Michelle A. Birtja



Michelle is senior counsel at the Los Angeles office where her practice is focused on complex civil litigation with an emphasis in medical malpractice defense. Michelle attended Western State University College of Law, graduating with an Exemplary Public Service Award and a Criminal Law Justice Center Award in 2011. While at Western, Michelle was chosen to be part of the Year One Honors Program (reserved for students in the top 10% of their class), and she received the Witkin Award for Excellence (the highest grade) in Criminal Procedure. During law school, she was a judicial extern for the Honorable Joseph F. De Vanon and a certified law clerk for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, where she adjudicated a misdemeanor jury trial and over twenty-five preliminary hearings.

Prior to law school, Michelle graduated with Distinguished Honors from Whittier College with a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in History and a minor in Philosophy. While in college, she was chosen to attend Royal Holloway, University of London and completed course work in History.

Trial & Appellate Results

Orange County Jury Returns Defense Verdict in Dental Malpractice Trial


“When Good Deeds Go Punished: The Risks Practitioners Face When Assisting Patients in Litigation ”, in the CLM’s Professional Times Magazine, Summer 2018, Volume 2, Issue 1

Areas of Practice (4)

  • General Liability and Casualty
  • Medical Malpractice and Healthcare Law
  • Professional Liability
  • Pharmaceutical and Medical Devices

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
(310) 481-7618  Phone
(310) 481-7650  Fax
University Attended:
Whittier College, B.A., 2008
Law School Attended:
Western State University College of Law, J.D., 2011
Year of First Admission:
2011, California
Birth Information:
Whittier, California

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