Michael S. LeBoff P.C.

Michael S. LeBoff P.C.

Partner, Klein & Wilson
Location:
Newport Beach, California
Phone:
949-478-0521
Fax:
949-631-3703
Email:

Mike brings almost 20 years of business trial practice to Klein & Wilson, handling and winning trials, arbitrations, and high-stakes disputes. 

Mike attended Loyola Law School on a full academic scholarship, graduating second in his class of nearly 400 students.  At Loyola, Mike received countless academic awards and served as an editor for the Loyola Law Review. 

After graduating from law school, Mike clerked for the former Chief Judge of the Central District of California, Manuel L. Real, where he saw firsthand the importance of always being prepared before entering the courtroom.  Following his clerkship, Mike developed his trial skills working at some of the finest law firms in Orange County.   

Mike represents clients of all sizes in a wide variety of business cases, including shareholder, partnership and joint venture disputes, trade secret claims, fraud, breach of contract, business torts, real estate, and legal malpractice, malicious prosecution, RICO claims, and wrongful termination actions.  A representative sample of his prior work includes:

  • Mike successfully defended a local insurance brokerage firm in an arbitration brought by a large nationwide brokerage asserting claims for misappropriation of trade secrets and breach of a covenant not to compete arising out of the sale of a business. Not only did Mike obtain a complete defense verdict, but also recovered a significant portion of his clients' attorneys' fees and costs.
  • Mike successfully defended a local dietary supplement company in a breach of contract arbitration brought by the company's former Canadian distributor. Mike not only defeated the plaintiff's case, but got his client a 100 percent (100%) recovery on its counterclaims.
  • Mike won a jury trial in Orange County Superior Court for a national printing company in a breach of contract action. Mike tried the case single-handedly and obtained a judgment for 100 percent (100%) of the amount sought by his client.
  • Mike represented a local company in a legal malpractice and breach of fiduciary duty lawsuit against his client's former attorneys in a case involving a substantial conflict of interest. In representing his client, Mike defeated two demurrers, a motion to strike, two motions for summary judgment, and an anti-SLAPP motion to strike.
  • Mike obtained summary judgment for the sellers of a home in Emerald Bay against a buyer asserting claims for fraud and breach of contract. Mike also recovered his clients' costs and attorneys' fees, and successfully handled the appeal of the summary judgment ruling.
  • Mike represented a tenant in a breach of a commercial lease action. After prevailing on a demurrer in both the trial court and the appellate court, the case ultimately reached the California Supreme Court where Mike handled the oral argument for the defense.
  • Mike argued and won the first case before the California New Motor Vehicle Board regarding recreation vehicle dealers.

Mike also spent a portion of his career in the client's chair, as he served as in-house litigation counsel for ACC Capital Holdings, the parent company for two large, nationwide mortgage lenders.  During that time, Mike represented his client in consumer litigation, class actions, employment litigation, trade secret cases, and insurance coverage disputes.  As in-house counsel, Mike managed nationwide litigation and worked daily with outside counsel to develop and implement cost-effective litigation strategies.  Mike also reviewed and approved outside counsel bills and reported to senior management on significant litigation activities.  In this role, Mike learned the importance of billing efficiencies and litigation results.

Mike currently serves as a co-chair of the Commercial and Business Litigation Committee, the largest committee in the American Bar Association's Section of Litigation. Mike serves as the Chair-Elect for the Orange County Bar Association's ("OCBA") Business Litigation Section. Mike will chair the section in 2019. Mike is also the former chair of the OCBA's Banking and Lending Section. 

Outside of the office, Mike is a husband and father of two girls.  Mike coached his daughters' T‑ball and soccer teams and led his girls' Adventure Princess Expedition.  Mike is a die-hard Oakland Raiders fan, a stellar fantasy sports athlete, and recreational pickleball player.

Published Works

  • My Lawyer Screwed Up!!! Can I Sue for Legal Malpractice?, Orange County Business Journal (November 2018)
  • Could Your Law Firm Forfeit Its Fees Due to an Undisclosed Conflict?, American Bar Association (October 2018)
  • Eight Ways In-House Lawyers Can Make You a Better Trial Lawyer, Orange County Lawyer (January 2018)
  • Can You Keep A Secret? Strategies for keeping your trade secrets secret, Orange County Business Journal (July 30, 2012)
  • Bankers Trust, Brown, and Exclusion 3(a): The Insurability of Mechanic's Liens, Commercial and Business Litigation Journal (Winter, 2011)
  • Third, Eighth and Ninth Circuits Weigh in on TILA, American Bar Association, Section of Litigation, Commercial and Business Litigation website (May 20, 2009)
  • TILA Remedies: Damages vs. Rescission, American Bar Association, Section of Litigation, Commercial and Business Litigation website (March 10, 2009)
  • Frivolous Litigation: What Is It and What You Can Do About It, ABA Commercial and Business Litigation Journal (Summer 2008); republished in ABTL Report, Orange County, Vol. XI No. 3 (Fall 2009)
  • You're Being Watched: Performing For Your Commercial Client at Mediation, Commercial and Business Litigation Journal (Fall 2007); republished in ABA Conflict Management Journal (Spring 2008)
  • Maximizing Contractual Attorney Fee Awards, Orange County Lawyer (July, 2005)

Bar Admissions

  • California, 1999
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 2001
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California, 1999
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of California, 2001
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California, 2002
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of California, 2004
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Wisconsin, 2002

Education

  • Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, California
    • J.D. - 1999
    • Honors: Order of the Coif
    • Honors: Dean's Scholarship
    • Honors: Ranked Second of 394
    • Law Review: Loyola Law Review, Editor
  • University of Redlands, Redlands, California
    • B.A. - 1996
    • Major: Government

Classes/Seminars

  • Lecturer, The New Rules of Professional Conduct and the Sheppard Mullin Opinion: How They Impact Business Litigators, Orange County Bar Association, Business Litigation Section, 2018
  • Trial from the Client Perspective: In-House Counsel Share Insights on How to Try (and Not) Try Cases, American Bar Association Section of Litigation Annual Conference, 2018
  • The Business Trial from the Client Perspective: A Roundtable Discussion of How In-House Counsel Approach Trials, Orange County Bar Association Business Litigation Section, 2017
  • Ethical Issues for Banking and Lending Lawyers: A Discussion of Emerging Issues and Developments, Orange County Bar Association Banking and Lending Section, 2015
  • Countering the Empty Pocket Defense and Other Tips for Settling Commercial Cases in a Bad Economy, American Bar Association Section of Litigation Annual Conference, 2013
  • Negotiation for Young (and Old) Lawyers: What Every Lawyer Should Know About Making A Deal, American Bar Association 2010 Annual Meeting, and re-presented via webinar on March 18, 2013 as part of the ABA Premier Speaker Series

Honors and Awards

  • AVVO Rating 10.0 Superb
  • Super Lawyers®, 2018-Present

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • • American Bar Association, Section of Litigation, Commercial and Business Litigation Committee, Co-Chair 2016 - 2019
  • • Orange County Bar Association, Banking and Lending Section, Chair 2014
  • • Orange County Bar Association, Business Litigation Section, Chair-Elect 2018, Chair 2019