Michael P. Verna
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Michael P. Verna
Firm: Bowles & Verna LLP
Address: 2121 North California Boulevard
Suite 875
P.O. Box 8180
Walnut Creek, CA 94596-7335
Phone: 925-478-5696
Fax: 925-935-0371
E-mail: mverna@bowlesverna.com
Web site: http://www.bowlesverna.com
Offers Free Initial Consultation
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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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Areas of Practice:
Wrongful Death
Catastrophic Personal Injury
Insurance Bad Faith
Board Certified: Civil Trial Advocate, National Board of Trial Advocacy (American Bar Association accredited), 1986-Present

Board Certified: Civil Pre-Trial Practice Advocacy, National Board of Legal Specialty Certification (American Bar Association accredited)

Bar Admissions:
California, 1978
Supreme Court of California, 1978
U.S. District Court Northern District of California, 1978
U.S. District Court Eastern District of California, 1998
U.S. District Court Central District of California, 1998
U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 1988
U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit, 2006
U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit, 2009
Supreme Court of the United States of America, 2002
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

Classes/Seminars Taught:
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

Honors and Awards:
Faculty: National Institute of Trial Advocacy, 1987

Best 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 California

National Trial Lawyers Association, Peer-reviewed invitation only admission to elite trial lawyers organization recognizing top 100 business tort litigation attorneys

American 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 work

Litigation 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 accomplishment

Bar 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 standards

Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, Life Member, Admission limited to attorneys who have routinely obtained multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements

American Inns of Court, Master of the Bench, Member Hon. Robert G. McGrath Chapter of Inn of Court, which is invitation only professional legal organization

The 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 skill

American 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

Professional Associations and Memberships:
American Bar Association
Vice-Chairman of Aviation and Space Law Committee

American Association for Justice

Consumer Attorneys of California

International Association of Defense Counsel

San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association

Contra Costa County Bar Association

National Italian American Bar Association

State Bar of California

Past Employment Positions:
Bronson, Bronson & McKinnon, Associate/Partner, trial attorney on complex civil litigation matters, 1978 - 1986

Pro Bono Activities:
Judge Pro Tempore, Appointed by Contra Costa and San Francisco Superior Courts to act as temporary and special assignment judge
Arbitrator, 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
Birth Information:
1953, San Francisco, California, United States of America
West Practice Categories:
Assault & Battery -- Plaintiff, Aviation, Aviation & Mass Transit Accidents, Bad Faith Insurance, Car Accident, Civil Rights, Class Actions, Consumer Protection, Drugs & Medical Devices, Elder Law, Health Care, International Law, Legal Malpractice, Litigation & Appeals, Medical Malpractice, Motor Vehicle Defects, Nursing Home Abuse, Personal Injury, Premises Liability, Products Liability, Professional Malpractice, Railroad Worker Injury-FELA, Toxic Mold, Toxic Torts, Wrongful Death
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