Moonlight Law

Posted on January 29, 2019
CategoryBusiness Law
Moonlight Law
Mike McColloch,

Hello.  My name is Mike McColloch.  I have been providing top-quality legal representation to southern Californians for 39 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 mid-sized companies and well-funded start ups 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 bar, 1975, California, 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, 2014; Recognized by the Legal Network as a Top Lawyer in Southern California in 2013, 2014.


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.


Born October 25, 1951. Married for 36 years with 3 children and 3 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 serving the materially poor.


Mia Saling,
Attorney At Law

Entrepreneur Mia Saling brings incomparable insight and direct, personal experience to her practice of business, intellectual property, and hospitality law. Her accomplishments are multi-dimensional and have enriched her advocacy for the companies she represents.

Hailing from California, Mia has been an industry insider of the culinary and hospitality community for 25 years. As a classically trained chef and co-founder of a successful event production company based in San Diego County, she understands the intricacies of operational, financial, and brand management. Mia was also the director of operations for a San Diego-based music production company; the district manager of billing operations for a medical management company in Orange County; and owned a consulting business that assisted medical offices with optimizing their practices and streamlining their billing. Her law practice emphasizes supporting small and medium-sized businesses of various disciplines in their business transactions, intellectual property, and litigation needs. Additionally, Mia has worked with wineries, breweries, distilleries, and restaurants, assisting them with their licensing, business, litigation, and trademark matters, and recently has worked with businesses in the cannabis industry.

Mia is a member of the Food Law Committee and the Intellectual Property Law section of the State Bar of California, and is a new member nominee for the Les Dames d’ Escoffier International, San Diego chapter. She serves as an adjunct faculty member of Art Institute of California-San Diego, A College of Argosy University, instructing in law, hospitality, and culinary classes. She has sat as an adjunct professor of San Diego University for Integrative Studies. She is a regular volunteer for Collaboration Kitchen fundraisers, conducts seminars for hospitality professionals, and is also a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) through Voices For Children, which provides direct assistance to foster children in San Diego County.


  • J.D., Thomas Jefferson School of Law
  • B.S., The Art Institute of California ~ San Diego
  • MBA Candidate, University of Southern California (program beginning Fall 2017)

Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice

  • All California State Courts
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California

Professional and Bar Association Memberships

  • San Diego County Bar Association
  • Association of Business Trial Lawyers
  • American Bar Association
  • Women’s Wine Alliance
  • American Culinary Federation
  • PADI Certified Divemaster

Other Activities

  • Adjunct Professor Art Institute of California-San Diego, A College of Argosy University
  • Adjunct Professor San Diego University of Integrative Studies
  • Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for Voices for Children
  • Volunteer in local culinary fundraisers such as Collaboration Kitchen
  • Diving
  • Martial arts
  • Travel


Areas of Practice

Business Transactions

  • Contract Law
  • Entity Formation
  • Business Disputes
  • Employment Law
  • Commercial Transactions

Business Litigation Services

  • Administrative Law
  • Appellate Law
  • Business/Corporate/Securities Law
  • Contract Law
  • General Trial Practice
  • Labor and Employment Law
  • Professional Liability
  • Real Property and Construction Law
  • Securities Litigation
  • Trademark and Copyright Law

Wine Law

The wine industry is heavily regulated and the legal issues can be complex. All in California who wish to make or sell wine must comply with numerous local, state and federal laws affecting every aspect of their business.

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