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Michael C. Denison

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Practice Areas:
Civil Litigation
Commercial Litigation
Professional Liability
Malicious Prosecution
Anti-SLAPP Motions
Insurance
Eminent Domain
Appeals

Admitted:
1974, California and U.S. District Court, Central District of California
1976, U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
1988, United States District Court, Eastern District of California
2008, U.S. Supreme Court

Law School:
Loyola Law School, J.D.
College:University of California at Los Angeles, A.B. History

Member:
Los Angeles County Bar Association
State Bar of California
Defense Research Institute
Association of Southern California Defense Counsel

Biography:
Chief Note Editor, Loyola Law Review, 1973-1974
St. Thomas More Law Honor Society
Law Clerk to The Honorable Manuel L. Real, U.S. District Court, Central District of California, 1974-1975
Assistant United States Attorney, Criminal Division, Central District of California, 1976-1979

Author: 
Making and Opposing Special Motions to Strike Under the California Anti-SLAPP Statute Action Guide, February 2013 (originally published Spring 2004)
See further publications below.

Co-Author: 
California Civil Procedure Before Trial (4th Edition, CEB) June 2012 Chapter
24A, Anti-SLAPP Motions
California Summary Judgment 2012 (CEB; originally published 2010)
Chapter 4, Evidentiary Burdens and Presumptions;
SLAPP Happy, Los Angeles Lawyer, June 2011
See further publications below.

Birthplace:
Burbank, California

Military Service:
United States Army, 1969-1971


Michael Denison is A.V. rated in Martindale-Hubbell and has been elected to the Southern California Super Lawyers in Civil Litigation Defense each year from 2004 to 2012. He began his legal career as a law clerk for the Honorable Manuel L. Real, United States District Judge, Central District of California, and then served as a federal prosecutor for three years as an Assistant United States Attorney. He has spent the last thirty plus years in civil practice, handling civil litigation, trials and appeals in both state and federal court.

During his years in private practice, Mr. Denison has represented large and small corporations, non-profit corporations, small businesses, insurance companies, hospitals, government sub-contractors and cities. He also has defended individuals, including officers and directors, lawyers, and small business owners. He has defended cases against pro per litigants, including obtaining vexatious litigant orders in both state and federal courts.

Currently Mr. Denison’s practice emphasizes defending clients in malicious prosecution, legal malpractice, civil RICO and business cases; however, over the years he has defended a variety of lawsuits. A few examples of the diverse cases defended include breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, fraud, wrongful termination, insurance coverage, insurance bad faith, construction defects, products liability, personal injury, air crash, and securities broker liability. Mr. Denison also has provided insurance companies with opinions on insurance coverage in areas of personal, commercial, and directors and officers liability. Although his practice has been primarily devoted to civil litigation defense, he also has represented a number of plaintiffs in business disputes, including condemnation actions.

Mr. Denison has been a speaker at MCLE seminars and has authored a number of legal writings. He was the author of the Action Guide, Making and Opposing Special Motions to Strike Under the California Anti-SLAPP Statute (CEB 2013), and recently co-authored the book California Summary Judgment 2012 (CEB). In addition, he has authored articles for the California Lawyer Magazine on such topics as vexatious litigants, anti-SLAPP motions, malicious prosecution, and costs and attorney fees. He also has served as a Judge Pro Tem, Small Claims Court; on the Board of Governors of the Loyola Law School Alumni Association; and on the Steering Committee, Southern California Chapter, of the Professional Liability Underwriting Society. He is an active volunteer at his children’s school and activities, including having served on the Executive Board of the Edison Language Academy PTA and as an assistant coach and/or team manager for the American Youth Soccer Organization.


EMPLOYMENT:
PARTNER
Towle Denison & Maniscalco LLP
10866 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 600
Los Angeles, California 90024
(310) 446-5445
2000 – Present
Area of Practice: Civil Litigation; Business Litigation; Professional Liability; Insurance

PARTNER
Kinsella, Boesch, Fujikawa & Towle, LLP
Los Angeles, California
1979 – 2000

ASSISTANT UNITED STATES ATTORNEY
Criminal Division
Central District of California
Los Angeles, California
1976 – 1979

LAW CLERK for the
HONORABLE MANUEL L. REAL
United States District Judge
Los Angeles, California
1974 – 1975

PUBLICATIONS:

  1. Author: CEB Action Guide; Making and Opposing Special Motions to Strike Under the California Anti-SLAPP Statute (February 2013, originally published Spring 2004).
  2. Co-Author: California Civil Prodcedure Before Trial (4th Ed., CEB), June 2012. Update, Chapter 24A, Anti-SLAPP Motions
  3. Co-Author: California Summary Judgment 2012 (CEB) (originally published
    2010); authored Chapter 4, Evidentiary Burdens and Presumptions
  4. Author: “5 Tips For Avoiding Legal Malpractice Claims,”  CEB Blog;http://blog.ceb.com (August 16, 2010).
  5. Author: “One Prong or Two? What Is a Defendant’s Summary Judgment Burden?” CEB Blog; http://blog.ceb.com (June 15, 2010).
  6. Profile: “Profile in Practice: Michael C. Denison”; CEB Blog;http://blog.ceb.com (June 14, 2010).
  7. Author: “Handling Vexatious Litigants”California Lawyer (August 2009).
  8. Consultant: California Civil Discovery Practice, Chapter 5, Deposition Procedures (4th Ed., CEB, 2006).
  9. Author: “Hot Anti-SLAPP Topics In 2004,” California Civil Litigation Reporter (August 2004).
  10. Author: “SLAPP Happy,” California Lawyer website,www.dailyjournal.com (Nov. 2002).
  11. Author: “Slapping Down SLAPP Suits,” California Lawyer (July 2001).
  12. Author: “Malicious Prosecution: Bad News,” California Lawyer(August 2000).
  13. Author: “Attorney Fees, Prevailing Parties, and Statutory Exceptions,” California Lawyer (July 1996).
  14. Author: “Just Who Is The Prevailing Party Anyway?,” California Lawyer (March 1996).

CONFERENCES AND SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS:

  1. Speaker, “Trial Tactics: Trial Motions and Objections,” State Bar approved MCLE Presentation (9/23/08).
  2. Speaker, “Trial Tactics,” State Bar approved MCLE Presentation (9/19/08).
  3. Speaker, “Preserving The Record For Appeal,” State Bar approved MCLE Presentation (11/30/07).
  4. Speaker, “The Four ‘C’s’ Of Effective Legal Writing,” State Bar approved MCLE Presentation (4/13/05).
  5. Panelist, CEB Seminars, “Anti-SLAPP Motions,” Los Angeles (2/12/05); Garden Grove (3/5/05).
  6. Speaker, “Taking and Defending Depositions,” State Bar approved MCLE Presentation (2/23/05).
  7. Guest Lecturer, “A Lawyer’s Perspective On Legal Writing,” Research and Writing Class, Professor C. Coleman, USC School of Law (11/9/04).
  8. Speaker, “The First Day of Trial,” State Bar approved MCLE Presentation (10/28/04).
  9. Speaker, “California Environmental Law Update; Can Anything Good Come Out Of California?,” Midwest Environmental Claims Association, Annual Conference, Chicago, IL. (10/98).