Michael J. Murtaugh
Mike's practice focuses on counseling and representing design professionals concerning liability and business matters, employment counseling and litigation, and general civil litigation.
He performed his undergraduate work at the University of Cincinnati (BA, with honors, 1970), and received his law degree from the UCLA School of Law (JD, 1973) where he represented the school in the National Moot Court Competition and was elected to the Order of the Barristers.
Mike has received Martindale Hubbell’s highest possible “AV Preeminent” rating for ethics and competence; and he frequently lectures to legal and professional organizations including, the Orange County Bar Association where he has served on the faculty of the College of Trial Advocacy, the AIA OC (e.g., “Law 101,” and “Contracts 801,” “A/E Intellectual Property Primer,” “Surviving Difficult Times, ” and “Ownership Transition”), SEAOSC (“The Art of Contract Negotiation”) and ACEC (e.g., “Drainage Law” and “Litigationwise Project Management”).
He has served on the Board of Directors of the Association of Southern California Defense Counsel and as Chairman of the Board of Easter Seals of Southern California; and he is an honorary member of the Orange County Chapter of the American Institute of Architects.