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MICHAEL HARRISON

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EDUCATION

UCLA School of Law, J.D, 1976.
University of California at Berkeley, A.B. in Geography with Honors of Great Distinction, and with Departmental Honors, 1973.
Phi Beta Kappa and Governor's Scholar.
French, Diploma from the Sorbonne, University of Paris.


LAW PRACTICE

Michael's estate planning practice is focused on wills, trusts (such as revocable, irrevocable and charitable trusts), conservatorships, PVP matters (as a court-appointed attorney representing proposed conservatees), probate, and trust and estate administration. Michael also organizes and advises businesses, and handles specific real estate transactions.

Having taught for many years and having lived overseas for two years, Michael is experienced in explaining complex legal matters in simple terms to both American-born and foreign-born clients.


ARBITRATION

American Arbitration Association. Since 1981, Michael has served as an arbitrator in scores of partnership, contract and other business, real property and estate planning disputes.

Prudential Insurance Appeals Committee Review. As a member of a national panel of arbitrators, Michael conducted hundreds of mediations and heard appeals in a nationwide class-action suit involving several hundred thousand claimants.

Michael is also a member of the FINRA Arbitration Panel, handling securities disputes, and serves as a hearing officer for the City of Santa Monica, California.


PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

Los Angeles County and San Fernando Valley Bar Associations.
San Fernando Valley Estate Planning Council.
Special City Prosecutor, Santa Fe Springs, 1987 to 1995. Attorney for Santa Fe Springs Redevelopment Agency, 1987 to 1995.


TEACHING

California State University, Northridge. From 1983 to 1988, and from 1996 to 1997, Michael taught business law, covering the law of agency, partnerships, limited liability companies, corporations and securities, as well as real estate law.

University of West Los Angeles, 1979 to 1983. Michael taught business, tax and estate planning courses to students in both the J.D. and Masters of Taxation programs.


PUBLICATIONS

The Calabasas Green Building Ordinance, Chapter 17.34 of the Calabasas Municipal Code, 2003.

The L-1 Visa and the Unitary Tax: Is the Immigration Lawyer's Dream the Tax Planner's Nightmare?, UCLA Pacific Basin Law Journal, 1986.


COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES

Mayor, City of Calabasas (2004 to 2005).
Calabasas City Councilmember (2001 to 2005).
Calabasas Planning Commission (past member).
Calabasas Environmental Commission (first chair).
Calabasas Tree Board (past member).
Founder, Calabasas Business Roundtable, Calabasas Education Fund, and Calabasas Education Commission.
Ventura Freeway Corridor Planning Committee (1993-1996).
Member, Calabasas Hills Community Association Board of Directors and past member, Architectural Review Committee.
City of Hidden Hills Planning Commission (past member).
International Visitors Council of Los Angeles.

If you wish to see and hear Michael Harrison's 2005 State of the City address, please click here.