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Verdicts and Settlements

MLG has litigated cases against nearly every major auto manufacturer in the world, resulting in substantial verdicts and settlements. We have also filed some of the most notable automotive class action cases in the nation, including matters against GM, Chrysler, Hyundai, Toyota, Kia, Honda, Acura, BMW, Volkswagen, Uber, and Apple.

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National Recognition

Involved in cutting edge litigation, MLG is frequently called upon by the press for relevant comment. Founding member Jonathan Michaels has been interviewed by virtually every major media outlet, including appearances in The New York Times USA Today, ReutersFortune and  The Wall Street Journal, as well as feature stories on CBS Evening News and ABC Evening News.

Our Areas of Expertise

The Team Manufacturers Fear

We are contrarians. We are agents for change.

As experienced National Trial Lawyers, we think differently than most. We dig deep into the details where others skim. We see opportunity where others see defeat. We strive to disrupt the status quo, questioning everything on our journey. If the law produces an unjustified result, we believe the law should change. If convention disagrees with us, we believe convention should change. We are contrarians. We are agents for change.

Acura
David McPhillips v. Acura
Ronald Anderson v. Acura

Honda
Tipton Honda v. Honda
Erin Reilly v. Honda
Tori Grigis v. Honda
Shae Pellegrini v. Honda
Les Legler v. Honda
Tyanna Elizabeth Lachelle Rush v. Honda

BMW
CJ Wilson v. BMW
Dan Himan v. BMW
Fahren Feingold v. BMW
Raymond Robles v. BMW
Wiam Abood v. BMW

Chrysler
Ernie Caluza v. Chrysler
Tim Blackwell v. Chrysler
Margareta Knoos v. Chrysler
Lance St. Clair v. Chrysler
Leigh Carleu v. Chrysler
Kimberly Morrison v. Chrysler
Nicole Mastroianni v. Chrysler
Edmund Karam v. Chrysler
Joe Veni v. Chrysler
Western Motors v. Chrysler
Stacy Allen v. Chrysler
Cheyenne Fairchild v. Chrysler
Dale Sievwright v. Chrysler
Edgar Gabriel v. Chrysler
Carolyn Bailey-Paich v. Chrysler
Steven Ouzounian v. Chrysler
Edward Shane v. Chrysler
Mary Shaffer v. Chrysler
Cindy Gosper v. Chrysler
Dennis Platt v. Chrysler
Diana Uribe v. Chrysler
Hamed Gus Said v. Chrysler
Heather Howell v. Chrysler
Ivan Sukhanov v. Chrysler
Karen Noyes v. Chrysler
Raenna Zebley v. Chrysler
Raymond Karim v. Chrysler
Samia Kiser Chisty v. Chrysler
Sonyamarie Daniels v. Chrysler
Shaffer v. Chrysler

Jeep
John Jay Morales vs. Jeep
Brittany Domingo vs. Jeep

Ford
Lorena Albert v. Ford
Andria Lugo v. Ford
Janice Smith v. Ford
Tara Moe v. Ford
Spampinato v. Ford

Lincoln
Jhoti Crawford v. Lincoln

General Motors

Royal Birk v. GM
GM v. Huntington Beach Hummer
Sam DeSantis v. GM
Ernell Durden v. GM
Ana-Maria Vegas v. GM
Pete Shaver v. GM
Sherwood Automotive v. GM
Kennedy Cadillac v. GM
Huntington Beach Chrysler v. GM
Rally Auto Group v. GM
Gordon Hair v. GM
Ted Titmas v. GM
Cathy Wood v. GM
D’Angelo Scott v. GMAC

Groth-Hill Land Co. v. GMAC
Crown Chevrolet v. GMAC
Rahim Hassanally v. GM
Joseph Brunatti v. GM
Kathrine Robles v. GM
Moe Arabpour v. GM
Charmaine Antoinette Boos v. GM

Cadillac

Charmaine Antoinette Boos vs. Cadillac

Hyundai
Victor Partaker v. Hyundai
Rally Auto Group, Inc. v. Hyundai
Josh Kim v. Hyundai
Paula LaBrot v. Hyundai
Jim Shelton v. Hyundai
Courtney Torres v. Hyundai
Brenda Tisdale v. Hyundai
Joann Price v. Hyundai
Kaitlynn Marchione v. Hyundai
Margarita Baranov v. Hyundai
Patrick Fleming v. Hyundai
Penelope Johnson v. Hyundai
Ricky Wilson v. Hyundai
Omar A. Lagunes vs. Hyundai

