Padilla Law Group, LLP

Posted on January 30, 2019
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Padilla Law Group, LLP

At Padilla Law Group, LLP, we have a breadth of experience securing fair compensation for those injured in car accidents, workplace accidents and other incidents.

When you are injured in an accident in California, you need a reliable attorney to put you at ease. At Padilla Law Group, LLP, we have a breadth of experience securing fair compensation for those injured in car accidents, workplace accidents and other incidents. Our practice is known for providing knowledgeable, honest and compassionate representation to Encinitas and northern San Diego for over 15 years.

When your injury is serious or your case is complex, you can trust our aggressive and dedicated legal team to fight for the recovery you deserve. Our lawyers have secured numerous multimillion-dollar verdicts and settlements, and are well-equipped to represent any personal injury claim.


Michael D. Padilla Esq.,
Founding Partner

Location: Encinitas, California
Phone: 858-480-6182
Fax: 858-720-9797

Mr. Padilla is one of Southern California’s top Civil Trial Attorneys. He is one of the founding partners of Padilla Law Group, LLP.

He is a graduate of the University of San Diego School of Law in 1975. He initially practiced law with the San Diego firm of Higgs, Fletcher & Mack, specializing in Civil Litigation. From 1984 until the foundation of his practice with Scott O’Mara in 1999, he was a Plaintiff’s personal injury specialist and a partner with Thorsnes, Bartolotta, McGuire & Padilla.

He has served as a board member and advisor to many professional, civil and charitable organizations, including the President’s Counsel at Cal State University – San Marcos, the 22nd Agricultural District which oversees the Del Mar Fair Grounds and the American Red Cross.

Mr. Padilla has been trial counsel in numerous significant tort cases involving automobiles, construction accidents, product liability, mass tort, railroad and aviation actions resulting in wrongful death and/or major personal injuries.

In 1996 and 2010 his trial lawyer peers awarded him an Outstanding Trial Lawyer Award for his achievement in the Olsen v Regents and Creed v El Pollo Loco cases.

One of his more remarkable accomplishments was a jury verdict exceeding $63 million for a two year old who suffered brain injury and lifelong neurologic deficit as a consequence of his doctor’s failure to order a CT scan following facial trauma. The last pre-trial offer to settle was $200,000.

In another case, total damages of $3.7 million were found by a jury for a carpenter injured in a propane gas explosion. The highest pre-trial offer was $250,000.

In 2009 Mr. Padilla obtained a $4.700,000 verdict in Orange County for a 36 year old who suffered a severely fractured pelvis/sacrum. $4,200,000 of the verdict was for non-economic damages.

In 2012 he obtained a $2,098,000 verdict in the Imperial Valley for a 59 year old who suffered a herniated L5-S1 disc. $1,280,000 of this verdict was for non-economic damages.

In the field of consumer protection and unfair business practices, he was published in the case of Brown v. MCI. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals held that billing collections outside of the FCC Tariff were a violation of the Communications Act and subject to class action litigation in the United States District Court.

He and his wife Kelly make their home in the Southern California community of Rancho Santa Fe. They have six children in their family, one of whom is his son Jeff, who is also a personal injury attorney. His interests outside of the practice of law include golf, skiing, and fishing.

Areas of Practice

Personal Injury


  • University of San Diego School of Law, San Diego, California – 1975


Areas of Practice

Motor Vehicle Accidents

A sudden unexpected motor vehicle accident can turn your life upside-down with serious injuries, the death of a loved one, medical costs and other financial damages. At Padilla Law Group, LLP, in Encinitas, California, we know how important it is to help you and your family get your feet back on the ground as quickly as possible.

Product Defects

Dangerous or defective products — from malfunctioning auto parts to faulty medical devices—result in nearly three million injuries and 22,000 fatalities every year in the United States, according to Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) statistics. Essentially, any type of manufactured product on the market can be defective or dangerous including foods, drugs, cosmetics, toys, and more. In the event that a product causes an individual to suffer injury or death, the victim has the legal right to file a product liability lawsuit against the maker to recover their damages.

Premises Liability

Serious Personal Injuries

Medical Malpractice

Work-Related Accidents

Padilla Law Group, LLP, in Encinitas, California, represent individuals who have suffered injury, or families who have lost a loved one, in accidents in the workplace.

Construction Accidents

If you or a loved one has suffered serious injury or death in a construction accident, you may be entitled to compensation. To ensure your legal rights are protected, it is of vital importance to contact San Diego work injury lawyers Padilla Law Group, LLP, an experienced complex construction site accident law firm, as soon as possible after the accident. This is especially crucial since all construction accident or job site injury cases are subject to specific time limitations.

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