Michael D. Abraham
University of California, Hastings College of the Law, J.D., 1986
University of California, Berkeley, M.C.P., 1986 (City and Regional Planning)
University of California, Berkeley, B.S., 1982
Michael D. Abraham
Michael D. Abraham is a shareholder in the firm. He has successfully tried cases and counseled large health care companies, high tech companies, major financial organizations, large corporations, national chains, franchisors, and international law firms. Additionally, he is the head of the firm’s award winning eDiscovery practice group, with experience in multi-terabyte events.
His expansive trial experience includes favorable verdicts for his clients involving privacy claims, data breaches, unfair business practices, antitrust claims, breach of contract, real estate transactions, tort liability, security violations, officer and director liability, franchise law violations, employment claims, environmental claims, Proposition 65 claims, and breaches of fiduciary duty.
Among his jury wins, Mr. Abraham achieved a defense verdict at the conclusion of an 8 week antitrust trial in the United States District Court of the Northern District Court of California. The resulting judgment was upheld by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal.
Mr. Abraham in March 2015 obtained an order striking the class allegations in a data breach case at the pleading stage. The trial court in the Alameda County Superior Court’s complex department agreed that individualized issues concerning causation and mitigation as well as the his client’s right to present defenses to individual’s claims made the action inappropriate for class treatment.
Mr. Abraham in July 2014 obtained an extraordinary Writ from the State Court of Appeal, dismissing without leave to amend a $4 billion exposure in a data breach case in the healthcare industry. Sutter Health v. Superior Court, 227 Cal.App.4th 1546 (2014), review denied Oct. 16, 2014.