When choosing a lawyer, Michael believes experience is key. Michael A.K. Dan is an aggressive and professional advocate, rated AV® Preeminent™ by Martindale Hubble and a Super Lawyer for several years. His breadth of 40 plus years of exclusive plaintiff personal injury experience is critical for proper evaluation and investigation of his clients’ claims. His hands on, client-oriented approach, combined with personal knowledge, maximizes recovery for his clients’ serious and personal injuries.
Michael wanted to be a plaintiff trial lawyer from the beginning of law school at UCLA. He was successful in his first case in federal court after only practicing two months. That aviation case was followed by victories in pharmaceutical litigation, medical malpractice, insurance, auto, product liability, defamation, legal malpractice, and all forms of cases where a loved one was injured or died.
Michael has done pioneering work in obstetrical malpractice (i.e. birth injury, pharmaceutical litigation, and developed state and nationwide expertise in mass tort cases including L-tryptophan and Felbatol.
Michael has tried to verdict and participated in settlements of more than a thousand matters. He has tried or arbitrated more than 100 cases throughout California. Michael obtained the first million-dollar personal injury verdict in California and was the first to win a million dollar verdict for punitive damages in a personal injury case in California. Michael has obtained record setting jury awards for a single person injury matter, punitive damages and loss of a minor. His actions have contributed to increased safety in the aviation, pharmaceutical, and homeopathic fields.
Michael went to U.C.S.B and U.C.L.A. where he received a B.A. in Political Science, with Honors, in 1966, law school at the University of California at Los Angeles (J.D., 1969; President, Senior Class), and Kings College, University of London, London, England (LL.M., International Law, 1970). He is a member of the Supreme Court of the United States Bar and he proudly admits to passing the bar the first time. He has received several prestigious awards including America’s Most Honored Professional, American Reegistry Top Ten Trial Lawyers and Southern California Super Lawyers. He is a past member of Academy of Magical Arts.
Michael has worked extensively in mass tort and complex litigation, including: Plaintiffs’ Committee, Karachi Hijacking; Plaintiffs’ Committee, L-Tryptophan, Los Angeles and San Francisco, MDL (National-State Liaison, Discovery Committee); Plaintiffs’ Committee, In re: Felbatol (Class Action Counsel); Sioux City Crash (Class Action Committee); Breast Implant (Discovery Committee). MDL and Complex Litigation: Aralen, Bali Crash, Baycol, Bendectin, Birth Control Pills, Breast Implant, Compazine, Dalkon Shield, D.E.S., Duarte Mid Air, Fen-Phen, Felbatol, Karachi Hijacking, HIV/Hemophilia, L-tryptophan, Norplant, Pago Pago Crash, Paris Crash, San Diego P.S.A., SAS Santa Monica Bay, Sioux City Crash, SOS Toxic Claims, Sulzer Hip Implant, Tahiti Crash, Telectronics, Tenerife Collision, Tetracycline, Thalidomide, Tigan, Tobacco, Tofranil.
Michael is dedicated to achieving full compensation for you and your loved ones. His is a practical, no-nonsense, cost effective approach that leads to success for clients.
Michael knows that the team at Cheong, Denove, Rowell & Bennett has the lawyers, personal resources, and understanding of their client’s needs to persevere, persuade, and prevail!
Cheong, Denove, Rowell & Bennett has the extensive resources to handle the most complex legal matters, yet is small enough to offer individualized service to our clients.
At Cheong, Denove, Rowell & Bennett we believe the more you know, the better choice you will make.