Michael R. Newhouse, Esq.


Attorney Michael R. Newhouse

Mike Newhouse is an experienced attorney who has been voted a Super Lawyer "Rising Star" by his peers and Los Angeles Magazine. Mike's broad based practice includes counseling and representing large businesses, small businesses, and individuals. Such clients include members of the apparel industry, technology companies, insurers, licensors, financial institutions, accredited investors, multi-media and post production companies, interior designers, and jewelry industry clients.

Additionally, a significant part of Mike's practice is real estate related, and focuses on representing developers, landlords, tenants, property managers and financial institutions in all aspects of commercial and residential real estate litigation and transactions. Transactions and litigation involve shopping centers, office and industrial buildings, residential subdivisions, residential and commercial condominiums, hotels, and golf courses.

Mike also dedicates a significant part of his practice to government and regulatory matters and to investor class actions and related complex litigation.

Representing this diverse group of clients includes extensive experience with partnership disputes, breaches of contract and related litigation, licensing agreements, intellectual property disputes, entity formation, contract formation and negotiation, loan structuring, commercial and residential loan default workouts, construction defect litigation, receiverships, and negotiating and structuring real property leases, acquisitions, sales, financing, and development. Mike also has extensive appellate advocacy experience, including a published decision in the case of Watts v. Farmers Ins. Exchange (2002) 98 Cal.App.4th 1246.

Mike is a magna cum laude graduate of theUniversity of Southern California (B.A. 1996) and the Northwestern School of Law of Lewis and Clark College (J.D. 2000).

In addition to California state courts, Mike is admitted to practice before the United States District Court for the Central District of California and the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, and is a licensed real estate broker in the State of California.

Mike is also an active member of his community. Mayor Eric Garcetti has appointed Mike to the West Los Angeles Area Planning Commission, he continues to serve as a 63rd Assembly District Delegate to the California Democratic Party, and is a longtime member of the Board of Directors of Venice Arts. Mike is President Emeritus of the Venice Neighborhood Council, and former Chair of the Westside Regional Alliance of Councils (WRAC), a coalition of all 13 Los Angeles Neighborhood and Community Councils on the Westside of Los Angeles.

Mike lives in Venice with his wife Ruthie, sons Holden and Dylan, and dog Bianca. He is an active traveler, musician, athlete, and outdoor enthusiast.


  • Important New Labor & Employment Updates

    Summer 2016
  • Recognizing and Preserving Native American Treaty Usufructs In The Supreme Court: The Mille Lacs Case. PublicLands & Resources Law Review

    Westlaw Citation 21 PUBLRLR 169
  • Slamming the Door on Legal Malpractice In Criminal Matters

    , Los Angeles Lawyer, with Jonathan B. Cole and David B. Owen, Vol. 24, No. 11, February 2002.
  • Beyond Specific Performance: Recovering Damages Through Escrow:

    Development Magazine, Summer 2015
  • Splitting Fees: It's Agent Vs. Agent When it Comes to Commission Disputes:

    Commercial Investment Real Estate, September/October 2015
  • A Wake Up Call To Franchisors: The Big Mac Attack:

    Buchalter Nemer Hospitality, Food and Beverage Industry Newsletter
  • Recovering Damages Through Escrow:

    Commercial Property Executive's Blog, "From the Inside,"

You can contact Mike at mnewhouse@newhouselawgroup.com