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Michael Shklovsky

Michael is a seasoned trial attorney with extensive experience in all facets of civil litigation. His practice focuses on representing both plaintiffs and defendants in business, employment, real estate and intellectual property disputes. Michael has successfully obtained verdicts in both jury and bench trials, and has prevailed in mediation and arbitration. He has also authored several writ petitions and appeals. In matters that are not in litigation, Michael routinely navigates clients though complex legal issues, and counsels individuals and businesses on how to avoid litigation altogether.

Michael is actively involved in the Bay Area legal community. He regularly teaches MCLE classes on the mechanics of civil litigation to less experienced attorneys. Since 2014, Michael has served as the Chair of the Alameda County Bar Association’s Trial Practice Section. He is also the Editor-in-Chief of the Section’s Newsletter. In October of 2016, Michael was appointed to the Business Litigation Committee of the Business Law Section of the California State Bar Association. Michael frequently represents indigent clients on a pro bono or reduced fee basis in debt collection defense, sealing of arrest records, and Presidential pardon cases. Michael was recognized as a Northern California Rising Star in Business Litigation by the Super Lawyers Magazine in 2015 and 2016.

Practice Areas:

  • General Civil Litigation, Including Business, Employment, Real Estate, Landlord-Tenant, Intellectual Property and Appeals
  • Counseling Clients in Non-Litigation Matters, Including Business Formation, Employment, Landlord-Tenant, Real Estate and Risk Management Issues

Bar Admission:

  • California State Courts
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit

Education:

  • University of California at Berkeley (B.A. in Rhetoric, 2002)
  • Golden Gate University School of Law (J.D., 2007)

In law school, Michael was a merit scholarship recipient, received several CALI and Witkin awards, led the debate team for the ATLA National Student Trial Competition, and was a semi-finalist in the Appellate Advocacy Debate Competition.

Associations:

  • Chair of the Executive Committee of the Trial Practice Section, Alameda County Bar Association (since 2014, Co-Chair in 2016)
  • Sonoma County Bar Association
  • Member of the Business Litigation Committee of the Business Law Section of the California State Bar Association (2016)

Awards:

  • In 2015 and 2016, Michael was named to the list of Northern California Rising Stars in Business Litigation by Super Lawyers Magazine.

Personal:

  • Michael is an avid backpacker, wildlife and nature photographer, and an outdoors enthusiast. He also enjoys carpentry, kayaking, and is rumored to have a green thumb.

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