Michael B. Lopez

Michael B. Lopez

Michael has been a general civil litigation practitioner for over a decade. His experience includes representing individuals and corporations in a wide array of matters, including real property; contracts; business disputes; and trusts and estates litigation. He believes that every client's case is unique and deserves individually tailored representation and advocacy.

After earning an A.B. in English Literature from the University of California, Davis, Michael pursued a graduate education at the University of North Dakota. Subsequently he briefly worked for the government of California prior to attending law school at the University of North Dakota School of Law, where he graduated with honors (including Order of the Coif and eight citations for highest honors in courses ranging from contracts to criminal procedure).

He has been an associate of the Richard M. Sangster Inn of Court, the elected president (multiple years) of the Ronald N. Davies Inn of Court, served on the Editorial Board of The Bencher, and is a former Pegasus Trust Scholar (working at 7kbw and QEB Hollis Whiteman) in London, England. He serves as an adjunct instructor for the University of North Dakota School of Law's experiential learning program, and has written, lectured, and published broadly on various issues of law.


"Diversifying the Socioeconomic Dynamics of the Bench," The Bencher (2017)

"The Narrative Power of Authentic Class Litigation," The Paradox of Authenticity in a Globalized World (Palgrave/Macmillan, 2014)

"Creating the National Wealth: Authorship, Copyright, and Literary Contracts," North Dakota Law Review (2012)

"Resurrecting the Public Good: Amending the Validity Exception in the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods for the 21st Century," Journal of Business & Securities Law (2009) (winner of the Elliott A. Spoon National Business Law Writing Competition)

Reported Cases

  • Richardson v. Franc¬†(2015) 233 Cal.App.4th 744
  • Vita Planning and Landscape Architecture, Inc. v. HKS Architects, Inc.¬†(2015) 240 Cal.App.4th 763


  • University of California, Davis (A.B.)
  • University of North Dakota (M.A.)
  • University of North Dakota School of Law (J.D.)