Experienced and well qualified business and employment law professional.Arbitrator for any business dispute. Complex issues preferred.Advisor and advocate for individuals, small and mid sized businesses.Experienced advocate regarding Wage & Hour, harassment, wrongful termination and other issues.Represents policyholders and insurance brokers re: coverage, bad faith and contract problems.Mediator for business and employment disputes. Harassment, Termination and Contract disputes.
We provide personal and direct representation in complicated disputes. these range from business disputes over real estate or business contracts or insurance coverage to employment disputes over terminations, harassment or discrimination.
I have been a lawyer since 1983, and have enjoyed helping all kinds of businesses and individuals obtain fair resolution of their issues.
My background includes working at the Court of Appeal, at the District Court and in a large San Francisco Law firm. I enjoy working in the Central Valley in a small firm setting, as it allows me to work closely with my clients and to work closely with and against people that I respect and admire. We enjoy taking on cases that others find too complex, and finding prompt, fair and economically rational solutions.
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|AV Preeminent Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2016|
|Owner||Michael J. F. Smith, A Professional Corporation||2003 - 2011|
|Shareholder||Jory, Peterson, Watkins & Smith||1994 - 2003|
|Partner||Jory, Peterson & Sagaser||1990 - 1994|
|Judicial Law Clerk||Fifth District Court of Appeal||1983 - 1985|
|Judicial Extern||U. S. District Court, Northern District of California||1982 - 1983|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Fresno County Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|Fresno County Young Lawyers Association||Member||N/A|
|Association of Business Trial Lawyers (San Joaquin Valley Chapter)||Member||N/A|
|Fresno County Bar Association||Board of Directors||1990 - 1995|
|Fresno County Young Lawyers Association||President||1990 - 1991|
|State Bar of California||Co-Chair||1987 - 1988|
|Fresno County Young Lawyers Association||Board of Directors||1986 - 1992|
|Standing Committee on Rules and Procedures of Court||Member||1985 - 1989|
|Hastings College of Law University of California||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1983|
|University of California at Riverside||N/A||MA - Masters||1979|
|University of California - Riverside||N/A||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1977|