Kia
Kamiya Perry v. Kia 
Valter Facundo v. Kia
Patricia McClanahan v. Kia
Mauro Miramontes v. Kia
P Ann Gill v. Kia
Andrea Lua v. Kia
Edward Robinson v. Kia
Eldonna Gillespie v. Kia
Joel Daniel Fox v. Kia
Mathew Oslie v. Kia
Omar Becerra v. Kia
Ron Fronckowiak v. Kia
Sureily Rodriguez v. Kia
Morgan Kornfeind vs. Kia
Terry Baker vs. Kia
Bobby Jones Sr. vs Kia

 

 

 

Infiniti
Kimberly Ortega v. Infiniti
David Alexander v. Infiniti
Elizabeth Cardenas v. Infiniti
Jennie Gonzalez v. Infiniti
Chris Pereira vs. Infiniti

Nissan
Gonzales Automotive v. Nissan
HWB Automotive Group v. Nissan
Jennie Saleen v. Nissan
Emil Moshabad v. Nissan

Tammy Williams v. Nissan
Chaunea Jackson v. Nissan
Anthony Kirk v. Nissan
David Alexander v. Nissan
Teddy Z. Reynado v. Nissan
Shanelle Anthony v. Nissan
Gerardo Palmerin Macias v. Nissan
Ruby Ordinola v. Nissan
Claudia Lilia Ordinola-Vasquez v. Nissan
Ronald Wiggins vs. Nissan
Reynado v. Nissan

Isuzu
Margaret Semple v. Isuzu

Jaguar
Lee West Enterprises v. Jaguar

Karma
VLF v. Karma

Land Rover
Gary Hanson v. Land Rover
Tyler Mattox v. Land Rover

Maserati
Mohamed Elsayed v. Maserati

Mercedes-Benz
Leo Chan v. Mercedes
Dean Valeriano v. Mercedes
Hussein Berri v. Mercedes
Sergio Bechara v. Mercedes
Lauri Manhas v. Mercedes
Christina Lumba-Gamboa v. Mercedes
Alexander Engelman v. Mercedes
Alexa Lemus v. Mercedes
Amber Cardoza v. Mercedes
Veronica Brenner v. Mercedes
Lorrie-Ann Bosch vs. Mercedes

Mazda
Chris Weaver v. Mazda
Nancy Dennis v. Mazda
Nehal Mehdizadeh Naderi v. Mazda

Subaru
Tatiana Masloff v. Subaru
Yesenia Robles v. Subaru

Tesla
Aleksandr Iakovlev v. Tesla
Alex Dong v. Tesla
Grace Park v. Tesla
Il Ryun Song v. Tesla
Lindsay Molander v. Tesla
Matalie Sare v. Tesla
Serena Gowani v. Tesla
Sam Khachatryan vs. Tesla
Walker Mueller vs. Tesla
Ivory Mitchell vs. Tesla
Liliia Halushko v. Tesla
Billy Jack Copple v. Tesla
Heather Lee v. Tesla
Chassity Malone v. Tesla
Derrick Monet v. Tesla
Toyota
SVP International v. Toyota
David Langseth v. Toyota
Majed Nabhan v. Toyota
Amy White v. Toyota
Creative Productions v. Toyota
Marielena Dominguez v. Toyota
Marcus Ritze v. Toyota
Jason Klein v. Toyota
Sean Kelly v. Toyota
Charlotte Shamblin v. Toyota
Dana Kuller v. Toyota
Joshua Kuller v. Toyota
Kye Shamblin v. Toyota
Michael Lavecchia v. Toyota
Ruben Baier v. Toyota
Saqib Khan v. Toyota
Diana Valles vs. Toyota
Tom Lefebvre vs. Toyota
Culberson v. Toyota Motor Credit
Andrew Bautista v. Toyota

