The Honorable Michael J. Raphael

4th District Court of Appeal

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Biography

The Hon. Michael J. Raphael is an Associate Justice for the Fourth District Court of Appeal, Second Division in California. He was elevated to the Court of Appeal by former Governor Jerry Brown on July 24, 2018. He filled the vacancy created by the retirement of Thomas E. Hollenhorst. He was originally appointed to the Superior Court by then-governor Brown in 2012 to succeed Charles E. Horan after he retired from the bench. The Hon. Scott R. Herin replaced Raphael on the Superior Court.

Judge Raphael is a registered Democrat.

He received his B.A. from Rice University in 1990. He went on to earn his J.D. from Yale Law School in 1993.

After graduating from law school, Raphael clerked for the Hon. Nathaniel R. Jones with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. In 1994 he joined the law firm of Sidley Austin, LLP as an associate. He practiced with the law firm for three years before becoming an investigative counsel in 1997 for U.S. Representative Henry Waxman on the Government Reform Committee in Washington, D.C. He returned to Los Angeles in 1999 to join the U.S. Attorney's Office of the Central District of California as an assistant U.S. attorney. During his 13 years with the Department of Justice, Raphael served as the deputy chief of the Criminal Appeals Section in 2005 and was subsequently made chief in 2007. He was serving in that capacity at the time of his appointment to the Superior Court in 2012.

While in Washington D.C., Raphael taught as an adjunct professor at George Washington University School of Law. In 2005 he taught advanced appellate advocacy at the University of Southern California Gould School of Law.

During his time on the Superior Court, Judge Raphael served as a judge pro tem for the Second District Court of Appeal.

Recent Rulings by Hon. Michael J. Raphael

  • UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA VS ACCOUNTABLE HEALTH CARE

    Aug 30, 2018 |  Los Angeles County

    Superior Court of California

    County of Los Angeles

    Department 51

    UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA, Plaintiff, v. ACCOUNTABLE HEALTH CARE IPA, et al., Defendants. Case No.: BS172393 Hearing Date: 8/30/18 Trial Date: None set [TENTATIVE] RULING RE: Motion for Attorneys’ Fees...

  • CRP MB STUDIOS PRODUCTION SERVICES L L C ET AL VS BRAD SOUTH

    Aug 29, 2018 |  Los Angeles County

    Superior Court of California

    County of Los Angeles

    Department 51

    CRP MB STUDIO PRODUCTION SERVICES, LLC, Plaintiff, v. BRAD SOUTHWICK, et al. Defendants. Case No.: BC697331 Hearing Date: 8/29/18 Trial Date: None set [TENTATIVE] RULING RE: Default Judgment

    Background...

  • ARTURO RUBINSTEIN VS PARIS P FAKHERI

    Aug 28, 2018 |  Los Angeles County

    Superior Court of California

    County of Los Angeles

    Department 51

    ARTURO RUBINSTEIN, Plaintiff, v. PARIS P. FAKHERI, et al., Defendants. Case No.: BC630004 Hearing Date: 8/28/18 Trial Date: 3/7/18-3/8/18 [TENTATIVE] RULING RE: Motion to Tax Costs

    Background

    P...

  • DANAH MERRICK VS COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES

    Aug 23, 2018 |  Los Angeles County

    Superior Court of California

    County of Los Angeles

    Department 51

    DANAH MERRICK, Plaintiff, v. COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES, and DOES 1 through 100, Defendants.

    Case No.: BC674277

    Hearing Date: 08.23.18

    Trial Date: 03.19.18

    [TENTATIVE] RULING RE:

    ...

  • AIRPORT VAN RENTAL INC ET AL VS LINA SU ET AL

    Aug 23, 2018 |  Los Angeles County

    Superior Court of California

    County of Los Angeles

    Department 51

    AIRPORT VAN RENTAL, INC., et al., Plaintiffs, v. LINA SU, et al., Defendants.

    Case No.: BC644006

    Hearing Date: 8/23/18

    Trial Date: 10/15/18

    [TENTATIVE] RULING RE:

    Motion...

  • TANIA VASQUEZ LINARES VS AMP PLUS INC ET AL

    Aug 22, 2018 |  Los Angeles County

    Superior Court of California

    County of Los Angeles

    Department 51

    TANIA VASQUEZ LINARES, Plaintiff, v. AMP PLUS, INC., et al., Defendants.

    Case No.: BC703966

    Hearing Date: 8/22/18

    Trial Date: None Set

    [TENTATIVE] RULING RE:

    Demurrer to...

