Office Number (818) 208-4613
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Michael Alder

Senior Attorney/Owner
Practicing in California and Louisiana

Phone  818.208.4613

Bar & Court Admissions

  • State Bar of California
  • State Bar of Louisiana


  • Louisiana State University, Undergraduate and Juris Doctorate degrees


  • American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) – Member since 2003
  • Los Angeles Superior Court Bench/Bar Committee
  • Founder and 2018 President of Los Angeles Trial Lawyers Charities
  • Board Member of the Inner-City Law Center
  • American Museum of Tort Law – Founder
  • Consumer Attorneys of California – Member since 2001
  • Consumer Attorneys Association Of Los Angeles – President in 2012 and member of the Board of Governors since 2001
  • Adjunct Professor of Law, Loyola Law School
  • Member of Board of Directors, YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles - since 2020
  • Member of Board of Directors, National Hispanic Media Coalition - since 2020


Michael Alder is a Senior Trial Attorney who represents plaintiffs. As one of the top trial attorneys in California, Mr. Alder vigorously pursues all cases on behalf of his clients who have suffered injustices and injuries. Mike’s separate law firm, AlderLaw (Hannah please include hyperlink), to-date has recovered over $2.7 billion for his clients suffering from persona jury, employment disputes and toxic tort claims.

In 2020, he co-founded Z.A. Lawyers with Gina Zapanta to offer a quality law firm specializing in injured workers needs. As an underdog advocate, Mr. Alder takes pride in being personally involved in every case his firm takes on. Along with his team, he is consistently breaking records and earning the praise of the press with significant settlements and impressive verdicts.

The former CAALA president, well-renowned speaker, and published author on trial strategy has a long history of supporting other trial attorneys. Mr. Alder maintains a 9,000-deposition database and an expert witness directory and provides information, at no charge, to up and coming lawyers upon request.

Honors and Awards

  • Named a Southern California Super Lawyer 2004 – 2019
  • Winner of the prestigious Clay Award and named the personal injury “California Attorney of the Year” by California Lawyer – 2014
  • 3-time Nominee for California’s Trial Lawyer of the Year
  • Made Daily Journal’s Top 100 Lawyers in California list in 2011
  • Declared as one of the Daily Journal’s Top 20 under 40 in 2005


Mr. Alder has repeatedly been recognized for his professional accomplishments and a few of his many successes include:

  • Created the “Warrior Fund” to level the playing field for new lawyers pursuing cases against big multi-national corporations and well-funded insurance companies. We help people by providing free case funding up to $10,000 per case.
  • In 2011, he was the first attorney in the country to have 3 verdicts listed in Verdict Search’s “Top 100 Verdicts”.
  • Co-founder of ZA Gives, a 501(c)(3) charity dedicated to community outreach