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.
Languages spoken: Hebrew
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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Southern California Super Lawyers||Law & Politics Magazine||2015|
|Best Lawyer||Best Lawyers in America||2014|
|Southern California Super Lawyers||Law & Politics Magazine||2014|
|Southern California Super Lawyers||Law & Politics Magazine||2013|
|Best Lawyer||Best Lawyers in America||2013|
|Southern California Super Lawyers||Law & Politics Magazine||2012|
|Best Lawyer||Best Lawyers in America||2012|
|Best Lawyers in America||Best Lawyers in America||2011|
|Southern California Super Lawyers||Law & Politics Magazine||2011|
|Best Lawyers in America||Best Lawyers in America||2010|
|Southern California Super Lawyer||Law & Politics Magazine||2010|
|Southern California Super Lawyer||Law & Politics Magazine||2009|
|Southern California Super Lawyer||Law & Politics Magazine||2008|
|Southern California Super Lawyer||Law & Politics Magazine||2007|
|Southern California Super Lawyer||Law & Politics Magazine||2006|
|Southern California Super Lawyer||Law & Politics Magazine||2005|
|Southern California Super Lawyer||Law & Politics Magazine||2004|
|AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||N/A|
|Partner||Allred, Maroko & Goldberg||1976 - Present|
|Associate||Montelone & McCrory||1974 - 1976|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|United States Supreme Court||Member||2010 - Present|
|The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers||Fellow||2003 - Present|
|College of Labor and Employment Lawyers||Fellow||2003 - Present|
|American Arbitration Association||Arbitrator||1995 - Present|
|College of Labor and Employment Lawyers||Member||1985 - Present|
|Los Angeles County Bar Association||Member||1976 - Present|
|American Bar Association||Labor Law Commitee||1976 - Present|
|United States Court of Appeals For the Ninth Circuit||Member||1974 - Present|
|United States District Court for the Central District of California||Member||1974 - Present|
|State Bar of California||Member||1974 - Present|
|Fernandez v. Wynn Oil||N/A|
|In Re Marriage of Burgess||Reversed Court of Appeals Ruling|
|Birtell v Lockheed||N/A|
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|Loyola Law School||Law||Juris Doctor||1974|
|University of California - Los Angeles||Political Science||BA - Bachelor of Arts, Summa Cum Laude||1971|