Michael J. Laino

Associate

Michael Laino is a “fighter” who applies a vigorous and dynamic style of advocacy to complex disputes throughout the Sacramento and Northern California area, at trial and appellate levels, in both state and federal court.

Michael uses sharp analytical skills to represent clients in a wide arrange of legal issues, including partnership disputes, construction defect litigation, wild fire matters, intellectual property, employment, trusts/probate contests, and finance. With a focus on common-sense solutions, Michael’s pragmatic approach to litigation allows him to provide the most advantageous strategies to fit his clients’ particular needs. Clients turn to Michael for practical advice and cost-effective solutions.


Professional, Community And Pro Bono Involvement

  • Sacramento County Bar Association, 2019
  • Metro EDGE, 2019
  • Lawyers in the Library, Sacramento County Public Law Library, Volunteer
  • Eastern District of California, Pro Se Help Day, Volunteer
  • Kennedy Inn of Court Student Member
  • University of the Pacific Moot Court Honors Board, 2017-2018
  • Phi Kappa Phi Honors Society

Honors & Rankings

  • Order of the Coif
  • Externship with the Honorable Consuelo Callahan, United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 2018
  • ALI-ABA Scholarship and Leadership Award
  • Anthony M. Kennedy Fellowship recipient, full tuition scholarship
  • Witkin Awards for Academic Excellence in Advanced Appellate Advocacy, Community Property, Constitutional Law, Criminal Law Defenses, Criminal Procedure, Cybersecurity Law & Policy, Juvenile Law, Professional Responsibility, and Legal Research/ Writing I & II
  • Deans Honors List 2015-2018
  • Best Appellate Brief, McGeorge School of Law, 2017
  • Best Appellate Brief, New York National Moot Court Competition, 2018
  • Won the New York National Moot Court Competition Regional Round in 2017 and 2018
  • Best Appellate Brief, Frank A. Schreck Gaming Law Moot Court Competition, Las Vegas, 2018
  • Represented a California based company against a competitor regarding product disparagement and trade libel.
  • Represented a private academic institution in a major construction defect claim.
  • Helped litigate a shareholder dispute involving a California corporation.
  • Worked in defending private and public clients against overwhelming wild fire liability.

Michael was born and raised in Sacramento, attending Christian Brothers High School before playing baseball throughout college. In his spare time, Michael enjoys golfing, traveling, and attending baseball games.


Professional, Community And Pro Bono Involvement

  • Sacramento County Bar Association, 2019
  • Metro EDGE, 2019
  • Lawyers in the Library, Sacramento County Public Law Library, Volunteer
  • Eastern District of California, Pro Se Help Day, Volunteer
  • Kennedy Inn of Court Student Member
  • University of the Pacific Moot Court Honors Board, 2017-2018
  • Phi Kappa Phi Honors Society

Honors & Rankings

  • Order of the Coif
  • Externship with the Honorable Consuelo Callahan, United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 2018
  • ALI-ABA Scholarship and Leadership Award
  • Anthony M. Kennedy Fellowship recipient, full tuition scholarship
  • Witkin Awards for Academic Excellence in Advanced Appellate Advocacy, Community Property, Constitutional Law, Criminal Law Defenses, Criminal Procedure, Cybersecurity Law & Policy, Juvenile Law, Professional Responsibility, and Legal Research/ Writing I & II
  • Deans Honors List 2015-2018
  • Best Appellate Brief, McGeorge School of Law, 2017
  • Best Appellate Brief, New York National Moot Court Competition, 2018
  • Won the New York National Moot Court Competition Regional Round in 2017 and 2018
  • Best Appellate Brief, Frank A. Schreck Gaming Law Moot Court Competition, Las Vegas, 2018