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Michael P. Verna


Practice Areas

  • Wrongful Death
  • Catastrophic Personal Injury
  • Business/Commercial
  • Aviation
  • Insurance Bad Faith
Rated by Super Lawyers | Michael P. Verna | 15 years


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

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

Professional Associations

  • 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


  • 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

Classes & Seminars

  • 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

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

Past Positions

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

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