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Mike H. Madokoro

Mike H. Madokoro

Managing Partner

As managing partner in the firm's Los Angeles office, Mike Madokoro is a highly sought after trial attorney, with experience defending the world's largest automotive and product manufacturers in high-exposure product liability litigation. Mike's clients have taken advantage of his trial and litigation skills, relying on him to manage national discovery programs. 

With more than 28 years of experience, Mike has developed a wide range of product liability litigation experience, including cases involving everything from automobiles, forklifts, personal watercraft, guardrails, material handling equipment, elevators and escalators to electrical equipment.

In addition to his product liability practice, Mike has defended against allegations of premises liability, toxic tort liability, chemical exposure, employment, wrongful termination, qui tam claims, and breach of contract and fraud involving the sale of a large manufacturing process.

Mike is also adept at discovery issues and has developed proficiency in navigating his clients' ESI in litigation. He is a frequent presenter and moderator on the topic. Mike is also active in the firm's Diversity and Inclusion Committee.


Bar Admissions

  • California, 1990

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California, 1993
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of California, 1995
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, 1998
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California, 2004


  • McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific, J.D., 1989
  • University of Santa Clara, Center for Global Law and Policy, 1987
    Tokyo, Japan Summer Program
  • University of California, Los Angeles, B.S., 1985
    Major:  Political Science

Professional Associations

    • Defense Research Institute
    • Japanese American Bar Association
      —President, 2019
      —Board of Governors
      —Judicial Review Committee
    • California Minority Counsel Program
      —Recruitment and Membership Committee
    • Los Angeles County Bar Association
      —Litigation Section, Executive Committee
      —Co-Chair, Affiliate and Affinity Bar "Homeless Service Initiative
    • Association of Southern California Defense Counsel


    • Los Angeles County Bar Association
      Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month Honoree, 2023
    • Los Angeles Business Journal
      Most Influential Minority Attorneys in Los Angeles, 2018
    • BTI Consulting Group
      —Client Service All-Star, 2017
    • Lawyers of Color's Power List, 2014
    • Super Lawyers Magazine
      —Southern California Super Lawyer 2007-2013


  • Japanese

Recent News, Events and Blogs

Speaking Engagements

  • “Power Up Your Diversity and Inclusion Committee: Best Practices and Innovative Approaches for Maximum Impact,” Panelist, California Minority Counsel Program, October 2018
  • “Civility in the Courtroom and in the Practice of Law,” Presenter, LACBA: Breakfast at the Bar, March 2018
  • “Discovery Coordination Strategies,” Co-Presenter, Client Webinar, May 2016
  • “Rapid Response To High Profile Product Litigation,” Co-Presenter, Client Webinar, June 2015


  • "Original Appalachian Artwork, Inc. v. Granada Electronics, Inc.: The Cabbage Patch Doll Goes Gray?" 1 Transnatl. Law, 39, 1989