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Michael D. Sargent is a partner working in the firm’s Riverside office primarily working with contractors, businesses and public entities on a wide range of legal issues. Mike received his Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice Administration from San Diego State University in 1995. He received his Juris Doctorate in 2002 from the University of La Verne - College of Law. While a student at La Verne, Mr. Sargent was active in the Moot Court program and competed in the University of Dayton - College of Law Cybercrimes Competition. His team was awarded Best Legal Brief Honors at the competition.

Mr. Sargent is a member of the California Bar and is admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the State of California, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States District Court, Central District of California. Mr. Sargent has successfully tried and arbitrated several cases and mediated hundreds more. Mike is also a licensed California real estate broker.

As a member of the California Professional Association of Specialty Contractors, (CALPASC), Mr. Sargent has volunteered his time to review contracts for its members and has provided workshops for the membership to help them implement construction litigation strategies. Mr. Sargent is a frequent speaker at the annual West Coast Casualty Construction Defect Seminar where he has provided instruction to attorneys and insurance representatives on litigation aspects of construction disputes and new building practices.

He is also a member of the Association of Southern California Defense Counsel. Mr. Sargent was honored by his peers and recognized in the Los Angeles Magazine as a 2010 Southern California Rising Star and has a “very good” rating by the independent internet based attorney rating service Avvo.

Prior to becoming an attorney, Mr. Sargent worked for several years in the construction industry. His work included the installation of electrical, fire sprinkler and suppression systems. He also learned much about the construction industry from his father, a retired contractor.

Mr. Sargent is Board Member of the one hundred thirty-two home homeowners association where he resides. He enjoys helping his neighbors maintain their neighborhood by heading various association construction improvement projects. He is also a coach for the Canyon High School Mock Trial Team. The team, made up entirely of high school students, competes each year in a mock trial competition against other high schools in Orange County, California. Mr. Sargent enjoys traveling with his wife and attending local sporting events.


Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 60%
    14 years
  2. Construction: 20%
  3. Personal Injury: 20%
    14 years



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Contact info

3610 Fourteenth Street
Riverside, CA, 92501


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Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Southern California Rising StarSuper Lawyers2011
Southern California Rising StarSuper Lawyers2010
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerGraves & King LLP2003 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Claims & Litigation Management AllianceMember2014 - Present
California Professional Association of Specialty ContractorsMember2009 - Present
Association of Southern California Defense CounselMember2006 - Present
Orange County Bar AssociationMember2000 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Michael Gutierrez et. al v. County of San Bernardino; Case No. SCVSS131917Defense verdict on behalf of our client, the County of San Bernardino.
Steven Nanko v. ETCO Development: Case No. 04CC02683Net zero defense verdict in favor of our client, Preferred Framing, Inc.
Michael T. Gutierrez et al. v. County of San Bernardino (2011) 198 Cal. App. 4th 831The defense verdict was upheld by the Court of Appeal of the State of California - Fourth Appellate District Division Two as to our client, the County of San Bernardino. The California Supreme Court affirmed the verdict in favor of San Bernardino County.
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of La Verne College of LawN/AJD - Juris DoctorN/A
California State University, San DiegoN/AOther - BachelorsN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
West Coast Casualty - Construction Defect Seminar"Housing Boom & Bust - Is it the End of Construction Defect Litigation as We Know It?"2012
West Coast Casualty - Construction Defect SeminarGaps in Insurance Coverage2009
Avoiding the Claims Management TrapConstruction Defect Claim Handling, SB800 Claims & SIR Management2009
West Coast Casualty - Construction Defect SeminarEmerging Home Building Tecnologies2008
West Coast Casualty - Construction Defect SeminarThe Power of Settlement Offsets2007