Maureen M. Michail, Esq.

Education: University of California at Los Angeles ("UCLA") (BA, 1993); Loyola Law School (JD, 1996).

Work History: Partner - Daniels, Fine, Israel, Schonbuch & Lebovits, LLP (2003 to present); Associate - DFISL (1996 to 2003); Law Clerk - McInerney & Dillon (1994).

Practice Areas: Maureen's civil litigation practice encompasses a diverse range of cases, including insurance bad faith, complex business tort, contract, and construction cases. Although her expertise resides mainly in insurance bad faith defense work, she is eager and able to tailor her litigation skills to whatever type of case the firm and her clients need her to handle. Prior to and throughout law school Maureen worked for an electrical contractor for eight years, on a variety of public works projects. Her tasks and responsibilities involved estimating, progress billings, extra work and change orders, safety issues, union submissions, scheduling, and claims. Maureen's construction experience, combined with her legal training enables her to better serve our clients in construction disputes and litigation.

Awards and Honors: Maureen's hard work, legal acumen and dedication to her clients and cases, significantly contributed to her firm's selection as one of Southern California's "GO-TO" Litigation Firms in a Forbes Magazine survey in 2009.

She was also selected to be on the 2011 Southern California Rising Stars list published in Los Angeles Magazine, and Southern California Super Lawyers Magazine, which is a select group of no more than 2.5% of Southern California lawyers.

Memberships: State Bar of California; Los Angeles Bar Association; American Bar Association; American Center for Law & Justice; Association of Southern California Defense Counsel.

Cases and Articles:

  • R.L.H. v. USAA (9th Cir. 2009) 327 Fed. Appx. 714;
  • Ouimet v. USAA (9th Cir. 2003) 56 Fed. Appx. 394; and
  • Hammer v. USAA, 2004 Cal. App. Unpub. LEXIS 6156.

Maureen co-authored Defending an Insurance Bad Faith Case: Tips from the Other Side (2003); and Defending the Bad Faith Case: Keeping the Exposure Under Control (2010).