Michael H. Wesner

Staff Attorney

Columbus
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Overview

Michael Wesner’s longstanding litigation practice is just the latest example of his commitment to serve. A former Captain in the U.S. Marine Corps, his sense of dedication easily transferred to a law career, paving the way for nearly two decades in private practice, an archive of favorable outcomes and a scorecard of satisfied clients.

Large corporations, small churches, city governments, private individuals in urgent need of counsel – Michael’s clientele is diverse. However, they share an enthusiasm for his skills as a seasoned negotiator, and his reputation as a thoughtful attorney.

Experience

  • Helmed a successful private practice for more than 17 years, resolving labor and contract disputes, homeowners' association affairs, land use issues and more.
  • Wrote and designed written protocols for dismissal of churches from a denomination. Conducted and managed dismissal of ten churches, including property rights and cash transfer, without litigation by any party.
  • Served as general counsel for housing authority in California, facilitating creation, development, funding and three levels of governmental approval for permanent housing for disabled residents -- all in less than 30 months. 
  • Demonstrated expertise in managing outside counsel and reducing litigation expenses.

Recognitions and Memberships

Memberships

  • California Bar Association (2000 to present)
  • Kiwanis International (1988 to 2012)

Community

  • Boys & Girls Club of Moorpark: Founding Member
  • Moorpark College Foundation: Chairman (1992 to 2004)

Pro Bono

  • Provided 400 hours of pro bono service to The Presbyterian Church, in three counties in California, counseling on land contracts and funds (2009 to 2014). 

Prior Positions

  • Ventura County Planning Commissioner (1993 to 2016)
  • Zymed Holter Monitors: General Counsel and Vice President of Contracts (1981 to 1999). Negotiated contracts across the United States for the start-up medical equipment company, working with manufacturing and sales to grow the company to more than $20 million in sales. Participated in the company's sale to Hewlett Packard.

Military Service

  • United States Marine Corps (1971 to 1977)
    • Captain
    • Infantry Platoon Leader in command of 40 Marines
    • Secondary Military Occupational Specialty as Air Traffic Control Officer
    • Served in Southeast Asia; last duty station, Nam Phong, Thailand

Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
  • California

Education

  • J.D., Western State College of Law at Argosy University
  • B.A., University of California, Los Angeles