Michael Attanasio

Partner and Litigation Department Chair
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I defend companies against threats to their innovation and success, and I defend individuals against threats to their freedom. My teams work tirelessly to extinguish these risks and deliver our clients to safety.

That question is going to live in cross-examination lore forever.

Former federal prosecutor quoted in the New York Post

Admissions and credentials


Rankings and accolades

American College of Trial Lawyers: Fellow

Attorney General's John Marshall Award for Legal Achievement (Trial)

Law360: White Collar MVP

The Daily Journal: Top 100 Attorneys in California

The Daily Journal: Top Defense Verdicts (Moser v. Encore Capital et al.)

Recorder: Game Changer award (US v. Jacobson)

Best Lawyers: Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, White Collar Defense

Benchmark Litigation: Litigation, White Collar

Chambers USA: Band 1 for Litigation: General Commercial – California: San Diego (2020 – 2024)

Super Lawyers: Top 10 Lawyer in San Diego

Super Lawyers: White Collar Defense, Securities Litigation

San Diego Daily Transcript: Top San Diego County Attorneys (Criminal Law)

Legal 500: Dispute Resolution – General Commercial Disputes; Trade Secrets (Litigation and Non-Contentious Matters)

Memberships and affiliations

American College of Trial Lawyers

He is a fantastic lawyer. He is top tier.

Chambers USA

He’s a strong advocate and communicator.

Chambers USA