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Michael S. Sutton, Partner

In practice for over 36 years, Mike possesses an extensive background in personal injury law and insurance defense.  Known for his vast experience and business ethics, he is committed to attaining clients’ goals through quality service, pragmatic guidance and thoughtful planning.


Mike resides in Laguna Hills with his wife, Lorrie. When he is not in the office, Mike and his family (3 sons and 1 daughter) enjoy all water sports (boating, jet skiing, water skiing, wakeboarding) and offroading activities in Glamis with their motorcycles, ATV’s and sandcar. The family are avid college football fans. They attend almost all USC Trojan games (daughter Kathryn graduated from the School of Cinematic Arts in 2011..Fight On!), and attend many University of Alabama games (son Grant is a 2015 graduate from the School of Consumer Sciences, and son Barrett is a current student..Roll Tide!).


Professionally, Mike is proud of his accomplishments to include membership in the American Board of Trial Advocates (the most prestigious society for trial attorneys whose members must be invited to join) as well as his selection by the National Association of Distinguished Counsel as being one of the 1% top tier of attorneys in all of America.  However, he is even more proud of the continuing relationships he has formed, and the friends he has made, with clients, Judges, and colleagues throughout his lengthy career.


Admitted to the California Bar 1980


Area of Practice:  Insurance Defense, Personal Injury Law



B.A. 1977  California State University of Fullerton

J.D. 1980   Loyola University



American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)

Nation’s Top One Percent/National Association of Distinguished Counsel

State Bar of California, United States District Court

American Bar Association

Orange County Bar Association

Southern California Defense Counsel

Instructor for Continuing Education of Bar (Fundamentals of Civil Litigation)

Board of Directors, Foundation of Mission Hospital Regional Medical Center, Mission Viejo California


Judge Pro Tem

Orange County Superior Court
Los Angeles County Superior Court


Early Neutral Evaluator

Orange County Superior Court
(Initial panel selected by Court at inception of program)


Private Mediator; Admitted Pro Hac Vice

District Court for Clark County, Nevada
Third Judicial District Court of Salt Lake County, State of Utah
The Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia County,
First Judicial District of Pennsylvania
The Superior Court for the State of Arizona

County of Maricopa, The District Court of Oklahoma County, State of Oklahoma
U.S.District Court, District of Oregon



Michael S. Sutton

Michael S. Sutton, Esq.


Recognized for Excellence

Orange Coast Magazine, February 2013

AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5

Sutton & Murphy
Attorneys at Law

Phone: 949.206.0550


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