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Michael D. Waks

Practice areas:

Personal Injury, Car Accidents, Animal Law, Motorcycle Accident, Slip and Fall Accident

Michael Waks

About Me

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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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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1982

  1. Car Accidents: 35%
    34 years
  2. Personal Injury: 35%
    34 years
  3. Slip and Fall Accident: 10%
    34 years
  4. Motorcycle Accident: 10%
    34 years
  5. Animal Law: 10%



Contingent (33-40%)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check

Attorney Endorsements

10 total 

  • David McDonald Ring

    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

  • David James Reinard

    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

Contact Info

Law Office of Michael D. Waks

300 E. San Antonio Drive
Long Beach, CA, 90807-2002



Professional Misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority.

  1. Public reproval with/duties
    issued in CA, 2014


    This sanction means the attorney did something wrong but may still practice law. The Bar placed conditions on the lawyer's activities to try to prevent a recurrence of the wrongful act.

Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2011
MemberMillion Dollar Advocates Forum2011
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2010
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2009
AV RatingMartindale-Hubbell2002
LexisNexis Peer Review Rating (AV)LexisNexis2002

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Judge Pro TemLA County Superior Court1985 - Present
MediatorLA County Superior Court1985 - Present
ArbitratorLA County Superior Court1985 - Present
PrincipalLaw Office of Michael D. Waks1982 - Present
OwnerLaw Office of Michael D. Waks1982 - Present

Association NamePosition NameDuration
Consumer Attorneys Association of Los AngelesMember Government Relations Committee1985 - Present
Consumer Attorneys Association of Los AngelesMember Public Relations Committee1985 - Present
The United States Supreme Court (9th Circuit)Admitted Attorney1982 - Present
Supreme Court of CaliforniaAdmitted Attorney1982 - Present
Consumer Attorneys of CaliforniaMember1982 - Present
Million Dollar Advocates ForumMember1982 - Present
Consumer Attorneys Association of Los AngelesMember1982 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaMember1982 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember1982 - Present
Los Angeles County Bar AssociationMember1982 - Present

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Roberta Rodriguez vs DoeMediated 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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Publication NameTitleDate
Going LegalSlip and Fall Cases2009

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Southwestern University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1982
State University of New York at AlbanyN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1978

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Torrance Democratic ClubMyths and Misconceptions of the Civil Justice System2010
Kiwanis ClubMyths and Misconceptions of the Civil Justice System2010