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  • Partner, Klein & Wilson

Location:

Newport Beach, CA

Phone:

Fax:

949-631-3703

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Michael S. LeBoff brings more than 20 years of business trial practice to Klein & Wilson, handling and winning trials, arbitrations, and high-stakes disputes.

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

After graduating from law school, Michael LeBoff 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, Mr. LeBoff developed his trial skills working at some of the finest law firms in Orange County where he had the opportunity to up against Klein & Wilson in complex joint venture litigation. Having developed mutual respect for each other’s skills and civility, Mr. LeBoff joined Klein & Wilson in 2016. Less than two years later, he was named the first new partner in the first 25-year history.

Michael LeBoff 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 actions.

Mr. LeBoff 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 of large, nationwide financial services companies. During that time, Mr. LeBoff represented his client in consumer litigation, class actions, employment litigation, trade secret cases, and insurance coverage disputes. As in-house counsel, Mr. LeBoff managed nationwide litigation and worked daily with outside counsel to develop and implement cost-effective litigation strategies. Mr. LeBoff also reviewed and approved outside counsel bills and reported to senior management on significant litigation activities. In this role, Mr. LeBoff learned the importance of billing efficiencies and litigation results.

Mr. LeBoff currently serves as a co-chair of the Professional Liability Litigation Committee of the American Bar Association’s Section of Litigation. Mr. LeBoff previously served three years as co-chair of the section’s largest committee, the Commercial and Business Litigation Committee. He currently chairs its Ethics Subcommittee. In 2019, Mr. LeBoff was elected to the Orange County Bar Association’s (“OCBA”) Board of Directors. Mr. LeBoff served as the Chair of the OCBA’s Business Litigation Section. Mr. LeBoff is also the former chair of the OCBA’s Banking and Lending Section.

Outside of the office, Mr. LeBoff is a husband and father of two teenage daughters. Mr. LeBoff coached his daughters’ T ball and soccer teams and led his girls’ Adventure Princess Expedition. Mr. LeBoff is a die-hard Las Vegas Raiders fan, a fantasy sports athlete, and a recreational pickleball and poker player.

Published Works

  • Increase Collections and Avoid Costly Fee Disputes: Nine Practical Tips, Orange County Lawyer (December 2020)
  • 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)

Areas of Practice

  • Business Litigation
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Real Estate Disputes
  • Breach of Contract
  • Breach of Fiduciary Duty
  • Partnership Disputes
  • Shareholder Disputes
  • LLC and LLP Disputes
  • Fraud
  • Unfair Competition and Trade Secrets
  • Intellectual Property
  • Appellate Law

Bar Admissions

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

Education

  • Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, California
    • J.D. – 1999
    • Honors: Order of the Coif
    • Honors: Dean’s Scholarship
    • Honors: Ranked 2 of 394
    • Law Review: Loyola Law Review, Editor
  • University of Redlands, Redlands, California
    • B.A. – 1996
    • Major: Government

Classes/Seminars

  • Lecturer; From Counsel Table to the Witness Stand, American Bar Association Section of Litigation, June 2021
  • Lecturer; Growing Pains: Ethical Dilemmas for Young Lawyers and How to Deal With Them, American Bar Association Section of Litigation, May 2021
  • Lecturer; Ethics and Civility in a Post-COVID World, Orange County Bar Association, November 2020
  • Lecturer; Avoiding Ethical Pitfalls and Legal Malpractice When Representing Banks and Financial Services Companies, Orange County Bar Association, Banking & Lending Section, September 2020
  • Lecturer; Get Paid Faster: How to Avoid and Resolve Fee Disputes in Commercial Litigation Matters, Orange County Bar Association, Business Litigation Section, June 2020
  • Moderator, Keeping Your Zoom Meetings Safe (webinar), Orange County Bar Association, April 2020
  • Moderator, Insights from OC In-House Lawyers During the COVID Crisis, Orange County Bar Association, April 2020
  • Lecturer, How to Open the Gate or Keep it Closed, ABTL, January 2020
  • Presenter and Moderator, Oops: What To Do When an Attorney or Expert Screws Up, American Bar Association, January 2019
  • Lecturer, The New Rules of Professional Conduct Which Affect Small Firms and Solo Practitioners, Orange County Bar Association Small/Solo Section, 2019
  • Lecturer, Avoiding Ethical Pitfalls and Legal Malpractice, Orange County Bar Association, 2019
  • 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
  • Orange County Bar Association’s (“OCBA”) Business Litigation Section, Co-Chair
  • Orange County Bar Association’s (“OCBA”) Professional Liability Litigation Committee, Co-Chair

