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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


  1. Slip and Fall Accident: 18%
    34 years
  2. Motorcycle Accident: 18%
    34 years
  3. Car Accidents: 18%
    34 years
  4. Personal Injury: 18%
    34 years
  5. Other: 28%
  6. More 



Contingent (33-40%)

Payment types:

Cash, Check

Attorney endorsements

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  • Marc Lazarus

    Michael Waks is a very knowledgeable and hard working attorney who cares about his clients, and I endorse this lawyer.


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  • Michael S. Waddington

    I endorse Michael. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community.


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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, 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