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Michael B. Lawler Attorney at Law
Los Angeles Office
Senior Counsel
213-623-6336 fax
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Bar Admissions

  • California, 1972
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California, 1972
  • District of Columbia, 2001
  • Colorado, 2000


  • Southwestern University School of Law, Los Angeles, California (J.D., 1971)
  • Loyola University, Los Angeles (B.B.A., 1964)

Michael B. Lawler

Michael B. Lawler is a Senior Counsel with the firm.  A former Senior Partner, with more than 43 years as an attorney, Mr. Lawler served as Co-Chair of the Employment Law practice group of Murchison & Cumming, LLP and as Co-Chair for the General Liability and Health Law practice groups. He focuses his practice on complex litigation cases involving general liability, employment litigation, construction injury, nursing homes and elder care abuse. Mr. Lawler has successfully tried over one hundred jury trials in the federal and state courts.

Mr. Lawler is a Past President of the Association of Southern California Defense Counsel. He is "AV" rated by Martindale Hubbell and has been recognized as a "Southern California Super Lawyer" in the area of general litigation. Mr. Lawler was featured as a guest speaker, discussing the nature of defense litigation and his practice specialties, on radio show "Champions of Justice," which aired across California.

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Association of Southern California Defense Counsel
    Past President
  • Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel
  • International Association of Defense Counsel
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Claims Litigation Management Alliance

Honors and Awards

  • 2013 Top Rated Lawyer in Labor & Employment, American Lawyer Media
  • Leading Employment Lawyer in California, Daily Journal, 2010
  • The Best Lawyers in America, 1987 Edition, 1987

Published Works

  • "A Perspective From California and Nevada on the Subcontractor's Role in Construction Defect Mediations: David Versus Goliath," FDCC Quarterly, Vol. 55, No. 4, Summer, 2005
  • "The Effects of the Employment Screening of Nursing Home Personnel on Facility Liability, Individual Liability and Quality of Care", The DRI Course Book Seven, Oct, 1999
  • "Will the Calderon Bill Reduce Construction Defect Litigation or Will it Leak?", Verdict, 1st Quarter, 1996

Classes/Seminars Taught

  • “Five Minute Drill: Do Budgets Work?” 2011 Annual Conference of the Council on Litigation Management (“CLM”), March 23 - 25, 2011, New Orleans, LA
  • "The ABC’s of E-Discovery: Everything You Didn’t Want to Hear," USLAW Network Client Conference, Colorado Springs, CO, 2010
  • "Trial Tactics," Los Angeles Trial Lawyers Association
  • "Investigation of Employment Claims in Preparation for Litigation," Independent Insurance Adjusters
  • "Trial Tactics," Association of Southern California Defense Counsel
  • Nursing Home Seminar, The Federation of Insurance & Corporate Counsel
  • Regional Seminar on Nursing Homes, Defense Research Institute
  • USLAW Employment Roundtable, New York
  • West Coast Casualty Annual Seminar