Michael Hartley has a national insurance litigation practice and regularly defends insurer clients in coverage litigation and bad faith matters across the country. Mr. Hartley also represents public and private companies and their directors and officers in shareholder and corporate control disputes, civil RICO and business torts, and executive employment matters. Mr. Hartley has served as lead trial counsel for numerous Fortune 500 companies and start-ups in large-scale matters including coverage, trademark infringement, corporate bribery, and international investment fraud.
Mr. Hartley approaches litigation with clearly defined goals, a leanly-staffed trial team, and a targeted, well-developed game plan. He believes that smart decision-making wins cases, and that the early decisions are almost always the most important ones.
Before joining the firm, Mr. Hartley was a securities and trial practice partner in the Los Angeles office of the national law firm Alston + Bird. Prior to that, Mr. Hartley was a litigation and trial partner at Weston Benshoof Rochefort Rubalcava & MacCuish, which merged with Alston in 2008. Following law school, Mr. Hartley clerked for U.S. District Judge Paul Barbadoro, the youngest federal judge in the country at the time, and followed that with a year of appellate and Supreme Court practice with Harvard Law Professor Lawrence Tribe. He then entered large firm litigation practice in Los Angeles.
Mr. Hartley graduated cum laude and order of the coif from the Boston College Law School, where he was an editor of the Law Review. He received his bachelor’s degree, with honors, from the University of British Columbia.