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Michael Seth Leboff

Litigation Attorney at Newport Beach, CA

5.0   3 reviews
  • Licensed for 24 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1999
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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About Michael

Learn Michael’s areas of practice.

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  1. Litigation
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    I represent clients of all sizes in various forms of commercial and business litigation, including partnership and shareholder disputes, trade secrets, business torts, breach of contract claims, and insurance and real estate disputes. I also devote a significant percentage of my practice to representing clients in attorney malpractice actions.

    25 years

Michael S. LeBoff brings more than 22 years of business trial practice to Klein & Wilson, handling and winning high-stakes trials and arbitrations.


Mr. LeBoff attended Loyola Law School on a full academic scholarship, graduating second in his class of nearlys. At Loyola, Mr. LeBoff received countless academic awards and served as an editor for the Loyola Law Review.


After graduating from law school, Michael LeBoff clerked for the former Chief Judge of the Central District of California, Manuel L. Real, where he saw firsthand the importance of always being prepared before entering the courtroom. Following his clerkship, Mr. LeBoff developed his trial skills working at some of the finest law firms in Orange County where he had the opportunity to go up against Klein & Wilson in a complex joint venture litigation. Having developed mutual respect for each other’s skills and civility, Mr. LeBoff joined Klein & Wilson in 2016. Less than two years later, he was named the first new partner in the first 25-year history.


Michael LeBoff represents clients of all sizes in a wide variety of business cases, including shareholder, partnership and joint venture disputes, trade secret claims, fraud, breach of contract, business torts, real estate, attorney fee disputes and legal malpractice actions.


Mr. LeBoff also spent a portion of his career in the client’s chair, as he served as in-house litigation counsel for ACC Capital Holdings, the parent company of large, nationwide financial services companies. During that time, Mr. LeBoff represented his client in consumer litigation, class actions, employment litigation, trade secret cases, and insurance coverage disputes. As in-house counsel, Mr. LeBoff managed nationwide litigation and worked daily with outside counsel to develop and implement cost-effective litigation strategies. Mr. LeBoff also reviewed and approved outside counsel bills and reported to senior management on significant litigation activities. In this role, Mr. LeBoff learned the importance of billing efficiencies and litigation results.


Mr. LeBoff served as a co-chair of the Professional Liability Litigation Committee of the American Bar Association’s Section of Litigation from 2019 to 2022. Mr. LeBoff currently serves as co-chair of the Section’s Young Lawyers Leadership Program. Mr. LeBoff also served three years as co-chair of the section’s largest committee, the Commercial and Business Litigation Committee, and currently co-chairs its Ethics Subcommittee.


In 2019, Mr. LeBoff was elected to the Orange County Bar Association’s (“OCBA”) Board of Directors. He also served on the OCBA’s Audit Committee since 2019. Mr. LeBoff served as the Chair of the OCBA’s Business Litigation Section. Mr. LeBoff is also the former chair of the OCBA’s Banking and Lending Section.


Outside of the office, Mr. LeBoff is a husband and father of two daughters. Mr. LeBoff coached his daughters’ T ball and soccer teams and led his girls’ Adventure Princess Expedition. Mr. LeBoff is a die-hard Las Vegas Raiders fan, a fantasy sports athlete, and a recreational poker player.

