Michael S. Middleton
Michael Middleton attended University of California at Davis, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science in 1989. He attended the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, graduating with a J.D. in 1992. Admitted to the California Bar in 1992.
He has successfully participated in numerous jury trials, binding arbitrations and mediations in areas including construction defects actions, employment claims, business and breach of contract litigation, mechanics’ lien and collection matters, the defense of construction bonds, surety bonds, performance bonds and payments bonds. He also handles personal injury defense, insurance fraud litigation (SIU) and first-party claims.
He handles the defense of numerous insured and self-insured companies, who require a defense while they are seeking to meet their Self-Insured Retention (SIR) requirements under their applicable liability policies.
Finally, Mr. Middleton’s practice also includes the review of documents as well as the counseling of numerous companies ranging from the construction field to retail and manufacturing entities. This work includes the drafting, review, negotiation and oversight of contracts primarily in the building industry, insurance industry, extending to contracts which include, but are not limited to manufacturing and distribution contracts, insurance coverage documents and employment contracts and agreements and the interpretation of these agreements.
Mr. Middleton is a Member of the State Bar of California, the Sacramento County Bar Association, Construction Law, Business Law, Employment and Real Estate Sections, the Defense Research Institute, the Northern California Association of Defense Counsel and the American Subcontractor Association. He is a faculty member and continuing education speaker for the National Business Institute as well as a speaker at numerous construction-related seminars and author of “California Construction Law: What Do You Do When ...?” and “California Mechanics Lien Law”.
He has also been a guest speaker at the Western Association of Painting and Decorating Contractors convention, “Construction Defect Litigation in California” and has been a speaker at American Subcontractors Association meetings, on topics such as “California Construction Contracts”.