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Michael Bernard Kushner

Business Attorney at Aliso Viejo, CA

4.4   7 reviews

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About Michael

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Mr. Kushner was born and raised in Long Beach, California. He obtained his undergraduate degree from the University of California at Berkeley where he was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa in his third year and graduated with High Distinction the following year. Mr. Kushner then attended law school at the University of California at Los Angeles. After moving to Orange County, Mr. Kushner honed his skills at two of Orange County’s most respected law firms before striking out on his own.

Mr. Kushner frequently lectures on a variety of topics relating to simple and complex business and corporate matters, as well as trending real estate topics. His lectures are widely attended and lauded as “thought provoking, dynamic, and relevant.”  Mr. Kushner’s efficacy both in court and out have made him a popular and highly regarded attorney with KFI AM 640’s Bill Handel, the host of one of the most listened to and popular morning radio talk shows in America and the founder of . In fact, not only have hundreds of Bill Handel’s listeners hired Mr. Kushner to represent them when they needed legal advice, but Mr. Handel himself, as well as many of his staff have likewise sought his representation and counsel.

Mr. Kushner’s practice areas include business litigation and transactions, franchise law, corporate governance, complex business transactions, real estate litigation and transactions, and entertainment law.

In the business/corporate arena, Mr. Kushner has substantial experience in structuring and negotiating complex commercial transactions and drafting all manner of business related contracts. Mr. Kushner’s corporate transactional practice includes general representation of large, well-established companies, as well as start-ups and family owned businesses. In recent years, Mr. Kushner expanded his corporate transactional practice to include multi-national businesses located in China, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, and Hong Kong.

In addition to his transactional expertise, Mr. Kushner is frequently retained as litigation counsel in significant business and real estate related matters, ranging from all manner of general business torts (e.g. breach of fiduciary duty, fraud, misrepresentation, breach of contract, interference with prospective business advantage, unfair business practices, trade secrets, etc.), to more complex commercial disputes involving antitrust and competition law and intellectual property disputes.

From Mr. Kushner’s formidable reputation as a skilled trial lawyer, to his consummate attention to detail and singular client-centered focus, Mr. Kushner’s clients consider him and the firm an indispensable asset to their companies’ growth, success, and security.
Mr. Kushner is a member of the Orange County Bar Association and is a frequent contributor to the Orange County Register’s “Ask the Attorneys” segments.

Licensed for 24 years
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 1998
Updated 12/02/2022

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

Contact Michael

Kushner Carlson, PC
85 Enterprise.
Suite 310
Aliso Viejo, CA, 92656


4.4 / 5.0
  7 customer reviews
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Posted by Justin Jones | February 6, 2017
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Thank You Thank You Thank You
They delivered! Kushner Carlson were efficient and ruthless in prosecuting my lawsuit against a real estate con!
Posted by Bell | January 16, 2017
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Major Water Damage
Mike and his litigators did a superb job prosecuting my case (negligence of another resulted in six figures of water damage to my home). I recommend them to EVERYONE who needs pit-bull in their corner!!!!
Posted by Kelly | January 4, 2017
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Agressive Business Litigator
After over a year long court battle, Mike and his team (which I'm also going to give great reviews for) pulled off a tremendous victory! Thanks again!
Posted by Jack white | October 19, 2016
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Business Lawsuit
Mike and his team of litigators won my high stakes business lawsuit. They now serve as my corporate counsel (which says a lot as my board could have selected any firm in California).
Posted by Steve | August 10, 2016
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HOA Dispute
Used this firm for my homeowners association dispute. It was a highly contentious situation as I was dealing with a completely unreasonable and biased HOA. However, after Kushner Carlson got involved and took an aggressive approach, the HOA ended up settling with me (even though I attempted to settle with them on my own for years!). Anyway, so happy with the results. These are now my go-to bulldogs!
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Posted by Mike | July 31, 2013
Highly recommended lawyer for Orange County businesses!
I've worked with Kushner Carlson for a number of years. As a small business owner, when making any decision that might have legal ramifications, whether it be entering partnerships, preparing contracts, or even legal questions, I always consult their firm. The thing I appreciate the most about Kushner Carlson is their aggressiveness and tenacity. I've never doubted the quality of their work, and I'm always very confident in the support and advice they give my company. I've made many recommendations to my close friends and family to use their firm, and I would make the same recommendation to anyone that cares about protecting their bottom-line and reducing their liabilities.
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Posted by anonymous | July 12, 2021
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Poor representation
Please do your research before hiring this firm. Their latest reviews online are true. I even received a “bully” letter from Mr. Kushner after I informed him I no longer wanted his firm to represent me. The reason I no longer needed MBK’s services is because Mr. Kushner chose to let go of my legal team and left me in the hands of a totally incompetent attorney. I expressed my concerns of the attorney and nothing was to done but to leave me totally exposed. Please do you research on this firm. They may have won cases, but have the attorneys representing show evidence of their success. Do not just take their work. Horrible firm that just billed me over $12k and the representation was beyond poor. They didn’t even care that I took loans to pay for their horrible representation. BTW-they are the ones that took my case because they said I had a strong case!
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  • Hourly Rates $ 400-585 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 8.2 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Senior Partner
  • Kushner Carlson, PC
  • 2012 - Present
  • Founding Partner
  • The Kushner Law Firm, PC
  • 2003 - 2012


  • University of California at Los Angeles School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1997
  • University of California - Berkeley
  • BS - Bachelor of Science - Highest Distinction / Phi Beta Kappa
  • 1992


  • Orange County Bar Association
  • N/A
  • State Bar of California
  • N/A

Languages Spoken

  • English

Speaking Engagements

  • Handel on the Law's Law Day
  • "The Do's and Don'ts of Business Contracts"
  • 2013
  • Handel on the Law's Law Day
  • "10 Deadly Legal Mistakes that Cost New Entrepreneurs a Fortune"
  • 2012

Attorney endorsements

Received (3)
Given (1)
Endorse Michael
Business Attorney | Aug 09
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"I have known Mike Kushner personally and professionally for over 10 years. He worked as an associate in a firm I was a partner in and I have worked with him on a number of business litigation matters over the years. Mike is extremely bright, intense and focused on winning for his clients. He is a straight shooter and pulls no punches. I would highly recommend him as an outstanding lawyer."
Real estate Attorney | Nov 16
Relationship: Friend
"I have known Michael for almost 30 years. During this time I have seen the same intensity and dedication that he has for his passions in life used in his law practice. He has built an amazing law firm, from scratch, built upon his dedication to excellent client service and an unmatched tenacity. He demands the same of his associates. He has an excellent eye for detail and a thorough understanding of the law. I highly endorse his work."
Litigation Attorney | Jan 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work."

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Aliso Viejo Business Lawyer Michael Bernard Kushner
Michael Bernard Kushner
Business Attorney
Aliso Viejo, CA
Licensed for 24 years