Michael M. Gless

Mr. Gless has litigated high profile jury cases for over 52 years in federal and state courts as well as defending hundreds of arbitrations in the securities area for every major brokerage firm in the country.  In addition, he has handled numerous will contest matters and class actions claims.


  • University of Southern California (B.S., 1962; LL.B. 1965)

Bar Memberships/Admissions

  • California (1966)
  • Central, Northern, and Southern United States District Courts in California
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • Supreme Court of the United States

Published Cases

  • Brown v. UBS Financial (2d App. 2013)
  • Weinberg v. Bear Stearns (2d App. 2002)
  • Merrill Lynch v. UCB (9th Cir. 1992)
  • Mobarrez v. Drexel Burnham (2d App. 1992)
  • Worton v. Worton (2d App. 1991)
  • Mueth v. Shearson Lehman (9th Cir. 1989)
  • Weinstein v. E.F. Hutton (2d App. 1989)
  • Anderson v. PaineWebber (9th Cir. 1986)
  • Ford v. Shearson Lehman (2d App. 1985)
  • Gore v. Bache Halsey (1st App. 1985)
  • Parson v. Merrill Lynch (2d App. 1983)
  • Hope v. Shearson Hayden Stone (6th App. 1981)
  • Blank v. Bear Stearns (2d App. 1979)
  • Barrett v. UCB (2d App. 1975)
  • Bryant v. UCB (2d App. 1974)
  • Cohen v. UCB (2d App. 1974)
  • In Re McCarthy Estate (2d App .1974)
  • Bullis v. McCarthy (2d App .1972)
  • Hecht v. UCB (2d App. 1972)


  • Lectures at Pepperdine University School of Law  (topic:  Securities Litigation) (2000–Present)
  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers (2002–Present)
  • Fellow, International Academy of Trial Lawyers (1998–Present)
  • Advocate, American Board of Trial Advocates (1981–Present)
  • Fellow Emeritus, Litigation Counsel of America
  • Selected to Southern California Best Lawyers in America© List (Commercial Litigation and Securities/Capital Markets Law) (2020)
  • Top 100 Attorney in California, Top 100 Registry (2019)
  • Listed in Best Lawyers of America©
  • Selected to Southern California Super Lawyers List (Thomson Reuters) (a designation limited to 5% of attorneys in a geographic region)
  • Listed in America’s Top 100 Attorneys