Michael J. Saltz

Michael J. Saltz is a name partner of the Los Angeles-based firm Jacobson, Russell, Saltz, & Fingerman LLP. He specializes in Business Litigation, Real Estate litigation, Entertainment Litigation, Complex Litigation, and Consumer Credit Reporting matters.

Mr. Saltz formerly worked in the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office. He now works in the private sector in California in both the litigation and appellate arenas. He has had multiple opinions published on his cases out of the Second and Fourth District Courts of Appeal, wherein he has successfully challenged the constitutionality of certain code section affecting the consumer credit reporting industry..

Since 1998, Mr. Saltz has lent his expertise to the Narcotic Enforcement Unit of the Los Angeles City Attorney's Office in a teaching capacity, giving advice on evicting convicted drug dealers and narcotic users from apartment buildings. He has also represented major real estate companies, including The Irvine Company and its various subsidiaries, as well as credit bureaus such as The U.D. Registry, Inc., First Advantage SafeRent, First American Registry, Inc., The Screening Pros, Inc., Verifications, Inc. Corelogic SafeRent, Inc. and the Apartment Owners Association.

Mr. Saltz' more high-profile cases include The U.D. Registry, Inc. v. State of California, wherein certain California statutes were declared unconstitutional, a nationwide class action against the printer manufacturer EPSON (Reiff v. EPSON) and a nationwide class action against Apple (IN RE MAGSAFE APPLE POWER ADAPTER LITIGATION), .

In just one case Mr. Saltz and his litigation team successfully obtained a settlement providing a benefit worth approximately $900 million to nearly twenty (20) million consumers and a $35 million attorney fee award.

Mr. Saltz has been a delegate to the Association of Credit Bureaus as a member of its Political Action Committee, which was instrumental in the revisions to the Federal Fair Credit Reporting Act. He also served on the legislative committee for the National Association of Screening Agencies and has filed several Amicus Briefs on its behalf in certain cases of national significance. He currently sits on the Board of Gateways Hospital in Los Angeles, California.

In addition to lecturing on various aspects of the law for the Beverly Hills Bar Association and other organizations across the nation, and publishing articles in various trade magazines and for Lawyers.com, Mr. Saltz co-authored the Matthew Bender Practice Guide: California Landlord-Tenant Litigation, published by Lexis-Nexis.

Mr. Saltz has also been named as a Super Lawyer Rising Star in 2009, 2010, and 2011 as picked by Los Angeles Magazine, and is a Master Mason who has achieved the 32nd Degree within the Scottish Rite.

After graduating from the University of Arizona, wherein he lettered as a collegiate athlete competing nationally in Fencing, Mr. Saltz received his Juris Doctor from the University of West Los Angeles. He is a member of the State Bar of California and is admitted to practice before the California Central District Court, Northern District, as well as the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.