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Michael Charles Doland

Business Attorney at Los Angeles, CA

4.8   62 reviews

also known as Michael Doland


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About Michael

Learn Michael’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Business
    35%
    Creation of companies, transactions of companies, litigation regarding companies. Significant experience in apparel business, foreign trade matters, computer and internet companies.

    45 years

  2. Litigation
    30%
    all business and real esate related lawsuits including trademark, breach of contract, corporate and LLC dissolution, disputes between co-owners.

    45 years

  3. Intellectual property
    20%
    Trademark and copyright registration, licensing, and litigation.

    45 years

  4. Contracts and agreements
    10%
    Negotiation and preparation of contracts and agreements, litigation regarding enforcement of agreements

    45 years

  5. Corporate and incorporation
    3%
    Formation and related documents. Due Diligence on merger and acquisition. Corporate squeeze-out litigation.

    45 years

  6. Limited liability company (LLC)
    2%
    Formation and related documents. Due diligence on merger and acquisition. Corporate squeeze out litigation

    45 years

I am a business attorney who does both transactions and litigation.

 

In business transactions, we do everything from formation of entities, contracts of all types, trademarks and licensing, due diligence and the contracts in the purchase and sale of businesses. We do no tax work but use outside experts. We do immigration work in collaboration with specialists of long-standing relationships.

 

For business transactions, we act like "outside general counsel" to the small and medium size businesses we represent. We have numerous companies that are start-ups and most of our company clients are with our firm for decades.

 

In litigation, we handle most civil litigation almost exclusively on an hourly fee basis. On the very rare occasion we handle a matter on a contingent fee. In addition to litigation in courts, I handle both arbitrations and mediations, as a lawyer and as a trained Mediator (by the International Trademark Association - INTA) and an accredited Arbitrator (e.g. FINRA).

 

We have substantial experience in the apparel business, businesses involved in foreign trade, restaurants, and the purchase and sale of real estate.

 

 

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Licensed for 45 years
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 1977
Updated 12/02/2022

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

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Doland & Fraade
12424 Wilshire Blvd
Suite 900
Los Angeles, CA, 90025
Doland & Fraade
12424 Wilshire Blvd.
Suite 900
Santa Monica, CA, 90025
Doland & Fraade
12424 Wilshire Blvd.
Suite 900
Brentwood, CA, 90025
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Reviews

