JD 2002 - Pepperdine Law School
BA 1999 - University of California at Los Angeles
Michael Rapkine is a partner in AFRCT’s litigation department.
Some of Michael’s significant cases include DeLeon v. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., 729 F.Supp.2d 1119 (N.D. Cal. 2010); Das v. WMC Mortg. Corp., 831 F.Supp.2d 1147 (N.D. Cal. 2011); Shirley v. Wachovia Mortg., FSB, 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 44049 (N.D. Cal. 2012); Baner v. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 103737 (N.D. Cal. 2012); Pacini v. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 183151 (N.D. Cal. 2012); and Stephens v. World Savings Bank, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 24763 (N.D. Cal. 2013).
Prior to joining AFRCT, Michael practiced in downtown Los Angeles at Hennigan, Bennett & Dorman, LLP from 2002 to 2008. During this period, he was part of the legal team that represented the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, Priceline.com, Rabobank, as well as First Community Bancorp and its wholly owned subsidiary, Pacific Western National Bank.
Michael graduated from Pepperdine University School of Law in 2002. During law school, Michael worked for a summer in Paul Hastings Janofsky & Walker’s London office, where he performed due diligence in their M&A division. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and business administration from UCLA, where he was Phi Beta Kappa.
In his spare time, Michael enjoys skiing, numismatics, chess, film production, and the often futile pursuit of beating his wife at golf.
His practice focuses on a broad range of state and federal litigation with an emphasis on business torts, lender liability matters, and contract disputes;
Recently, Michael successfully defended several lawsuits brought against lenders under California’s 2013 Homeowners’ Bill of Rights.