Lexus
Blake Altman v. Lexus
Enrique Cortes Jr. v. Lexus
Thu Han v. Lexus

Volkswagen
Brian Huber v. Volkswagen
Rod Campbell v. Volkswagen
Robert Miranda v. Volkswagen
Alexandria Kaiser v. Volkswagen
Neil Summers v. Volkswagen
Camille Jackson v. Volkswagen
Helene Andress v. Volkswagen
Jenna Buccieri v. Volkswagen
Mike Duringer v. Volkswagen
Hubert Williams v. Volkswagen

Volvo
Jill Golubow v. Volvo
Geeta Novotny v. Volvo
Michele Viault v. Volvo
Mariani v. Volvo

Acura
David McPhillips v. Acura
Ronald Anderson v. Acura

Honda
Tipton Honda v. Honda
Erin Reilly v. Honda
Tori Grigis v. Honda
Shae Pellegrini v. Honda
Les Legler v. Honda
Tyanna Elizabeth Lachelle Rush v. Honda

BMW
CJ Wilson v. BMW
Dan Himan v. BMW
Fahren Feingold v. BMW
Raymond Robles v. BMW
Wiam Abood v. BMW

Chrysler
Ernie Caluza v. Chrysler
Tim Blackwell v. Chrysler
Margareta Knoos v. Chrysler
Lance St. Clair v. Chrysler
Leigh Carleu v. Chrysler
Kimberly Morrison v. Chrysler
Nicole Mastroianni v. Chrysler
Edmund Karam v. Chrysler
Joe Veni v. Chrysler
Western Motors v. Chrysler
Stacy Allen v. Chrysler
Cheyenne Fairchild v. Chrysler
Dale Sievwright v. Chrysler
Edgar Gabriel v. Chrysler
Carolyn Bailey-Paich v. Chrysler
Steven Ouzounian v. Chrysler
Edward Shane v. Chrysler
Mary Shaffer v. Chrysler
Cindy Gosper v. Chrysler
Dennis Platt v. Chrysler
Diana Uribe v. Chrysler
Hamed Gus Said v. Chrysler
Heather Howell v. Chrysler
Ivan Sukhanov v. Chrysler
Karen Noyes v. Chrysler
Raenna Zebley v. Chrysler
Raymond Karim v. Chrysler
Samia Kiser Chisty v. Chrysler
Sonyamarie Daniels v. Chrysler
Shaffer v. Chrysler

Jeep
John Jay Morales vs. Jeep
Brittany Domingo vs. Jeep

Ford
Lorena Albert v. Ford
Andria Lugo v. Ford
Janice Smith v. Ford
Tara Moe v. Ford
Spampinato v. Ford

Lincoln
Jhoti Crawford v. Lincoln

General Motors

Royal Birk v. GM
GM v. Huntington Beach Hummer
Sam DeSantis v. GM
Ernell Durden v. GM
Ana-Maria Vegas v. GM
Pete Shaver v. GM
Sherwood Automotive v. GM
Kennedy Cadillac v. GM
Huntington Beach Chrysler v. GM
Rally Auto Group v. GM
Gordon Hair v. GM
Ted Titmas v. GM
Cathy Wood v. GM
D’Angelo Scott v. GMAC

Groth-Hill Land Co. v. GMAC
Crown Chevrolet v. GMAC
Rahim Hassanally v. GM
Joseph Brunatti v. GM
Kathrine Robles v. GM
Moe Arabpour v. GM
Charmaine Antoinette Boos v. GM

Cadillac

Charmaine Antoinette Boos vs. Cadillac

Hyundai
Victor Partaker v. Hyundai
Rally Auto Group, Inc. v. Hyundai
Josh Kim v. Hyundai
Paula LaBrot v. Hyundai
Jim Shelton v. Hyundai
Courtney Torres v. Hyundai
Brenda Tisdale v. Hyundai
Joann Price v. Hyundai
Kaitlynn Marchione v. Hyundai
Margarita Baranov v. Hyundai
Patrick Fleming v. Hyundai
Penelope Johnson v. Hyundai
Ricky Wilson v. Hyundai
Omar A. Lagunes vs. Hyundai

