Michael Shipley has a broad background representing companies and individuals in complex commercial litigation as well as white collar and regulatory matters. Michael's experience includes fraud, securities, and shareholder disputes including merger and acquisition disputes. Michael has represented both buyers and sellers in disputes involving a broad range of claims such as shareholder litigation over fiduciary duties, post-closing disputes, valuation disputes, working capital disputes, indemnifications and representations and warranties. Michael has extensive experience in both federal and state courts, including pre-filing investigations, discovery, motions practice, trials, post-trial practice, and appeals.

Most recently, in 2019, Michael was recognized by The Legal 500 United States for Corporate Investigations and White-Collar Criminal Defense. In 2015, Michael was selected to the Daily Journal's prestigious "Top 20 Under 40" list which recognizes California's top legal talent. Michael is also the author of "111 North Hill Street," a blog focused on significant rulings on California civil procedure.


Thought Leadership


"E-Trade Case Clarifies Calif. Trade Secret Royalty Framework," Law360, May 2020

“Calif. Ruling Should Ease Cross-Border Business Concerns,” Law360, April 2020

"California Supreme Court Reverses Court of Appeal Decision Barring Consensual Service by Mail on China-Based Parties," Kirkland Alert, April 2020

"Crafting Separate Statements in Motions for Summary Judgment," Los Angeles Lawyer, December 2018

“Anti-SLAPP statute turns 25 with a bang,” Daily Journal, December 2017

“What to Do About the Anti-SLAPP Catchall?” Daily Journal, December 2016

“Maroney’s Minefield: California’s complicated rules for obtaining a new trial can lead all but the most careful to an unfair result,” Los Angeles Lawyer, October 2015

“Anti-SLAPP splits expanded in 2013,” Daily Journal, February 2014

“Ahn v. Kumho Tire: The California Court of Appeal Widens an Exception to the Sham Declaration Rule,” Kirkland & Ellis Alert, February 2014


“Thriving in Their 40s,” Los Angeles Business Journal, 2022

2019 Civil Liberties Award, American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California

Corporate Investigations and White-Collar Criminal Defense, The Legal 500 United States, 2019

“Top 20 Under 40,” Daily Journal, 2015

Memberships & Affiliations

Board of Directors, Western Center for Law and Poverty


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2004California


  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Central District of California
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of California
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of California
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of California


  • University of California College of the Law, San FranciscoJ.D.magna cum laude2004

    Order of the Coif

    Thurston Society

    Senior Articles Editor, Hastings Race & Poverty Law Journal

  • New York UniversityB.A., Sociology1997