Michael W. Parks

Michael W. Parks

Sherman Oaks, California

Attorney Michael Parks has over two decades of experience under his belt. Since cofounding Schimmel & Parks, APLC, he has dedicated his practice to helping those facing complex legal matters involving class actions, employment law, bad faith insurance, consumer law and personal injury law. He is committed to safeguarding the rights of clients who have been harmed or neglected by insurance companies and other persons. As an experienced litigator, he has what it takes to fight against large corporations and organizations in order to pursue justice for his clients. Mr. Parks is AV Preeminent peer-review rated by Martindale-Hubbell and has been named a Southern California Super Lawyer.

Currently, he is licensed to practice in the U.S. District Court for the Central, Eastern, Northern and Southern Districts of California and the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Before devoting his life to judiciary work, attorney Parks attended Arizona State University where he earned his Bachelor of Arts in history. Following his undergraduate coursework, he enrolled in University of the Pacific where he obtained his Juris Doctor in 1991.

Areas of Practice

  • 100% Civil Litigation
  • Employment and Sexual Harassment
  • Bad Faith Insurance
  • Class Action Lawsuits/Consumer Rights
  • Personal Injury
  • Property Damage Claims
  • Fire Cases and Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • California, 1991
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit


  • McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific, Sacramento, California
    • J.D., Doctor of Jurisprudence - 1991
    • Honors: Dean's List
    • Law Review: Legislative Review Staff, 1989, Comment Staff, 1989-1990, Board of Editors, 1990-1991, Pacific Law Journal
  • Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona
    • B.A., Bachelor of Arts - 1987
  • Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations, Ithaca, New York
    • Honors: 1983-1985

Honors and Awards

  • AV Preeminent peer-review rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Southern California Super Lawyer

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • State Bar of California, Member
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association, Member, Committee on Appellate Courts
  • American Bar Association, Member, Section of Torts and Insurance Practice

Past Employment Positions

  • Second District Court of Appeals Settlement Conference Project, Settlement Officer


  • Phi Alpha Delta