Steven A. Micheli

Senior Counsel
San Diego Office
(858) 646-0007, ext 1505
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I am Most Proud Of: My family

In My Spare Time: I enjoy reading and fishing

If I Wasn't A Lawyer: I'd be a doctor

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About Steven

An attorney for over 39 years, Steven A. Micheli has substantial experience in litigation, with an emphasis in the areas of business, real estate, employment and professional liability.  He has tried over 75 cases, and prosecuted and defended numerous appeals, in both State and Federal Courts, and participated in dozens of arbitrations. He has handled disputes involving employment claims, business fraud, RICO, Unfair Competition, trade secrets, intellectual property, securities law, contracts, commercial transactions, debt collection, real estate, real property secured transactions, land use, commercial leasing, title insurance, partnership dissolutions, lender liability, and constitutional law.  He currently focuses his practice on employment litigation, including defending employers in individual and class actions.  He is a member of American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA).

Mr. Micheli has also defended and tried numerous professional malpractice cases involving attorneys, real estate brokers, insurance brokers, securities brokers, escrow officers, mortgage brokers, and directors and officers, and represented many of such professionals in disciplinary matters. 

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University of California, Los Angeles, J.D., order of the coif, 1979

  • Moot Court Honor Program
  • Externs in Civil Litigation (tried two cases) and Federal Criminal Law

University of California, Santa Barbara, B.A. Psychology, summa cum laude,1976

  • Springboard Diver on Intercollegiate swim team
  • Dean’s List all quarters

Written Opinions

Anderson v. General Dynamics, (1979) 648 F.2d 1247

Helen T. Steel (Muff), Plaintiff-Appellant, v. United States of America and Dean E. Steel, Defendants-Appellees, 813 F.2d 1545 (9th Cir. 1987)

Holmes v. Hudler, (2003) 50 UCC Rep.Serv.2d 226

In Re Kelly (S.D. Cal 2013) 499 B.R. 844

La Jolla Cove Motel & Hotel Apartments, Inc. v. Superior Court, (2004) 121 Cal. App. 4th 773

Maughan v. Correia, (2012) 210 Cal.App.4th 507

Naranjo v. Spectrum Sec. Services, (2009) 172 Cal. App. 4th 654

Panther v. Park, (2002) 101 Cal. App. 4th 69

Wolher v. Apple, (2016) 4 Cal. App. 5th 1098 

Widson v. International Harvester Co., (1984) 153 Cal. App. 3d 45


Former lecturer on avoiding malpractice (to various professional groups)

Professional Affiliations/Leadership/Awards

Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent™ Rated

San Diego Magazine Top Lawyer – Wrongful Termination, 2014, 2017, 2018

Listed, San Diego Super Lawyers, 2014 - 2016 and 2018 - 2019

American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), 1997 - present

Association of Business Trial Lawyers (ABTL), over 25 years

San Diego County Bar Association, 1979-present

Master, American Inns of Court, Wallace Chapter, 2006 - present

Former Arbitrator, American Arbitration Association


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