Michael P. Verna

Michael P. Verna

Phone: (925) 935-3300

Fax: 925-935-0371

Email: mverna@bowlesverna.com

Michael P. Verna’s legal practice has focused on complex civil trial work since 1978. He has been recognized by his peers with admission to a number of exclusive trial lawyer organizations and by several legal publications. His track record of accomplishments range from recovering well over $100 million for his plaintiff clients to obtaining defense verdicts in multi-million dollar claims against his corporate and government clients.  Mr. Verna is board certified in civil trial and pre-trial advocacy, and routinely handles cases in courts throughout the United States. 

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Areas of Practice

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Board Certified: Civil Trial Advocate, National Board of Trial Advocacy (American Bar Association accredited), 1986-Present
  • Board Certified: Civil Pre-Trial Practice Advocacy, National Board of Legal Specialty Certification (American Bar Association accredited)

Bar Admissions

  • California, 1978
  • Supreme Court of California, 1978
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California, 1978
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of California, 1998
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California, 1998
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 1988
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit, 2006
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit, 2009
  • Supreme Court of the United States of America, 2002


  • University of California, Hastings College of the Law, San Francisco, California
    • J.D. - 1978
  • University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, California
    • B.A. summa cum laude - 1975
    • Honors: Phi Beta Kappa
    • Major: Pre-Law


  • Panelist on numerous presentations to ABA members on issues related to civil trial law, American Bar Association
  • Guest speaker at comparative law forum in Munich, Germany dealing with litigation systems of the U.S. and the E.U., European Air Law Association, 2007
  • Lead panelist on doctrine of forum non conveniens and jurisdictional disputes in international litigation, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
  • Multiple presentations over several years dealing with civil litigation and trial tactics and practices, Contra Costa County Bar Association

Honors and Awards

  • Faculty: National Institute of Trial Advocacy, 1987
  • Best Lawyers in America, 2006-present, Peer-reviewed recognition by Best Lawyers legal publication as among top 5% of lawyers in civil litigation in the U.S.
  • Super Lawyers of Northern California, 2005-present, Peer-reviewed recognition by Thompson Reuters legal publication as among top attorneys in commercial trial litigation in California
  • National Trial Lawyers Association, Peer-reviewed invitation only admission to elite trial lawyers organization recognizing top 100 business tort litigation attorneys
  • American Board of Trial Advocacy, 1999, Peer-reviewed invitation only admission to elite trial lawyers organization for only those attorneys meeting stringent criteria of demonstrated skill, expertise, and ethical standards in trial work
  • Litigation Counsel of America Trial Lawyer Honorary Society, Admitted as Charter Fellow to peer-reviewed invitation only legal organization for trial attorneys with demonstrated track record of accomplishment
  • Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell legal rating service designation for only those attorneys with highest possible peer-review rating for legal ability and ethical standards
  • Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, Life Member, Admission limited to attorneys who have routinely obtained multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements
  • American Inns of Court, Master of the Bench, Member Hon. Robert G. McGrath Chapter of Inn of Court, which is invitation only professional legal organization
  • The American College of Master Advocates and Barristers, Senior Counsel, Peer-reviewed invitation only admission to civil trial attorneys society promoting highest standards of ethics and litigation skill
  • American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys, Diplomate, Peer-reviewed invitation only legal organization for limited number of attorneys demonstrating expertise in professional liability litigation, 1992
  • "Top Attorney in Northern California" designation from San Francisco and Oakland magazines for accomplishments as trial attorney

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association, Vice-Chairman of Aviation and Space Law Committee
  • American Association for Justice
  • Consumer Attorneys of California
  • International Association of Defense Counsel
  • San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association
  • Contra Costa County Bar Association
  • National Italian American Bar Association
  • State Bar of California

Past Employment Positions

  • Bronson, Bronson & McKinnon, Associate/Partner, trial attorney on complex civil litigation matters, 1978 - 1986

Pro Bono Activities

  • Judge Pro Tempore, Appointed by Contra Costa and San Francisco Superior Courts to act as temporary and special assignment judge
  • Arbitrator, Appointed by American Arbitration Association to periodically act as arbitrator in complex litigation matters.
  • Mediator, Routinely retained by private parties and counsel to assist in resolving complex disputes

Michael P. Verna In The News

Michael P. Verna has appeared on numerous local and national TV News Network and on various radio stations, to discuss the legal issues and ramifications of aviation accidents, catastrophic and personal injury cases.  Below is a sample of some of Michael's appearances.  

Michael P. Verna appearing on CNN, on March 19, 2014, to discuss legal issues and ramifications regarding the missing ​Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.

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Michael P. Verna appearing on CNN, on March 26, 2015, to discuss legal questions surrounding the ​Germanwings Flight 9525 aviation crash

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Michael P. Verna on a local radio station, discussing the suit Michael filed in the  Asiana Airlines Flight 214 accident that happened on July 6, 2013, in San Francisco, California.

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Exceptional attorney. Pleasure to work with

My family worked with Michael on a multi-year case that was extremely complicated and included dealing with courts in several other nations. It was an emotionally heart-wrenching case that involved the death of a family member in a plane crash. Throughout the process Michael was very honest and straightforward with us about our chances of success while crafting a very creative and unique legal strategy that left the other side with no choice but to take us seriously. There is no better expert in the field. I strongly recommend Michael for any aviation related case. We had a very positive outcome for ours. You are in good hands.

Excellent Legal Representation in Aviation Case

Mr. Verna conducted diligent research, developed a compelling legal strategy, and was very effective in the courtroom--even when certain rulings made during the trial required a flexible approach in presenting my case. Throughout he was informative, sought input, and communicated status, next steps, and conducted good preparation of the witnesses that testified to support my case. I appreciate his expertise, work ethic, communication style, scope of services, and results.

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2121 N California Blvd
Ste 875
Walnut Creek, CA 94596

More Info Directions (925) 935-3300