Education

  • J.D., University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law
  • B.A., Villanova University

Bar Admissions

  • California, 1995

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court (C.D. of CA)
  • U.S. District Court (E.D. of CA)
  • U.S. District Court (N.D. of CA)
  • U.S. District Court (S.D. of CA)

Michaela L. Sozio

Partner

1901 Avenue of the Stars
Suite 450
Los Angeles, California 90067
T 310.203.4815
F 310.203.4850

PRACTICE FOCUS

Michaela Battista Sozio is partner in the Litigation practice. She is an experienced litigator with 20 years of experience in the courtroom and has defended corporate and individual clients in a variety of matters. She handles all types of complex litigation including copyright infringement, trademark infringement, products liability, catastrophic personal injury, wrongful death, negligence cases, premises liability, business torts, employment (sexual harassment, racial harassment, wrongful termination, etc.) and other litigated matters. Michaela also frequently provides defense monitoring and case evaluations for excess carriers and advises commercial entities regarding risk management.

Professional Background

Michaela currently serves as Managing Partner for the Los Angeles office. She is also the co-chair of the firm’s professional training program for trial lawyers and is actively involved in the firm’s diversity initiative.

From 2005 to 2009 Michaela was selected for inclusion in the Southern California Super Lawyers Rising Stars® list. She has also been selected to the list of Southern California Super Lawyers from 2012 to the present. Each year, no more than five percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor.

Memberships & Affiliations

  • American Bar Association, Member
    • Trial Practice Committee, Vice Chair
    • Business Divorce Committee, Vice Chair
    • Director and Officer Liability Committee, Indemnification Sub-Committee Chair 
  • Professional Liability Underwriting Society, Member 
  • Italian American Lawyers Association, Member 
  • Defense Research Institute, Member 

PUBLICATIONS & PRESENTATIONS


Presentations
  • “We Made it to Trial. Now What?” at the ABA Business Law Section Spring Meeting 2016, Montreal, April 11, 2016
  • “50 Ways to Leave Your Lover err...Business Partner: The Essentials of Business Divorce in Privately Held Entities,” ABA Business Law Section 2015 Spring Meeting, San Francisco, April 18, 2015
  • “Getting Your Evidence in At Trial and Using it Effectively in a Business Case,” ABA Business Law Section 2015 Spring Meeting, San Francisco, April 18, 2015
  • “Cyberliability Insurance Deconstructed,” Tressler’s New World Insurance Issues Seminar, Los Angeles, October 10, 2013

Community Involvement

Michaela is actively involved her community and, among other things, enjoys coaching trial Moot Court programs for junior high school students.
Michaela L. Sozio
Tressler LLP
1901 Avenue of the Stars
Suite 450
Los Angeles, California 90067
Phone 310.203.4815
Fax 310.203.4850