Michael L. Wroniak

SUMMARY

Michael L. Wroniak is a trial attorney and the managing partner of
the firm’s Orange County office. Mr. Wroniak’s litigation practice
focuses on general liability; professional liability including the
representation of architects and engineers, general contractors and
construction managers; and public entity liability. Mr. Wroniak has
represented service professionals in matters relating to personal
injury, property damage, breach of contract, professional liability,
and construction disputes. He has represented public entities in
matters involving dangerous conditions of public property, civil
rights violations, inverse condemnation and wrongful termination,
harassment and retaliation in the workplace. In the process, Mr.
Wroniak has handled personal injury matters ranging from simple
trip and falls to traumatic brain injury and wrongful death. Mr.
Wroniak routinely counsels his clients on risk management issues,
including contract development and negotiations, developing
strategies and programs to mitigate risk and creating systems and
procedures for ensuring proper handling of litigated matters.

Mr. Wroniak has presented numerous seminars to professional
organizations on issues ranging from premises liability to claims
investigation to contractual indemnity.

Mr. Wroniak earned his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from
California State University, Long Beach in 1997, and went on to
obtain his Juris Doctor, cum laude, from Chapman University, Dale
E. Fowler School of Law in 2000.

EXPERIENCE

Summary Judgement Granted in Favor of County in Bicycle
Accident Lawsuit:
Bicyclist sustained brain damage after
colliding with vehicle turning left from an alley. Summary
judgment granted in favor of County.

Summary Judgement Granted in Favor of City in Civil Rights
Lawsuit:
Hotel claimed civil rights violations under United States
Constitution and California Constitution after the city denied it
vehicle permits under its municipal code. Summary judgment
granted in favor of the city and the ruling was upheld on appeal to
the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal.

Summary Judgement Granted in Favor of Deputy and County
in Auto Accident Lawsuit:
Deputy and his county employer were
sued after the deputy was involved in automobile accident while
responding to a call with lights and siren activated. Summary
judgment granted in favor of the deputy and the county based on an
emergency exception in California Vehicle Code and evidence that
the deputy was driving reasonably and with due regard to the safety
of others.

Motion to Dismiss Granted For County in Civil Rights Lawsuit:
Individual alleged violation of civil rights after his home and office
were searched and property seized as part of an investigation into
the improper operation of a medical marijuana facility. Motion to dismiss granted on grounds that no constitutional violation could be established as a matter of law.

Dismissal Obtained for Architect in Design Defect Case: Store
owner alleged design defects arising from improper specifications
of flooring and tile material that bubbled. Dismissal obtained after
establishing that product specified was appropriate for intended use
but material provided by third party was defective.

Tender of Defense and Indemnity Accepted in Negligence
Lawsuit:
Plaintiff alleged negligent traffic control plan caused
traffic accident that resulted in personal injuries. Tender of defense
and indemnity accepted by general contractor on the project after
establishing that plans and specifications required the contractor to
do so.

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS
  • State Bar of California
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • Claims & Litigation Management Alliance
  • Foodservice Industry Risk Management Association
PUBLICATIONS/SEMINARS
  • Mechanic’s Liens Law Changes-Revise Your Lien Forms Now to Ensure You Are Protected in the Future
  • Additional Insured Endorsements – Not Necessarily the Protection You Bargained For
  • Making Claims Investigation Work for You: A Practical Guide to
    “What’s In It For Me?”
  • Cooperative Agreements: Lessons Learned