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.
|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|
Posted by anonymous
Mike represented me off and on in employment matters related to harassment and stalking by a mentally unstable colleague. He is extremely knowledgeable and his years of experience are invaluable. He was always straight with me about my options and always gave me realistic, sound advice. I am not the easiest person to deal with, I'm pretty high-strung and emotional, but Mike seemed to have no problem getting me to settle down and focus on what needed to be done to improve my professional situation. I have and will continue to recommend him to anyone needing representation in employment matters. He is pricey, but you get what you pay for and his expertise is worth every penny.
Posted by anonymous
I have never hesitated to recommend Mr. Smith. He is a well-educated professional man. He is competent, disciplined and has integrity. This combination is not easy to find.
I have hired Mike Smith twice. On both occasions, he was able to recover the monetary loss that I suffered. I had my roof replaced by a licensed contractor. I researched this company through the CA State Contactors Licensing Board and found that they had never had an infraction. The first rain of the season resulted in major water damage to every room in my home. The ceilings to two bedrooms caved in. I had to take out a 92K second on my house. Financially I was devastated. My homeowners insurance was not working for or with me. Mr. Smith was able to resolve this issue within a fairly short time span. My second case was related to this primary roof issue and again my losses were recovered.
Thank you for the opportunity to share my experience.
Posted by Ken
In three and a half years, my first lawyer couldn't get the case resolved. Michael, in less than four months, with his associate were able to resolve the issues of this case with a quick but professional manner.