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Michael Jay Simkin

Litigation Attorney at Los Angeles, CA

5.0   14 reviews

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About Michael

Learn Michael’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Litigation
    75%
    Real Estate and Business Litigation. Real estate purchase, sale, escrow, realtor disputes, construction, debt collection, leasing, neighbor disputes, easements, breach of contract, fraud, employment, intellectual property, tech, internet disputes.

    33 years, 1,000 cases

  2. Landlord or tenant
    25%
    Unlawful Detainer, Leasing, Rent Control, Habitability, Harassment, Nuisance, Management, Security Deposits, Commercial and Residential issues.

    33 years, 1,800 cases

I am a litigator and managing partner of Simkin & Associates, Inc.  I am licensed to practice law in California, New York, and the District of Columbia.  Our firm focuses on real estate and business law.  We prosecute and defend breach of contract, fraud, negligence, and misrepresentation cases.  Our typical cases involve property owners, businesses, trustees, and realtors concerning purchase agreements, leases, contracts, and all other matters of residential and commercial property and business disputes.  We also handle employment and probate and trust litigation.  Michael Simkin has proudly is one of the Southern Californina lawyers identified as a Superlawyer!

We guide our clients through the legal maze from beginning to end including jury trials, appeals, and collection of money judgments.  We provide our clients with creative solutions, personal attention and cost effective services.

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Licensed for 33 years
State NY
Status Currently Registered
Acquired 1998
Updated 11/28/2022
State DC
Status Good Standing
Acquired 1996
Updated 06/08/2022
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 1989
Updated 12/04/2022

