Michael Levinson – San Francisco Personal Injury Lawyer

Michael Levinson

Phillips, Erlewine, Given & Carlin LLP

(415) 398-0900


39 Mesa Street
Suite 201
The Presidio of San Francisco , CA 94129

Michael Levinson

Phillips, Erlewine, Given & Carlin LLP


Firm Summary

Mike joined Phillips, Erlewine, Given & Carlin LLP in 2017 after working as an associate attorney for several years at a large plaintiffs’ personal injury firm in the Bay Area. His practice focuses primarily on personal injury and employment matters, where he has helped secure multiple seven-figure jury verdicts and settlements for clients. He became senior counsel to the firm in May, 2023.

In 2016-17 and 2019-20, Mike was selected by Super Lawyers to its Northern California Rising Stars list, an honor given to only 2.5% of lawyers practicing in the region who are under 40 or have been practicing law for less than ten years.

Mike graduated cum laude from the University of Miami School of Law, where he received the Dean’s Certificate of Achievement for outstanding performance in Legal Research & Writing and served as Articles and Comments Editor for the school’s International & Comparative Law Review. During law school, Mike worked as an extern for the Honorable Maxine M. Chesney of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California and interned with the Code Enforcement Team of the San Francisco City Attorney’s Office.

Representative Matters
Mike, along with firm partner Randy Erlewine, received national attention when the firm filed a lawsuit on behalf of former San Francisco Giants player Johnathan “Mac” Williamson against the owner of Oracle Park for injuries Williamson sustained when he crashed over an on-field bullpen mound and collided headfirst into the left field line wall while running to catch a fly ball during a game. The case is pending.

In addition to his personal injury and employment focus, Mike, along with Firm Partner David Given, successfully appealed to the Review Board of the U.S. Copyright Office on behalf of influential punk band Dead Kennedys, for copyright registry of the band’s iconic “DK Logo,” which was initially refused.

Other representative matters include:

White v. Torres ($1,450,000)
Injured Party v. Building Owner ($1,275,000)
Figg v. Mann ($1,253.865)
Morettini v. Lucatero-Zamora ($1,195,000)
Wrongful Death Heirs v. Landowner ($1,000,000)
O’Mara v. Bowser (Personal Injury); O’Mara v. Regents of the University of California (Medical Malpractice) (combined settlement of $789,000)
Wong v. Cheesecake Factory, Inc. ($630,000)
Samsky v. State Farm ($450,000)
Miyashiro v. Quince ($470,000)

Selected Publications

  • Time’s Up: We need to overturn the antiquated decision shielding employers from vicarious liability for employees’ sexual misconduct, Plaintiff Magazine, 2023 April (open as .pdf)
  • (F)linging (I)ndispensable (F)reedoms (A)side: Why FIFA’s “6+5” Will Not Survive, 17 U. Miami Int’l & Comp. L. Rev. 191 (2010)

Bar Admissions

  • State Bar of California
  • Central and Northern Districts of California