Michael H. Wallenstein
Michael Wallenstein has substantial first and second chair trial experience in numerous matters. He was co-lead counsel for the victorious plaintiff in Union Pacific Railroad Co. v. Santa Fe Pacific Pipelines - a trial lasting nearly 300 days over four years and selected by the Daily Journal as one of the "Top Plaintiffs' Verdicts By Dollar Amount of 2012." Michael has acted as lead counsel for both plaintiffs and defendants in a wide range of litigation matters including real property valuation, eminent domain, railroad real estate disputes, business torts, Truth in Lending Act claims, wrongful foreclosure, civil rights defense, municipal tax, construction defect, municipal tort liability, contract disputes, and land use disputes. Mr. Wallenstein has argued cases before the California Court of Appeal and the California Supreme Court. His clients include railroads, financial institutions, developers, entertainment companies, public entities, and private individuals.
Mr. Wallenstein is a conservatory-trained actor and, prior to becoming an attorney, appeared in various theatrical, film and television productions. He also co-founded two theatre companies and produced several theatrical works.
While in law school, Mr. Wallenstein received awards for both written and oral advocacy as a member of Southwestern's Moot Court Honors Program. As a staff member on the Southwestern University Law Review, Mr. Wallenstein was honored with two Bluebook Awards for outstanding editing skills. Mr. Wallenstein was awarded externships with the Honorable Harry Pregerson of the United States Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, and with the Los Angeles County District Attorney, Hardcore Gang Unit.
Mr. Wallenstein is an avid cyclist logging about 4000 miles on the road each year. He regularly participates in organized rides raising thousands of dollars for various charities.
- J.D., Southwestern University School of Law, summa cum laude, 2000
- M.F.A., California Institute of the Arts, 1989
- B.A., University of California, Santa Cruz, 1985
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
- U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
- Mr. Wallenstein published "Legal and Valuation Issues Involved in Utility and Road Crossings" in the Fall 2012 Edition of the American Railway Development Association (“ARDA”) Newsletter.
- Mr. Wallenstein published "Gun Manufacturers and Unfair Business Practices," 30 Sw. U. L. Rev. 435 (2001), which examined the history of municipal litigation against gun manufacturers and the likelihood of success of the City of Los Angeles' lawsuit.
Seminars and Presentations:
- "Corridor Valuation and the Across the Fence Method," International Right of Way Association 2012 Annual Conference, Seattle, WA.
- “Current Issues in Railroad Title and Valuation – Tales From the Trenches,” American Railway Development Association 2011 Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA.
- “What Every Litigator Wants Every Transactional Attorney to Know,” Panelist with Hon. Lawrence W. Crispo (Ret.) and Tony Canzoneri, Esq., MLA MCLE Program.