Michael W. Connally

Partner

  • location icon Orange County, CA
    650 Town Center Drive
    Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Michael Connally is a partner in the Orange County office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Bad Faith Litigation, Insurance Coverage and Appellate Practices. 

His cases primarily include the following:

  • Appellate Law
  • Insurance Bad Faith and Coverage
  • Defense of religious organizations
  • Real property and title disputes
  • Eminent Domain
  • Large subrogation actions

Mr. Connally litigates insurance bad faith lawsuits, real property and title disputes, claims of wrongful termination, sexual harassment, defamation, discrimination and other employee/employer tort claims, disputes over corporate, structure, premises liability claims against religious organizations, and cases involving eminent domain.

Published Opinions

  • Moradi-Shalal v. Fireman's Fund Insurance (1988) 46 Cal.3d 287 [Amicus brief filed for Safeco Title Insurance Company regarding third party insurance statutory bad faith].
  • Isaacson v. California Insurance Guaranty Association (1988) 44 Cal.3d 775 [Amicus brief filed for California Land Title Association regarding insurance bad faith and duty to settle].
  • Redevelopment Agency of the City of Burbank v. Gilmore (1985) 38 Cal.3d 790 [Amicus brief filed for Boy Scouts of America, holding that condemnees are entitled to prejudgment interest at a market rate on condemnation awards].
  • Aetna Life & Casualty Co. v. City of Los Angeles (1985) 170 Cal.App.3d 865 [Inverse condemnation subrogation case holding, for the first time, that fire damage can give rise to eminent domain liability and requiring prejudgment interest at a market rate in inverse condemnation cases].
  • U.S.F.& G. v. Superior Court (1988) 204 Cal. App.3d 1513 [Civil Code section 2860 and an insured’s rights to independent counsel].
  • Native Sun v. Ticor Title (1987) 189 Cal.App.3d 1265 [Title insurance company’s duties and obligations].
  • Textron Financial Corp. v. National Union Fire Ins. Co. (2004) 118 Cal.App.4th 1061 [Punitive damage award found to be excessive, violating the federal Constitution's due process clause].
  • Ohio Casualty Ins. Co. v. Garamendi (California Fair Plan Assn.) (2006) 137 Cal.App.4th 64 [affirmed Insurance Commissioner’s order interpreting California FAIR Plan’s statutory participation rule and $3,103,153 assessment in favor of Mr. Connally’s client].
  • Jonkey v. Carignan Construction Co. (2006) 139 Cal.App.4th 20 [affirmed defense verdict in favor of Mr. Connally’s client on personal injury claim].

Admissions

State Bar of California, 1981

United States District Court - All Districts of California, 1981-1982

United States Court of Appeals - Ninth Circuit, 1982

United States Supreme Court, 1990

Associations

Orange County Bar Association - Appellate and Insurance Law Sections

Awards & Honors

  • American College of Trial Lawyers, Medal for Excellence in Advocacy, National Moot Court Competition, 1980-81
  • Loyola Trial Advocacy Competition, first place, Fall 1980
  • Scott Moot Court Honors Program, first place, 1979-80
  • "Best Overall Advocate," Scott Moot Court Honors Program, 1979-80
  • Winner of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers Award
  • Winner of the West Publishing Company Award
  • Chief Justice, Scott Moot Court Honors Program, 1980-81

Education

Loyola University Law School

Juris Doctor, 1981

Loyola Marymount University

Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, 1978

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