Michael HaddadOakland Civil Rights Attorney | Michael Haddad

Michael Haddad is an AV Preeminent Rated Lawyer and an acclaimed Oakland civil rights attorney 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 past-President (2010-2015) 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 influential 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 has been listed in Northern California Super Lawyers, San Francisco Magazine, for 19 years straight – 2004 to 2022.

Our firm was made in Detroit.  We never quit.

Practice Areas: Civil Rights, Police Misconduct; Constitutional Law; Wrongful Death; 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


  • President, National Police Accountability Project (NPAP), 2010-2015
  • NPAP Executive Committee member, 2000-2018
  • NPAP Board Member 2000-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
  • General Society of Mayflower Descendants
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • State Bar of California

Reported Cases: Martinez v. City of Pittsburg, 809 Fed Appx. 439 (9th Cir. 2020); Orr v. Plumb, 884 F.3d 923 (9th Cir. 2018); Cornell v. City and County of San Francisco, 17 Cal.App.5th 766 (2017) (review denied)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); Atayde v. Napa State Hospital, 255 F.Supp.3d 978 (E.D. Cal. 2017); M.H. v. County of Alameda, 90 F. Supp. 3d 889 (N.D. Cal. 2013); M.H. v. County of Alameda, 62 F.Supp.3d 1049 (N.D. Cal. 2014); Johnson v. Shasta County, 83 F.Supp.3d 918 (E.D. Cal. 2015); 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).

Michael Haddad with fishPersonal: Lives in Oakland and Mendocino County with his wife and law partner, Julia Sherwin, and two rescue dogs. Enjoys fishing, 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.