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About me

While currently living in San Francisco, California, I am originally from Maryland. My firm, and the fields we specialize in, keep me traveling frequently. 


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Practice areas


  1. Aviation: 25%
    10 years, 70 cases
  2. Commercial Real Estate: 20%
  3. Litigation: 20%
    5 years
  4. Business: 20%
    5 years
  5. Employment: 15%
    5 years



Hourly ($250-500/hour), contingent (15-40%), Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (sometimes), Free consultation (60 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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  • Allison Beth Surowitz

    Mr. Van Geffen is a superb attorney. He is a true advocate for his clients. I would have no hesitation recommending clients to him.


    Allison Surowitz Business Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Erik W Nicholson

    Excellent attorney. I recommend his services to anyone in need.


    Erik Nicholson DUI and DWI Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Michael L. Dworkin and Associates

465 California St Ste 210
San Francisco, CA, 94104


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Best BriefManfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court Competition2006
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Associate AttorneyHanna & Brophy2006 - 2007
Association namePosition nameDuration
Oakland Aviation MuseumBoard Member2011 - Present
International Air & Transportation Safety Bar AssociationWestern-Pacific Regional Vice President2010 - Present
The International Society of Air Safety Investigators (ISASI)Affiliate Member2009 - Present
National Transportation Safety Board Bar AssociationNewsletter Editor-in-Chief2008 - Present
Santa Clara High Tech Law JournalTechnical Editor2005 - 2006
Phi Alpha DeltaJustice (Chapter President)2005 - 2006
Santa Clara School of LawEmory Law Scholar2003 - 2006
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Transpacific v. Primaris AirlinesN/A
Global Exec Aviation v. Lenny DykstraN/A
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Santa Clara University School of LawInternational StudiesJD - Juris Doctor2006
Pennsylvania State UniversityCommunications (Min. Business)BA - Bachelor of Arts2003
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Member MeetingRegulatory Compliance and Responding to Investigations2011
AOPA - Pilot Safety SeminarDefending against FAA enforcement actions2007