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Practice areas


  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

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  • Haroen Calehr

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


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    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


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