Michael Ohira is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Ropers Majeski Kohn & Bentley. He was admitted to the State Bar of California in 1986, upon his graduation from Loyola Law School and is admitted to practice before all Courts in the State of California as well as the United States District Courts for the Central, Southern, Northern, and Eastern Districts of California, and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal. Mr. Ohira has also successfully litigated cases in the United States District Court of Arizona. Mr. Ohira has first-chair jury trial experience in the Los Angeles County Superior Court, has argued before the California Court of Appeal, and has arbitrated and mediated scores of cases.
Mr. Ohira's practice includes advising insurers regarding first and third-party coverage issues under commercial, personal lines, EPLI, E&O, and D&O policies, with particular experience advising insurers regarding coverage issues in construction defect actions for named insured contractors, additional-insured developers and owners, resolving conflicts between multiple insurers, addressing self-insured retentions, Crawford contractual indemnity issues, etc.. Mr. Ohira frequently represents insurers at mediations and mandatory settlement conferences as coverage counsel; and is experienced in defending insurers in actions alleging breach of contract, “bad faith,” and unfair business practices (B&P Code §17200). Mr. Ohira has successfully prosecuted declaratory relief actions on behalf of insurers on issues of insurance coverage, and has successfully pursued insurance recovery actions yielding more than $2.5 million.
Mr. Ohira is also represents insurance brokers and agents against claims of professional liability arising from the procurement of casualty, property, errors and omissions, employment practices liability, and life insurance.
Additionally, Mr. Ohira has more than 15 years’ experience in general litigation, including the defense of employers against claims of discrimination, wrongful termination, and violation of the Family and Medical Leave Act; the defense of product manufacturers in suits alleging design and manufacturing defects resulting in catastrophic injury and death; the defense of property owners against claims of premises liability; and the defense of property owners against ADA and Unruh Act claims. Mr. Ohira has also represented children with disabilities under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).