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After growing up in the South (Kentucky, Tennessee and Louisiana), Mike moved to California when he was 15.  After worked his way through college, graduating after three years, Michael attended Hastings College of Law on a full scholarship.


Upon graduation, Michael began his legal career working for a major law firm that specialized in Insurance Defense, on behalf of several Fortune 500 companies.  Michael changed sides to fight for consumers and now uses his wealth of experience against insurance companies.


Languages spoken: Farsi, Spanish

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Practice areas


  1. Personal Injury: 16%
    27 years
  2. Trucking Accident: 16%
    27 years
  3. Brain Injury: 16%
    27 years
  4. Motorcycle Accident: 16%
    27 years
  5. Other: 36%
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Contingent (25-40%), Free consultation (120 minutes)

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    I was the opposing counsel. He has the highest degree of professionalism and integrity.


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Contact info

Law Offices of Michael Pines, APC

4660 La Jolla Village Drive
Suite 1030
San Diego, CA, 92122


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
President's AwardConsumer Attorneys of California2005
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
FounderLaw Offices of Michael Pines1992 - Present
Counsel for Major Insurance CompaniesLumbermans Mutual Casualty Company1990 - 1992
Litigation AttorneyLaw Firm of DiCaro & D'Antony1989 - 1990
Litigation UnitRigg & Dean Law Firm1988 - 1989
Corporate Insurance DefenseMurtaugh, Miller, Meyer & Nelson1987 - 1988
Tort's Litigation UnitCalifornia State Attorney General's Office1986 - 1987
Association namePosition nameDuration
Consumer Attorneys of San DiegoMember1992 - Present
Consumer Attorneys Association of Los AngelesMember1992 - Present
Consumer Attorneys of CaliforniaMember1992 - Present
American Association for JusticeMember1989 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Armstrong v. Breslin, et al.$147,606.36 Verdict/Judgment for Plaintiff
Doe Family v. Ford Motor CompanyFamily members received $1,200,000
Tahbaz, et al. v. AguirreFamily Rec'd Policy Limits
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Publication nameTitleDate
Firm Proprietary DocumentationDiscovery of Plaintiff (extensive compilation from Discovery, Deposition to Trial)1990
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of California, Hastings College of the LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1987
University of California - IrvineSocial EcologyOther - Bachelors1984
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Bench-Bar Coalition of the United StatesLaying a Foundation for the Introduction of Evidence at Trial1991
Bench-Bar Coalition of the United StatesEffective Introduction of Demonstrative Evidence at Trial1991
American Inns of Court FoundationCross-Examination of a Defense Medical Malpractice Expert1991
Legal DemonstrationDeposition of a Medical Doctor (Direct Examination)1990