Michael Gonzalez is one of California’s preeminent lawyers. He graduated from California State University Northridge in 1981. He attended Southwestern University School of Law in 1984, and was a member of its Fulbright and Jaworski Trial Advocacy team. He also received Dean’s List Honors. Since beginning practice in 1984, Mr. Gonzalez has specialized in the area of Civil Defense. He is a Martindale Hubble rated “AV” Lawyer signifying both the highest level of legal ability and the profession’s highest ethical standards.
Mr. Gonzalez has been elected as a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. This organization is made up of practitioners from throughout all of North America. Membership is exclusive and is by invitation only and limited to one percent of each states practicing attorneys. He has served on the National Committee for Alternative Dispute Resolution.
In 1994, Mr. Gonzalez was elected to the American Board of Trial Advocates as one of its youngest members. ABOTA is a nationwide organization of Trial Lawyers from both the plaintiff and defense bar. ABOTA membership is limited to those lawyers who have tried at least 20 cases to verdict and confirmation by a vote of local and national membership. Continuing his trial practice since election, Michael has been elevated to the rank of Diplomat, signifying at least 100 Superior Court jury verdicts.
Mr. Gonzalez is also a member of the California Medical Legal Committee. This invitation only organization is made up of the top Medical Malpractice Defense Lawyers in the State of California and it is dedicated to the continued education and development of defense malpractice lawyers. Since 2007, Mr. Gonzalez has been recognized annually as a “SUPER LAWYER” by Los Angeles Magazine.
Mr. Gonzalez is a frequent lecturer in both the legal and medical profession. He tried the first case in the nation that considered extended liability for physician and physician groups as part of the Managed Care relationship and the first case brought by the California Managed Health Care against a Physician concerning billing and regulatory issues. In addition, Mr. Gonzalez was selected as the Coordinating Counsel for all California physicians in the Multi-District Baycol Litigation.
Mr. Gonzalez has not limited his practice to any single area of law. Among his over 100 Superior Court and Federal Court jury trials are verdicts in Medical Malpractice, General Liability, Workplace and Construction Liability, Premise Liability and Automobile cases as well as defense of Medical Board actions. He is licensed in California, The Central District of California and the 9thCircuit Court of Appeals.
Mr. Gonzalez’s trial ability leads directly to superior resolution of cases. The demonstrated willingness and skill to try cases puts Mr. Gonzalez in a position to use the likelihood of trial, and a verdict to negotiate the best result possible.