California Litigator, Plaintiff's Trial Lawyer
"My job is to restore people's faith in our jury system. Our country's founding fathers devised a way to protect the little guy from big business or anyone else who was in a position of power and had the ability to exploit it, and wrote that into our Constitution. They realized that the right to a trial by a jury of twelve objective people who heard all the facts would result in justice being served the vast majority of the time, and would guarantee average Americans who are wronged a fighting chance against the big guys. Runaway juries are not this country's problem right now - runaway corporations and insurance companies who leave our citizens high and dry, while their executives get rich in the process, are our current nightmare. My job is to educate people about that fact, just as the insurance companies and big corporations are spending tens of millions of dollars to distribute misinformation about our justice system."
Trial Lawyer of the Year
California Trial Lawyer of the Year Nominee
One of the Top 100 Super Lawyers in
Southern California 2008, 2009
Southern California Super Lawyer, 2004-2007
Member, Los Angeles Superior Court Bench / Bar Committee,
American Board of Trial Advocates since 2003
Founder, Trial Lawyers Charities
Founder, Alder Family Foundation
Member, Board of Overseers, Los Angeles Philharmonic
Last 18 months: 20 seven- and eight-figure verdicts and
Last 12 months: 14 seven-figure verdicts and settlements.
Mr. Alder has won dozens of jury trials and has negotiated scores of top dollar settlements on behalf of his clients over his 15 year career. In a 12 month span from 2008 and 2009, Mr. Alder received 5 verdicts and settled 9 cases for amounts in excess of $1 million. [Settlements and Verdicts]
The youngest winner ever of the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles' (CAALA) celebrated Trial Lawyer Of The Year award, Mr. Alder has also been honored by his peers in the legal profession as one of the Top 100 Super Lawyers in Southern California in 2008 and 2009 (fellow lawyers have a chance to vote on the best lawyers they know, in any area of the law - those who receive the most votes are Super Lawyers, which Mr. Alder has been since 2004, and the Top 100 vote getters are named the Top 100 Super Lawyers in Southern California by Los Angeles Magazine). He has been a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) since 2003, and has been nominated three times for California's top Trial Lawyer of the Year (in 2004, 2008 and 2009). He was selected by The Daily Journal, one of the country's leading legal newspapers, as one of the Top 20 Lawyers under the age of 40 in California in 2005.
A long-time board member of the Consumer Attorneys of California (CAOC) and the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles (CAALA), Mr. Alder is now a leader of both organizations. He is currently on the CAALA Executive Committee serving as First Vice President and will be President of that organization in 2012. In 2006, he was elected by CAOC to become one of nine members of the Board of Directors for Southern California, after serving as the PAC Chairman for Southern California during the 2005-06 election. He remains on the CAOC Board in 2009.
Mr. Alder has given nationwide seminars on litigation and published multiple articles on litigation strategy and practice. He has been a speaker at multiple continuing education seminars and regularly speaks at CAALA's annual Las Vegas convention on topics ranging from advanced trial skills to the use of technology in the courtroom.
Mr. Alder grew up in southern Louisiana, attending Louisiana State University (LSU) and graduating from LSU Law School in 1992. After clerking for The Hon. Lenore Prather, Presiding Justice of the Mississippi Supreme Court, he began his career at the Los Angeles offices of the late David M. Harney, a legendary California trial lawyer. He then moved on to work for and be mentored by Michael J. Piuze, one of the best trial lawyers in the country.
Mr. Alder is a founder of Trial Lawyers Charities, a charity begun by lawyers in Los Angeles dedicated to helping people in the community with financial or legal needs, and a founder of the Alder Family Foundation, which is devoted to assisting students in obtaining quality education based on merit, regardless of their ability to pay. He is also a member of the Board of Overseers of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association.
Contact Information for Michael Alder - Phone 310-275-9131 - Email: Michael Alder