Michael M. Amir is the co-founder of Doll Amir & Eley LLP. He represents a variety of clients in high stakes litigation, including health organizations, banks, technology companies, educational organizations (universities and schools), large national corporations, medium-sized companies and high net-worth individuals. He has represented clients as lead counsel in complex matters in all phases of litigation, including state and federal jury and bench trials, arbitration proceedings, and Court of Appeals and California Supreme Court arguments. Los Angeles Magazine has routinely named him a "SuperLawyer.” In 2013, that publication listed Mr. Amir on its “Top 100” list, making him one of the youngest (if not the youngest) lawyers on the list.
The following reflect some of Mr. Amir's notable accomplishments:
- Obtained a complete defense verdict on behalf of an executive for a major grocery chain in a federal white collar criminal defense case where the grocery chain had pleaded guilty and paid $70 million in fines and restitution. Even though the trial lasted almost a month, the jury deliberated for less than five hours before returning a “not guilty” verdict on all counts against Mr. Amir’s client. If convicted, Mr. Amir’s client would have faced up to 30 years in federal prison. The Los Angeles Daily Journal called the verdict “stunning”.
- Obtained a full defense decision in a bench trial on behalf of a medical group in a dispute over reasonable value of medical services. The California Court of Appeal subsequently affirmed the ruling in a published decision.
- Obtained a complete defense decision in a state court trial on behalf of a major university in a discrimination and breach of contract case.
- Obtained a complete defense verdict in a federal trial on behalf of a former NBA star in a breach of contract and fraud case.
- Obtained a complete defense verdict in a five-week jury trial where the Plaintiffs sought millions alleging fraud and breach of contract in connection with a real property dispute.
- Obtained summary judgment on behalf of a health care company in a case where Plaintiff was seeking damages in excess of $60 million.
- Obtained a multimillion dollar settlement (including attorneys’ fees) on behalf of a bank sued by another bank for trademark infringement.
- Obtained a temporary restraining order on behalf of a group of doctors in a highly-publicized health care action against a hospital group.
- Defeated a request for a preliminary injunction in a highly-publicized copyright action on behalf of one of the most popular online personalities.
- Obtained a writ of mandate in an unprecedented, high-stakes case against one of the largest counties in the country. In that case, the Los Angeles Superior Court ordered the county to reverse its decision to revoke the charter of Mr. Amir’s client, a charter school with multiple campuses. Without the decision, the school would have had to close its doors.
- Obtained a "guilty" verdict against opposing party in a contempt trial on 14 of 15 counts.
In May of 2011, the Litigation Counsel of America (“LCA”) – a highly selective and by invitation only trial lawyer honorary society composed of less than one-half of one percent of American lawyers – inducted Mr. Amir as a Fellow. Mr. Amir has published numerous articles in the Los Angeles Daily Journal.
Prior to co-founding Doll Amir & Eley LLP, Michael Amir practiced law at the Los Angeles office of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP and the Los Angeles office of O’Brien Zarian LLP (now Arent Fox). Mr. Amir served as an extern for Justice Arthur Gilbert, California Court of Appeal (2d District) and for the United States District Judge Susan Illston (N.D. Cal.). He is a graduate of the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, where he was a Member and Executive Project Manager of the Hastings Constitutional Law Quarterly.