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Michael von Loewenfeldt

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Michael von Loewenfeldt, a partner in Kerr & Wagstaffe, is certified as a specialist in Appellate Law by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization.  Michael heads Kerr & Wagstaffe’s appellate practice, and regularly appears in both federal and state appellate courts.  He handles appeals both for parties the firm represented in the trial court as well as for parties who retain the firm as appellate counsel in a wide variety of subject matters on both a fee and contingency basis.  Michael is also an accomplished trial court lawyer.  He got his initial training as a defense attorney, but now has substantial experience as on the plaintiff’s side practice in both individual and class actions concerning consumer rights, employment, and insurance.  He has represented plaintiffs’ classes ranging from a few dozen employees to millions of consumers in both state and federal court. He also has experience at both the trial and appellate levels with municipal liability and civil rights, defamation, wrongful death, and other forms of complex litigation.

After receiving his J.D. from the University of California at Berkeley (Boalt Hall) in 1995, Michael served as a law clerk to the Honorable Saundra B. Armstrong, United States District Court for the Northern District of California. He was also a member of the California National Guard (Mechanized Infantry) from 1987 until 1994.

Upon completion of his clerkship with Judge Armstrong, he became an associate at the San Francisco office of Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal. Michael joined Kerr & Wagstaffe in November 1999 and became partner in February 2001.

Education

  • University of California at Berkeley (Boalt Hall), J.D. 1995
    Order of the Coif
  • San Diego State University, B.A., Political Science, 1991
    Phi Beta Kappa

Bar & Court Admissions

  • United States Supreme Court
  • Supreme Court of California / California State Courts
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado

Professional Associations

  • California Bar Association
  • Bar Association of San Francisco.

Representative Work

  • Represented former Bio-Rad General Counsel Sanford Wadler in a first of its kind SOX whistleblower case, resulting in a judgment of over $14 million for Mr. Wadler.
  • Successfully represented the State Bar of California in multiple challenges to regulations governing lawyers and law schools in California both in the trial courts and on appeal.
  • Defended the City of San Rafael in a federal constitutional challenge to its mobile home rent control ordinance. Prevailed in a jury trial over the City’s purported breach of a settlement agreement eliminating the ordinance, and then obtained a complete reversal in the Ninth Circuit of the district court’s ruling that the ordinance was unconstitutional.
  • Worked with a well respected environmental law firm on behalf of a citizen’s group in Stockton, California, successfully overturning a $600 million water privatization deal.
  • Co-lead counsel representing a nationwide class of servicemembers and their families in multidistrict litigation over the method of paying military life insurance benefits.

Publications & Speaking

Michael has twice presented papers at the Annual Conference on Litigating Takings and Other Legal Challenges to Land Use and Environmental Regulation hosted by the Georgetown Environmental Law and Policy Institute, the Georgetown University Law Center, and the Stanford Environmental and Natural Resources Law & Policy Program at Stanford Law School. He has also been a National Business Institute panelist on employment law, and has taught Community Property as an adjunct assistant professor of law at the University of California, Hastings.

