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Bio

Michael S. Little is a partner in the law firm of Poole & Shaffery, LLP. He specializes in the areas of insurance coverage / bad faith litigation, cyber law, data breach notification, privacy, contract interpretation, employment matters, and general business litigation.

Mr. Little’s background includes positions in corporate, insurance and law firm settings where he worked with a wide array of clients, including Fortune 500 companies, real estate developers, global insurance companies, transportation companies, public utilities, retailers, museums, technology conglomerates, aerospace corporations, national restauranteurs, film/music/television companies, and theme parks.

Among his diverse areas of practice, Mr. Little has handled substantial and complex commercial litigation matters, including multi-party insurance coverage and bad faith litigation, litigation arising from catastrophic loss, cyber law, data breach notification and response, multi-unit real estate development disputes, multi-party commercial litigation, environmental toxic tort litigation, professional malpractice, construction defect litigation, wrongful termination, and workplace discrimination matters. Mr. Little is also well-versed in the protections afforded by various forms of insurance, including commercial general liability, cyber liability, errors and omissions, professional liability, directors and officers, and employment practices liability coverage.

Mr. Little is a seasoned litigator and litigation strategist. He maintains membership in the Los Angeles County Bar Association, the Claims and Litigation Management Alliance, the California Building Industry Association, and DRI. Mr. Little is a member of the inaugural class of the Litigation Management Institute of the Claims & Litigation Management Alliance. Mr. Little also served as a Board Member of the Valley Industry Association of Santa Clarita.

Mr. Little is a frequent author and panelist regarding insurance law, cyber liability, employment law and business litigation. Among his articles and publications, Mr. Little is the co-author of California’s Insurance Claims Handling Guide published by the Claims and Litigation Management Alliance.

Education
  • University of California, Berkeley, Bachelor of Arts in English
  • Boston College Law School, Juris Doctor
Contact Info

Email: mlittle@pooleshaffery.com

Locations
Awards
  • State Bar of California
Results
  • Obtained summary judgment in favor of one of the largest electric utility companies in the United States in a case filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court involving $34M in alleged property damage caused by the uncontrolled release of surface drainage water, mud and debris flowing from a utility access road onto neighboring residential properties.
  • Negotiated a $5,000 settlement for a manufacturer of an exterior weather vapor barrier coating facing a $20M lawsuit in San Diego County Superior Court arising from alleged defective construction components that caused water intrusion damage at a 267,000 sq. ft. regional call center.
  • · Successfully negotiated the dismissal of a plumbing contractor sued in Riverside County Superior Court after extensive plumbing systems and pipes failed due to ongoing degradation and corrosion at a 1,084 unit residential complex.
  • Obtained a $50,000 settlement for a flooring contractor in an Alameda County Superior Court case that globally settled for $6M arising out of purported deck, roofing, flooring and structural defects at a large 220-unit multifamily four-structure apartment complex.
  • · Defended an electrical contractor in a construction defect action filed in Tulare County Superior Court involving more than 160 occupants, 113 residential units and $11.9M in purported total damage wherein a settlement was negotiated for the nominal sum of $2,500.
  • Defense of large scale residential and multi-unit condominium developers embroiled in complex litigation filed in Alameda County Superior Court involving alleged construction defects, purported misrepresentations made during the sales process, and fraud brought by over 200 tenants and homeowners.
  • Consultation and defense of a not-for-profit organization involved in urban redevelopment and large scale residential renovation and rehabilitation projects.
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