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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|President's Award||Consumer Attorneys of California||2005|
|Founder||Law Offices of Michael Pines||1992 - Present|
|Counsel for Major Insurance Companies||Lumbermans Mutual Casualty Company||1990 - 1992|
|Litigation Attorney||Law Firm of DiCaro & D'Antony||1989 - 1990|
|Litigation Unit||Rigg & Dean Law Firm||1988 - 1989|
|Corporate Insurance Defense||Murtaugh, Miller, Meyer & Nelson||1987 - 1988|
|Tort's Litigation Unit||California State Attorney General's Office||1986 - 1987|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Consumer Attorneys of San Diego||Member||1992 - Present|
|Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles||Member||1992 - Present|
|Consumer Attorneys of California||Member||1992 - Present|
|American Association for Justice||Member||1989 - Present|
|Armstrong v. Breslin, et al.||$147,606.36 Verdict/Judgment for Plaintiff|
|Tahbaz, et al. v. Aguirre||Family Rec'd Policy Limits|
|Valencia, et al. v. Robles, et al.||$750,000 Insurance Policy Limits|
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|Firm Proprietary Documentation||Discovery of Plaintiff (extensive compilation from Discovery, Deposition to Trial)||1990|
|University of California, San Francisco, Hastings College of the Law||Law||Juris Doctor||1987|
|University of California - Irvine||Social Ecology||Undergraduate||1984|
|Bench-Bar Coalition of the United States||Laying a Foundation for the Introduction of Evidence at Trial||1991|
|Bench-Bar Coalition of the United States||Effective Introduction of Demonstrative Evidence at Trial||1991|
|American Inns of Court Foundation||Cross-Examination of a Defense Medical Malpractice Expert||1991|
|Legal Demonstration||Deposition of a Medical Doctor (Direct Examination)||1990|
Posted by Conchita
The Law Offices of Michael Pines gave me first class service! They put me at ease and took care of everything. No law firm would help us saying everything about my accident was way too complicated … except them. I had been in a major complicated intersection auto accident with a 19 year old and was fortunate to find an excellent personal injury law firm. They got me the maximum financial settlement. They responded right away, helped me with all of my medical bills, got me a $128,000 discount from what Kaiser claimed I owed them. If you’re number 1, with me, you have to prove it to me. They did again and again. Conchita Remington, San Diego, California
Posted by Denise
Before I met Michael Pines and Aaron Salomon, I was a legal novice. I was in an auto accident that was not my fault, but figured I didn't need or want to deal with a lawyer because I had pretty good insurance that covered much of my medical costs and the cost of a new car.
But, friends convinced me I should pursue legal action. Reluctantly, I began to research lawyers via friends and online. After reading many, many reviews of San Diego lawyers on sites like this one and others, I walked into his firm knowing that this man and his firm have an awesome reputation for getting great results for clients who have suffered personal injuries as a result of car accidents.
I immediately felt in good hands with his associate, Aaron Salomon, who is smart, compassionate and capable. One of my first questions to him was "why do I need a lawyer for this? It's obvious the other guy was at fault, the police report confirms it. Won't they just pay me back what they owe me in medical fees?"
Aaron quickly convinced me how wrong I was and quite frankly educated me on the way the legal and insurance world really worked. I knew in a matter of minutes I had made the right choice by choosing the law offices of Michael Pines. And I knew that Michael has a personal hand in every case so was appreciate of his extra set of eyes and ideas about the best way to handle my case.
My case is now settled, thanks to this fantastic firm. The settlement was so far above and beyond what I expected, I am thrilled to say the least. The firm did the work and I basically sat back and trusted them to do what they've got such a great reputation for doing -- getting results.
My advice to you: go with lawyers you feel you can trust. Go with lawyers who truly know the system. Go with lawyers who go above and beyond to make sure you get everything you're entitled to. Go with lawyers who return calls and emails quickly and courteously. And most of all -- just read the reviews. It's reviews from actual clients, like me, who will tell you if a lawyer did right by them or fell short.
Michael Pines and Aaron Salomon are rock stars in the personal injury/auto accident legal world. I would wholeheartedly recommend them!!
Posted by JoAnna
I hired Michael Pines to represent me in for the wrongful death of my husband due to a car accident. I felt this review must be written. It involved my late husband who was in his late 80’s at the time of the van and car accident. He died about 5 weeks after the car accident. I felt this review must be written to thank Michael and his excellent staff for exceeding all of my expectations.
My family and I had spent a lot of time looking for an attorney and the Lord answered all of our prayers. I was very fortunate to hire Michael right after this terrible accident as my family and I had no idea what to do.
My husband who passed away was my life’s love. We were married for over 40 years and had the best relationship possible. Then, it was tragically taken away.
Every single question and phone call was immediately answered and all of my questions were answered. They also told me things that maybe I didn’t want to hear but needed to know. Some of my family members were very rude to Mike and I was surprised at how well he handled things. He never held a grudge or took things personally. Instead, he pointed out the good in our family and kept moving on.
Michael zoomed through my case and my the impossible possible such as getting all of the medical records, which filled boxes, in just days, and then sending them off to the insurance company.
The insurance company first tried to pay me around $200,000 for the death of my husband by arguing some legal medical bill technicality (and then I’d have to send back most of the money for medical and other bills, leaving me with almost nothing) as well as stating that because my husband was in his late 80s, the case was worth very little. Michael turned things around and fought for my rights. As I lived on a fixed income, money was very important as I had to have roommates and did not want to lose my trailer. Medicare was trying to get the settlement money as well and he was very successful in that regard.
The final result at a mediation where Michael and his other attorneys were spectacular. They really stood up for my rights when the insurance company was nasty and could care less. The result was over seven figures and the money I got, which was a lot, enabled me to pay off my trailer, pay off bills, pay for the burial expenses and try to start a new life alone. I miss my husband terribly and Michael and his entire staff were lovely to deal with. .
I know Michael worked into late into the night as he would take and return my phone calls late in the evening as well as on weekends. Many things had to be done at the last minute and Michael paid lots of attention to every possible detail. I also know that few attorneys have the skill and experience of Michael Pines. I could feel and see it in action.
He stood up to an uncaring insurance company that was trying to rip me off. He’s the best attorney I know and didn’t think an attorney cared this much about his clients.
Michael went out of his way to get the estate properly settled with another attorney. He did not have to do a thing. He went above and beyond the call of duty.
Mrs. JoAnn W.