Magazine.


Mr. Maroko is also a member of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers.

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Languages Spoken: Hebrew

Practice Areas

Licensed since 1974

  1. Employment & Labor: 25%
    41 years
  2. Wrongful Termination: 25%
    41 years
  3. Discrimination: 25%
    41 years
  4. Arbitration: 25%
    16 years

Payment

Fees:

Contingent (40%)

Payment Types:

Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

16 total 

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Contact Info

Allred, Maroko & Goldberg

6300 Wilshire Boulevard
Suite 1500
Los Angeles, CA, 90048

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License

StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
CAActive197405/25/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Awards

Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Southern California Super LawyersLaw & Politics Magazine2015
Best LawyerBest Lawyers in America2014
Southern California Super LawyersLaw & Politics Magazine2014
Southern California Super LawyersLaw & Politics Magazine2013
Best LawyerBest Lawyers in America2013
Southern California Super LawyersLaw & Politics Magazine2012
Best LawyerBest Lawyers in America2012
Best Lawyers in AmericaBest Lawyers in America2011
Southern California Super LawyersLaw & Politics Magazine2011
Best Lawyers in AmericaBest Lawyers in America2010
Southern California Super LawyerLaw & Politics Magazine2010
Southern California Super LawyerLaw & Politics Magazine2009
Southern California Super LawyerLaw & Politics Magazine2008
Southern California Super LawyerLaw & Politics Magazine2007
Southern California Super LawyerLaw & Politics Magazine2006
Southern California Super LawyerLaw & Politics Magazine2005
Southern California Super LawyerLaw & Politics Magazine2004
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-HubbellN/A

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
PartnerAllred, Maroko & Goldberg1976 - Present
AssociateMontelone & McCrory1974 - 1976

Associations

Association NamePosition NameDuration
United States Supreme CourtMember2010 - Present
The College of Labor and Employment LawyersFellow2003 - Present
College of Labor and Employment LawyersFellow2003 - Present
American Arbitration AssociationArbitrator1995 - Present
College of Labor and Employment LawyersMember1985 - Present
Los Angeles County Bar AssociationMember1976 - Present
American Bar AssociationLabor Law Commitee1976 - Present
United States Court of Appeals For the Ninth CircuitMember1974 - Present
United States District Court for the Central District of CaliforniaMember1974 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaMember1974 - Present

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
Fernandez v. Wynn OilN/A
In Re Marriage of BurgessReversed Court of Appeals Ruling
Birtell v LockheedN/A

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Publications

Publication NameTitleDate
Los Angeles Daily JournalRestoring That ‘Loving’ Feeling2008

Education

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Loyola Law SchoolLawJuris Doctor1974
University of California - Los AngelesPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts, Summa Cum Laude1971