Biography of Michael F. Millerick, ESQ.

Michael F. Millerick


Attorney / Arbitrator – General Civil Litigation
32 Years

  • San Diego Top Lawyer, Franchise Litigation 2013, 2014
  • Martindale – Hubbell “AV” Peer and “Preeminent” Client Review Ratings®

Professional Experience:

  • Franchise and Distribution Law

    • Successful representation of franchisors, franchisees, manufacturers and distributors for the past 22 years in California federal and state courts, and before arbitration providers such as American Arbitration Association (AAA), the Judicial Arbitration and Mediation Services JAMS) and the Franchise Arbitration and Mediation Services (FAM). Franchisors and manufacturers represented are located throughout the United States and most franchisees and distributors are from California.
    • Over 400 litigation, arbitration and mediation matters involving franchisor/franchisee multi-unit and individual disputes, government compliance proceedings, third-party claims, broker/agency claims, insurance claims and supplier claims. Ongoing assistance to clients concerning a variety of transactional issues such as franchise registration, disclosure compliance, asset and stock purchases, releases, negotiated modifications, termination/renewals and many other matters which arise in typical franchise and distribution relationships.
    • In addition, experience testifying and acting as a consultant for litigators concerning franchise and distribution matters.
  • Construction Defect / Landslide Litigation

    • Representation of both plaintiffs and defendants in numerous construction defect and landslide litigation matters in Southern California resulting in millions of dollars in both settlements and verdicts. Representation has included individuals, corporate entities, and homeowner associations.
  • Insurance Litigation

    • Extensive experience handling significant insurance coverage and bad faith disputes. Representation has included individuals, corporations, and governmental entities, such as the Port of San Diego, the County of San Diego, and many others. Settlements and verdicts in those cases have involved millions of dollars.
  • General Civil Litigation / Appeals

    • Over entire 30-year career, experience handling many additional types of litigation and arbitration matters, many of which were complex; including real estate issues involving breach of contract, fraud and brokerage claims, landlord-tenant disputes, insurer subrogation claims, environmental issues, employment matters, general business litigation matters, personal injury claims, oil and gas matters, collection matters and eminent domain claims. Also, as the need has arisen, several appellate matters arising out of this general practice have been either prosecuted or defended.
  • Arbitrator

    • On the American Arbitration Association’s National Roster of Commercial Arbitrators.


January 2005-
The Millerick Law Firm – Principal
San Diego, California
January 1998-
December 2004

Massie Berman & Millerick – Partner
San Diego, California

September 1987-
November 1997

Hillyer & Irwin – Partner
San Diego, California

January 1983-
August 1987

Hinkle Law Firm – Associate
Roswell, New Mexico

State Bar Specialization:

  • California State Bar; Certified Franchise & Distribution Law Specialist


  • University of San Diego School of Law, J.D. 1982; Law Review
  • University of Connecticut, B.S. 1978; Finance

Bar Admissions:

  • California 1987
  • New Mexico 1982

Professional Affiliations:

  • American Bar Association; Business Law Section, Franchise Forum Member
  • California State Bar; Business Law Section, Franchise Law Committee (2007 – 2010)
  • San Diego County Bar Association; Business and Insurance Sections
  • American Association of Franchisees & Dealers, LegaLine
  • International Franchise Association; Affiliate Member
  • American Arbitration Association; National Roster of Commercial Arbitrators

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  • Insurance Coverage / Bad Faith

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