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association, Section of Litigation, Professional Liability Litigation Committee, Co-Chair 2019 – present
  • American Bar Association, Section of Litigation, Commercial and Business Litigation Committee, Co-Chair 2016 – 2019
  • Orange County Bar Association, Director 2020-Present
  • Orange County Bar Association, Audit Committee, 2020 – Present
  • Orange County Bar Association, Business Litigation Section, Chair 2019
  • Orange County Bar Association, Banking and Lending Section, Chair 2014
Michael S. LeBoff
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  • Partner, Klein & Wilson

Location:

Newport Beach, CA

Phone:

Fax:

949-631-3703

Email:

LinkedIn:

Michael S. LeBoff brings more than 20 years of business trial practice to Klein & Wilson, handling and winning trials, arbitrations, and high-stakes disputes.

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

After graduating from law school, Michael LeBoff 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, Mr. LeBoff developed his trial skills working at some of the finest law firms in Orange County where he had the opportunity to go up against Klein & Wilson in a complex joint venture litigation. Having developed mutual respect for each other’s skills and civility, Mr. LeBoff joined Klein & Wilson in 2016. Less than two years later, he was named the first new partner in the first 25-year history.

Michael LeBoff 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 actions.

Mr. LeBoff 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 of large, nationwide financial services companies. During that time, Mr. LeBoff represented his client in consumer litigation, class actions, employment litigation, trade secret cases, and insurance coverage disputes. As in-house counsel, Mr. LeBoff managed nationwide litigation and worked daily with outside counsel to develop and implement cost-effective litigation strategies. Mr. LeBoff also reviewed and approved outside counsel bills and reported to senior management on significant litigation activities. In this role, Mr. LeBoff learned the importance of billing efficiencies and litigation results.

Mr. LeBoff currently serves as a co-chair of the Professional Liability Litigation Committee of the American Bar Association’s Section of Litigation. Mr. LeBoff previously served three years as co-chair of the section’s largest committee, the Commercial and Business Litigation Committee. He currently chairs its Ethics Subcommittee. In 2019, Mr. LeBoff was elected to the Orange County Bar Association’s (“OCBA”) Board of Directors. Mr. LeBoff served as the Chair of the OCBA’s Business Litigation Section. Mr. LeBoff is also the former chair of the OCBA’s Banking and Lending Section.

Outside of the office, Mr. LeBoff is a husband and father of two teenage daughters. Mr. LeBoff coached his daughters’ T ball and soccer teams and led his girls’ Adventure Princess Expedition. Mr. LeBoff is a die-hard Las Vegas Raiders fan, a fantasy sports athlete, and a recreational pickleball and poker player.

Published Works

Areas of Practice

  • Business Litigation
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Real Estate Disputes
  • Breach of Contract
  • Breach of Fiduciary Duty
  • Partnership Disputes
  • Shareholder Disputes
  • LLC and LLP Disputes
  • Fraud
  • Unfair Competition and Trade Secrets
  • Intellectual Property
  • Appellate Law

Bar Admissions

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

Education

  • Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, California
    • J.D. – 1999
    • Honors: Order of the Coif
    • Honors: Dean’s Scholarship
    • Honors: Ranked 2 of 394
    • Law Review: Loyola Law Review, Editor
  • University of Redlands, Redlands, California
    • B.A. – 1996
    • Major: Government

Classes/Seminars

  • Lecturer; From Counsel Table to the Witness Stand, American Bar Association Section of Litigation, June 2021
  • Lecturer; Growing Pains: Ethical Dilemmas for Young Lawyers and How to Deal With Them, American Bar Association Section of Litigation, May 2021
  • Lecturer; Ethics and Civility in a Post-COVID World, Orange County Bar Association, November 2020
  • Lecturer; Avoiding Ethical Pitfalls and Legal Malpractice When Representing Banks and Financial Services Companies, Orange County Bar Association, Banking & Lending Section, September 2020
  • Lecturer; Get Paid Faster: How to Avoid and Resolve Fee Disputes in Commercial Litigation Matters, Orange County Bar Association, Business Litigation Section, June 2020
  • Moderator, Keeping Your Zoom Meetings Safe (webinar), Orange County Bar Association, April 2020
  • Moderator, Insights from OC In-House Lawyers During the COVID Crisis, Orange County Bar Association, April 2020
  • Lecturer, How to Open the Gate or Keep it Closed, ABTL, January 2020
  • Presenter and Moderator, Oops: What To Do When an Attorney or Expert Screws Up, American Bar Association, January 2019
  • Lecturer, The New Rules of Professional Conduct Which Affect Small Firms and Solo Practitioners, Orange County Bar Association Small/Solo Section, 2019
  • Lecturer, Avoiding Ethical Pitfalls and Legal Malpractice, Orange County Bar Association, 2019
  • 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

