Michael P. Verna

Michael P. Verna

Bowles & Verna LLP

Recognized since 2006

Walnut Creek, California

Practice Areas

Bet-the-Company Litigation

Commercial Litigation

Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs

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Michael P. Verna is a 1975 graduate of the University of California at Berkeley (Phi Beta Kappa) and a 1978 graduate of Hastings College of the Law. An experienced trial attorney with an extensive record of accomplishment, Mr. Verna enjoys preeminent and A.V. ratings from the Martindale Hubbell Law Directory and has been certified as a Civil Trial Advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy ("NBTA") since 1986. The NBTA is the only organization accredited by both the American Bar Association and the California State Bar in the specialty area of civil trial law. He has regularly been listed in Best Lawyers of America for several years running and is routinely recognized by the peer reviewed periodical Super Lawyers of Northern California. He was recently profiled as “Top Lawyer” in Oakland and San Francisco Magazines and is a long standing member in a number of prestigious and invitation only trial lawyer associations.

Mr. Verna has focused his trial practice representing plaintiffs in complex catastrophic injury/death cases and commercial/business litigation. including large scale bad faith insurance, wrongful termination, and fraud claims. As plaintiffs counsel, he has generated over $100,000,000 in verdicts and settlements, but has also obtained complete defense verdicts when serving as defense counsel. Mr. Verna litigates cases throughout the United States, and supervises litigation in overseas courts.


  • 2121 North California Boulevard, Suite 875
    Walnut Creek, CA 94596


  • University of California Hastings College of the Law, graduated 1978

Bar Admissions

  • California, Northern District Federal Court
  • California, Central District Federal Court
  • California, Southern District Federal Court
  • California, Eastern District Federal Court
  • Florida, Southern District Federal Court
  • Illinois, Northern District Federal Court
  • Nevada, Federal District Court
  • New York, Southern District Federal Court
  • New York, Second Circuit Federal Court of Appeal
  • California, Ninth Circuit Federal Court of Appeal
  • Louisiana, Federal District Court
  • California, The State Bar of California


  • ABA Aviation and Space Law Committee - Program Chair
  • Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum - Member
  • Litigation Counsel of America - Charter Fellow
  • College of Master Advocates and Barristers - Senior Counsel
  • American Inns of Court - Master of the Bench
  • American Board of Trial Advocates - Associate
  • National Board of Trial Advocates - Certified Trial Advocate

Bowles & Verna LLP
Headquarters: Walnut Creek, California

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Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2022 for work in:

  • Bet-the-Company Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs

Special Focus

  • COVID-19
  • Plaintiffs

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