Location

Klein & Wilson
4770 Von Karman Avenue
Newport Beach, CA, 92660

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Posted by Grethel | July 2, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Go to Mr. Leboff, he is the best!
I am an Ohio resident and a law firm here referred me to Mr. Leboff for consultation on a civil case I was sued on, that I didn't even had a clue I had back in California. Mr. Michael not only assisted me on this process, but also provided guidance, support and helped me overcome this case in a positive way. I didn't even met him in person, but the way he listened and gave importance to my case over the phone and the way he managed the case made me feel so good that I would recommend him to anyone who needs legal assistance. I have no words to express my gratitude for your service and guidance. You are the best!
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Posted by Carmen | June 27, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Superb Attorney
Mr. LeBoff from Klein & Wilson is a brilliant attorney who works very hard for his clients. He is informed, honest and a very compassionate individual. Mr. LeBoff always made sure I understood every aspect of my case, from the possible outcomes to the overall process. From the very beginning Mr. LeBoff kept me informed of options to take as well as the possible consequences thereof. His knowledge reaches far and is very diverse to say the least; there was never a turn that he did not anticipate. Mr. LeBoff always answered all my questions knowledgeably and he always answered phone calls and emails immediately. Mr. LeBoff brought my lawsuit to a very satisfying end and he was a blessing to my case.
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Posted by Angie | March 26, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
High Recommendation
Michael LeBoff represented me in a $50,000+ fee dispute against a former attorney. What could have been an arduous and costly process, he resolved with a simple letter within a week. The entire fee was absolved, which exceeded my expectations. Michael was very knowledgeable, strategically savvy, and a pleasure to work with.

Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 525-595 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Klein & Wilson
  • 2016 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Callahan & Blaine
  • 2011 - 2016
  • Attorney
  • Hodel Briggs Winter, LLP
  • 2007 - 2011
  • In House Counsel
  • ACC Capital Holdings
  • 2005 - 2007
  • Attorney
  • Hodel Briggs Winter, LLP
  • 2003 - 2005
  • Litigation Associate
  • Paul Hastings
  • 2000 - 2003
  • Law Clerk
  • U.S. District Court
  • 1999 - 2000
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Education

  • Loyola Law School, Loyola Marymount University
  • J.D.
  • 1999
  • University of Redlands
  • B.A.
  • 1996

Associations

  • Orange County Bar Association
  • Director
  • 2020 - Present
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • Audit Committee
  • 2020 - Present
  • Association of Business Trial Lawyers (Orange County chapter)
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1999 - Present
  • American Bar Association, Section of Litigation, Young Lawyers Leadership Program
  • Co-Chair
  • 2022 - 2022
  • Orange County Bar Association, Business Litigation Section
  • Chair
  • 2019 - 2019
  • American Bar Association, Section of Litigation, Professional Liability Litigation Committee
  • Co-chair
  • 2019 - 2022
  • American Bar Association, Section of Litigation, Commercial and Business Litigation Committee
  • Co-Chair
  • 2016 - 2019
  • Orange County Bar Association, Banking and Lending Section
  • Chair
  • 2014 - 2014
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • US News and World Report
  • Best Lawyers
  • 2022
  • Selected to California Super Lawyers List
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2021
  • Best Lawyers
  • Best Lawyers
  • 2021
  • Selected to California Super Lawyers List
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2020
  • Selected to California Super Lawyers List
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Selected to California Super Lawyers List
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2018
  • AVVO Rating 10.0 Superb
  • Avvo
  • N/A
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Publications

  • American Bar Association, Section of Litigation, Professional Liability Litigation Newsletter (Summer 2022)
  • Three Mistakes Clients Make When Hiring An Attorney
  • 2022
  • American Bar Association, Section of Litigation, Professional Liability Litigation Newsletter (Summer 2022)
  • Reporting Unethical Conduct: Understanding Your Obligations under Model Rule 8.3
  • 2022
  • American Bar Association, Section of Litigation, Professional Liability Litigation Newsletter (Summer 2021)
  • Model Rule 1.4:Communication Is Key to Avoiding Malpractice Lawsuits
  • 2021
  • American Bar Association, Section of Litigation, Professional Liability Litigation Newsletter (Summer 2021)
  • Reflection on My First Post-COVID Jury Trial: What A Difference A Year Makes
  • 2021
  • American Bar Association, Section of Litigation, Professional Liability Litigation Newsletter (Summer 2021)
  • Six Ethical Rules Every Young Lawyer Must Know
  • 2021
  • American Bar Association, Section of Litigation, Professional Liability Litigation Newsletter (Winter 2021)
  • Five Tips for Handling Costly Fee Disputes
  • 2021
  • Orange County Lawyer Magazine
  • Increase Collections and Avoid Costly Fee Disputes: Nine Practical Tips
  • 2020
  • Orange County Business Journal
  • Can You Keep A Secret? Strategies for Keeping your Trade Secrets Secret
  • 2012
  • Commercial & Business Litigation Journal
  • Bankers Trust, Brown, and Exclusion 3(a): The Insurability of Mechanic's Liens
  • 2011
  • merican Bar Association, Section of Litigation, Commercial and Business Litigation website
  • TILA Remedies: Damages vs. Rescission
  • 2009
  • merican Bar Association, Section of Litigation, Commercial and Business Litigation website
  • Third, Eighth and Ninth Circuits Weigh in on TILA
  • 2009
  • ABA Commercial and Business Litigation Journal
  • You're Being Watched: Performing For Your Commercial Client at Mediation
  • 2008
  • ABA Commercial and Business Litigation Journal
  • Frivolous Litigation: What Is It and What You Can Do About It
  • 2008
  • Orange County Lawyer Magazine
  • Maximizing Contractual Attorney Fee Awards
  • 2005
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Speaking Engagements

