Michael B. McClellan


Michael is a partner in the Newport Beach office. His clients operate in a wide array of economic sectors including real estate, financial services, technology, marketing, OEM distribution, home building, automotive services and health care.

Michael has resolved hundreds of complex lawsuits and commercial disputes involving a broad range of tort and contract claims, including claims related to statutory and regulatory violation, misappropriation of trade secrets, unfair business practices, denial of insurance coverage, and fraud.

Michael regularly advises his clients on risk management strategies, including contractual and insurance matters outside of litigation. He is an expert on California’s Right to Repair Law and appears on speaking panels to discuss its application by homebuilders, developers, and general contractors.

Prior to joining Newmeyer & Dillion, Michael worked at the Center for Constitutional Studies at the Cato Institute and for Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom in Washington, DC. In Washington, he also worked on Capitol Hill and in the Office of Policy and Strategic Planning at the Department of Commerce.

Michael is a member of Gen Next and a board member of the Gen Equity PACs. In 2005, he was a Lincoln Fellow of the Claremont Institute. His writings on public policy have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the Weekly Standard, the Orange County Register, and other publications.

At the Georgetown University Law Center, Michael was on the Dean’s List and received the CALI Award for Bargain, Exchange and Liability. Michael holds an undergraduate degree in history from Yale University, with distinction, and was a four year member of the Yale varsity football team.

• Selected to the Rising Star list by Super Lawyers, 2014-2016

• Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., 2005
• Yale University, B.A., History with distinction, 2001

• California, 2005
• United States District Court of Colorado, 2009
• United States District Court, Central District of California
• United States District Court, Eastern District of California
• United States District Court, Southern District of California
• United States District Court, Northern District of California