Michael W. Bien

Managing Partner

Michael-Bien
Michael W. Bien
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Practice Focus

  • Constitutional and civil rights law
  • Commercial and other complex litigation
  • Lawyer / law firm representation
  • Appellate Practice

Reported Cases

  • Armstrong v. Brown, 732 F.3d 955 (9th Cir. 2013), cert denied, — S. Ct. –, 2014 WL 859563 (June 9, 2014)
  • Estate of Prasad v. County of Sutter, 958 F. Supp. 2d 1101 (E.D. Cal. 2013)
  • Armstrong v. Brown, 939 F. Supp. 2d 1012 (N.D. Cal. 2013)
  • Coleman v. Brown, 938 F. Supp. 2d 955 (E.D. Cal. 2013)
  • Armstrong v. Brown, 857 F. Supp. 2d 919 (N.D. Cal. 2012)
  • L.H. v. Brown848 F. Supp. 2d 1141 (E.D. Cal. 2011)
  • Armstrong v. Brown, 805 F. Supp. 2d 918 (N.D. Cal. 2011)
  • Brown v. Plata, 131 S. Ct. 1910 (2011)
  • Armstrong v. Schwarzenegger, 622 F.3d 1058 (9th Cir. 2010)
  • Coleman v. Schwarzenegger, 922 F. Supp. 2d 882 (E.D. Cal. and N.D. Cal. 2009)
  • L.H. v. Schwarzenegger, 519 Supp. 2d 1072 (E.D. Cal. 2007)
  • Armstrong v. Davis, 318 F.3d 965 (9th Cir. 2003)
  • Valdivia v. Davis, 206 F. Supp. 2d 1068 (E.D. Cal. 2002)
  • Armstrong v. Davis, 275 F.3d 849 (9th Cir. 2001)
  • Lucas v. White, 63 F. Supp. 2d 1046 (N.D. Cal. 1999)
  • Wilson v. U.S.D.C. for Eastern District of California, 103 F.3d 828 (9th Cir. 1996), cert. denied, 520 U.S. 1230 (1997)
  • Gates v. Shinn, 98 F.3d 463 (9th Cir. 1996)
  • Gates v. Gomez, 60 F.3d 525 (9th Cir. 1995)
  • Coleman v. Wilson, 912 F. Supp. 1282 (E.D. Cal. 1995)

Professional Experience

  • Founding partner of predecessor firm to Rosen Bien Galvan & Grunfeld, 1990
  • Litigation associate and partner, Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison, San Francisco, 1980-1990

Publications and Presentations

  • Co-Author, “The Noerr-Pennington Doctrine,” ABA Antitrust Section, Monograph No. 19, 1993
  • Author, “Litigation as an Antitrust Violation: Conflict Between the First Amendment and the Sherman Act,” 16 University of San Francisco Law Review 41, 1981
  • Instructor, National Institute of Trial Advocacy (trial practice and litigation techniques)
  • Lectures and presentations:
    • “Civil Rights Litigation and Attorneys’ Fees,” Northern District of California Judicial Conference (2002)
    • Criminal Justice, Civil Rights and Litigation Issues: Stanford Law School, Boalt Hall, USC Law School, UCLA Law School, Little Hoover Commission, UC Berkeley School of Public Health, California Coalition for Mental Health, Critical Resistance Conference, Forensic Mental Health Association
    • “Local Government, State Action and Noerr-Pennington Immunities,” American Bar Association Antitrust Section (1990, 1987, 1986)
    • Part-time work in law and parenting, American Bar Association (1990), UC Hastings College of the Law, Golden Gate University School of Law, State Bar of California (1986)

Education

  • Northwestern University, J.D., cum laude, 1980
  • Brandeis University, B.A., magna cum laude, 1977

Admissions

  • California, 1981
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1997

Professional Affiliations

  • Member, American Bar Association Antitrust Section
  • Member, Mediator Panel and Early Neutral Evaluation Panel, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, 1994 to date

Honors & Awards

  • Best Lawyers in America 2013-2015 for Commercial Litigation
  • Daily Journal Top 100 California Attorneys 2013 and 2010
  • California Lawyer Attorney of the Year Award for Constitutional Law, 2010
  • Public Justice Trial Lawyer of the Year Award, Finalist, 2010
  • The Recorder Attorney of the Year Award, 2010
  • “Outstanding Mental Health Advocate” Award, California Coalition for Mental Health, 2003
  • Award “for outstanding contribution to the preservation of prison inmates’ rights,” California Attorneys for Criminal Justice, 1994
  • Northern California Super Lawyer, 2006-2014

Community Service

  • Officer, board member or committee member for numerous community organizations, including Mission YMCA, Metropolitan YMCA, New Israel Fund, Camp Tawonga, Brandeis Hillel Day School, Jewish Community Federation, Religious Witness with Homeless People, Jewish Vocational Service