Black Compean & Hall L.L.P.

Attorneys at Law

Michael D. Compean

Title: Attorney
Phone: (818) 883-9500
Fax: (888) 704-6023

Michael’s practice has focused on insurance since 1987 when he joined the insurance coverage/bad faith defense department of a Los Angeles firm. In addition to his litigation practice, he began to advise carriers in a non-litigation arena about their insurance coverage rights and obligations. His insurance law practice has involved him in both first and third party claims, including not only personal lines, commercial general liability, attorney and broker errors and omissions, and the like, but also in more specialized arenas such as owner controlled (“wrap-up”) insurance programs and reinsurance matters. He maintains both a trial and appellate practice, and has argued cases before the First, Second, Fourth and Sixth California Appellate District Courts of Appeal, and has handled appellate matters before the United States Court of Appeal for the Ninth Circuit.

Mr. Compean is also a certified mediator.  He began his mediation practice in January 2008 when he became a member of the Los Angeles County Superior Court Mediation Panel.  Since then, Mr. Compean has acted as Mediator in excess of one hundred (100) mediations, involving a wide variety of business and/or tort claims, with a very high success rate.

As a Mediator Mr. Compean works in the Facilitative ADR style for most matters, primarily because he believes it best for parties and counsel to come to a given resolution on their own, with his help.  On the other hand, he will on occasion utilize an Evaluative style, usually when asked to do so by one or another party and/or counsel, or to assure that counsel and/or the parties have fully comprehended and considered both the cost and risk factors involved with the litigation alternative to a mediated resolution, or otherwise where it appears it would be helpful to overcoming an impasse reached in the course of a given mediation.

Michael honed his litigation skills early on in his legal career as a law clerk and associate with a firm in the Mid-Wilshire District of Los Angeles doing commercial and financial institution litigation. During that time he first and second chaired a number of trials involving fraudulent real estate transfers, complex financial institution loan transactions, as well as a complex embezzlement scheme involving a major international financial institution and international wire transfers and a host of witnesses from various parts of the world.

A native of Los Angeles, he earned both his Bachelor of Arts in English literature and his Juris Doctor from UCLA. While in law school Michael interned as a law clerk for The Honorable Laughlin E. Waters in the Central District Federal Court in Los Angeles, and as a law clerk in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles before embarking on his litigation practice. In 1991 he joined his partners to form what is now Black, Compean & Hall. Outside his legal career, he is kept busy raising his two sons and is involved the Cure Autism Now organization and the Los Angeles Miller Method Resource Center.

Born: Los Angeles, California, 1952.

Admitted to Bar:
1986, California; 1987, U.S. District Court, Central District of California; 1990, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California; 1992, U.S. District Court, Southern District of California; 1993, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California; 1994, U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit.

University of California at Berkeley (1970-1972); University of California at Los Angeles (B.A., 1981); University of California at Los Angeles (J.D.,1984). Judicial Extern for Honorable Laughlin E.Waters, U.S. District Court, Central District, 1984.

Los Angeles County and American Bar Associations; State Bar of California; Association of Southern California Defense Counsel.

Published Decisions:
Pruyn v. Agricultural Ins. Co. (1995) 36 Cal.App.4th 500; Stonewall Insurance Co. v. City of Palos Verdes Estates (1996) 46 Cal.App.4th 1810.

Practice Areas:
Insurance Coverage, Coverage and “Bad Faith” Litigation, Insurance Defense, Complex Subrogation and Contribution, Manuscript and Specialized “Wrap-Up” Insurance Programs, and Appellate Practice.

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