Michael G. Dawe

Principal Attorney
Attorney Michael Dawe, Partner, PNBD

Michael G. Dawe

Principal Attorney


714-547-2444 Ext. 148

Principal Attorney
“AV” Rated by Martindale Hubbell


  • California Western School of Law, Juris Doctor Degree, magna cum laude, 1980
  • London School of Economics and Political Science, Master of Science Degree, Economics, 1976
  • University of New Brunswick, Canada, Bachelor of Arts Degree, 1975

Practice Areas:

  • Appellate Law
  • Automobile & Dealership Law
  • Banking Law/ Commercial Litigation
  • Business Representation & Complex Litigation
  • Employment Counseling & Litigation
  • Financial Institutions
  • Insurance Coverage Litigation
  • Real Estate Law

Admitted To Practice In:

  • California Supreme Court
  • All California Courts of Appeal
  • All Federal, State and Bankruptcy Courts in California

Professional Profile:

  • Expertise in insurance coverage disputes
  • Expertise in appellate law, resulting most recently in five consecutive appellate victories, four of which were rarely granted reversals of the trial court judgment
  • Extensive trial experience in complex litigation, involving financial institutions, insurance coverage, real estate disputes, corporate and partnership disputes, and employment matters

PNBD Obtains California Supreme Court Ruling:

PNBD successfully argued before the California Supreme Court “PARTIES WHO ARE JOINTLY AND SEVERALLY LIABLE ON AN OBLIGATION MAY BE SUED IN SEPARATE ACTIONS. [DKN Holdings, LLC vs. Faerber (Cal.)]”
firm_michael_daweJuly 2015 Michael Dawe and Kristin Godeke successfully obtained a ruling before the California Supreme Court holding that parties who are jointly and severally liable on a contractual obligation may be sued in separate actions. A Judgment in the first action does not bar judgments in later actions, even when they allege the same claim of wrongdoing, as long as the suits are against different parties. PNBD represented commercial landlord DKN Holdings against multiple tenants in a lease contract.