  • BRANDON GILBRECH ET AL VS BELLUM ENTERTAINMENT LLC ET AL

    Aug 20, 2018 |  Los Angeles County

    BRANDON GILBRECH, et al., Plaintiffs, v. BELLUM ENTERTAINMENT, LLC, et al., Defendants.

    Case No.: BC684298

    Hearing Date: 8/20/18

    Trial Date: None Set

    [TENTATIVE] RULING RE:

    Motions to be Relieved as Counsel

    On July 19, 2018, Kelly Scott and Leemore K...

  • JESSICA DAVALOS VS VIVA AMERICA CRAFT INC ET AL

    Aug 02, 2018 |  Los Angeles County

    Plaintiff Jessica Davalos’s two motions to compel responses to production of documents (from Viva America Craft, Inc.; Sol & Feliz, Inc.) are both CONTINUED to OCTOBER 4, 2018, at 9:00 a.m.

    These motions were filed on June 29, 2018. The protective order was signed on by the Court on July 3...

  • SERGIO FUENTES VS THE CLOSET FACTORY INC ET AL

    Aug 02, 2018 |  Los Angeles County

    Background

    Plaintiff Sergio Fuentes sues defendant The Closet Factory, Inc. for damages for wrongful termination, retaliation, disability discrimination, and related causes of action.

    On March 5, 2018, plaintiff filed a complaint for:

    discrimination;

    retaliation;

  • YUN SHI VS REEVE BANARON ET AL

    Aug 02, 2018 |  Los Angeles County

    Background

    Plaintiff Yun Shi sues Reeve Benaron and My Fat Greek, LLC for damages based on allegations that defendants failed to pay rent and sold commercial property to plaintiff at an inflated price.

    On November 9, 2017, plaintiff filed a complaint for (1) breach of contract, (2)...

  • BAHMAN KHODAYARI VS ALEXANDER H ESCANDARI ET AL

    Aug 02, 2018 |  Los Angeles County

    The Court has before it 12 motions filed by the plaintiff and 6 motions filed by plaintiff, all filed in 2011 and 2012. In the circumstances, no sanctions will be imposed.

    The plaintiff’s motions will be numbered 1 through 12 below and defendant’s motions listed as A through F.

    As ...

  • CALIFORNIA STATE LABOR COMMISSIONER VS CENTINELA CAR WASH IN

    Aug 01, 2018 |  Los Angeles County

    Background

    Petitioner (the Labor Commissioner) seeks a court order directing Centinela Car Wash, Inc. and Centinela Gas Station, Inc. (collectively, respondents) to comply with two administrative/ investigative subpoenas duces tecum for the production of documents necessary to their invest...

  • WALTER LANCASTER VS BEATS ELECTRONICS LLC ET AL

    Aug 01, 2018 |  Los Angeles County

    Background

    Plaintiff Walter Lancaster sues defendants Beats Electronics, LLC, Andre Young, Jimmy Iovene, Sean Bouldin, and Apple Corporation, Inc. for damages.

    On December 22, 2017, plaintiff filed a complaint and on February 5, 2018, the operative first amended complaint for:

    ...

  • TARON MALKHASHYAN VS LOS ANGELES UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT ET

    Jul 31, 2018 |  Los Angeles County

    Background

    Plaintiff Taron Malkhashyan sues Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), Punjatorn Chanudomchuck, NTMA Training Center, and The Robot Marketplace for damages arising from an explosion at a robotics competition.

    As plaintiff alleges, on April 18, 2015, he participate...

  • ALICIA RUIZ VS IRENE CORTEZ

    Jul 31, 2018 |  Los Angeles County

    Plaintiff Alicia Ruiz's unopposed motion to compel responses to request for production of documents, set one, is GRANTED.

    The showing in the motion is that the request for production was served on April 24, 2018, and was not responded to within 30 days (or, indeed, ever). On June 8, 2018, ...

  • CEON RAYNEIL GORDON VS L A COUNTY METROPOLITAN TRANSPORTATIO

    Jul 31, 2018 |  Los Angeles County

    On July 11, 2018, L. Dean Smith, Jr., counsel for plaintiffs (from consolidated case BC651210) Kimberly Walker, April Crawford, and Nevaeh Crawford (hereafter plaintiffs), filed this unopposed motion to be relieved as counsel. The Court considered the moving papers and rules as follows.

    An...

  • DI-MOKSH DIAM INC VS VS DIAMONDS INC ET AL

    Jul 31, 2018 |  Los Angeles County

    Background

    On September 17, 2014, plaintiff filed a complaint for (1) breach of written contract, (2) open book account, (3) account stated, (4) goods sold and delivered, and (5) breach of written guaranty. On February 3, 2016, a bench trial commenced. On January 20, 2015, defendant VS Dia...

