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Michael J. Marlatt

Mike Marlatt joined Thompson & Colegate in 1984 and became a partner in 1991.  While in law school, he was Student Body Vice President, a member of Phi Alpha Delta and participated in Dalsimer Moot Court.  Prior to law school, he worked as a clinical project liaison in the pathology department at the USC School of Medicine-County of Los Angeles Medical Center and on the Voyager project at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.  Michael has extensive court and jury trial experience.

Professional Affiliations:

  • American Board of Trial Advocates (President San Bernardino/Riverside Counties Chapter; Executive Committee)
  • "AV" Peer Review Rating by Martindale-Hubbell (Highest Peer Review Rating)
  • CAL-ABOTA Trial Lawyer of the Year 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023 Nominee (by San Bernardino/Riverside County’s Chapter)
  • Selected by peer review for listing in Super Lawyers and Best Lawyers publications
  • America’s Top 100 Civil Defense Litigators (Selected for Southern California)
  • Arbitrator, Mediator and Judge Pro Tem-Riverside and San Bernardino Superior Court
  • Riverside County Bar Association (Annual Speaker at New Lawyers Academy)
  • American Bar Association (Litigation Section)
  • Southern California Association For Healthcare Risk Management (Past Bylaws Committee) 
  • Association of Southern California Defense Counsel (Past Board of Directors)
  • Bioethics Committee at Riverside Community Hospital (Member and Legal Counsel)
  • Federal Bar Association (Litigation Section)
  • ABOTA Arthur W. Kelly, Jr. Civility Award Recipient
  • Civil Bench and Bar Committee of the Superior Court (Attorney Representative)
  • Riverside County Regional Medical Center Foundation (Chair and Board of Directors)
  • American Red Cross (Past Board of Directors)
  • Riverside University Health Systems Foundation (Executive Committee and Board of Directors)
  • Mission Inn Foundation (Past President and Board of Directors)
  • Riverside Medical Clinic Foundation (President and Board of Trustees)
  • The American Cancer Society (Chair Gala Event Committee)
  • University of California at Riverside Athletic Association (Past President and Board of Directors)
  • University of California at Riverside International Law Program (Past Chair, Civil Litigation Section)
  • Executive Committee for the NCAA Division I Certification for University of California at Riverside
  • Steering Executive Committee for the NCAA Division I Certification for University of California at Riverside
  • California Baptist University (Past Board of Visitors)
  • Riverside Humane Society-Mary S. Roberts Foundation (Board of Directors)
  • La Salle College Preparatory-Pasadena (Board of Regents)
  • NASA Group Achievement Award – Voyager Program JPL Documentation Section (Youngest Recipient)
  • Arts Council (Board of Directors)
  • Radio commentator for college basketball on KCAL, KCKC, KPRO and KMEN
  • Marquis Who’s Who in America (Lifetime Achievement Award)
  • Listed in A. M. Best's Directory of Recommended Insurance Attorneys
  • Listed in Los Angeles Magazine and Law Politics Magazine "Top Attorneys in Southern California", Inland Empire Magazine "Top Lawyers in the Inland Empire" and the Los Angeles Times "Southern California's Top Rated Lawyers", Los Angeles Times, Corporate Counsel, The American Lawyer and The National Law Journal "Top Rated Legal Leaders".
  • Past Visiting Lecturer at Loma Linda University School of Medicine, University of London, University of Amsterdam Law School, Boston College Law School, University of California at Riverside, University of Athens (Greece) (Partial List)
  • Seminar Speaker for Masters in Trial American Board of Trial Advocates, Masters Seminar Consumer Attorneys of California, Southern California Association of Healthcare Risk Managers, California Association of School Business Officials, American Medical Association (Partial List)


  • University of Southern California
  • BA, California Polytechnic University, Pomona 1981
  • JD, Pepperdine University School of Law, 1984

Bar Admissions:

  • California, 1984
  • U.S. District Court, California, 1984
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit, 1984
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1989

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