Michael Leifer

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Michael H. Leifer



Mr. Leifer is a partner of Palmieri Tyler. For more than the past decade, Mr. Leifer has successfully tried numerous condemnation cases. His first condemnation trial, along with one of his partners, resulted in the first reported appellate court opinion concerning contaminated property in the Eminent Domain context. His work has involved numerous types of public projects, ranging from takings related to freeway and highway projects, to water and power facilities, and sports arenas.

He has successfully represented a number of property owners making compensation claims in both the direct and inverse condemnation context. A 1998 verdict is believed to be the highest pre-condemnation damage verdict in California. In late 1999, Mr. Leifer represented a business achieving the largest award for loss of business goodwill to date. Despite the size of the award, the business was not displaced from its location.

In a recent inverse condemnation matter submitted to arbitration, Mr. Leifer obtained an award against Caltrans for more than $3.2 million. Caltrans' position was initially to deny liability and compensable damages.

Mr. Leifer also represented the landowner in a land lease adjustment arbitration against the owners of 150 condominium units. A significant arbitration award was issued against the unit owners. Post-arbitration, the unit owners attempted to challenge the arbitration award. Successfully defeated the challenge to the arbitration award in the Superior Court.

Mr. Leifer was instrumental in securing favorable appellate decisions on behalf of his clients including:  Kunec v. Brea Redevelopment Agency (1997) 55 Cal.App.4th 51 and Abers v. Rohrs (2013) 217 Cal.App.4th 1199

Mr. Leifer was rated a Super Lawyer as published in Los Angeles Magazine and Super Lawyers Magazine for 2018.

  • Education
    • University of California, Los Angeles, B.A., with honors (1985)
    • Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, J.D. (1988)
  • Court Admissions
    • State of California
  • Professional Memberships and Activities
    • State Bar of California
    • Orange County Bar Association
    • Los Angeles County Bar Association
    • American Bar Association
    • International Right of Way Association (Chapter 67)
    • Instructor - Krav Maga, Orange County www.kravmagaoc.com
  • Practice Areas
    • Litigation
      • Business Litigation
      • Alternative Dispute Resolution & Mediation
      • Real Estate and Construction Litigation
      • Environmental Litigation
    • Eminent Domain and Valuation Litigation
      • Condemnation and Inverse Condemnation
      • Valuation Litigation
      • Lease Renewal Valuations