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Michael Patrick Verna

Michael Patrick Verna

Practice areas:

Aviation, Wrongful Death, Personal Injury, Litigation

Practice Areas

Licensed since 1978

  1. Aviation: 50%
    5 years
  2. Personal Injury: 20%
    5 years
  3. Wrongful Death: 20%
    5 years
  4. Litigation: 10%
    5 years



Contingent (25-40%)

Attorney Endorsements

4 total 

  • Haroen Calehr

    I endorse this lawyer. Mike is one of the countries premier aviation liigation lawyers with exceptional worldwide experience.


    Haroen Calehr Immigration Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Gerald Carey Sterns

    I endorse this lawyer's work. Mike is one of the best trial lawyers around, and has vast experience on both sides of the fence. He started out on defense for a major SF firm, now does primarily major oand complex plantiff cases, and does them very well. Several record recoveries.


    Gerald Sterns Aviation Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

2121 N California Blvd Ste 875
Walnut Creek, CA, 94596




Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Avvo Contributions

Legal Answers


Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Certified Civil Trial AdvocateNational Board of Trial Advocacy1986
HonoredBest Lawyers in AmericaN/A
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers of Northern CaliforniaN/A
Charter FellowLitigation Counsel of AmericaN/A
Life MemberMulti-Million Dollar Advocates ForumN/A
AwardedBar Register of Preeminent LawyersN/A
MasterAmerican Inns of Court FoundationN/A
AssociateAmerican Board of Trial AdvocatesN/A
Senior CounselCollege of Master Advocates and BarristersN/A

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
Founding PartnerBowles & Verna, LLP1986 - Present


Association NamePosition NameDuration
American Bar AssociationCo-chair Aviation and Space Law Committee2009 - 2010
American Inns of CourtMaster2004 - Present
American Association for JusticeMember2003 - Present
Italian American Bar Association groupMember2002 - Present

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
Air Philippines Air CrashPlaintiffs recovered a total of $165,000,000

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School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Univ of California BerkeleyN/AundergraduateN/A
UC Hastings COLN/AlawN/A

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
American Bar AssociationAviation Litigation2009
19th Annual Aviation Law & Insurance SymposiumAviation Litigation2009
Aviation SymposiumAviation Law2008