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  • Los Angeles, CA 90025
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Philip Michels A.P.L.C.

Principal

  • Los Angeles, California
Summary

Philip Michels, A.P.L.C., is the founding principal of Michels & Lew in West Los Angeles, specializing in medical malpractice, catastrophic personal injury and sexual abuse cases.

He was recognized by the California State Bar as a specialist in medical professional negligence law, and has authored numerous articles for several prominent legal publications. He served as the 2011 President of Consumer Attorneys Association of California, the largest plaintiff trial lawyer bar association in the United States.

Education
  • University of California at Los Angeles School of Law, Los Angeles, California, Juris Doctorate
  • University of California at Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, California, Master of Arts, English
  • University of California at Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, Bachelor of Arts, Mathematics
Honors & Awards
  • Best Lawyers in Los Angeles - Medical Malpractice Law, Personal Injury Litigation & Professional Malpractice Law Plaintiffs. 2006 - Present
  • Best Lawyers Los Angeles: "Professional Malpractice Law - Lawyer of the Year," 2012
  • Best Lawyers/US News - Best Law Firm - Los Angeles Tier 1 - Medical Malpractice Law – Plaintiffs, 2006 - Present
  • Best Lawyer in America Medical Malpractice Plaintiff, 2006 - present
  • Best Lawyers in America Personal Injury Plaintiff, 2015. Named Lawyer of the Year, Medical Malpractice 2017
  • Los Angeles Best Lawyers: “Professional Malpractice Law - Lawyer of the Year,” 2012
  • Southern California Super Lawyer, Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice Plaintiff 2006 - Present
  • Southern California Super Lawyer, Top 100 2010
  • AV-Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Avvo Rating: 10.0 Superb
  • Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles: “Trial Lawyer of the Year,” 2003
  • California Business Journal, Litigator Profile
  • Los Angeles Daily Journal, Litigator Profile, 1997, 2011
  • Certified in Professional Negligence, American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys
  • The American Trial Lawyers Association Top 100 Trial Lawyers in California, 2013 - Present
  • The State Bar of California Legal Specialist: Medical Professional Liability (American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys)
  • National Trial Lawyers, top 100, Philip Michels
  • Best Lawyers 2017, Philip Michels
  • Best Lawyers 2017, Philip Michels
  • AVVO Rated Lawyer, Philip Michels
  • SuperLawyers, Philip Michels
Associations
  • Los Angeles Trial Lawyers' Charities, Board of Governors
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • State Bar of California, Litigation Section - Committee on Rules and Procedures of Court, 1982 - 1985
  • Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles - Board of Governors (2001 - 2004), Treasurer (2007), Second Vice President (2008), First Vice President (2009), President-Elect (2010), President (2011)
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys
  • American Association for Justice
  • Consumer Attorneys of California
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America
  • American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine
Published Works
  • Therapeutic Cooling for Injured Newborns, Advocate – Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, March, 2016
  • Lessons For the Future From 40 Years of Med-Mal Practice, Advocate – Consumer Attorneys Association of California, November, 2014
  • Taking Expert Depositions, Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, September 2014, Las Vegas Syllabus
  • Does Anyone Read These Things? Boilerplate Hospital Admission Forms with Steven B. Stevens, OC Lawyer, December 2012
  • Effective Strategies for Deposing Physicians and Other Medical Professionals, Advocate - Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, September 2012
  • Citizens United: The Protest Version, Advocate – President’s Column, Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, December 2011
  • A Collaborative Effort: Promises Made and Kept, Advocate - President’s Column, Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, November 2011
  • Clean Torture, Advocate - President’s Column, Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, October 2011
  • Ways Around the Logjam, Advocate - President’s Column, Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, September 2011
  • The Impact of Court Budget Cuts, Advocate - President’s Column, Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, August 2011
  • CAALA Vegas Convention 2011, Advocate - President’s Column, Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, July 2011
  • On Wisconsin! The Hazards of Speaking Up, Advocate - President’s Column, Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, May 2011
  • People’s Protest in the Mideast and the Midwest: Back to the Streets, Advocate - President’s Column, Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, April 2011
  • The Rich and the Rest, Advocate- President’s Column, Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, March 2011
  • Political Influence in Judicial Selection, Advocate - President’s Column, Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, February 2011
