Michael Alder

    California Litigator, Plaintiff's Trial Lawyer

Michael Alder

"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."


bullet  California Attorney of the Year 2014
    California Lawyer

bullet  Trial Lawyer of the Year
    Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, 2004

bullet  California Trial Lawyer of the Year Nominee
    Consumer Attorneys of California, 2004, 2008 and 2009

bullet  One of the Top 100 Super Lawyers in Southern California 2008-2014
    Los Angeles Magazine

bullet  Southern California Super Lawyer, 2004-2014
    Los Angeles Magazine

bullet  Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles
  • President 2012
  • Board of Governors since 2001

bullet  Consumer Attorneys of California Board of Governors since 2001

bullet  Member, Los Angeles Superior Court Bench / Bar Committee,
    2008 to present

bullet  American Board of Trial Advocates since 2003

bullet  Founder, Trial Lawyers Charities

bullet  Founder, Alder Family Foundation

bullet  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.


Mike Alder is one of the top trial attorneys in California, consistently obtaining record verdicts and settlements for his clients.    Mr. Alder has repeatedly been recognized for his accomplishments as a trial lawyer and for the verdicts and settlements he obtains for his clients.   In 2014, he received the Clay Award and was named the personal injury “California Attorney of the Year” by California Lawyer.  Mr. Alder is the only attorney in the country to ever have 3 verdicts listed in Verdict Search’s “Top 100 Verdicts” of the year.  He achieved this accomplishment in 2011 when he obtained the largest personal injury verdict in Ventura County history ($39.4 million); the largest personal injury verdict in St. Charles Parish, Louisiana, history ($29.1 million); and a breach of contract award with punitive damages in Los Angeles County ($33 million).   Mr. Alder has been a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates  (ABOTA) since 2003.  He was the youngest lawyer to ever be named CAALA’s “Trial Lawyer of the Year.”   He has also been named a “Top 100 Super Lawyer” for Southern California every year since 2004.    Mr. Alder is a 5-time nominee for California’s Trial Lawyer of the Year and is one of the youngest recipients of Daily Journal’s Top 100 Lawyers in California (2011).

At AlderLaw, Mr. Alder has established a unique formula for success where a team of lawyers, paralegals, and legal assistants vigorously pursue all cases on behalf of his clients; however, Mr. Alder maintains ultimate control over every case at AlderLaw, from small day-to-day decisions to trying the case to a jury when necessary.   This formula has permitted AlderLaw to grow in size while still allowing Mr. Alder to be personally involved in each and every case.

Mr. Alder is a past president of CAALA and is a frequent speaker at seminars on trial strategy and has published numerous articles regarding trial strategy.    Mr. Alder has a long history of supporting other trial attorneys.   Mr. Alder maintains a deposition database and an expert witness directory and provides information at no charge to any trial lawyer requesting it.  Mr. Alder also created the “Warrior Fund” to serve as a funding sponsor to make sure new attorneys have the resources necessary to pursue cases against well-funded insurance companies.   In addition, Mr. Alder founded the Trial Lawyers Charity, which has been extremely successful in raising money to support causes in the Los Angeles area.   He has also served as a member of the Los Angeles Superior Court Bench/Bar Committee since 2008.

A native of Louisiana, Mr. Alder received his undergraduate and law degree from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.   Following a clerkship with the Hon. Lenore Prather, the presiding justice of the Mississippi Supreme Court, Mr. Alder moved to Los Angeles and began practicing law and representing plaintiffs who needed a strong advocate for their case.   A firm believer in giving back to the community, Mr. Alder established the Alder Family Foundation to assist local students in obtaining a quality education based on merit, not their ability to pay.   He is also a member of the Board of Governors for the Los Angeles Philharmonic. 

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Contact Information for Michael Alder - Phone 310-275-9131 - Email: Michael Alder