Michael D. Waks

Michael Waks is a personal injury attorney in the Los Angeles Area focused on the needs of people who have suffered because of someone else's actions. While still attending Southwestern University School of Law, Michael clerked for a big defense law firm that represented manufacturers of asbestos. He read the files and met the people whose lives were ruined by asbestos and knew, for the rest of his career, he wanted to help people like them: the victims, not the perpetrators.

Michael has been doing just that for over 30 years. As soon as he passed the California Bar exam he opened the Law Office of Michael D. Waks in Long Beach and began exclusively representing seriously injured accident victims. He decided to be a sole practitioner so he could handle every case personally. He understand clients are different and that in the wake of an accident their suffering will be unique, ranging from physical and financial to emotional.

Michael has been awarded a 5/5.0 AV®Preeminent rating by Martindale Hubbell, certifying that his legal skills are preeminent and his conduct reflects "the highest professional and ethical standards." Michael has also been selected as a "Southern California Super Lawyer" every year since 2009, and is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, one of the most prestigious groups of trial lawyers in the United States. Membership in this Forum is limited to attorneys who have won million and multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements. Less than 1% of all U.S. lawyers are members.

Michael graduated from the State University of New York in Albany, New York in 1978, and received his JD from Southwestern University School of Law in 1982.