Michael J. Haddad

Past President
Oakland, CA

MICHAEL J. HADDAD is an AV-Preeminent rated attorney and a partner in Haddad & Sherwin, in Oakland, California.  Mr. Haddad is past-President (2010-2015) of the National Police Accountability Project. 

The majority of Mr. Haddad’s practice is to represent plaintiffs in police misconduct and other civil rights litigation, including wrongful death, police shootings, excessive force, jail deaths, and municipal liability.  Mr. Haddad and his partner, Julia Sherwin, have successfully tried and handled numerous police misconduct cases in federal and state courts, including a $3.5 million settlement for the family of a police officer killed by “friendly fire,” a $2.6 million wrongful death settlement stemming from a botched SWAT raid, a $1.2 million verdict in the Eastern District of California for the wrongful death shooting of a mentally ill man, and the largest wrongful death settlement in a civil rights case ever in the State of California – $8.3 million for the death of a jail inmate after one week of trial.

Where possible, Mr. Haddad and his firm also obtain voluntary or court-ordered injunctive relief to improve police department policies and procedures.  He has been listed as a “Northern California Super Lawyer” in San Francisco Magazine for twelve years straight from 2004-2015.  Previously, Mr. Haddad was a partner at Goodman, Eden, Millender & Bedrosian, in Detroit, Michigan.  He graduated from the University of Michigan Law School in 1991.  See, www.haddadsherwin.com.