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Michael Haddad is an AV Preeminent Rated Lawyer who has successfully tried and handled numerous high profile cases.  Mr. Haddad is a leader in the field of civil rights law, and regularly teaches and advises other attorneys.  He is currently the President of the National Police Accountability Project (www.npapjustice.org).  He specializes in wrongful death, serious injury, and other high-profile cases.  Previously, he was a partner at the respected civil rights/plaintiffs firm, Goodman, Eden, Millender & Bedrosian, in Detroit, Michigan, widely acknowledged as the first racially integrated law firm in the United States.  He is listed in Northern California Super Lawyers, San Francisco Magazine, for 12 years straight - 2004 to 2015.

Our firm was made in Detroit.  We never quit.

Practice Areas: Civil Rights, Police Misconduct; Constitutional Law; Wrongful Death; Personal Injury Law; Trials and Appeals.

Admitted: 1991, Michigan; 1997, California

Law School: University of Michigan, J.D., 1991

College: Michigan State University, James Madison College, B.A., with honors, 1988

Member: President, National Police Accountability Project (NPAP) 2009-present; San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association (SFTLA); Consumer Attorneys of California (CAOC); Association of Trial Lawyers of America (ATLA); American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC); National Trial Lawyers (Top 100 Attorneys in California); The Million Dollar Advocates Forum; State Bar of Michigan; State Bar of California. 

Reported Cases: Green v. City and County of San Francisco, 751 F.3d 1039 (9th Cir. 2014); Wilkins v. City of Oakland, 350 F.3d 949 (9th Cir. 2003); Spencer v. U.S.D.C., 393 F.3d 867 (9th Cir. 2004); Moore v. City of Vallejo, 73 F.Supp.3d 1253 (E.D. Cal. 2014); Hesterberg v. United States, 71 F.Supp.3d 1018 (N.D. Cal. 2014); M.H. v. County of Alameda, 62 F.Supp.3d 1049 (N.D. Cal. 2014); Burns v. Redwood City, 737 F.Supp.2d 1047 (N.D. Cal. 2010); Foster v. City of Oakland, 675 F.Supp.2d 992 (N.D. Cal. 2009); Foster v. City of Oakland, 621 F.Supp.2d 779 (N.D. Cal. 2008); Dimas v. City of Warren, 939 F.Supp. 554 (E.D. Mich. 1996); Johnson v. Wayne County, 213 Mich. App. 143 (Mich. Ct. App. 1995).

Personal: Lives in Oakland and Mendocino County with his wife and law partner, Julia Sherwin, and two rescue dogs. Enjoys hiking, fitness, soulful music (Americana, country, blues, jazz, flamenco, reggae), wild animals and forests.  Loves fighting for justice on behalf of regular people harmed by government or corporations.

Born: Detroit, Michigan, 1966.

Michael Haddad and Julia Sherwin