Michael Masuda

Michael Masuda: Attorney with Noland, Hamerly, Etienne & Hoss A Professional Corporation AV stamp icon
Attorney Awards


Mr. Masuda specializes in civil litigation, trial and appellate practice, arbitration and mediation. Mr. Masuda holds the highest rating, "AV”, from Martindale-Hubbell.

Services to Clients
Mr. Masuda has tried over 85 cases before juries and judges in both state and federal courts throughout California where he has obtained numerous million dollar plus verdicts and settlements, including a Daily Journal Top 100 Verdicts in 2009.
Professor of Law, Monterey College of Law, 1987—. Adjunct Professor, Chapman University, 1998-1999. He has also lectured at the University of California, Santa Cruz, California State University, Monterey Bay, and the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School; Coach to various high schools students in mock trials. Winner of the 2013 Lewis L. Fenton Award for Excellence In Advocacy by the Monterey County Bar Association and selected to the 2014 Northern California Super Lawyers list.

Areas of Practice (97)

  • Civil Litigation
  • Appellate Practice
  • Construction Law
  • Employment Law
  • Insurance Law
  • Elder Abuse
  • Elder Rights
  • Civil Appeals
  • First Amendment Law
  • Freedom of Information
  • Freedom of Religion
  • Media and First Amendment
  • Contract Litigation
  • Complex Litigation
  • Defense Litigation
  • Federal Civil Litigation
  • Federal Litigation
  • Trial Practice
  • Age Discrimination in Employment
  • Americans With Disabilities Act
  • Confidentiality Agreements
  • Covenants Not To Compete
  • Employee Discipline
  • Employer Liability
  • Employment Arbitration
  • Employment Breach of Contract
  • Employment Civil Rights
  • Employment Claims
  • Employment Defense
  • Employment Disability Discrimination
  • Employment Discrimination
  • Employment Litigation
  • Employment Termination
  • Employment at Will
  • Equal Employment Opportunity Law
  • Fair Employment Practices
  • Harassment
  • Human Resources Law
  • Negligent Hiring
  • Noncompete Litigation
  • National Origin Discrimination
  • Noncompetition and Non-Solicitation Agreements
  • Restrictive Covenants
  • Retaliatory Discharge
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Title VII Discrimination
  • Wage and Hour Law
  • Whistleblower Litigation
  • Wrongful Termination
  • Wrongful Termination Defense
  • Contested Wills
  • Contested Trusts and Estates
  • Estate Litigation
  • Fiduciary Litigation
  • Trust Litigation
  • Civil Liability
  • Intentional Torts
  • Tort Defense
  • Tort Liability
  • Boundary Disputes
  • Easements
  • Quiet Title
  • Real Estate Litigation
  • Premises Security
  • Premises Liability Defense
  • Accidents
  • Automobile Accidents
  • Bicycle Accidents
  • Bodily Injury
  • Bus Accidents
  • Brain Injury
  • Catastrophic Injury
  • Dog Bites
  • Head Injury
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents
  • Motorcycle Accidents
  • Pedestrian Injuries
  • Personal Injury Appeals
  • Personal Injury Defense
  • Plaintiffs Personal Injury
  • Psychological Injury
  • Rental Vehicle Litigation
  • School Bus Accidents
  • Severe Burns
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Slip and Fall
  • Spinal Injury
  • Third Party Wrongful Death
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Wrongful Death
  • Negligence Defense
  • Negligence
  • Libel, Slander and Defamation
  • Defamation
  • Libel Defense
  • Libel and Slander
  • Media Libel

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
831-424-1414  Phone
831-424-1975  Fax
Mailing Address:
PO Box 2510, Salinas, CA 93902-2510
University Attended:
University of North Dakota, B.A., 1978; University of California at Berkeley, M.A., 1984
Law School Attended:
University of North Dakota, J.D., with distinction, 1981
Year of First Admission:
U.S. District Court, Northern, Eastern, Central and Southern Districts of California; U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit; 1981, North Dakota; 1981, Minnesota; 1989, California; 1992, U.S. Supreme Court
Monterey County and American (Member, Litigation Section) Bar Associations; State Bar of California (Member, Sections on: Litigation; Public Law); Northern California Association of Defense Counsel; Defense Research Institute; International Association of Defense Counsel.
Birth Information:
Billings, Montana, September 25, 1956
Reported Cases:
Citizens for Hatton Canyon v. California Dept. of Transportation (2003) 112 Cal. App. 4th 835; Becerra v. Gonzales (1995) 32 Cal. App. 4th 584; Thorning v. Hollister School District (1992) 11 Cal. App. 4th 1598; Geertz v. Ausonio (1992) 4 Cal. App. 4th 1363; Hair v. State of California (1991) 2 Cal. App. 4th 321; Ewing v. City of Carmel-By-The-Sea (1991) 234 Cal. App. 3d 1579; Leonoff v. Monterey County Bd of Sup[ervisors (1990) 222 Cal. App 3d 1337; Evans v. Eckelman (1990) 216 Cal. App. 3d 1609; Capuccio, Inc. v. Harmon (1989) 208 Cal. App. 3d 1496.
Payment Information:
  • Fixed Hourly Rates
  • Fixed Fees Available

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Salinas, California

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