Judicial Decisions

Appellate Court Decisions

  • ZL Technologies, Inc. v. DOES 1-7, No. A143680, 2017 Cal. App. LEXIS 629, 2017 WL 3048761 (Cal. Ct. App. Jul. 19, 2017)
  • Barry v. State Bar of California, 2 Cal. 5th 318, 212 Cal.Rptr.3d 124 (Cal. 2017)
  • Orange Citizens for Parks and Recreation v. Superior Court, 2 Cal. 5th 141, 385 P.3d 386 (Cal. 2016)
  • Heal the Bay, Inc. v. McCarthy, No. 15-15663, 201 U.S. App. LEXIS 21247, 2016 WL 6936683 (9th Cir. 2016)
  • In re Scheer, 819 F.3d 1206 (9th Cir. 2016)
  • Southern California Institute of Law, Inc. v. State Bar of California, No. B263251, 2016 Cal. App. Unpub. LEXIS 2657, 2016 WL 1469775 (Cal. Ct. App. Apr. 13, 2016)
  • Scheer v. Kelly, 817 F.3d 1183 (9th Cir. 2016)
  • Chandler v. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., 637 Fed. App'x 413 (9th Cir. 2016)
  • Missud v. Armendariz, No. A144527, 2016 Cal. App. Unpub. LEXIS 1309, 2016 WL 693079 (Cal. Ct. App. Feb. 22, 2016)
  • Missud v. Armendariz, No. A143554, 2016 Cal. App. Unpub. LEXIS 705, 2016 WL 347930 (Cal. Ct. App. Jan. 28, 2016)
  • Commonwealth Scientific and Indus. Research Organisation v. Cisco Systems, Inc., 809 F.3d 1295 (Fed. Cir. 2015)
  • Componex Corp. v. Electronics for Imaging, Inc., 621 Fed. App'x 659 (Fed. Cir. 2015)
  • Rancho de Calistoga v. City of Calistoga, 800 F.3d 1083 (9th Cir. 2015)
  • Southern California Institute of Law v. State Bar of California, 613 Fed. App'x 659 (9th Cir. 2015)
  • Southern California Institute of Law v. Biggers, 613 Fed. App'x 665 (9th Cir. 2015)
  • Hanna v. Harmon, No. A139142, 2015 Cal. App. Unpub. LEXIS 2645, 2015 WL 1734779 (Cal. Ct. App. Apr. 14, 2015)
  • Mireskandari v. Mayne, 599 Fed. Appx. 677 (9th Cir. 2015)
  • Danko v. O’Reilly, 232 Cal. App. 4th 732 (2014)
  • Sander v. State Bar of Cal., 58 Cal. 4th 300 (2013)
  • Muniz v. United Parcel Service, Inc., 738 F.3d 214 (9th Cir. 2013)
  • Alexander v. Farmers Ins. Co., Inc., 219 Cal. App. 4th 1183 (2013)
  • Barry v. State Bar of Cal., 218 Cal. App. 4th 1435 (2013)
  • Missud v. San Francisco Super. Ct., 538 Fed. Appx. 745 (9th Cir. 2013)
  • MHC Fin. Ltd. P’ship v. City of San Rafael, 714 F.3d 1118 (9th Cir. 2013)
  • Smith v. Ford Motor Co., 462 Fed. Appx. 660 (9th Cir. 2011)
  • Kay v. State Bar of Cal., 2011 Cal. App. Unpub. LEXIS 8292, 2011 WL 5137197 (Cal. App. Oct. 31, 2011)
  • Williams v. L.A. Fitness Intern., LLC, 2011 Cal. App. Unpub. LEXIS 6974, 2011 WL 4090748 (Cal. App. Sept. 15, 2011)
  • Sander v. State Bar of Cal., 196 Cal. App. 4th 614 (2011)
  • Kirkwood v. Cal. State Auto Ass. Inter-insurance Bureau, 193 Cal. App. 4th 49 (2011)
  • Guggenheim v. City of Goleta, 638 F. 3d 1111 (9th Cir. 2010)
  • Henschel v. State Bar of Cal., 2010 Cal. App. Unpub. LEXIS 8048, 2010 WL 3964010 (Cal. App. Oct. 12, 2010)
  • Joseph v. State Bar of Cal., 2010 Cal. App. Unpub. LEXIS 7327, 2010 WL 3566643 (Cal. App. Sept. 15, 2010)
  • Levi v. State Bar of Cal., 391 Fed. Appx. 633 (9th Cir. 2010)
  • Miklosy v. Regents of Univ. of Cal., 44 Cal. 4th 876 (2008)
  • In re Bay-Delta Programmatic Environmental Impact Report Coordinated Proceeding, 43 Cal 4th 1143 (2008)
  • Infac Managaement Corp v. Infac India Group, LLC, 2008 Cal. App. Unpub. LEXIS 4040, 2008 WL 2081576 (Cal. App. June 5, 2008)
  • St. Vincent’s School for Boys, Catholic Charities CYO v. City of San Rafael, 161 Cal. App. 4th 989 (2008)
  • Gadda v. State Bar of Cal., 511 F.3d 933 (9th Cir. 2007)
  • Yang v. Dar-Al-Handash Consultants, 250 Fed. Appx. 771 (9th Cir. 2007)
  • People ex. Rel. Brown v. Tehama County Bd. Of Sup’rs, 148 Cal. App. 4th 790 (2007)
  • Olagues v. Kousharian, 177 Fed. Appx. 537 (9th Cir 2006)
  • Rothwell v. Alstate Ins. Co., 976 P.2d 512 (Mont. 1999)