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

Contact Michael

Simkin & Associates
1925 Century Park East Suite 1990
Los Angeles, CA, 90067

Reviews

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Posted by anonymous | June 30, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Successful Collection Suit Against Commercial Tenant
Michael was available, knowledgeable, and cost-effective. He was very successful on our commercial tenant collection matter despite the fact that the law was in flux due to COVID regulations. Our company would use him again in a second.
Posted by Sharron Babb | January 27, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Grateful for this LAWYER
No words for the commitment that Mr. Simkin did with my case. He followed through in every aspect and was on top of my case for a long period of time. His care and direct knowledge resources and assistants were outstanding. I am forever grateful to him for the peace that is in my life right now
Posted by Alison | January 3, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Would give 10 starts if I could! Legal acumen, client care, dedication, and great outcomes are his specialty! He's TOP SHELF!
Michael Simkin answered my desperate call, at 11am ON THE DAY before Thanksgiving. I am a 19 year, highly experienced real estate agent who rarely needs help in sales transactions. Yet, I found myself in dire need of legal help on my own personal purchase. Four other attorneys turned me away due to the imminent holiday or due to heavy caseloads. I found Mr. Simkin via a Google search. I read his reviews and I called him on a whim. After speaking for an hour, and after he made me laugh several times, I knew he was the attorney for me. I retained him immediately. For the remainder of the day he set everything aside to attend to my urgent case. My legal matter was settled in four weeks. Without having to attend an expensive mediation, and without arbitrating or litigating. He expertly knew how to get the job done in a way that gave me the best outcome, in the least amount of time, and in the most cost effective manner. Along the way, he gave me lessons in real estate law. He took opportunities to educate me, to provide me with options, and then to allow me to make the decision. What I appreciated most, was Mr. Simkin's ability to help me stay out of my own way. Being victimized (and I was), when I am a pretty tough person and real estate professional, was a hard position to be in. The situation had me emotional, angry, and wanting retribution. Instead of fanning the flames, he had a kind and respectful way of calming me down, and of helping me see the big picture. He usually had me laughing by the end of our calls. Mr. Simkin called me at 9:30pm on his birthday. What kind of business professionals care enough to do that these days? He does. On a final note, he made me a promise the first time we spoke. And, he honored it 100%. I recommend Mr. Simkin with the highest regard. His legal acumen is top notch, and his manner is 10X better. Bottom line, he's amazing.
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Posted by Arya | August 10, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Michael Defines Excellence!
I retained Michael for an issue with my landlord, and Michael not only resolved my issue in the most professional and timely manner - he helped me achieve a positive outcome I couldn’t have even imagined! Michael and his team are patient, attentive, incredibly well prepared at every turn, and gave me a sense of security amidst one of the most stressful situations I’ve ever experienced. It was also quite clear that Michael had a reputation for being a fierce litigator in the eyes of the opposing counsel. I would highly recommend Mr. Simkin for any landlord, tenant, or real estate issues, and can confidently say that you will be in the best hands possible!
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Posted by Albert | July 30, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The best if the best!
This review is long overdue. I have worked with Michael and his team more than once, and I will go back anytime I need something in his scope of expertise. He is compassionate, and he takes the time to explain every step of the process and every option. No nonsense, no wasted time or energy. He is efficient, professional, and a great communicator. He has exceeded my expectations every time, a fun and great guy to chat with too! I would not consider anyone else, and I can't say enough about him. Look no further. You will not be disappointed.
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Posted by anonymous | May 23, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Knowledgeable, Professional, Highly Recommend
I contacted Mr. Simkin after roughly a month of no call-backs from other lawyers regarding an at-will tenancy issue with my ex girlfriend and her dad. They had refused to leave my apartment although her and I had been broken up for a couple months now. My first conversation with Mr. Simkin in late March, he was nothing but honest and professional. He went into detail not only about the ways he could resolve my situation, but also "what-ifs" if my houseguests tried to fight the eviction. He was also open about how unpredictable the covid courts were, but estimated he could have them out in 2 to 3 months. At the end of our conversation, Mr. Simkin even waived half the retainer in the event they left within 30 days (they did!). I forwarded him the necessary information within the same afternoon and within a week, his staff had eviction paperwork prepared and an appointment for a process server to (properly) deliver it. Both Mr. Simkin and his staff kept in constant communication; at one point, when things became tense in my apartment, he reached out at midnight on a Friday with some great personal and legal advice. In conclusion, I absolutely recommend Mr. Simkin. His knowledge and professionalism brought an end to what was the most stressful time in my life.
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Posted by Mayra | March 5, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Honest and reliable
Hands down the best lawyer I’ve hired! I had an eviction case and he took care of it in a reasonable time frame. Very professional and HONEST! Highly recommended
Posted by Om’Mas | November 27, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Music Creator
Michael Literally crushed my ridiculously unreasonable landord. He is brilliant and kind. His negotiation skills put him at the top of my list for representation. My legal matter was handled flawlessly. He’s my guy now!
Posted by Akiko | May 6, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Choice I made
They are efficient and they deliver the result fast. I had a very good experience with Michael Simkin, Esther and Mary who work together to solve the problem I could not do by myself.
Posted by anonymous | February 5, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Real Estate Attorney
We have used Michael Simkin’s professional services for a 2017 home purchase in Bel Air and have consulted with him since on various real estate issues. He is very knowledgeable, thorough, skillful and effective. Top-notch attorney and represents your best interests with integrity and strength.
Posted by anonymous | September 22, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Helpful
I contacted Michael for real estate consultation and he was very helpful. He provided realistic options and also recommended other services.
Posted by Linda | March 14, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best outcome
Both my husband and I are in our seventies. When we had trouble with a window company we ask our daughter to reach out and help. She sent us to Mr. Simkin's law firm. At first, we were scared and worried. But, we were put at ease immediately after our initial contact with Mr. Simkin and Ms. Jun. Shortly after our contact, they start taking all necessary steps to help us to get out the mess we were in. In two weeks they already settle the case with the best outcome there is. The whole experience was fast and painless. If you feel you have been had by a contractor, no matter how complex the case seems to be, we highly recommend you to get in touch with Mr. Simkin's law team.
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Posted by Jeff | February 16, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Top Real Estate Attorney in Los Angeles
Michael has been my personal and business attorney since 2007. He has not only been an asset to my business in terms of business setup, contracts (breach of those contracts) and in settlement negotiations and resolution but he has helped me personally on numerous Real Estate deals and issues here in Los Angeles. He is honest, humble and an extremely nice guy but professionally he is the guy you want on your side and the one your opponents don't want to be facing. His knowledge of law, the courts and the game are stunning and his ability to circumvent red-tape and to save his clients money is why I've referred many colleagues, friends and family to him and his excellent team. I highly recommend Michael Simkin and his Associates.
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Posted by Sandi | January 13, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Doesn't get much better
Has given us great service for over a decade, very smart and able to kick serious ass in court
Response from Michael Simkin January 19, 2016
Thank you. We consider our clients part of our family and are glad we had a very favorable result.
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AVVO RATING 9.6 (Superb)

Education

  • Southwestern Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1989
  • University of California
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1985

Legal Cases

  • Dromy v. Lukovsky, 219 Cal. App. 4th 278 (2013)
  • My client, a landlord, prevailed and the tenant was required to cooperate to allow open houses.
  • Dromy v. Lukovsky, 219 Cal. App. 4th 278 (2013)
  • My client, a landlord, prevailed and the tenant was required to cooperate to allow open houses.

Associations

  • California State Bar (CLA) Real Estate Section
  • 1990 - Present
  • California State Bar (CLA) Litigation Section
  • 1990 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Korean
  • Mandarin

Awards

  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • Client Distinction Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2012
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2012
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2011
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2010
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2009
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2008
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2007
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2006
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2005
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2004
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2003
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2002
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2001
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2000
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 1999
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Real estate Attorney | Jan 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Simkin's consistently sound legal advice on AVVO display his inherent ability to analyze facts and apply relevant legal authority, which is a skill you want your lawyer to have. I endorse Attorney Simkin, and would recommend him to any potential client."
Real estate Attorney | Sep 15
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Real estate Attorney | Jun 29
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"We worked together on a highly nerve racking and critical case and Michael handled it excellently and resolved the matter very shortly. Michael is very knowledgeable in the real estate area and I endorse him as a very good and professional attorney."
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