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Michael J. Bidart

Michael Bidart

Shernoff Bidart Echeverria Bentley LLP
600 South Indian Hill Boulevard
Claremont, CA 91711
Shernoff Bidart Echeverria Bentley LLP
Phone 909-621-4935
Fax 909-625-6915


Selected To Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2015

Selected to Super Lawyers for 12 years bottom-image

Practice Areas

Insurance Coverage

Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff

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Out of Michael J. Bidart's many accomplishments, he is particularly proud of the major impact he has had on today's healthcare system by prosecuting bad faith disputes. As senior partner of Shernoff Bidart Echeverria Bentley LLP, Mr. Bidart has extensive experience representing patients who have been harmed or ignored by insurers and HMOs. Mr. Bidart has achieved numerous successful verdicts and settlements for clients, including a landmark multi-million dollar verdict against Aetna, Inc., the largest jury verdict ever won against a health maintenance organization. He accepts cases throughout Southern California.

After receiving a Bachelor of Science from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, in 1971, Mr. Bidart earned his Juris Doctor from Pepperdine University School of Law in 1974. He is admitted to practice law in California.

An impressive track record has given Mr. Bidart numerous opportunities for leadership. He frequently lectures on bad faith insurance and HMO litigation for various prestigious associations, including the American Association for Justice, the American Conference Institute and Consumer Attorneys of California. He has been recognized as a top California lawyer in California Lawyer magazine, the National Law Journal and The American Lawyer. The Wall Street Journal has also acknowledged Mr. Bidart's considerable influence over healthcare litigation. He has the highest rating of AV Preeminent* from Martindale-Hubbell.

Mr. Bidart serves on the boards of governors for the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles and Consumer Attorneys of California. He also chairs the board of visitors for the University of La Verne College of Law, and serves on Loyola Marymount University's board of regents.

*AV Preeminent and BV Distinguished are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories: legal ability and general ethical standards.

Ask Super Lawyers: answered by Michael Bidart

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About Michael Bidart

Law School: Pepperdine University School of Law

Admitted: 1974, California

Professional Webpage:

Honors and Awards:

  • Best Lawyers' 2014 Riverside Insurance Law "Lawyer of the Year"
  • One of California's Most Influential Lawyers, American Lawyer
  • One of California's Most Influential Lawyers, American Lawyer
  • One of California’s Most Influential Lawyers, California Lawyer Magazine
  • Recently named CAL ABOTA Trial Lawyer of the Year

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Chairman, Board of Visitors, University of LaVerne Law School
  • Board of Regents, Loyola Marymount University
  • Board of Governors, Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles
  • Board of Governors, Consumer Attorneys of California
  • California, 1974

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

  • Featured Speaker, California Judges Association
  • Featured Speaker, The Rutter Group
  • Featured Speaker, American Conference Institute
  • Featured Speaker, Consumer Attorneys of California
  • Featured Speaker, Association of Trial Lawyers of America
  • Keynote Speaker, HMO Litigation and Bad Faith Insurance Practices
  • Lecturer, HMO Litigation and Bad Faith Insurance Practices
  • Healthcare Litigation, Wall St. Journal

Representative Clients:

Educational Background:

  • California State Polytechnic University, B.S., 1971
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