Michael J. Aguirre

Michael J. Aguirre
Firm: Aguirre & Severson LLP
Address: 501 West Broadway
Suite 1050
San Diego, CA 92101
Phone: 619-780-2752
Fax: 619-876-5368
E-mail: Contact Us
Web site: http://www.amslawyers.com
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Position Areas of Practice Litigation Percentage
Bar Admissions Education Representative Cases
Lawyer Profile:

Michael J. Aguirre is part of a family with a deep history in the legal community in San Diego. Both of his brothers practiced law in San Diego and Michael Aguirre has practiced law in San Diego for over 30 years. He served as an Assistant United States Attorney in San Diego after graduating from UC Berkeley School of law in 1975. He was then called to serve as an Assistant Counsel to the United States Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations. Michael Aguirre began his career prosecuting fraud cases and that has remained a staple of his practice ever since. He has won judgments against law firms, accounting firms, investment advisers, a major national broker dealer, and one of the largest international accounting firms.

Mr. Aguirre took up the representation of the United Farm Workers Union in a case personally managed by Cesar Chavez. After Mr. Chavez passed away the night following the second day of his testimony, Mr. Aguirre assembled a team of lawyers and together they won the case. Mr. Aguirre has represented members of Congress, a Superior Court judge, a San Diego Mayor, thousands of fraud victims, and municipal governments. Mr. Aguirre is deeply committed to scholarship. He holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard.

The Los Angeles Daily Journal selected Mr. Aguirre as one of the top 100 trial attorneys in the State of California. He is a Certified Fraud Examiner.

Current Employment Position(s):

Areas of Practice:
40% Business Fraud
10% Franchise Fraud
15% Unlawful Business Practices
10% Public Pensions
5% Taxpayer Litigation
10% California Public Utilities Proceedings
10% Fraudulent Claims
Antitrust Law
Mortgages & Foreclosures
Public Finance
State & Municipal Bonds & Financing
Reorganizations & Restructuring
Corporate Governance
Directors' & Officers' Liability
Shareholders' Rights
Gay & Lesbian Rights
Race Discrimination
Freedom of Information
Freedom of Press
Voting Rights
Criminal Fraud
Government Relations & Lobbying
Legislative Practice
Public Law
Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) -- Employee
Pensions, Benefits & Compensations -- Employee
Electric Power
Environmental Law
Insurance Law
Errors & Omissions Insurance
Fidelity, Guarantee & Surety
Insurance Malpractice
Collective Bargaining
Unfair Labor Practices
Bankruptcy Litigation
Complex Litigation
Federal Trial Practice
Multidistrict Litigation
State Trial Practice
US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
US Supreme Court
Litigation Percentage:
95% of Practice Devoted to Litigation
Bar Admissions:
California, 1974
New York, 1991
U.S. District Court Central District of California, 1974
U.S. District Court Eastern District of California, 1974
U.S. District Court Southern District of California, 1974
U.S. District Court Northern District of California, 1974
U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 1974
University of California at Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law, Berkeley, California

Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1989
Major: Public Administration

Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona, 1971
Major: Political Science

Representative Cases:
Lubin v. Sybedon Corp., 688 F.Supp. 1425 (SD Cal. 1988)
Alpha Group v. Bear Steams, 119 F.3d 5 (9th Cir. 1997)
Classes/Seminars Taught:
History of Organized Crime in America, University of Southern California, 1979 - 1980

History of the Presidency of John F. Kennedy, University of Southern California, 1980

Past Employment Positions:
United States Department of Justice, Assistant United States Attorney, 1975 - 1976

U.S. Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigation, Assistant Counsel, 1976 - 1977

Pro Bono Activities:
Voting Rights Cases, 1989 - 2004
Public Interest Cases before Local, State, Federal Government, 1980 - 2011
Phi Gamma Delta
Birth Information:
1949, San Diego, California, United States of America
West Practice Categories:
Administrative, Business & Commercial, Civil Rights, Class Actions, Consumer Protection, Election Campaign & Political, Ethics & Professional Responsibility, Franchising, Government Contracts, Legal Malpractice, Securities, State, Local & Municipal Law

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