4.8 / 5.0
  62 customer reviews
Posted by Ray | October 24, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Immediate clarification
Provided a quick answer which quickly clarified my situation, without the need for follow ups.
Posted by anonymous | March 1, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Have a great knowledge
He precisely pointed out the actual fact in a case which most lawyers can't point out and he was really helpful for me. Thanks a lot !
Posted by anonymous | October 28, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Great Guy but...
Mike tried his very best to help me with my legal issue, but we ultimately got nowhere, as he's more of a Lionel Hutz than a Clarence Darrow, though thinks he is Learned Hand. I had to feed him the fact pattern multiple times before we decided to part ways, though it was a complex issue. Though he was not of any use to me, I give him five stars just for being so old for his profession and yet continuing to try his best. I appreciate the effort, Mike.
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Posted by David | September 13, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Very professional and helpful
Although it appeared Mr. Doland was not able to help in my specific situation as it was outside of his focus at the moment, he was quite professional and courteous. He helped point me in the right direction regarding my business litigation needs and was quite insightful.
Posted by anonymous | May 18, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Advice and a Joke
Michael promptly picked up the phone and explained to me why my case had no merit. He also included a great joke at the end of our call!
Posted by anonymous | May 10, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Excellent advice
Seeking an attorney to handle my business needs, Mr. Dolan gave great advice and was very detailed in how to approach my cases.
Posted by Anirudh Kapur | December 26, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Owner
Mr. Doland has been a great guide and an amazing lawyer who has always put me on the right path. I would highly recommend him.
Posted by anonymous | November 12, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Helpful
I appreciated the assistance and perspective offered by him and it helped me reframe my issue. Very helpful overall.
Posted by Eilene | July 26, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Great Advice
We were truly impressed with the opinions of Attys. & . The answers we're precise, and to the point. If a LLC was dissolved 5 years ago, and the same person establishes, under a different name, the latter is considered as an extension of the dissolved LLC. ONCE DISSOLVED, the liabilities become unlimited from the Limited Liability corp. Thank you again, so very much.
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Posted by Lesley | December 22, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Great advice
I don't know what I expected when I asked Mr. Doland about my case, Elder financial abuse by my sibling, I told him what had happened to me and things my sibling was doing that I had proof of. He said by putting all my information together, dates , accounts, etc. I would impress any lawyer and save money and time. You could tell from his advice that he had read everything I wrote and then said step by step what to do . Thank you Mr. Doland for your time and wonderful advice.
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Posted by Catherine | November 26, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Mr Doland ....an amazing help.
HIs advice is fair, just and insightful. A rarity in this day and age. Thank you for your valuable advice.
Posted by anonymous | April 4, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Conflict about company ownership city
Excellent lawyer. He game a good advice, but he cannot help me because the court is in a far distant city from Los Angeles Thank you
Posted by Timothy | March 29, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Excellent Consultation
Michael was extremely thorough and straight to the point. He asked me very specific questions, and when I asked questions he gave very specific answers. Even though I had very little intellectual experience in LLC world, he was very patient and kind through our entire conversation. I highly recommend this gentleman.
Posted by anonymous | December 14, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Quick, Concise, and Thoughtful
Michael took the extra time and effort to respond to my specific situation as best he could given the limited information I was able to provide.
Posted by anonymous | October 28, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Give Michael a call!
I called Michael Doland to see if he could help a friend of mine with his case. The conversation was very informative and while he didn’t end up taking the case, Michael offered some great advice and even suggested ways my friend could save money. Michael has a lifetime of expirience and is passionate about helping people - I would definitely recommend him to anybody looking for a highly qualitified, no-nonsense attorney.
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Posted by Paul | October 9, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Problem with Italian Business
Saw Michael a month ago with issues regarding a financial dispute with an Italian company. I am so glad I called him. Always responds in a very timely manner, is a straight shooter and says it like it is - no BS zone. Understands that when we need an attorney we need the best outcome but also must understand the uncertainties and extreme cost of going to court. He does his homework, is generous with his time and is experienced and successful in his field. and collaborates with top tier attorneys overseas.
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Posted by Daniel | September 6, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Excelent Attorney and person
Mr. Donald was very kind to answer my question and he gave me his professional comments about my concern. I fully recommend this lawyer.
Posted by Rob | August 23, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Awesome Lawyer
I had previously used Michael Doland of Doland & Fraade and went to Avvo to find his phone number again. I had originally found Mr. Doland on Avvo and used him in some very bitter litigation. I noticed the one star review and decided to post my opinion. My law suit was fought in state court, then federal court, then back to state court. The two law firms for the defendants were one national firm and one major regional law firm. I was very satisfied with the settlement we obtained the night before trial began with jury selection. I always felt he was prepared and representing my best interests. He thoroughly explained the alternatives of going to trial, with potential for an appeal and with potential for bankruptcy reorganization by the defendants, and settlement.
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Posted by Greg | July 26, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Straight to the point with real, relevant advice
I called in to request some advice on how to handle an out of state case and Doland got straight to the point with real, relevant advice that was extremely helpful in providing direction and how to handle my situation. I appreciate his time and willingness to step right in to provide his knowledge. Thank you Michael!
Posted by anonymous | April 28, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Advice
Michael gave me superior advice regarding my situation. I'm very very thankful for his advice and it was 100% accurate. Thanks!
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Doland & Fraade
  • 2006 - Present
  • Owner
  • Law Offices of Michael Doland, Inc.
  • 2004 - 2006
  • Partner
  • Doland & Gould
  • 1978 - 2004

Education

  • Georgetown Univ Law Ctr
  • law
  • 1977
  • Georgetown Univ
  • undergraduate
  • 1973

Legal Cases

  • Trademark Office Registration 3,902,534
  • Registration granted

Associations

  • International Trademark Association
  • Mediator
  • 2000 - Present
  • FINRA
  • Arbitrator
  • 2000 - Present
  • Beverly Hills Bar Association, International Law Section
  • President
  • 2007 - 2009
  • Italy America Chamber of Commerce West
  • President
  • 1997 - 1999
  • French American Chamber of Commerce
  • President
  • 1993 - 1996
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • French
  • Spanish
  • Italian
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Awards

  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2021
  • Top Contributor - Business
  • Avvo
  • 2016
  • Client Choice - Business
  • Avvo
  • 2015
  • Commendatore (Knight Commander) nel Ordine al Merito
  • Republic of Italy
  • 2006
  • Chevalier (Knight) Ordre des Arts et Lettres
  • France
  • 1999
  • Chevalier (Knight) Ordre des Palmes academiques
  • France
  • 1993
  • Top Attorney - Business
  • Avvo
  • N/A
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Publications

  • Recouvrement de creances
  • (French) Debt collection in USA
  • 2009
  • ITALIAN TRADE COMMISSION (I.C.E.)
  • Guida per l'Esportatore negli Stati Uniti
  • 1987

Speaking Engagements

  • Givner Kaye webinar
  • International Trade - Common Errors and Issues
  • 2013
  • APRAM
  • US Developments in Web trademark piracy
  • 2009

