The Worthington Law Firm

Michael Worthington, JD, MBA

Experienced Advocate: Credentialed, versatile, honest, forthright. As a veteran Los Angeles lawyer with over 40 years of experience representing clients in litigation, business transactions, employment disputes, bankruptcy and real estate matters, I have the ability to both shape your legal strategy and champion your case when outside counsel is called for. I have a winning track record that inspires confidence in those who seek my advice, and have resolved complex disputes involving companies, employees, and family estates.

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Practice Areas

Business Law

Choice of entity, formation, management contracts, finance, operations, human resources, litigation,  mergers & acquisitions. I have worked with companies from origination to maturity as legal counsel while sometimes serving as a director.

Real Estate

Purchase and sale agreements, leasing, title matters, property valuation, multi-party negotiations, tax-free exchanges, litigation. I specialize in dispute resolution among owners or beneficiaries, including intra-family issues, and I take care of clients’ trust, will, power-of-attorney and other estate document needs. 

Civil Litigation

Diverse experience in state and federal court, predominantly employment matters, from complaint through trial to judge or jury. I have long term experience in workers compensation and bankruptcy.

Law Practice Milestones

  • University of California Berkeley, BS in Conservation of Natural Resources 1970
  • California licensed private investigator 1973 to 1977
  • University of San Fernando Valley College of Law, Juris Doctor 1976
  • Admitted to California State Bar 1977
  • Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Panel Attorney 1978
  • Pursued cases before the California Workers' Compensation Appeals Board beginning 1978 evolving to approximately 100 per year until 2005.
  • Accepted cases before the US Bankruptcy courts beginning 1979, chapters 7, 11 and 13. Related adversary litigation.
  • California Superior Court, Los Angeles jury verdict Halpern v Nelson $1MM 1982
  • University of California Los Angeles School of Law; courses in Securities Law and Mergers & Acquisitions 1991
  • University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), John Anderson Graduate School of Management, MBA 1992
  • Practice emphasis changed to transactional work including real estate, business formation & operations, and family wealth management.
  • Strategic advisor to privately-held businesses 2003 - present.
  • Focus on Family-Owned Real Estate Conflict Resolution with emphasis on prudent management of trust assets.

Client Testimonials

If you’re interested in hiring counsel who will be honest, thorough, hard-working, will work in a laser-focused manner when the going gets tough and can be creative, then Michael Worthington is your man. Michael guided us (his clients) through some foggy, dark, cold, and unpleasant legal climates; he provided excellent advice regarding our options, drilled down deeply to make sure that we were always ahead of the curve, and treated us with respect, care, concern, and kindness.

I am pleased to scribe these remarks on behalf of a good person, a true problem solver, and a fine lawyer.

Roger Rosen

I have known Michael Worthington for more than 15 years. He is a brilliant attorney with an amazing eye for detail. His dedication and commitment to his clients coupled with his impeccable values and ethics make Michael one of the best attorneys that I have ever had the good fortune of meeting.

His excellent communication skills make Michael Worthington among the best negotiators I have ever known. I have also had the good fortune of getting to know Michael Worthington on a personal level. He is an exemplary husband father and friend.

George Rimalower

Michael and I worked together implementing a 1033 tax deferred exchange for a family trust in 2009. The transaction involved several properties and a tremendous amount of due diligence. During that time I was impressed with Michael’s attention to detail, professionalism and opinions regarding our transactions. Michael’s expertise extends beyond that of just being an attorney. He is also a landlord, and thus brings a 360 degree view to any property deal, which is invaluable.

Jack Turturici

Michael Worthington served as General Counsel to Petrol Advertising in Los Angeles from its inception in 2003. As entrepreneurs who had a vision of what we wanted to establish, but very little in the machinations that are required for implementation, and Michael’s counsel and advice were invaluable. Michael has been more than an attorney for us. He has been a friend, cheerleader and ombudsman whose counsel is always honest, objective and sanguine. It gives me great pleasure to recommend Michael.

Toby Blue

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