Michael D. Didszun

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310-447-9000

EDUCATION

BA, California State University Northridge; J.D., Southwestern University School of Law. Mr. Didszun was a participant in both moot court and the trial advocacy program at Southwestern University School of Law.

EXPERIENCE

Mr. Didszun concentrates his practice in the defense of Civil Actions with a focus on employment litigation, construction litigation, and general litigation. Ms. Didszun also advises contractors, architects and design professionals in the building industry with regard to risk management, safety protocols and procedures and contract analysis and creation. In his employment practice, Mr. Didszun has been consulted regarding employment practices of his clients.

BAR ADMITTANCE AND LICENSURE

California (1998); Ohio (2009)

Mr. Didszun represents clients in a wide array of employment and construction-related matters. He has litigated numerous wrongful termination cases, including FEHA violation claims, harassment claims, discrimination claims, retaliation claims and whistle blower claims. He has also litigated wage and hours claims and has appeared before the State Court and several administrative bodies in addressing labor and employment issues on behalf of small and medium size businesses in Southern California. Mr. Didszun’s construction experience goes back over 20 years, having worked as a project manager for a construction company while in college. He carries his construction experience into his practice, having represented architects, engineers, design professionals, developers, general contractors, and subcontractors in numerous construction defect cases over the past 10 years.
Some of Mr. Didszun’s more notable victories include the following:

  • He successfully moved for Summary Judgment in a malpractice case in which he represented an accountant in a multimillion-dollar partnership dispute.
  • In a case where plaintiffs filed an action against the manager and the owners of a commercial property, alleging damages in excess of $75,000 for failing to properly maintain the property, Mr. Didszun filed a demurrer arguing that a “waiver of subrogation” clause in the contract specifically barred claims by the plaintiffs against the owners for the damages alleged. He convinced the court that the waiver of subrogation provision, which was challenged by plaintiff as being unconscionable, was a viable and valid contract clause and applied to all of the property owners. The court concurred and sustained the demurrer, without leave to amend, as to all claims brought against the owners.
  • As second chair, Mr. Didszun obtained defense verdict in back-to-back medical malpractice jury trials. Both cases involved misdiagnosis by an emergency room physician and subsequently a radiologist. In both cases the pre-trial demands exceeded $1,000,000.
  • More recently, Mr. Didszun obtained a ruling in favor of a small environmental company in an administrative hearing before the Labor Board. In that case, a former employee contended that he was owed in excess of $75,000 and was seeking an award in that amount. After hearing argument, the Labor Board found no merit to the claims made by the former employee and awarded a judgment in favor of Mr. Didszun’s client.

In addition to litigation, Mr. Didszun has rewritten contracts, negotiated long-term, large-scale commercial leases, and advised clients on risk management issues. Mr. Didszun has been asked to review employee handbooks and employment policies of various clients and provide advice regarding employment practices.
In his spare time, Mr. Didszun enjoys spending time with his wife and son. He is involved in his son’s Little League program, where he has managed and coached several of his son’s teams. When time permits, Mr. Didszun enjoys fishing, especially deep sea fishing. He also enjoys restoration projects.