Kia
Kamiya Perry v. Kia 
Valter Facundo v. Kia
Patricia McClanahan v. Kia
Mauro Miramontes v. Kia
P Ann Gill v. Kia
Andrea Lua v. Kia
Edward Robinson v. Kia
Eldonna Gillespie v. Kia
Joel Daniel Fox v. Kia
Mathew Oslie v. Kia
Omar Becerra v. Kia
Ron Fronckowiak v. Kia
Sureily Rodriguez v. Kia
Morgan Kornfeind vs. Kia
Terry Baker vs. Kia
Bobby Jones Sr. vs Kia

 

 

 

Infiniti
Kimberly Ortega v. Infiniti
David Alexander v. Infiniti
Elizabeth Cardenas v. Infiniti
Jennie Gonzalez v. Infiniti
Chris Pereira vs. Infiniti

Nissan
Gonzales Automotive v. Nissan
HWB Automotive Group v. Nissan
Jennie Saleen v. Nissan
Emil Moshabad v. Nissan

Tammy Williams v. Nissan
Chaunea Jackson v. Nissan
Anthony Kirk v. Nissan
David Alexander v. Nissan
Teddy Z. Reynado v. Nissan
Shanelle Anthony v. Nissan
Gerardo Palmerin Macias v. Nissan
Ruby Ordinola v. Nissan
Claudia Lilia Ordinola-Vasquez v. Nissan
Ronald Wiggins vs. Nissan
Reynado v. Nissan

Isuzu
Margaret Semple v. Isuzu

Jaguar
Lee West Enterprises v. Jaguar

Karma
VLF v. Karma

Land Rover
Gary Hanson v. Land Rover
Tyler Mattox v. Land Rover

Maserati
Mohamed Elsayed v. Maserati

Mercedes-Benz
Leo Chan v. Mercedes
Dean Valeriano v. Mercedes
Hussein Berri v. Mercedes
Sergio Bechara v. Mercedes
Lauri Manhas v. Mercedes
Christina Lumba-Gamboa v. Mercedes
Alexander Engelman v. Mercedes
Alexa Lemus v. Mercedes
Amber Cardoza v. Mercedes
Veronica Brenner v. Mercedes
Lorrie-Ann Bosch vs. Mercedes

Mazda
Chris Weaver v. Mazda
Nancy Dennis v. Mazda
Nehal Mehdizadeh Naderi v. Mazda

Subaru
Tatiana Masloff v. Subaru
Yesenia Robles v. Subaru

Tesla
Aleksandr Iakovlev v. Tesla
Alex Dong v. Tesla
Grace Park v. Tesla
Il Ryun Song v. Tesla
Lindsay Molander v. Tesla
Matalie Sare v. Tesla
Serena Gowani v. Tesla
Sam Khachatryan vs. Tesla
Walker Mueller vs. Tesla
Ivory Mitchell vs. Tesla
Liliia Halushko v. Tesla
Billy Jack Copple v. Tesla
Heather Lee v. Tesla
Chassity Malone v. Tesla
Derrick Monet v. Tesla
Toyota
SVP International v. Toyota
David Langseth v. Toyota
Majed Nabhan v. Toyota
Amy White v. Toyota
Creative Productions v. Toyota
Marielena Dominguez v. Toyota
Marcus Ritze v. Toyota
Jason Klein v. Toyota
Sean Kelly v. Toyota
Charlotte Shamblin v. Toyota
Dana Kuller v. Toyota
Joshua Kuller v. Toyota
Kye Shamblin v. Toyota
Michael Lavecchia v. Toyota
Ruben Baier v. Toyota
Saqib Khan v. Toyota
Diana Valles vs. Toyota
Tom Lefebvre vs. Toyota
Culberson-Stowers, Inc. v. Toyota Motor Credit
Andrew Bautista v. Toyota

Lexus
Blake Altman v. Lexus
Enrique Cortes Jr. v. Lexus
Thu Han v. Lexus

Volkswagen
Brian Huber v. Volkswagen
Rod Campbell v. Volkswagen
Robert Miranda v. Volkswagen
Alexandria Kaiser v. Volkswagen
Neil Summers v. Volkswagen
Camille Jackson v. Volkswagen
Helene Andress v. Volkswagen
Jenna Buccieri v. Volkswagen
Mike Duringer v. Volkswagen
Hubert Williams v. Volkswagen

Volvo
Jill Golubow v. Volvo
Geeta Novotny v. Volvo
Michele Viault v. Volvo
Mariani v. Volvo

Testimonials

So happy I found this law firm!