  • Patient Safety vs. Corporate Profits, Advocate - President’s Column, Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, January 2011
  • Thirty-five years’ experience with MICRA, Advocate - President’s Column, Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, October 2010
  • Development and Resolution of Medical Malpractice Cases, Advocate - Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, September 2010
  • Preparing for and Taking a Defense Expert Deposition, Advocate - Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, September 2010
  • “Crusading Against Medical Malpractice - With or Without Legal Fees," Daily Journal, 2009
  • Marshaling Medical Evidence for Trial, Advocate - Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, September 2009
  • Medical Issues in Discovery, Advocate - Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, August 2008
  • Finding and Effectively Using Experts in a Professional Negligence Case, Advocate - Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, April 2007
  • Deposition Strategies, Advocate - Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, December 2005
  • Finding and Retaining Experts in a Professional Negligence Case, Advocate - Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, September 2005
  • The Psychology of Depositions, Advocate - Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, April 2003
  • Common Mistakes You Should Avoid in Medical Malpractice, Advocate - Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, August 2002
  • Motions in Limine, Advocate - Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, December 2001
  • Presenting the Best Case with an Unsympathetic Client, Advocate - Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, August 2001
  • Opening Statement, Advocate - Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, 2001
  • Strategies for Dealing with the Statute of Limitations in Medical Malpractice Cases, Advocate - Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, September 1999
  • "Selected Issues in Medical Malpractice” with David Corwin, MD, California Trial Lawyers Association, San Francisco Convention Syllabus, November 1995
  • "Finding Experts in Medical Malpractice Cases," Consumer Attorneys of California, Newport Beach Convention, 1986
  • "Recreational Accidents: Liability and Immunity of Public Entities," California Trial Lawyers Association Forum, 1984
  • Liability of Pre-paid Health Plans for the Medical Malpractice of their Subcontracting Providers, Advocate - Los Angeles Trial Lawyers Association, August 1982
  • Attacking the Doubling Time Defense in Breast Cancer Cases with Dr. Joseph Mirra, Medical Trial Technique Quarterly and California Trial Lawyers Association Forum, Winter 1981
  • How to Obtain and Use Experts in Medical Malpractice Cases, California Trial Lawyers Association Journal v. 19, no. 1
Speaking
  • “Brain Injuries in Neonates,” Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, Las Vegas Convention, September 2015
  • "Taking Expert Depositions," Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, Las Vegas Convention, September 2014
  • "Deposition Strategies for Medical Witnesses," Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, Las Vegas Convention, September 2012
  • Electronic Medical Records - Do You Have The Whole Story?” Consumer Attorneys of California, San Francisco Convention, November 2011
  • "Deposition Strategies," Trial Lawyer Skills for the New Attorney, March 19 and 20, 2010
  • “Malpractice Cases,” Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, Las Vegas Convention, 2010
  • "Voire Dire Methods for the Plaintiff Lawyer," Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, Las Vegas Convention, September 2009
  • "Taking Depositions," Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles New Lawyer Seminar, 2009
  • "Psychology of Depositions & Marketing Tips for Your Practice," CAALA New Lawyers Section, 2009
  • "Medical Issues in Discovery," Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, Las Vegas Convention, September 2008
  • “Techniques to Prepare and Take the Defense Expert’s Deposition,” Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, Las Vegas Convention, 2007
  • “Finding and Retaining Experts in a Professional Negligence Case," Consumer Attorneys of California, Las Vegas Convention, September 2005
  • "Dealing with Unsympathetic Clients," Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, Las Vegas Convention, 2004
  • "Advanced Trial Skills," Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, Las Vegas Convention, 2003
  • Moderator, Medical Malpractice Panel/Chair of Subsection, Consumer Attorneys of California, San Francisco Convention, 2002
  • Deposing Physician Defendants," Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, Las Vegas Convention, 1999
  • "Use of Videotaped Child Interviews in Civil Trials: Innovative Techniques, Technology and Trial Presentation," Children's Center for Child Protection, San Diego Conference on Responding to Child Maltreatment Syllabus, 1998
  • "Finding and Retaining Experts in a Professional Negligence Case," Consumer Attorneys of California, Las Vegas Convention, 1997
  • "Opening Statements in Medical Malpractice Cases," Consumer Attorneys of California, San Francisco Convention, 1991
  • "Selection and Aggressive Management of Cancer Cases," California Trial Lawyers Association Convention Syllabus, 1986

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