MIKE McCOLLOCH / Owner
Hello. My name is Mike McColloch. I have been providing top-quality legal representation to southern Californians for 44 years.
I am a proven trial lawyer, having represented hundreds of business and individual clients, either as plaintiffs or defendants, in civil cases in all state and federal courts and before administrative agencies. I am known as a smart, aggressive, fearless litigator, willing to take on tough “bet-the-company” cases. I will put my record of success up against anyone’s.
I also am an experienced business lawyer, providing transactional advice and representation to a variety of small and midsize companies and well-funded startups with respect to such matters as entity formation and governance, commercial transactions and contracts, board and management disputes, licensing, and employment. I have particular expertise in hospitality law as the result of representing numerous restaurants, hotels, wineries and vineyards.
For much of my career I was a senior partner of the Los Angeles office of a 300-attorney national firm, but I have returned to my roots in San Diego as a solo practitioner, in order that I might provide highest quality legal services to local businesses in a much more personalized and cost effective manner. Unlike the so-called “big firms” which put a team of senior and junior lawyers and paralegals on every file and whose names you may never know, I personally handle every file. When you call the office, you will get me on the phone. When you send a letter or an e-mail, I will respond immediately. You will know me and I will know you, and whenever you need me, I will be there for you.
Admissions and Professional Associations
Admitted to California Bar in 1975, U.S. District Court, Central and Southern Districts of California and U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit; 1980, Colorado, U.S. District Court, District of Colorado, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California and U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit; 1989, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California; 1990, U.S. Supreme Court and U.S. Court of International Trade.
Highest “AV-Preeminent” rating by Martindale-Hubbell. Recognized by San Diego Magazine as a Top Lawyer in San Diego 2013-2019; Recognized by the Legal Network as a Top Lawyer in Southern California in 2013-2019.
Loyola University of Los Angeles (B.A., 1972; J.D., 1975). Adjunct Professor of Trial Advocacy and Legal Writing and Research, Thomas Jefferson College of Law. Arbitrator: National Association of Securities Dealers (now FINRA). Member: State Bar of California; Colorado Bar Association; Association of Business Trial Lawyers.
Married for 40 years with 3 children and 5 grandchildren. Interests: golf, skiing, and all water sports. An active member of the National Board and San Diego Regional Council of the Ignatian Volunteer Corps, a Jesuit-based volunteer organization dedicated to serving the materially poor.
Erma Nazaroff / Legal Assistant
Erma has been married to John Nazaroff for 25 years. They met in New York where they were serving for the past 30 years as volunteers. Erma is from Santa Fe, New Mexico, and John is from Atascadero, California. They have been living in the San Diego area for about 6 years.
Erma has brought her New York experience to this office and provides excellent administrative and secretarial support with 20 years of diverse expertise in the legal field, and she also serves as a notary public.