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Michael A. Villa

Real estate Attorney at Healdsburg, CA

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Learn Michael’s areas of practice.

3
Practice areas
  1. Real estate
    60%
    Property sales transactions, easements, rights of way, encroachments, boundary disputes, nuisance conditions, road maintenance agreements, CC&R's. Litigation and drafting.

    36 years

  2. Business
    35%
    Litigation involving misappropriation of trade secrets, unfair competition, breach of contract, commercial leases, partnership dissolutions and drafting various business and service agreements

    36 years

  3. Personal injury
    5%
    Serious injury or death cases stemming from automobile, premises liability, slip and fall and other accidents

    36 years

Michael A. Villa is a determined and effective advocate for all his clients. He understands that each client's needs and circumstances are different and that every case presents a unique challenge. From the beginning of every new engagement, he works closely with his clients to identify their legal objectives and to devise a cost-effective strategy for achieving those objectives. In most instances, Mr. Villa can help his clients avoid expensive, protracted litigation by reaching a non-judicial resolution consistent with his clients' goals. However, if any client’s case must be litigated and taken to trial, his client can rely on his extensive courtroom experience to obtain the most favorable outcome possible.

Mr. Villa grew up in upstate New York and graduated from Vassar College in 1980. After graduating from college, he moved to Los Angeles where he worked in the banking industry for several years. Mr. Villa entered Golden Gate University School of Law in San Francisco in 1984. After graduating from law school in 1987, he practiced at prominent law firms in San Francisco and Oakland that specialized in insurance defense, personal injury, and business and commercial litigation.

Mr. Villa relocated to Sonoma County and opened his own law office in Healdsburg in 1999. Since that time his client base has been local – business owners, wineries, grape growers, ranchers, but mainly individuals who legal help – in and throughout northern Sonoma County, Mendocino and Lake Counties. To better meet the needs of his practice, he moved his office to a new, larger commercial space in Geyserville in 2015.

In addition to his private practice, since 2003, Mr. Villa has served as a Judge Pro Tem for the Sonoma County Superior Court conducting Mandatory Settlement Conferences for cases set for trial. In 2011, in recognition of his contribution to the community and the administration of justice, the Superior Court honored him with its "Volunteer of the Year" award. He is a Fee Arbitrator with the Sonoma County Bar Association and also provides neutral mediation and case evaluation services.

Licensed for 35 years
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 1987
Updated 12/01/2022
State PA
Status Retired
Acquired 1993
Updated 12/04/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Law Office of Michael A. Villa, P.C.
105 C Plaza St.
Healdsburg, CA, 95448

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Work Experience

  • Judge Pro Tem
  • Sonoma County Superior Courts
  • 2003 - Present
  • Principal
  • Law Offices of Michael A. Villa, P.C. in Geyserville, CA
  • 1999 - 2019
  • Associate Attorney
  • Law Offices of Barry M. Gallagher in Oakland, CA
  • 1995 - 1999
  • Associate Attorney
  • Law Offices of Bruce S. Osterman in San Francisco, CA
  • 1987 - 1995
  • Law Clerk
  • San Francisco Superior Court Law & Motion
  • 1987 - 1987
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Education

  • Golden Gate University Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1987
  • Vassar College Poughkeepsie
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1980

Associations

  • Sonoma County Bar Association
  • Fee Arbitrator
  • 2016 - Present
  • Sonoma County Bar Association, Mandatory Fee Arbitration Advisory Committee
  • Board Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • Sonoma County Superior Court
  • Judge Pro Tem
  • 2003 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • 1987 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Honoree, Civil Settlement Program Volunteer
  • Sonoma County Superior Court
  • 2011

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Healdsburg Real estate Lawyer Michael A. Villa
Michael A. Villa
Real estate Attorney
Healdsburg, CA
Licensed for 35 years
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