  • WANDA BRISCOE VS FRANCISCO VARGAS ET AL

    Jul 31, 2018 |  Los Angeles County

    Background

    This is an unlawful detainer action. On June 1, 2018, plaintiff filed an unlawful detainer complaint on the optional Judicial Council form.

    On June 14, 2018, defendant Francisco Vargas filed this unopposed demurrer, arguing that the complaint fails to state sufficient fa...

  • CELENA KING ET AL VS GREAT AMERICAN CHICKEN CORP INC ET AL

    Jul 30, 2018 |  Los Angeles County

    Background

    Plaintiffs Celena King and Brittany Gonzalez sue their former employer Great American Chicken Corporation, Inc. (GACC) and their former supervisor Christopher Fonseca for wrongful termination, sexual harassment, retaliation for opposing sexual harassment, and related claims. On December ...

  • MAHYAR RAHMANI ET AL VS FORD MOTOR COMPANY

    Jul 30, 2018 |  Los Angeles County

    Background

    This is a “lemon law” action. Plaintiffs filed a complaint on June 5, 2014. On March 14, 2018, the parties filed a notice of settlement.

    On June 6, 2018, plaintiffs filed a memorandum of costs.

    On June 25, 2018, defendant filed this opposed motion to tax costs. (...

  • MAHYAR RAHMANI ET AL VS FORD MOTOR COMPANY

    Jul 30, 2018 |  Los Angeles County

    Background

    This is a “lemon law” action. Plaintiffs filed a complaint on June 5, 2014. On March 14, 2018, the parties filed a notice of settlement.

    On June 6, 2018, plaintiffs filed a memorandum of costs.

    On June 25, 2018, defendant filed this opposed motion to tax costs. (Although ...

  • CELENA KING ET AL VS GREAT AMERICAN CHICKEN CORP INC ET AL

    Jul 30, 2018 |  Los Angeles County

    Background

    Plaintiffs Celena King and Brittany Gonzalez sue their former employer Great American Chicken Corporation, Inc. (GACC) and their former supervisor Christopher Fonseca for wrongful termination, sexual harassment, retaliation for opposing sexual harassment, and related claims. On ...

  • WEI JIANG VS ARC I ET AL

    Jul 30, 2018 |  Los Angeles County

    On July 11, 2018, Jack F. Fitzmaurice, counsel for defendants ARC-I Limited Partnership; Oasis Growth Partners, LLC; Crestalliance, LLC; Stavros, LLC; Rhemata, LLC; Daniel Chiu; and Rebecca Chiu, filed this unopposed motion to be relieved as counsel. The Court considered the moving papers and rule...

  • WEI JIANG VS ARC I ET AL

    Jul 30, 2018 |  Los Angeles County

    On July 11, 2018, Jack F. Fitzmaurice, counsel for defendants ARC-I Limited Partnership; Oasis Growth Partners, LLC; Crestalliance, LLC; Stavros, LLC; Rhemata, LLC; Daniel Chiu; and Rebecca Chiu, filed this unopposed motion to be relieved as counsel. The Court considered the moving papers and rules as foll...

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Recent Rulings by Hon. Michael J. Raphael

  • UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA VS ACCOUNTABLE HEALTH CARE

    Aug 30, 2018 |  Los Angeles County

    Superior Court of California

    County of Los Angeles

    Department 51

    UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA, Plaintiff, v. ACCOUNTABLE HEALTH CARE IPA, et al., Defendants. Case No.: BS172393 Hearing Date: 8/30/18 Trial Date: None set [TENTATIVE] RULING RE: Motion for Attorneys’ Fees...

  • CRP MB STUDIOS PRODUCTION SERVICES L L C ET AL VS BRAD SOUTH

    Aug 29, 2018 |  Los Angeles County

    Superior Court of California

    County of Los Angeles

    Department 51

    CRP MB STUDIO PRODUCTION SERVICES, LLC, Plaintiff, v. BRAD SOUTHWICK, et al. Defendants. Case No.: BC697331 Hearing Date: 8/29/18 Trial Date: None set [TENTATIVE] RULING RE: Default Judgment

    Background...

  • ARTURO RUBINSTEIN VS PARIS P FAKHERI

    Aug 28, 2018 |  Los Angeles County

    Superior Court of California

    County of Los Angeles

    Department 51

    ARTURO RUBINSTEIN, Plaintiff, v. PARIS P. FAKHERI, et al., Defendants. Case No.: BC630004 Hearing Date: 8/28/18 Trial Date: 3/7/18-3/8/18 [TENTATIVE] RULING RE: Motion to Tax Costs

    Background

    P...

