Michael is the Managing Partner and was one of the Founders of Webster Kaplan LLP in 2012. He is the Chair of the firm’s Family Law and Domestic Relations Practice Group and is also Chair of the firm’s Medical Device and Risk Management Practice Group, the latter of which includes litigation and counseling throughout the United States, having represented a leading worldwide medical device company for over 40 years.
Michael, who prides himself on being a creative problem solver, as well as a skilled litigator, is available for his clients on a 24/7 basis. He is a long-standing member of numerous local, state, federal and international associations, as well as professional organizations including his induction into the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel (FDCC) in 1996 and his role as a member of the first Advisory Board and a Charter Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America (Trial Lawyer Honorary Society) in 2006. He has lectured, conducted workshops, written on topics relevant to his practice areas and has been qualified and has testified as an expert witness in family law. In a quest to broaden and enhance his practice, Michael received a certificate in mediation training at the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine University School of Law in 2009.
Michael is “AV” Rated, the highest possible peer review rating for legal ability and ethical standards, under Martindale-Hubbell’s Peer Review Process and since 2006 Michael has been continually named to the list of Southern California Super Lawyers by Los Angeles Magazine for his experience and expertise in family law. In 2015 Michael was admitted to the United States Supreme Court.
Michael is a native of Los Angeles and has practiced in Southern California for over 45 years. With an extensive history of philanthropic activities, he divides his time amongst a host of community service organizations, educational institutions, and charitable groups.
Michael received his J.D. degree from Loyola University School of Law in 1974, after attending graduate school and completing his training in the United States Air Force. He received two Bachelor degrees, cum laude, from California State University, Northridge, in 1970, one in Political Science and the other in European History. While earning his undergraduate degrees, Michael was a member and officer of the Phi Alpha Theta and Pi Sigma Alpha Honor Societies and was a candidate for a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship.
Prior to forming Webster Kaplan, Michael was a shareholder and a member of the Executive Committee of Silver & Freedman, APLC, during the period 1998 until the firm ceased doing business in March of 2012. Prior to that, Michael was one of the founders of Frydrych & Webster, Inc. and practiced law with Jack A. Frydrych from 1980 to 1998.