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Michael L. Turrill

Los Angeles

Michael L. Turrill

Michael Turrill defends clients facing class actions and commercial disputes, particularly in the consumer, real estate, financial services, energy, and entertainment industries. His clients include large and small companies based throughout the United States and around the world.

Michael has a wealth of litigation, trial, and appellate experience in both state and federal courts, as well as before arbitration panels around the country and internationally. His clients benefit from his comprehensive knowledge of federal and state consumer protection laws, business torts, and unfair competition litigation, as well as his experience handling intellectual property matters, employment disputes, and contractual and partnership disputes.

Representative Experience

Secured a summary judgment ruling on a trademark infringement claim on behalf of the largest national fraternal order of farmers in the country.

Represented one of the largest U.S. real estate investment trusts in arbitration and secured an award of more than US$1m in damages and attorneys' fees.

Successfully obtained a summary judgment for a Washington-based real estate development company in litigation regarding a 97-acre mixed use development project.

Represented leading beverage retailer in defense of a putative class action alleging false advertising. Secured a beneficial pre-suit settlement for the client on confidential terms.

Secured an appellate victory for one of the nation's largest real estate investment trusts in an appeal in the Court of Appeals for the Third District of Texas in Austin.

Represented a significant number of families in finalizing foster care adoptions in conjunction with the Alliance for Children's Rights.

Successfully represented a leading retail chain in a putative class action alleging violations of the Consumer Legal Remedies Act and Unfair Competition Law.

Represented retailer in a putative class action involving deceptive advertising in violation of California's Consumer Legal Remedies Act and Unfair Competition Law.

Negotiated favorable settlement and dismissal of lawsuit for solar energy technology provider in putative class action under The Telephone Consumer Protection Act.

Advised on portfolio of partnership litigation matters in state and federal courts throughout the U.S. for a national real estate tax credit syndicator.

Represent financial services company in various litigation and commercial counseling matters, securing millions of dollars in judgments on behalf of the fund.

Secured a summary judgment victory for an international oil and gas company that had alleged damages arising out of an alleged breach of indemnity agreement.

Represented a major California-based energy company in a breach of contract dispute with another energy company on the sale of its upstream oil production business.

Represented a major California-based energy company as national coordinating counsel in environmental litigation in state and federal courts.

Served as lead attorney in two groundbreaking pro bono Fair Housing cases with record-setting settlements and payment of over US$6m in damages and attorneys' fees.

Education and admissions


  • J.D., Chair, Hale Moot Court Honors Program, University of Southern California Gould School of Law, 1996
  • B.A., Brown University, 1993
  • General Course, London School of Economics, 1992


  • Association of Business Trial Lawyers, board member (July 2010-July 2015); membership chair (2012-2013); lunch programs chair (2013-2014); dinner programs chair (2014-2015)
  • Irish American Bar Association, president (January 2012-December 2012); board member (January 2010-present)
  • Western Center on Law and Poverty, board member (2005-2011)
  • Federal Bar Association, Federal Litigation Section
  • American Bar Association, Litigation Section
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association, Litigation Section
  • National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (March 2012-present)

Bar admissions and qualifications

  • California

Court admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit


Business Litigation

Super Lawyers


Pro Bono Attorney of the Year

University of Southern California's Public Interest Law Foundation


Rising Star, Business Litigation

Super Lawyers

Latest thinking and events

Published Works

Applying the Attorney-Client Privilege to In-House Counsel

The Los Angeles Lawyer

Published Works

Fiduciary Duties in Limited Partnerships: A Necessary Legal Protection or an Interference with Freedom of Contract Principles?

ABA Section of Litigation Business Torts Journal

Published Works

Taking Effective Video-Taped Depositions and Using Them Effectively at Trial

ABA Annual Meeting Presentation
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