  • DANAH MERRICK VS COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES

    Aug 23, 2018 |  Los Angeles County

    Superior Court of California

    County of Los Angeles

    Department 51

    DANAH MERRICK, Plaintiff, v. COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES, and DOES 1 through 100, Defendants.

    Case No.: BC674277

    Hearing Date: 08.23.18

    Trial Date: 03.19.18

    [TENTATIVE] RULING RE:

    ...

  • AIRPORT VAN RENTAL INC ET AL VS LINA SU ET AL

    Aug 23, 2018 |  Los Angeles County

    Superior Court of California

    County of Los Angeles

    Department 51

    AIRPORT VAN RENTAL, INC., et al., Plaintiffs, v. LINA SU, et al., Defendants.

    Case No.: BC644006

    Hearing Date: 8/23/18

    Trial Date: 10/15/18

    [TENTATIVE] RULING RE:

    Motion...

  • TANIA VASQUEZ LINARES VS AMP PLUS INC ET AL

    Aug 22, 2018 |  Los Angeles County

    Superior Court of California

    County of Los Angeles

    Department 51

    TANIA VASQUEZ LINARES, Plaintiff, v. AMP PLUS, INC., et al., Defendants.

    Case No.: BC703966

    Hearing Date: 8/22/18

    Trial Date: None Set

    [TENTATIVE] RULING RE:

    Demurrer to...

  • BRANDON GILBRECH ET AL VS BELLUM ENTERTAINMENT LLC ET AL

    Aug 20, 2018 |  Los Angeles County

    BRANDON GILBRECH, et al., Plaintiffs, v. BELLUM ENTERTAINMENT, LLC, et al., Defendants.

    Case No.: BC684298

    Hearing Date: 8/20/18

    Trial Date: None Set

    [TENTATIVE] RULING RE:

    Motions to be Relieved as Counsel

    On July 19, 2018, Kelly Scott and Leemore K...

  • JESSICA DAVALOS VS VIVA AMERICA CRAFT INC ET AL

    Aug 02, 2018 |  Los Angeles County

    Plaintiff Jessica Davalos’s two motions to compel responses to production of documents (from Viva America Craft, Inc.; Sol & Feliz, Inc.) are both CONTINUED to OCTOBER 4, 2018, at 9:00 a.m.

    These motions were filed on June 29, 2018. The protective order was signed on by the Court on July 3...

  • SERGIO FUENTES VS THE CLOSET FACTORY INC ET AL

    Aug 02, 2018 |  Los Angeles County

    Background

    Plaintiff Sergio Fuentes sues defendant The Closet Factory, Inc. for damages for wrongful termination, retaliation, disability discrimination, and related causes of action.

    On March 5, 2018, plaintiff filed a complaint for:

    discrimination;

    retaliation;

  • YUN SHI VS REEVE BANARON ET AL

    Aug 02, 2018 |  Los Angeles County

    Background

    Plaintiff Yun Shi sues Reeve Benaron and My Fat Greek, LLC for damages based on allegations that defendants failed to pay rent and sold commercial property to plaintiff at an inflated price.

    On November 9, 2017, plaintiff filed a complaint for (1) breach of contract, (2)...

  • BAHMAN KHODAYARI VS ALEXANDER H ESCANDARI ET AL

    Aug 02, 2018 |  Los Angeles County

    The Court has before it 12 motions filed by the plaintiff and 6 motions filed by plaintiff, all filed in 2011 and 2012. In the circumstances, no sanctions will be imposed.

    The plaintiff’s motions will be numbered 1 through 12 below and defendant’s motions listed as A through F.

    As ...

  • CALIFORNIA STATE LABOR COMMISSIONER VS CENTINELA CAR WASH IN

    Aug 01, 2018 |  Los Angeles County

    Background

    Petitioner (the Labor Commissioner) seeks a court order directing Centinela Car Wash, Inc. and Centinela Gas Station, Inc. (collectively, respondents) to comply with two administrative/ investigative subpoenas duces tecum for the production of documents necessary to their invest...

  • WALTER LANCASTER VS BEATS ELECTRONICS LLC ET AL

    Aug 01, 2018 |  Los Angeles County

    Background

    Plaintiff Walter Lancaster sues defendants Beats Electronics, LLC, Andre Young, Jimmy Iovene, Sean Bouldin, and Apple Corporation, Inc. for damages.

    On December 22, 2017, plaintiff filed a complaint and on February 5, 2018, the operative first amended complaint for:

    ...

