Civil Litigation, Including Employment, Contract
Personal Injury, Real Estate
Professional Liability and
J.D., Univ. of Santa Clara
B.A., Univ.of Santa Clara
State Bar of California
San Mateo County Bar
Bar Association of San Francisco
Michael Farbstein is a career civil litigator, with substantial trial experience. He regularly handles employment and business litigation for both companies and individuals, including discrimination, wage and hour and unfair competition claims. He has handled over 200 professional liability claims in his career, including lawyers, accountants, home inspectors, brokers and contractors. He also has substantial experience in personal injury matters for both plaintiffs and defendants, including seven figure exposures, resulting in successful settlements and verdicts. By the vote of his peers, Michael holds an AV® rating, the highest rating for skill and professional ethics, as published by Martindale-Hubbell. (www.martindale.com) Michael was also voted for inclusion in SuperLawyers 2008-2010. (www.superlawyers.com).
Maloney v. American Pharmaceutical Co. (1989)
207 Cal.App. 3d 202;
Mason v. Bankers Insurance Company, 74 F.Supp. 2d 955,
(E.D. Cal., 1999);
Kelsey v. Waste Management of Alameda County (1999) 76
Cal.App. 4th 590.
American Mortgage Network v. Loancity, et al., (2006, 4th
Dist., D044550) (unreported)
American Mortgage Network v Loancity, et al (rep. defense/cross complainant, 6wk jury trial, unfair competition, verdict followed by appeal, end result: $0 for plaintiff, $100,000 recovered on cross complaint).
Apolonio Solorio v The City of San Jose, et al., (jury verdict for client against police officer for civil rights violations).
Cappa v CrossTest, et al (nonsuit for clients on complaint, and jury verdict for cross complainant, including injunctive relief and attorneys fees).
Martinezv Terix (rep. plaintiff, wage and hour claim, full recovery after trial, including penalties and attorneys fees, judgment satisfied).
Federal Insurance v Commercial Maintenance (defended fire claim, settled at trial for 7% of alleged damages).
Plaintiff: $510,000 (sexual harassment),
$1,000,020 (personal injury),
$2,500,000 (professional negligence),
$850,000 (professional negligence),
$500,000 (business litigation over software fees),
$750,000 (wrongful death),
$710,000 (construction accident),
Defense: many settlements in employment, personal
injury and professional liability claims.
San Mateo County Bar, Labor & Employment Section, Chairperson 2000-2005
San Mateo County Bar, member, Bench/Bar Committee 2008 -
YoungLife Mid-Peninsula Region, chairperson, 2007- , member since 2001
San Mateo High School Drama Boosters, President, 2006 - 2008.