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Michael Estrada

Senior Counsel | Los Angeles


In his over 30 years of representing government entities, Michael Estrada has concentrated on the representation of public agencies in a wide range of areas.

Work for Clients

Mike has served as City Attorney for the cities of Bell Gardens, San Fernando, and Yucaipa.  He served as General Counsel of the Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension Construction Authority from its inception in 1999 until 2014 (as Co-General Counsel 1999-2002).

Michael concentrates on the representation of public agencies in a wide range of government law areas, with an emphasis on public works, public contracts, solid waste, transportation, affordable housing, real estate, and successor agency matters.

Michael regularly advises clients in the procurement and implementation of solid waste and recycling services and programs.

Michael regularly advises public agencies on public works issues.  This includes reviewing and drafting procurement documents, and questions relating to bidding, bid protests, prevailing wage, project labor agreements, change orders, and contract enforcement.

Michael also regularly advises clients on the procurement of materials and services, including professional services.

Professional Experience

Prior to law school, Mike worked as a city planner for the City and County of San Francisco.

Professional and Community Affiliations

Member, Los Angeles County Bar Association

Member, Mexican American Bar Association

Member, American Public Works Association


J.D., University of California, Berkeley School of Law

M.A., University of California, Los Angeles, Urban Planning

B.A., University of California, San Diego, Urban and Rural Studies

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