  • TARON MALKHASHYAN VS LOS ANGELES UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT ET

    Jul 31, 2018 |  Los Angeles County

    Background

    Plaintiff Taron Malkhashyan sues Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), Punjatorn Chanudomchuck, NTMA Training Center, and The Robot Marketplace for damages arising from an explosion at a robotics competition.

    As plaintiff alleges, on April 18, 2015, he participate...

  • ALICIA RUIZ VS IRENE CORTEZ

    Jul 31, 2018 |  Los Angeles County

    Plaintiff Alicia Ruiz's unopposed motion to compel responses to request for production of documents, set one, is GRANTED.

    The showing in the motion is that the request for production was served on April 24, 2018, and was not responded to within 30 days (or, indeed, ever). On June 8, 2018, ...

  • CEON RAYNEIL GORDON VS L A COUNTY METROPOLITAN TRANSPORTATIO

    Jul 31, 2018 |  Los Angeles County

    On July 11, 2018, L. Dean Smith, Jr., counsel for plaintiffs (from consolidated case BC651210) Kimberly Walker, April Crawford, and Nevaeh Crawford (hereafter plaintiffs), filed this unopposed motion to be relieved as counsel. The Court considered the moving papers and rules as follows.

    An...

  • DI-MOKSH DIAM INC VS VS DIAMONDS INC ET AL

    Jul 31, 2018 |  Los Angeles County

    Background

    On September 17, 2014, plaintiff filed a complaint for (1) breach of written contract, (2) open book account, (3) account stated, (4) goods sold and delivered, and (5) breach of written guaranty. On February 3, 2016, a bench trial commenced. On January 20, 2015, defendant VS Dia...

  • WANDA BRISCOE VS FRANCISCO VARGAS ET AL

    Jul 31, 2018 |  Los Angeles County

    Background

    This is an unlawful detainer action. On June 1, 2018, plaintiff filed an unlawful detainer complaint on the optional Judicial Council form.

    On June 14, 2018, defendant Francisco Vargas filed this unopposed demurrer, arguing that the complaint fails to state sufficient fa...

  • CELENA KING ET AL VS GREAT AMERICAN CHICKEN CORP INC ET AL

    Jul 30, 2018 |  Los Angeles County

    Background

    Plaintiffs Celena King and Brittany Gonzalez sue their former employer Great American Chicken Corporation, Inc. (GACC) and their former supervisor Christopher Fonseca for wrongful termination, sexual harassment, retaliation for opposing sexual harassment, and related claims. On December ...

  • MAHYAR RAHMANI ET AL VS FORD MOTOR COMPANY

    Jul 30, 2018 |  Los Angeles County

    Background

    This is a “lemon law” action. Plaintiffs filed a complaint on June 5, 2014. On March 14, 2018, the parties filed a notice of settlement.

    On June 6, 2018, plaintiffs filed a memorandum of costs.

    On June 25, 2018, defendant filed this opposed motion to tax costs. (...

  • MAHYAR RAHMANI ET AL VS FORD MOTOR COMPANY

    Jul 30, 2018 |  Los Angeles County

    Background

    This is a “lemon law” action. Plaintiffs filed a complaint on June 5, 2014. On March 14, 2018, the parties filed a notice of settlement.

    On June 6, 2018, plaintiffs filed a memorandum of costs.

    On June 25, 2018, defendant filed this opposed motion to tax costs. (Although ...

  • CELENA KING ET AL VS GREAT AMERICAN CHICKEN CORP INC ET AL

    Jul 30, 2018 |  Los Angeles County

    Background

    Plaintiffs Celena King and Brittany Gonzalez sue their former employer Great American Chicken Corporation, Inc. (GACC) and their former supervisor Christopher Fonseca for wrongful termination, sexual harassment, retaliation for opposing sexual harassment, and related claims. On ...

  • WEI JIANG VS ARC I ET AL

    Jul 30, 2018 |  Los Angeles County

    On July 11, 2018, Jack F. Fitzmaurice, counsel for defendants ARC-I Limited Partnership; Oasis Growth Partners, LLC; Crestalliance, LLC; Stavros, LLC; Rhemata, LLC; Daniel Chiu; and Rebecca Chiu, filed this unopposed motion to be relieved as counsel. The Court considered the moving papers and rule...

  • WEI JIANG VS ARC I ET AL

    Jul 30, 2018 |  Los Angeles County

    On July 11, 2018, Jack F. Fitzmaurice, counsel for defendants ARC-I Limited Partnership; Oasis Growth Partners, LLC; Crestalliance, LLC; Stavros, LLC; Rhemata, LLC; Daniel Chiu; and Rebecca Chiu, filed this unopposed motion to be relieved as counsel. The Court considered the moving papers and rules as foll...

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