Newport Beach, Calif., February 9, 2018 — Stradling Yocca Carlson & Rauth, P.C. announced today the addition of trial lawyer Michael Mortenson as a shareholder and member of the firm’s litigation practice group. Mortenson, a former private equity analyst, comes to Stradling from BakerHostetler.
Mortenson represents entities and individuals in class actions, breach of contract, breach of warranty, fraud and breach of fiduciary duty matters, including RICO and fraudulent transfer claims and retaliation actions as well as various commercial and employment litigation matters. He also handles appeals to the California Courts of Appeal and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and tries cases on behalf of clients before arbitration panels.
"We are extremely pleased to have Michael join the firm,” said John Cannon, Chair of Stradling’s litigation Department. “His experience and reputation in the industry precedes him and he will be a valuable asset to the firm and to our clients.”
Mortenson has dedicated a significant portion of his time to pro bono matters having represented the family and the estate of Navy SEAL Glen Doherty, who was killed in the September 2012 Benghazi attack, as well as serving as lead trial counsel in a lawsuit against Defense Base Act insurer and insurance broker, resulting in a favorable settlement. He also served as lead counsel in damages claims filed against the CIA and the State Department, resulting in modifications to CIA and State Department policies on contractors killed in action.
“I am thrilled to be joining Stradling and to be among the firm’s highly talented and dedicated team of attorneys,” said Mortenson.
Michael earned his J.D. from Case Western Reserve University School of Law in 2006, and his B.A. from the University of Virginia in 1999.
In addition to Mortenson, Stradling has had great success in attracting high-profile talent over the past year. Last September, Ryan Gaglio, a tax shareholder, re-joined our Newport Beach office from BakerHostetler. In July of 2017, Ian Smith joined as a shareholder in our venture capital practice in Santa Barbara. During the same month, Marcie Damisch, a former Vice President and Associate General Counsel at DaVita Healthcare Partners, joined our Denver office to spearhead our healthcare regulatory practice. In January 2017, Parker Schweich joined the firm as a shareholder in the corporate and securities practice in Newport Beach.
Founded in Newport Beach in 1975, Stradling has grown to more than 130 attorneys in 10 offices across California, Colorado, Nevada and Washington. The firm offers a wide range of legal services in areas as diverse as corporate transactions, securities and complex business litigation, private equity, class actions, tax, intellectual property, bankruptcy, employment, real estate, public law and municipal finance.