  • Orange County Bar Association, Business and Corporate Law Section
  • Demystifying Arbitration: What Really Happens and Is It a Better Option?
  • 2022
  • American Bar Association, Section of Litigation Roundtable
  • Thomas Girardi and Michael Avenatti: Lessons Learned
  • 2022
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • Eight Ways to Steer Clear of Legal Malpractice Lawsuits
  • 2021
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • Avoiding Ethical Pitfalls & Legal Malpractice
  • 2021
  • American Bar Association
  • From Counsel Table to the Witness Stand
  • 2021
  • Orange County Bar Association, Business Litigation Section
  • Get Paid Faster: How to Avoid and Resolve Fee Disputes in Commercial Litigation Matters
  • 2020
  • Orange County Bar Association, Banking & Lending Section
  • Avoiding Ethical Pitfalls and Legal Malpractice When Representing Banks and Financial Services Companies
  • 2020
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • Ethics and Civility in a Post-COVID World
  • 2020
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • Keeping Your Zoom Meetings Safe
  • 2020
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • Insights from OC In-House Lawyers During the COVID Crisis
  • 2020
  • Association of Business Trial Lawyers
  • How to Open the Gate or Keep it Closed
  • 2020
  • Orange County Bar Association, College of Trial Advocacy
  • Demonstrative Evidence at Trial
  • 2019
  • Orange County Bar Association Small/Solo Section
  • The New Rules of Professional Conduct Which Affect Small Firms and Solo Practitioners
  • 2019
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • Avoiding Ethical Pitfalls and Legal Malpractice
  • 2019
  • American Bar Association
  • Oops: What To Do When an Attorney or Expert Screws Up
  • 2019
  • Orange County Bar Association, Business Litigation Section
  • Lecturer, The New Rules of Professional Conduct and the Sheppard Mullin Opinion: How They Impact Business Litigators
  • 2018
  • American Bar Association Section of Litigation Annual Conference
  • Trial from the Client Perspective: In-House Counsel Share Insights on How to Try (and Not) Try Cases
  • 2018
  • Orange County Bar Association Business Litigation Section
  • The Business Trial from the Client Perspective: A Roundtable Discussion of How In-House Counsel Approach Trials
  • 2017
  • Orange County Bar Association, Banking and Lending Section
  • Ethical Issues for Banking and Lending Lawyers: A Discussion of Emerging Issues and Developments
  • 2015
  • Section of Litigation Annual Conference
  • Countering the Empty Pocket Defense and Other Tips for Settling Commercial Cases in a Bad Economy
  • 2013
  • ABA Annual Meeting
  • Negotiation for Young (and Old) Lawyers: What Every Lawyer Should Know About Making A Deal
  • 2010
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Attorney endorsements

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Litigation Attorney | Aug 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Litigation Attorney | Aug 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Litigation Attorney | Jun 19
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Michael is a highly skilled and well respected litigator. I endorse this lawyer."
Litigation Attorney | Jun 05
Relationship: Co-worker
"Michael is a great litigator who gets the job done for his clients. I endorse this lawyer."

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Newport Beach Litigation Lawyer Michael Seth Leboff
Michael Seth Leboff
Litigation Attorney
Newport Beach, CA
Licensed for 24 years