“So happy I found this law firm! Jonathan, Kyle and all of the staff at MLG were very helpful and I wouldn’t have received the settlement I did if it wasn’t for them! Highly recommend!”

Lisa J.

Jonathan and the entire MLG team are awesome…

“Jonathan and the whole team at MLG are awesome at what they do. No one else comes close to the legal expertise these guys have when dealing with the automotive industry and auto defects.”

Nick B.

GREAT settlement…

“Our family business just finished a case with MLG. We had to file a lawsuit against Chrysler for a big business dispute. They were able to help us reach a GREAT settlement and we did not have to go to trial.”

Angela G.

High level of integrity…

“I have come to know and trust Jonathan Michaels over the past few years. He is a very classy man with a high level of integrity and has a very good work ethic. He is extremely knowledgeable in business law and very dedicated to his specialty of automotive law.”

Jackie M.

Top notch…

“I’ve worked with Jonathon Michaels over the past few years on many business transactions and find him and his wonderful staff quick to respond and are a top notch professional organization.”

Mike B

I can always count on them…

“The people over at MLG are great. I can always count on them to handle any legal stuff I throw at them.”

Ray P.

They really know their stuff…

“Jonathan Michaels and MLG were extremely helpful in our case. They really know their stuff. They were responsive to all of our questions. Would definitely use them if we have a need in the future!!”

Julio C.

Michaels and his staff were the most efficient…

“Michael’s and his staff were the most efficient, honest, detailed oriented and attentive attorneys we had ever met. If we could give them a higher star we would!”

Christina S.

These guys lock on and don’t let up…

“If you are looking for a bulldog attorney who’s bite is louder than their bark, these are the guys for you. Great attorneys very tenacious. These guys lock on and don’t let up.”

Alex R.

Jonathan is very passionate…

“Jonathan is a very passionate and driven attorney with a knack for being extremely detailed orientated. He constantly purses excellence in whatever he does and we consider ourselves lucky to have crossed paths with such an experienced and knowledgeable individual and law firm.”

Rob P.

Jonathan Michaels and the MLG team stand out…

“Jonathan Michaels and the MLG team stand out as not only experts in the field of automotive law, but as compassionate professionals who get amazing results for their clients. I would highly recommend Jonathan and his team at MLG!”

Karen S.

They fight hard and work around the clock…

“Jonathan Michaels and his team are very dedicated to their clients. They fight hard and work around the clock for you and are always reachable by phone if you have any questions about your case. Great customer service! Highly recommend!”

Nel V.

In the News

Steer Clear from Danger

By |Auto Recalls, General|

MLG Attorneys at Law has recently unveiled its latest initiative, "Steer Clear of Danger," marking a significant stride in their ongoing commitment to road safety and consumer advocacy. This initiative is not just a campaign; it's a testament to MLG's dedication to bringing crucial awareness to an often-overlooked aspect of driving - vehicle recalls. The firm, renowned for its expertise in auto defect litigation, is stepping up its game, addressing the alarming issue of unrepaired [...]

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Jonathan Michaels Recognized In The 2024 Edition Of Best Lawyers In America

By |General|

Principal of MLG Attorneys at Law, Jonathan Michaels, has earned distinguished recognition in the 2024 edition of Best Lawyers in America® in the category of “Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions- Plaintiff.” Michaels has built a distinguished record within the automotive legal sector, with his expertise leading him to litigate against many of the world's major car manufacturers, including GM, Honda, Audi, Toyota, and Tesla. “It is indeed a privilege to be recognized among the esteemed attorneys [...]

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MLG’s High-Tech Mock Courtroom is Revolutionizing Legal Training

By |General|

Legal education has long relied on a combination of theoretical knowledge and practical skills to prepare aspiring lawyers for the challenges of the courtroom. While theoretical understanding is important, the ability to effectively argue a case, present compelling evidence, and engage with judges and juries is equally critical. Recognizing the limitations of traditional training methods, the legal field has embraced the use of high-tech mock courtrooms to enhance practical skills and provide aspiring lawyers with [...]

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