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I am a personal injury attorney in Long Beach and have been representing seriously injured victims of accidents for more than 30 years. I try cases all over Southern California, Primarily Los Angeles and Long Beach, and handle a variety of matters including all types of motor vehicle accidents, premises liability/slip and fall, bicycle accidents, sexual assaults and legal malpractice.
I am a member of the Consumer Attorneys of Los Angeles and have been selected as a "Southern California Super Lawyer" in 2009, 2010 and 2011 by Los Angeles Magazine. Martindale-Hubbell has given me an AV Rating which is considered the highest rating available to an attorney and recognizes excellence in the practice of law as well as ethics. I also provide pro bono services to the County of Los Angeles as a mediator, arbitrator and Judge Pro Tem.
My practice is strictly limited to the representation of accident victims and all fees are paid on a contingency fee basis (no recovery=no fee).
I frequently am asked to speak at events concerning topics relating to the Civil Justice System.
I look forward to reviewing your personal injury case and delivering superior results.
This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority.
updated on 07/15/2014
A censure or reprimand issued by the Supreme Court or the State Bar Court that is not a matter of public record unless imposed after the initiation of formal disciplinary proceedings. No period of suspension is imposed. The reproval may be imposed with duties or conditions.
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers||2011|
|Member||Million Dollar Advocates Forum||2011|
|Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers||2010|
|Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers||2009|
|LexisNexis Peer Review Rating (AV)||LexisNexis||2002|
|Judge Pro Tem||LA County Superior Court||1985 - Present|
|Mediator||LA County Superior Court||1985 - Present|
|Arbitrator||LA County Superior Court||1985 - Present|
|Principal||Law Office of Michael D. Waks||1982 - Present|
|Owner||Law Office of Michael D. Waks||1982 - Present|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles||Member Public Relations Committee||1985 - Present|
|Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles||Member Government Relations Committee||1985 - Present|
|Los Angeles County Bar Association||Member||1982 - Present|
|American Bar Association||Member||1982 - Present|
|State Bar of California||Member||1982 - Present|
|Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles||Member||1982 - Present|
|Million Dollar Advocates Forum||Member||1982 - Present|
|Consumer Attorneys of California||Member||1982 - Present|
|Supreme Court of California||Admitted Attorney||1982 - Present|
|The United States Supreme Court (9th Circuit)||Admitted Attorney||1982 - Present|
|Going Legal||Slip and Fall Cases||2009|
|Southwestern Law School||JD - Juris Doctor||1982|
|State University of New York at Albany||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1978|
|Torrance Democratic Club||Myths and Misconceptions of the Civil Justice System||2010|
|Kiwanis Club||Myths and Misconceptions of the Civil Justice System||2010|
|Steven Walker v. Sid Balkman Electrical Contractors Inc. and Ralph Rico Gonzalez||$900,000.00 | Settlement|
|Mary Beth Ely v. Arnold Chol Kim, M.D. and Mobile Medical Examination Services, Inc.||Mediated Settlement | $1,515,000.00|
|Jane Doe v. Unnamed Nursing Home||$500,000.00 | Mediated Settlement|
|Roberta Rodriguez vs Doe||Mediated Settlement | $750,000.00|
|John Doe V. Confidential||Settlement | $1,750,000|
|Jane Doe v. Confidential||Settlement | Confidential|
|Donald Carey v. Thomas Steo||Settlement Arbitration Award $388,066|
|Garza v. Trinity Children and Family Services||Verdict | $254,523.00|
|Keith Lockett v. Andres Alberto Perez, Martin Perez and V.P. Trucking||$750,000.00 | Settlement|
|Robert Shafer v. City of Torrance and Alma Potts||Verdict | $322,434|
|John Doe V. Confidential||Settlement | $250,000|
|Denise Starkey V. Fairchild Industries, Samuel Nunn and William Noel||Verdict | $308,280.26|
|Michael Bonasoro and Rickie Krantz vs. Alex Madrid and Mijos Properties||Verdict | $356,228.91|
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