  • Best Lawyers, 2021 – Present
  • AVVO Rating 10.0 Superb
  • Super Lawyers®, 2018-Present

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association, Section of Litigation, Professional Liability Litigation Committee, Co-Chair 2019 – present
  • American Bar Association, Section of Litigation, Commercial and Business Litigation Committee, Co-Chair 2016 – 2019
  • Orange County Bar Association, Director 2020-Present
  • Orange County Bar Association, Audit Committee, 2020 – Present
  • Orange County Bar Association, Business Litigation Section, Chair 2019
  • Orange County Bar Association, Banking and Lending Section, Chair 2014
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  • Partner, Klein & Wilson

Location:

Phone:

Fax:

949-631-3703

Email:

LinkedIn:

Michael S. LeBoff brings more than 20 years of business trial practice to Klein & Wilson, handling and winning trials, arbitrations, and high-stakes disputes.

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

After graduating from law school, Michael LeBoff 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, Mr. LeBoff developed his trial skills working at some of the finest law firms in Orange County where he had the opportunity to go up against Klein & Wilson in a complex joint venture litigation. Having developed mutual respect for each other's skills and civility, Mr. LeBoff joined Klein & Wilson in 2016. Less than two years later, he was named the first new partner in the first 25-year history.

Michael LeBoff 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 actions.

Mr. LeBoff 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 of large, nationwide financial services companies. During that time, Mr. LeBoff represented his client in consumer litigation, class actions, employment litigation, trade secret cases, and insurance coverage disputes. As in-house counsel, Mr. LeBoff managed nationwide litigation and worked daily with outside counsel to develop and implement cost-effective litigation strategies. Mr. LeBoff also reviewed and approved outside counsel bills and reported to senior management on significant litigation activities. In this role, Mr. LeBoff learned the importance of billing efficiencies and litigation results.

Mr. LeBoff currently serves as a co-chair of the Professional Liability Litigation Committee of the American Bar Association's Section of Litigation. Mr. LeBoff previously served three years as co-chair of the section's largest committee, the Commercial and Business Litigation Committee. He currently chairs its Ethics Subcommittee. In 2019, Mr. LeBoff was elected to the Orange County Bar Association's ("OCBA") Board of Directors. Mr. LeBoff served as the Chair of the OCBA's Business Litigation Section. Mr. LeBoff is also the former chair of the OCBA's Banking and Lending Section.

Outside of the office, Mr. LeBoff is a husband and father of two teenage daughters. Mr. LeBoff coached his daughters' T ball and soccer teams and led his girls' Adventure Princess Expedition. Mr. LeBoff is a die-hard Las Vegas Raiders fan, a fantasy sports athlete, and a recreational pickleball and poker player.

Published Works

  • Increase Collections and Avoid Costly Fee Disputes: Nine Practical Tips, Orange County Lawyer (December 2020)
  • Examining the C-Suite: Preparing For and Defending Apex Depositions, co-authored with Christina M. Zagat-Fran, Association of Business Trial Lawyers (Summer 2019)
  • 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)
  • Business Litigation
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Real Estate Disputes
  • Breach of Contract
  • Breach of Fiduciary Duty
  • Partnership Disputes
  • Shareholder Disputes
  • LLC and LLP Disputes
  • Fraud
  • Unfair Competition and Trade Secrets
  • Intellectual Property
  • Appellate Law

Bar Admissions

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

Education

  • Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, California
    • J.D. - 1999
    • Honors: Order of the Coif
    • Honors: Dean's Scholarship
    • Honors: Ranked 2 of 394
  • University of Redlands, Redlands, California
    • B.A. - 1996
    • Major: Government

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association, Section of Litigation, Professional Liability Litigation Committee, Co-Chair, 2019 to Present
  • American Bar Association, Section of Litigation, Commercial and Business Litigation Committee, Co-Chair, 2016 to 2019
  • Orange County Bar Association, Director, 2020 to Present
  • Orange County Bar Association, Audit Committee, 2020 to Present
  • Orange County Bar Association, Business Litigation Section, Chair, 2019 to 2019
  • Orange County Bar Association, Banking and Lending Section, Chair, 2014 to 2014

Past Employment Positions

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