Michael Walker focuses his practice involves matters related to complex litigation disputes.
Michael represents developers, design professionals, contractors and subcontractors in all types of construction litigation. This litigation involves single family homes, condominiums, apartments, commercial buildings, underground projects, convenience stores and others.
Michael has represented clients throughout Northern California and the Central Valley in construction defect and construction injury cases. He has also defended the personal injury and property damage aspects of construction and mold litigation. Michael also has experience representing clients in general liability personal injury and property damage cases arising from trucking, auto and fire loss claims among others.
In the construction arena, he has handled cases involving earth movement and geotechnical issues. His cases have also included matters of water intrusion and mold issues, defective roofing systems, window systems, pour in place concrete, stucco and EIFS systems, plumbing systems, interior finish issues and others.
Michael has worked on cases from the initial pleading stages, through discovery, mediation, expert discovery and trial, defending clients and experts in deposition, taking the depositions of parties and lead experts, and preparing and arguing substantive motions for trial. Many of these matters have also involved interpretation and application of insurance issues, additional insured issues, and contractual indemnity issues that accompany complex litigation.
California Supreme Court Limits Recovery by Injured Workers: The Duty to Provide a Safe Workplace Under Cal-OSHA is Presumed to be Delegated to the Subcontractor
August 2011 On August 22, 2011 the California Supreme Court made claims by injured workers against general contractors more difficult when it held in Seabright Insurance v. U.S. Airways that the hirer of a subcontractor presumably delegates to the subcontractor any duties that arise regarding a safe workplace for the subcontractor’s employees.
CERCLA’s Natural Resource Damage Provisions, A Loophole for Private Landowners The Administrative Law Journal (1995)
Plaintiff Concedes Rather than Oppose Defendant’s Motion for Summary Judgment
November 6, 2013
Awards & Distinctions
Selected for inclusion in Northern California Super Lawyers-Rising Stars Edition, 2010