Attorney endorsements

Received (451)
Given (1120)
Endorse Michael
Business Attorney | Jan 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mike's experience is vast. It's clear from hundreds of amazing reviews and endorsements that he shares his knowledge without hesitation. I endorse Mike Doland."
Business Attorney | Dec 24
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer.he always provides honest and practical advice,"
Business Attorney | Nov 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Mr. Doland. He routinely provides feedback that is constructive and centered on issues likely to be determinative. This is particularly important where multiple factors come into play and a person's predicament has no clearcut answer. Honesty and practicality are imperative to effective lawyering, and Mr. Doland's answers on the Avvo Q&A forum exhibit these qualities."
Business Attorney | Sep 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Michael is a fantastic lawyer. His practical advice is sound. His exceptional business acumen and many decades of legal experience will be a gem to any business client."
Business Attorney | Sep 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He is experienced, knowledgable, and extremely intelligent. If you are prospective client, you should place him at the top of your list and speak to him directly for a consultation for his honest assessment."
Business Attorney | Sep 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer for proving thoughtful and helpful comments to the community."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 04
Relationship: Other
"I have been a contributing responder to questions posted on AVVO seeking legal information for a very long time, during which time I have had the opportunity to read the advice that Attorney Doland has given to many of them. His answers are spot-on, containing legally accurate, practical and compassionate information, that any of the questioners/posters would well benefit by considering and/or following the same. For people in Attorney Doland's geographical area where he practices who are looking for a top notch experienced attorney to represent him, he is in my opinion the go-to lawyer. I endorse this lawyer."
Business Attorney | Mar 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Attorney Doland on AVVO and as an attorney with great experience in a variety of areas such as Business, Litigation, Intellectual Property, Contracts amongst other areas. His answers are professional, accurate and helpful always to people needing help and attorneys alike. I can highly recommend that any client would be very well and professionally served by Attorney Dolan in a variety of legal areas."
Business Attorney | Jan 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He provides solid legal advice for local, federal, and international business transactions. If you have a business transaction in California, he should be in your rolodex. Multilingual and great desk side manner, Attorney Doland offers solutions that can fit within any sized business's budget and is a role model in the profession. Business minded and poetic, he can translate legal jargon for laypeople trying to secure their economic interest by way of law."
Unknown Attorney | Oct 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"It is clear from Michael's responses on AVVO that he is a knowledgeable and capable advocate who cares about his clients. I endorse this attorney."
Business Attorney | Jul 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Doland is a highly qualified lawyer who cuts right to the chase. Consider his advice carefully. Ignore it at your peril."
Unknown Attorney | May 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse and recommend Attorney Doland."
Business Attorney | May 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Doland is incredibly gifted in business law and I am certain he's a remarkable litigator. I have read some of the answers he wrote on AVVO and it's abundantly clear to me that he is a highly qualified attorney. He went to Georgetown for undergrad and law school! I frequently see attorneys who attended a prestigious university but went to a tier 2 or tier 3 law school. He also speaks multiple languages: Italian, French, and Spanish. Mr. Doland is truly an impressive lawyer!"
Business Attorney | Feb 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I wholeheartedly endorse Michael Doland who practices business law in the Los Angeles, California area. I had a long, delightful telephone conversation with him and anticipate additional phone calls with him but, if the opportunity presents itself, we resolved to meet each other in person. It is obvious that we think alike when handling legal matters for our clients. We both would not undertake the representation unless we genuinely believe that we could be of real service to the client, having the skill sets and experience to do so. It should be noted that Attorney Doland is a graduate of Georgetown University School of Law, one of the top law schools in the nation. If you decide to retain him and he agrees to represent you, you should have every confidence that he is the right lawyer for your needs."
Business Attorney | Jan 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Michael Doland manages to be both direct and detailed in guidance. When engaged in business matters and civil litigation, you can see the value of such concise counsel."
Business Attorney | Jan 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I am happy to endorse Attorney Michael Charles Doland, he is an excellent experience attorney who will accurately and concisely respond to your legal questions. If a client asks me for an experienced attorney in California, I happy and confidently point then at Mr. Doland."
Contracts and agreements Attorney | Nov 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I can vouch that Mr. Doland’s contribution to the legal community and the clients thereof have been both helpful and insightful. I endorse this lawyer."
Business Attorney | Nov 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have enjoyed reading Mr. Dolan's responses to consumers on Avvo for some time. The responses are direct, insightful and helpful. If you are a potential client in his area, I would recommend contacting him."
Business Attorney | Aug 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have followed Mr. Dolan for years and have always found his insight to be useful to attorneys and Avvo readers alike."
Litigation Attorney | Aug 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Doland's dedication to helping over as evidenced by his Avvo question is simply amazing. The quality and substance of his answers to legal issues, here, leave no doubt in my mind that he is an excellent choice of an attorney."
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Los Angeles Business Lawyer Michael Charles Doland
Michael Charles Doland
Business Attorney
Los Angeles, CA
Licensed for 45 years
Free Consultation