Michael D. Sargent is a partner working in the firm’s Riverside office primarily working with contractors, businesses and public entities on a wide range of legal issues. Mike received his Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice Administration from San Diego State University in 1995. He received his Juris Doctorate in 2002 from the University of La Verne - College of Law. While a student at La Verne, Mr. Sargent was active in the Moot Court program and competed in the University of Dayton - College of Law Cybercrimes Competition. His team was awarded Best Legal Brief Honors at the competition.
Mr. Sargent is a member of the California Bar and is admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the State of California, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States District Court, Central District of California. Mr. Sargent has successfully tried and arbitrated several cases and mediated hundreds more. Mike is also a licensed California real estate broker.
As a member of the California Professional Association of Specialty Contractors, (CALPASC), Mr. Sargent has volunteered his time to review contracts for its members and has provided workshops for the membership to help them implement construction litigation strategies. Mr. Sargent is a frequent speaker at the annual West Coast Casualty Construction Defect Seminar where he has provided instruction to attorneys and insurance representatives on litigation aspects of construction disputes and new building practices.
He is also a member of the Association of Southern California Defense Counsel. Mr. Sargent was honored by his peers and recognized in the Los Angeles Magazine as a 2010 Southern California Rising Star and has a “very good” rating by the independent internet based attorney rating service Avvo.
Prior to becoming an attorney, Mr. Sargent worked for several years in the construction industry. His work included the installation of electrical, fire sprinkler and suppression systems. He also learned much about the construction industry from his father, a retired contractor.
Mr. Sargent is Board Member of the one hundred thirty-two home homeowners association where he resides. He enjoys helping his neighbors maintain their neighborhood by heading various association construction improvement projects. He is also a coach for the Canyon High School Mock Trial Team. The team, made up entirely of high school students, competes each year in a mock trial competition against other high schools in Orange County, California. Mr. Sargent enjoys traveling with his wife and attending local sporting events.
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|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|Southern California Rising Star||Super Lawyers||2011|
|Southern California Rising Star||Super Lawyers||2010|
|Partner||Graves & King LLP||2003 - Present|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|Claims & Litigation Management Alliance||Member||2014 - Present|
|California Professional Association of Specialty Contractors||Member||2009 - Present|
|Association of Southern California Defense Counsel||Member||2006 - Present|
|Orange County Bar Association||Member||2000 - Present|
|Michael Gutierrez et. al v. County of San Bernardino; Case No. SCVSS131917||Defense verdict on behalf of our client, the County of San Bernardino.|
|Steven Nanko v. ETCO Development: Case No. 04CC02683||Net zero defense verdict in favor of our client, Preferred Framing, Inc.|
|Michael T. Gutierrez et al. v. County of San Bernardino (2011) 198 Cal. App. 4th 831||The defense verdict was upheld by the Court of Appeal of the State of California - Fourth Appellate District Division Two as to our client, the County of San Bernardino. The California Supreme Court affirmed the verdict in favor of San Bernardino County.|
|University of La Verne College of Law||N/A||law||N/A|
|San Diego State Univ||N/A||undergraduate||N/A|
|West Coast Casualty - Construction Defect Seminar||"Housing Boom & Bust - Is it the End of Construction Defect Litigation as We Know It?"||2012|
|West Coast Casualty - Construction Defect Seminar||Gaps in Insurance Coverage||2009|
|Avoiding the Claims Management Trap||Construction Defect Claim Handling, SB800 Claims & SIR Management||2009|
|West Coast Casualty - Construction Defect Seminar||Emerging Home Building Tecnologies||2008|
|West Coast Casualty - Construction Defect Seminar||The Power of Settlement Offsets||2007|