Personal Injury, Car Accidents, Animal Law, Motorcycle Accident, Slip and Fall Accident
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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
Licensed since 1982
Michael is an outstanding lawyer. We have worked together on cases, and I've found Michael to be a total professional who truly cares about his clients and getting them the best result possible. I highly recommend Michael.
David Ring Personal Injury Attorney
Relationship: Worked together on matter
I have known Michael for many years, since I opposed him on a matter. At that time, I found him to be an excellent lawyer, simply one of the best. Now my practice is similar to Michael, as we both represent seriously injured people, so we interact as colleagues. I seek Michael's advice on difficult issues and would recommend that others do so as well.
David Reinard Car Accidents Attorney
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority.
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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|
|Southwestern University School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1982|
|State University of New York at 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|