Michael R. Halvorsen is the managing partner of the Los Angeles office. He began his career as an intern under veteran Santa Barbara litigator Barry L. Snyder in the late nineties while attending the University of California at Santa Barbara. Mr. Halvorsen earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in English from UCSB in 1999. After graduation, he continued working at Mr. Snyder’s firm for another year as a law clerk before starting law school at the University of San Francisco School of Law in the Fall of 2000.
At USF, he received the Best Oral Argument Award from the Moot Court Board, was the Executive Articles Editor of the Maritime Law Journal, a pupil in the U.S.F. Inns of Court, Quarter-Finalist in the Judge John R. Brown Moot Court Competition in New Orleans, and Finalist in the San Francisco Trial Lawyers’ Association’s Mock Trial Competition. He also authored Citation and Precedent: A Practitioner’s Guide to Citation and Precedent Value of Opinions Published in AMC under the Ninth, Fifth, Eleventh, and Second Circuit’s Rules, 199 U.S.F. MLJ 199. Thereafter, he was invited to be the first student ever to address the bi-annual Pacific-Admiralty Conference. During the summer of his second year in law school, he clerked for a national firm where he focused on the defense of manufacturers in product liability litigation. He received his Juris Doctor degree in May of 2003.
Mr. Halvorsen joined Phillips, Spallas & Angstadt LLP the same day he passed the California State Bar in November 2003. After working in the firm’s San Francisco office for two years, he moved to Los Angeles where he continued to practice litigation in all California state and federal courts together with pre-litigation investigations and mediations. In February 2007, he led the opening of the firm’s Los Angeles office in Century City before moving to the Sepulveda Center (near the 405/10 interchange) in 2016 to be more convenient for clients.
Mr. Halvorsen’s primary practice areas include most areas of litigation including product liability, complex landlord-tenant disputes, consumer warranty under state and federal statutes, significant personal injury, premises liability, breach of fiduciary duty, breach of contract, and homeowner’s association disputes. He enjoys working with all clients including Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., Forest River, American Junkie restaurants, Howl at the Moon, and many other smaller ‘mom and pop’ clients.
Mr. Halvorsen has been part of the trial teams for many lawsuits during his career often in either a lead counsel or co-lead counsel capacity. He continues to be a critical aspect of managing litigation for clients through trial.
Mr. Halvorsen has been a member of the California State Bar in good standing continually since 2003. He is a member of American Bar Association, Association of Southern California Defense Counsel, U.S.F. Inns of Court, San Francisco County Bar Association, and the Los Angeles County Bar Association. He is admitted in all federal courts in California including the United States District Court for the Northern, Central, Eastern, and Southern Districts of California.
- Best Oral Argument Award, Moot Court Board, 2001
- Executive Articles Editor, Maritime Law Journal, 2002-2003
- Quarter-Finalist, Judge John R. Brown Moot Court Competition, 2002
- San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association’s Mock Trial Competition, Finalist, 2002
- Citation and Precedent: A Practitioner’s Guide to Citation and Precedent Value of Opinions Published in AMC under the Ninth, Fifth, Eleventh, and Second Circuit’s Rules, 199 U.S.F. MLJ 199 (2003)