Trial Court Decisions

  • Wadler v. Bio-Rad Labs., Inc., No. 15-cv-02356-JCS, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 16522, at *1 (N.D. Cal. Feb. 6, 2017)
  • Rose v. Stephens Inst., No. 09-cv-05966-PJH, 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 149936, at *2 (N.D. Cal. Oct. 28, 2016)
  • Rose v. Stephens Inst., No. 09-cv-05966-PJH, 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 128269, at *2 (N.D. Cal. Sep. 20, 2016)
  • Opperman v. Path, Inc., No. 13-cv-00453-JST, 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 122578, at *7 (N.D. Cal. Sep. 8, 2016)
  • Opperman v. Path, Inc., No. 13-cv-00453-JST, 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 92403, at *8 (N.D. Cal. July 15, 2016)
  • Rose v. Stephens Inst., No. 09-cv-5966-PJH, 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 59483, at *1 (N.D. Cal. May 4, 2016)
  • Miller v. Fuhu Inc., No. 2:14-cv-06119-CAS-AS, 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 162564, at *1 (C.D. Cal. Dec. 1, 2015)
  • Wadler v. Bio-Rad Labs., Inc., 141 F. Supp. 3d 1005, 1007 (N.D. Cal. 2015)
  • Marcus v. AXA Advisors, LLC, 307 F.R.D. 83 (E.D. NY 2015)
  • Opperman v. Path, Inc., 84 F. Supp. 3d 962 (N.D. Cal. 2015)
  • In re Vocera Communs., Inc. Secs. Litig., No. C-13-3567 EMC, 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 20516, at *1 (N.D. Cal. Feb. 11, 2015)
  • Hyatt v. Chiang, No. 2:14-CV-00849-GEB-DAD, 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 16170, 2015 WL 545993 (E.D. Cal. Feb. 10, 2015)
  • In re Prudential Ins. Co. of American SGLI/VGLI Contract Litig., C.A. No. 11-md-02208-MAP, 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 170100, 2014 WL 6968424 (D. Mass. Dec. 9, 2014)
  • Componex Corp. v. Elec. For Imaging, Inc., 58 F. Supp. 3d 912 (W.D. Wis. 2014)
  • Brado v. Vocera Commc’n, Inc., 14 F. Supp. 3d 1316 (N.D. Cal. 2014)
  • In re Cisco Systems Inc. Sec. Lit., No. C 11-1568 SBA, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 54022, 2013 WL 1636384 (N.D. Cal. April 7, 2013)
  • Herson v. City of Richmond, No. C 09-2516 PJH, 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 49728, 2012 WL 1188898 (N.D. Cal. April 6, 2012)
  • Ricciardi v. California, No. 11 CV 6230 (RPP), 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 144800, 2011 WL 6413766 (S.D. NY Dec. 13, 2011)
  • Herson v. City of Richmond, 827 F. Supp. 2d. 1088 (N.D. Cal. 2011)
  • Lucey v. Prudential Ins. Co. of America, 783 F. Supp. 2d 207 (D. Mass. 2011)
  • Galvez v. Fed. Express Inc., No. C07-2505 TEH, 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 46393, 2011 WL 1599625 (N.D. Cal. April 28, 2011)
  • Toy v. Triwire Engineering Solutions, Inc., No. C 10-1929 SI, 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 6624, 2011 WL 221832 (N.D. Cal. Jan. 24, 2011)
  • Perth v. Davis, No. CV 08-03115 CRB, 2009 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 116067, 2009 WL 4908087 (N.D. Cal. Dec. 14, 2009)
  • Konig v. Dal Cerro, No. C-04-2210 MJJ, 2009 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 23729, 2009 WL 636518 (N.D. Cal. Mar. 11, 2009)
  • Knight v. Red Door Salons, Inc., No. 08-01520 SC, 2009 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 11149, 2009 WL 248367 (N.D. Cal. Feb. 2, 2009)
  • MHC Financing, Ltd. V. City of San Rafael, No C-00-03785 VRW, 2008 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 119655, 2008 WL 440282 (N.D. Cal. Feb. 12, 2008)
  • Maffei v. Allstate California Ins. Co., 412 F. Supp. 2d 1049 (E.D. Cal. 2006)
  • Olagues v. Stafford, 316 F. Supp. 2d 393 (E.D. LA 2004)

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