Maureen M. Michail

Maureen Michail Headshot



  • J.D., Loyola Law School, 1996
  • B.A., University of California at Los Angeles, 1993


  • California 1996

Work History

  • Partner- Daniels, Fine, Israel, Schonbuch & Lebovits, LLP (2003 to present);
  • Associate – Daniels, Baratta & Fine (1996 to 2003).

Memberships, Awards & Honors

  • Federation of Defense Foundation & Corporate Counsel (FDCC)
  • State Bar of California
  • Los Angeles Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • American Center for Law & Justice
  • Association of Southern California Defense Counsel
  • Super Lawyers Southern California “Rising Stars” in 2011, and added to the “Super Lawyers” list in 2012 – 2019
  • Firm was identified as one of Los Angeles’ “Go-To” Litigation Firms in Corporate Counsel Magazine in 2009
  • Martindale Hubbell AV Preeminent – Highest Possible Rating in Both Legal Ability & Ethical Standards Reflecting the confidential opinion of members of the Bar and Judiciary 2019

Areas of Practice:

Civil litigation, Insurance Coverage and Bad Faith, Construction and Business Litigation.


Over the past twenty (20) years, Maureen’s practice has focused on insurance coverage and bad faith, as well as construction and business litigation. Maureen also serves our insurance clients by advising them how to properly handle large loss excess exposure claims nationwide while claims are pending, to avoid and/or mitigate subsequent bad faith exposure. Maureen’s law and motion and negotiation skills frequently lead to early resolution of complex matters by way of dispositive motion or favorable settlements. Notwithstanding that, she is an experienced trial attorney.

Prior to becoming a lawyer, Maureen worked for a construction company on a variety of projects. Her construction experience and business acumen enable her to better serve our clients in construction-related insurance disputes and litigation.

Cases & Articles

  • Ouimet v. USAA Cas. Ins. Co., (9th Cir. 2003) 56 Fed. Appx. 394;
  • Hammer v. USAA Casualty Ins. Co., 2004 Cal. App. Unpub. LEXIS 6156;
  • Hartwell Corp. v. Superior Court, (2002) 27 Cal.4th 256;
  • R. L. H. v. United Services Auto. Ass’n, (9th Cir. 2009) 327 Fed. Appx. 714; and
  • Du v. Deerbrook, (9th Cir. 2012) 697 F.3d 753 (amicus).

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


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