|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Shaw Award for best Ch. in US (while I was chapter president)||Federal Bar Association||1984|
|Tom C. Clark Award (to top fellow each term)||U. S. Supreme Court Fellows Commission||1980|
|Of Counsel||Tuttle Law Office, San Francisco||2010 - Present|
|Assistant U.S. Attorney||United States Attorney's Office, San Francisco||1981 - 1984|
|Supreme Court Fellow||United States Supreme Court||1980 - 1981|
|Administrative Law Judge||CA Public Employment Relations Board||1977 - 1980|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Federal Bar Association (California chapter)||Member, past president||1981 - Present|
|Federal Bar Association (California chapter)||Ninth Circuit Vice President (2 terms, each 4 years)||1984 - 1988|
|Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. v. Seamaster Logistics, Inc. United States District Court, N.D. California, 2013 WL 1191213||Plaintiff verdict for approximately $8,000,000|
|Plummer v. Coen, CA Court of Appeal, Second District, Division 7, California.October 12, 2010||Reversed. Client won on appeal|
|Automatic Plastic Molding, Inc. v. U.S. United States Court of International Trade (2002) 26 C.I.T. 1201||Client prevailed|
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|The Federal Lawyer||The Federal Lawyer in Cyberia (Column)||2013|
|The Federal Lawyer||Federal Lawyer in Cyberia (Column Ten Times Annually)||2012|
|The Federal Lawyer||Federal Lawyer in Cyberia (Column Ten Times Annually)||2011|
|U of San Francisco SOL||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1975|
|Claremont Graduate University||Political Philosophy/Government||MA - Masters||1970|
|St Mary's College of California||Political Science||undergraduate||1965|
|Choosing a Lawyer||Choosing a Lawyer||2010|
|Bay Area Conference (Pleasanton)||Civil Procedure in Three Hours||2010|
|State Bar of California Annual Mtg., San Diego||Litigation support software (panel moderator)||2005|
|Witkin Annual Lecture||“Technology: Tool for Ethical Compliance or Trap for the Ethically Challenged?”||2004|
Posted by Dana
I can hardly believe that all of these glowing comments cannot be anything but fictitious or placed here by shills of Mr. Tonsing. Mr. Tonsing's representation of my case was not only abysmal but embarrassing. I can't say this any other way and am trying to be as professional as possible in this forum within the guidelines but Mr. Tonsing "talks a great game" but when it comes time for action, his performance fails miserably. I have used several lawyers in my life for a variety of situations and he comes in dead last.
Posted by Ivan
Mike provided advice to me around a non-compete agreement. He was direct, thorough and his advice informed me of the risks and issues with the agreement.
Posted by Richard
Mike Tonsing and I were both starters on the same high school football team. He was highly respected by everyone at school who knew him (and everyone did), whether teachers or fellow students. He was very near the top of our class academically, but he was definitely at the top in terms of both integrity and leadership.
I saw him recently at a class reunion. It was immediately obvious to me that he was still the same great guy I had known so well back then. Needing business and legal advice, I approached him and was delighted when he agreed to take me on, on an ongoing basis, as a business client. That was about a year ago, and since then, Mike has provided me with excellent business and legal advice on several different matters.
I’m the owner of a small company that has been around for more than three decades and is about to become a partnership; and, I’m on the verge of launching another company that, with Mike’s help, could blossom into a much larger and more lucrative business. As a business owner and entrepreneur, I’ve worked with other lawyers and business agents in the past. Mike is head and shoulders above them, both in terms of his personal ethics and the soundness of his business and legal advice. Mike was actually the CEO of an online business for a while, a comforting fact when one seeks advice. He actually had to meet payrolls and prepare balance sheets himself!
There are those who say that most lawyers are “deal-breakers” and only a few who are “deal-makers.” Mike has proven to me by his performance under pressure that, within the bounds of his ethics and mine, he will make a deal work. From my experience, too many lawyers seem to feel as though earning their fee requires creating obstacles to success. Mike is the first one to point out the hazards in a proposed course of conduct, but he is just as quick to suggest appropriate ways around potential problems, ways that actually create opportunities not only for me but also for those with whom I am negotiating. In other words, he’s adept at creating win-win situations.
I don’t think it’s because I knew him many years ago that he makes himself so available to me. I know that I can reach him and get a quick answer when I need one and I’ve done it more than a few times. I have never known another lawyer to be as responsive. I’ve also never known a lawyer to take a greater interest in what it is that I am trying to accomplish. He has spent hours of non-billable time getting to know my business. That makes a huge difference to me.
I cannot speak to his skills as a litigator from my own personal knowledge because, fortunately, with Mike believing very strongly in “preventive law,” keeping clients out of trouble rather than having to rescue them once they’ve gotten themselves into a regrettable situation, I am much less likely to ever need such services and, I hope I never do. However, I do know that he has an excellent reputation in that regard as well. As a businessman, I value a lawyer who is as interested as Mike is in keeping clients from making preventable mistakes that could lead to expensive and dispiriting lawsuits.
Having gone our separate ways after graduation from high school, it was great to reconnect with Mike at the class reunion. When we made time to exchange life path stories, I was not surprised to discover how consistently his path matched the person we all knew and respected back then and the teammate who played next to me on the football team. I was impressed, but not too surprised, to find that his career as an attorney took him all the way to the halls of the United States Supreme Court, where he was chosen in a national competition to work directly, as a Fellow, for our highest Court’s Chief Justice. Having Mike on my side as a friend and General Counsel, as I move forward in my entrepreneurial efforts is a priceless gift, to say the least.
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