Press Release | 05.08.17

LOS ANGELES, CALIF., May 8, 2017 – Archer Norris, a leading California law firm, is pleased to announce the acquisition of a top tier Southern California group of four trial attorneys led by Michael Nebenzahl. Michael is joining Archer Norris as a partner in its Los Angeles office and closing his own civil litigation firm. Joining Michael at Archer Norris is his strong trial team - associates Richard Hoang, Diana Meekay, and Shaili Solomon.

Mr. Nebenzahl focuses his practice on defense of public entities of high stakes personal injury litigation and also lectures and consults on policies and protocols for cities to reduce their risk exposure. He has tried more than 35 cases to jury verdict and is one of Southern California’s most experienced and well-regarded trial attorneys. Michael has been representing clients such as the City of Beverly Hills for more than two decades. His defense verdict for the Rose Bowl in a 2008 brain damage case resulted in being named to the Daily Journal’s Top Ten Defense Verdicts. Archer Norris and Michael decided to join forces after Michael found himself shoulder-to-shoulder in successful collaboration with Archer Norris partners Sharon Collier and KC Ward in several recent cases. Mr. Nebenzahl is a member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association and the Southern California Association of Defense Counsel. Mr. Nebenzahl is a 1983 graduate of the Loyola Law School, Los Angeles.

“I am delighted to welcome Michael and his very talented team to Archer Norris,” said Doug Straus, Managing Partner. “Their practice will build on some of our core strengths by adding even more trial expertise in the personal injury defense sector.  Michael’s trial group has worked closely with Archer Norris’ widely-recognized On Call Trial Team so we know we are bringing in first-rate lawyers and really nice people.”

Richard Hoang, Senior Associate, specializes in civil litigation and the defense of public entities in various matters including, but not limited to, premises liability, personal injury and employment, in all phases of litigation up to trial. Richard received his J.D. from Southwestern University School of Law, Los Angeles. 

Diana Meekay, Senior Associate, focuses her practice on litigation matters for both private individual and business clients, including counseling clients on risk management and business formation. Diana received her J.D. from the University of California, Davis School of Law.

Shaili Solomon, Associate, concentrates on civil defense of public entities. She holds a J.D. from Southwestern Law School, Los Angeles. 

“I am excited to join Archer Norris and have been particularly impressed with the firm’s deep knowledge of public sector and personal injury defense issues as well as the Firm’s extensive trial expertise,” said Michael Nebenzahl. “The firm’s dedicated focus on complex litigation and transactional work within California is very inspiring.” 

About Archer Norris

A leading California law firm, Archer Norris PLC has over 75 attorneys admitted to practice in 12 states. BTI Consulting Group named Archer Norris to its 2016 Client Service A-Team and the National Law Journal recognized Archer Norris on its “Midsize Law Firm Hot List” in 2015 and 2016. The firm focuses on business law from four strategically located offices throughout California and wherever our clients need us.

For more information about the firm, please contact Melanie Conrad at 925.930.6600 or visit the Archer Norris website at

Name Title Phone Email V-card
Hoang, Richard Senior Associate 213.437.4000 vcard
Nebenzahl, Michael Partner 213.437.4000 vcard
Straus, Douglas Managing Partner 925.952.5531 vcard