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I am a personal injury attorney in Long Beach and have been representing seriously injured victims of accidents for more than 30 years. I try cases all over Southern California, Primarily Los Angeles and Long Beach, and handle a variety of matters including all types of motor vehicle accidents, premises liability/slip and fall, bicycle accidents, sexual assaults and legal malpractice.
I am a member of the Consumer Attorneys of Los Angeles and have been selected as a "Southern California Super Lawyer" in 2009, 2010 and 2011 by Los Angeles Magazine. Martindale-Hubbell has given me an AV Rating which is considered the highest rating available to an attorney and recognizes excellence in the practice of law as well as ethics. I also provide pro bono services to the County of Los Angeles as a mediator, arbitrator and Judge Pro Tem.
My practice is strictly limited to the representation of accident victims and all fees are paid on a contingency fee basis (no recovery=no fee).
I frequently am asked to speak at events concerning topics relating to the Civil Justice System.
I look forward to reviewing your personal injury case and delivering superior results.
Languages spoken: English, Spanish
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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers||2011|
|Member||Million Dollar Advocates Forum||2011|
|Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers||2010|
|Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers||2009|
|LexisNexis Peer Review Rating (AV)||LexisNexis||2002|
|Judge Pro Tem||LA County Superior Court||1985 - Present|
|Mediator||LA County Superior Court||1985 - Present|
|Arbitrator||LA County Superior Court||1985 - Present|
|Principal||Law Office of Michael D. Waks||1982 - Present|
|Owner||Law Office of Michael D. Waks||1982 - Present|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles||Member Government Relations Committee||1985 - Present|
|Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles||Member Public Relations Committee||1985 - Present|
|The United States Supreme Court (9th Circuit)||Admitted Attorney||1982 - Present|
|Supreme Court of California||Admitted Attorney||1982 - Present|
|Consumer Attorneys of California||Member||1982 - Present|
|Million Dollar Advocates Forum||Member||1982 - Present|
|Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles||Member||1982 - Present|
|State Bar of California||Member||1982 - Present|
|American Bar Association||Member||1982 - Present|
|Los Angeles County Bar Association||Member||1982 - Present|
|Roberta Rodriguez vs Doe||Mediated Settlement | $750,000.00|
|Mary Beth Ely v. Arnold Chol Kim, M.D. and Mobile Medical Examination Services, Inc.||Mediated Settlement | $1,515,000.00|
|Steven Walker v. Sid Balkman Electrical Contractors Inc. and Ralph Rico Gonzalez||$900,000.00 | Settlement|
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|Southwestern University School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1982|
|State University of New York, Albany||N/A||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1978|
|Torrance Democratic Club||Myths and Misconceptions of the Civil Justice System||2010|
|Kiwanis Club||Myths and Misconceptions of the Civil Justice System||2010|