Sanford Michelman


Sanford L. Michelman is a co-founder and Chairman of the law firm of Michelman & Robinson, LLP (M&R). Since its inception, M&R has been a preeminent provider of corporate, regulatory and litigation services to Fortune 100 corporations, industry leaders, start-ups and entrepreneurs. Under Mr. Michelman’s stewardship, M&R has grown to five offices throughout California and New York.

Mr. Michelman focuses his efforts on the most complex matters. He recently successfully defended a national insurance brokerage against a multi-billion dollar class action by effectively arguing that the legislative intent of a 1967 statute precluded wrongdoing. In another case, he got a Department of Insurance regulation declared illegal by arguing it was in violation of the 4th Amendment, thereby forcing a change in the Department’s procedures.

Sanford Michelman Discovery Award
Sanford Michelman holding Discovery Award

In 2014, 2015 and 2016, Mr. Michelman was named one of the “Top 100 Attorneys in Southern California” by Super Lawyers Magazine. He is also among a select group of lawyers serving on the Super Lawyers’ Blue Ribbon Panel which evaluates nominees for inclusion in the Southern California Super Lawyers list, on which Mr. Michelman has appeared every year since 2003. When the Legal 500 “Recommended” M&R’s Commercial Litigation Practice in 2015, the esteemed directory noted that Mr. Michelman was a “fantastic” attorney. Mr. Michelman was selected for inclusion in the 2015, 2016 and 2017 Best Lawyers in America USA Guide (Commercial Litigation and Insurance Law). He has also been named in the San Fernando Valley Business Journal as one of the “Top 25 Lawyers” and “Top Forty Under 40.” In 2003, he was named by the Daily Journal as a “Top 20 Under 40” lawyer. In addition, Mr. Michelman received the Latin American Agents Association’s “Valor Award” for his involvement in the insurance industry, has been named to the list of “Who’s Who in Law“ and was selected as a finalist in LawDragon’s ” Leading Lawyers in America.”

Mr. Michelman brings this same passion and dedication to his pro bono work and philanthropy. He has been honored by the California State Bar for his efforts on behalf of Bet Tzedek Legal Services, and is the recipient of the “Discovery Award” presented by the Zimmer Children’s Museum, on whose Board he also serves.

Please visit the M&R website for Mr. Michelman’s complete bio.

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