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                Michael A. Farbstein
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Donald F. Farbstein

Practice Areas:
Civil Litigation, Including Employment, Contract
Personal Injury, Real Estate
Professional Liability and
Unfair Competition

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

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Summary Statement:
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. (  Michael was also voted for inclusion in SuperLawyers 2008-present. (

Recent Verdicts and Settlements:
Executive Director v. Non Profit (defeated $1.5M employment claim in arbitration by former executive director against a major nonprofit corporation); Fellini v Prometheus, et al (obtained a $3,84M verdict vs. State of California, plus $3.75M settlement against other defendants in wrongful death action); Wagner v Houdini's Magic Shop (defeated class certification in wage/hour case, affirmed on appeal); Rosen v Anagnostou (defeated fraudulent transfer claim at trial), Bloom v. Claimetrics Management LLC (defense of executive employment contract claim, verdict under plaintiff’s last settlement demand); Solorio v City of San Jose, (obtained verdict for plaintiff in civil rights action over wrongful incarceration); Doe v Roe Accountancy Corp. (obtained $2.5M settlement in tax malpractice case); Cappa v CrossTest, et al (rep. defense/cross complainant, employment/trade secrets, defense verdict/recovery on cross complaint for injunctive relief); American Mortgage Network v Loancity, et al (rep. defense/cross complainant, 6wk jury trial regarding alleged unlawful recruiting, plaintiff verdict reversed on appeal, end result: $0 for plaintiff, $100,000 recovered on cross complaint); Martinez v Terix (rep. plaintiff, wage and hour claim, full recovery after trial, including penalties and attorneys fees).  Other recent settlements of note:  Plaintiff: $850,000 (tax professional negligence); $510,000 (sexual harassment), $1,000,020 (personal injury), $500,000 (business litigation over software fees), $750,000 (wrongful death); Defense: many settlements in employment, personal injury and professional liability claims.

Reported Cases:
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)

Community Service:
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.

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