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Verna, Michael P.

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2121 North California BoulevardSuite 875P.O. Box 8180Walnut Creek, CA 94596 -7335
Phones: 925-478-5696 / 866-767-6854
Fax: 925-935-0371
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Michael P. Verna’s legal practice has focused on complex civil trial work since 1978. He has been recognized by his peers with admission to a number of exclusive trial lawyer organizations and by several legal publications. His track record of accomplishments range from recovering well over $100 million for his plaintiff clients to obtaining defense verdicts in multi-million dollar claims against his corporate and government clients.  Mr. Verna is board certified in civil trial and pre-trial advocacy, and routinely handles cases in courts throughout the United States.

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Practice Areas
Wrongful DeathCatastrophic Personal InjuryBusiness/CommercialAviationInsurance Bad Faith
Bar Admissions
California, 1978Supreme Court of California, 1978U.S. District Court Northern District of California, 1978U.S. District Court Eastern District of California, 1998U.S. District Court Central District of California, 1998U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 1988U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit, 2006U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit, 2009Supreme Court of the United States of America, 2002
Specialties and Certifications
Board Certified: Civil Trial Advocate, National Board of Trial Advocacy (American Bar Association accredited), 1986-PresentBoard Certified: Civil Pre-Trial Practice Advocacy, National Board of Legal Specialty Certification (American Bar Association accredited)
Other Affiliations
American Bar Association (Vice-Chairman of Aviation and Space Law Committee) American Association for JusticeConsumer Attorneys of CaliforniaInternational Association of Defense CounselSan Francisco Trial Lawyers AssociationContra Costa County Bar AssociationNational Italian American Bar AssociationState Bar of California
Faculty: National Institute of Trial Advocacy, 1987Best Lawyers in America, 2006-present, Peer-reviewed recognition by Best Lawyers legal publication as among top 5% of lawyers in civil litigation in the U.S.Super Lawyers of Northern California, 2005-present, Peer-reviewed recognition by Thompson Reuters legal publication as among top attorneys in commercial trial litigation in CaliforniaNational Trial Lawyers Association, Peer-reviewed invitation only admission to elite trial lawyers organization recognizing top 100 business tort litigation attorneysAmerican Board of Trial Advocacy, 1999, Peer-reviewed invitation only admission to elite trial lawyers organization for only those attorneys meeting stringent criteria of demonstrated skill, expertise, and ethical standards in trial workLitigation Counsel of America Trial Lawyer Honorary Society, Admitted as Charter Fellow to peer-reviewed invitation only legal organization for trial attorneys with demonstrated track record of accomplishmentBar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell legal rating service designation for only those attorneys with highest possible peer-review rating for legal ability and ethical standardsMulti-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, Life Member, Admission limited to attorneys who have routinely obtained multi-million dollar verdicts and settlementsAmerican Inns of Court, Master of the Bench, Member Hon. Robert G. McGrath Chapter of Inn of Court, which is invitation only professional legal organizationThe American College of Master Advocates and Barristers, Senior Counsel, Peer-reviewed invitation only admission to civil trial attorneys society promoting highest standards of ethics and litigation skillAmerican Board of Professional Liability Attorneys, Diplomate, Peer-reviewed invitation only legal organization for limited number of attorneys demonstrating expertise in professional liability litigation, 1992"Top Attorney in Northern California" designation from San Francisco and Oakland magazines for accomplishments as trial attorney
Classes and Seminars
Panelist on numerous presentations to ABA members on issues related to civil trial law, American Bar Association
Guest speaker at comparative law forum in Munich, Germany dealing with litigation systems of the U.S. and the E.U., European Air Law Association, 2007
Lead panelist on doctrine of forum non conveniens and jurisdictional disputes in international litigation, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Multiple presentations over several years dealing with civil litigation and trial tactics and practices, Contra Costa County Bar Association
Pro Bono Activities
Judge Pro Tempore, Appointed by Contra Costa and San Francisco Superior Courts to act as temporary and special assignment judgeArbitrator, Appointed by American Arbitration Association to periodically act as arbitrator in complex litigation matters.Mediator, Routinely retained by private parties and counsel to assist in resolving complex disputes
Past Positions
Bronson, Bronson & McKinnon, Associate/Partner, trial attorney on complex civil litigation matters, 1978 - 1986
University of California, Hastings College of the Law, San Francisco, California, 1978
University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, California, 1975
Honors: summa cum laude
Honors: Phi Beta Kappa
Major: Pre-Law
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Office Information
2121 North California Boulevard
Suite 875
P.O. Box 8180
Walnut Creek, CA 94596-7335
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