Michael A. Shakouri

Michael A. Shakouri

Senior Counsel
Location:
Los Angeles, California
Phone:
310-552-3322
Fax:
310-943-1589
Email:

Mr. Shakouri represents plaintiffs and defendants in numerous areas, including construction and design defect cases, real estate purchase and sale agreement disputes and a variety of other real estate, business litigation, risk management and insurance coverage issues.

Recent Successes

Of note, Mr. Shakouri’s recent successes include:

  • Obtained high six-figure settlement on a breach of lease from a top 10 tech company. Prior to filing suit, the general counsel for the tech company adamantly refused any liability, however after due diligence our from obtained evidence that the assets of the tenant were purchased by the tech company.
  • Represented Landlord against a national law firm in a breach of lease lawsuit. Obtained mid six-figure settlement, within one-day of filing lawsuit, based on our filing of an ex-parte writ of attachment and temporary protective order to levy accounts receivable of law firm. Multiple other landlords failed to obtain any monetary amounts from national law firm.
  • Awarded Summary Judgment for Possession and six-figure judgment in past-due rent in a highly contested Unlawful Detainer Dispute, where tenant was alleging that the business was also a residence, and that Landlord had to abide by the Ellis Act.
  • Represented Landlord in a breach of lease against a regional restaurant chain, only creditor to collect on judgment, prior to regional restaurant chain filing bankruptcy.
  • Represented Landlord in a national Chapter 11 Bankruptcy of a consumer electronics and home appliance store, one of only two creditors (out of thousands) to obtain administrative rent for period after bankruptcy.
  • Represented Landlord against a medical marijuana grower, who had defaulted on a warehouse lease in Nevada. As the Tenant did not have any bank accounts, our firm sought to levy stock/assets in the company, Tenant retained national law firm in highly contested matter. Our firm collected on judgment, after Judge set hearing for transfer of company shares to Landlord.
  • Defended prominent development company in a complex litigation matter alleging conspiracy, breach of fiduciary duty, and aiding and abetting. Obtained a judgment by dismissal for defendant; only private company to be dismissed on demurrer.

Prior to law school, Mr. Shakouri completed his undergraduate coursework at the University of Southern California, cum laude, where he obtained his Bachelor of Arts in Economics with a minor in History.

Mr. Shakouri obtained his Juris Doctorate from the University of San Diego, School of Law. During law school, Mr. Shakouri was a summer associate at the business affairs department of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures, Inc. in Century City and participated in the University of San Diego’s pro bono legal clinic representing low-income individuals in a variety of legal matters.

Prior to joining Goodkin APC, Mr. Shakouri represented various major financial institutions in civil litigation arising out of residential financing, at a well-established law firm in Orange County. Mr. Shakouri is licensed to practice law before all California State Courts and the Central and Southern Districts of the United States District Court of California. Mr. Shakouri is a member of the Iranian-American Bar Association, Los Angeles County Bar Association and the Orange County Bar Association.

Areas of Practice

  • Real Estate
  • Insurance Coverage and Risk Management
  • Business Law

Bar Admissions

  • California
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of California

Education

  • University of San Diego School of Law, San Diego, California
    • Juris Doctorate
  • University of Southern California
    • B.A., Bachelor of Arts cum laude
    • Major: Economics
    • Minor: History

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Iranian-American Bar Association
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Orange County Bar Association