Michael Ohira is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Ropers Majeski Kohn & Bentley and was admitted to the State Bar of California in 1986, upon his graduation from Loyola Law School. He is also admitted to practice before the United States District Courts for the Central, Southern, and Northern Districts of California, and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal. Mr. Ohira has litigated cases in state and federal courts throughout California, and 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 both commercial and personal lines policies; advising insurers in construction defect suits regarding the dynamics of multiple insureds (named insured subcontractors and additional-insured developers and general contractors), multiple insurers, self-insured retentions, Crawford contractual indemnity issues, etc.; appearing at mediations and mandatory settlement conferences as coverage counsel; and defending insurers in actions alleging breach of contract, “bad faith,” and unfair business practices (B&P Code §17200). Mr. Ohira has also successfully prosecuted declaratory relief actions on behalf of insurers on issues of insurance coverage, and contribution actions against non-participating insurers.
Additionally, Mr. Ohira has more than 15 years’ experience in general litigation, which includes lawsuits involving the defense of professional liability claims against insurance agents and brokers; the defense of products and premises liability actions involving catastrophic injury and wrongful death, the defense of employers against discrimination claims; the defense of property owners against ADA and Unruh Act claims, and the emerging practice of special education law.