Michael Tenerelli


Underscored by over three decades of successful dispute resolution, whether it be through trial, arbitration or mediation, Mike Tenerelli’s practice has focused primarily on complex real estate and business disputes.  Based in the Newport Beach office, Mike represents owners, developers, contractors, lenders and other businesses in matters stemming from development matters, lease disputes, contracts, business torts, as well as construction issues.  

Mike takes an analytical, yet efficient approach to solving very complex disputes.  Understanding disputes can be difficult enough, he focuses on simplifying the complex issues in order for his clients to understand the issues at hand, and make the best decision towards resolution. As a result, many clients seek Mike’s advice and representation in matters that do not involve trial, arbitration or mediation.

In real estate, Mike has represented owners and developers in numerous development issues.  He has represented both landlords and tenants in all types of lease disputes related to retail and commercial leases.  In addition, Mike has been involved in numerous construction related matters representing owners as well as contractors and sub-contractors.

Mike has maintained an AV Preeminent Peer Review Rate by Martindale-Hubbell for more than 30 years.  After starting his career at Allen, Matkins, Leck, Gamble & Mallory, Mike was one of the founders of Dubia, Erickson & Tenerelli, where he practiced for more than 18 years honing and refining his trial and dispute resolution skills, particularly in the areas of real estate and business disputes.  Together with Chris Dubia, Mike later joined Dorsey & Whitney, where he was head of the Southern California Office for 5 years prior to joining Newmeyer & Dillion.

Mike’s representative experience includes: 

•  Represented large Orange County property owner in prosecuting lease termination and hazardous waste clean-up claims.
•  Represented General Partner in Dissolution of Real Estate Partnership with real property holdings in excess of $66 Million Dollars.
•  Represented Financial Institutions in foreclosure of commercial real estate and breach of guaranty actions.
•  Represents various Landlords in commercial tenant disputes.
•  Represents several Property Management companies as to various real estate claims/issues. 

•  Represents large Orange County property owner and developer in prosecution of large scale construction defects claims.
•  Represented General Contractor in arbitration concerning large scale change order claims by subcontractor.
•  Represents major Crane company on substantial construction projects.
•  Represented Crane company with respect to major crane failure in the construction of a concrete tilt-up building.

•  Represents large scale investor in fraudulent misrepresentation claim concerning stock purchase.
•  Represents General Partner in partnership dispute involving more than ten limited partnerships with claims of breach of fiduciary duties and fraud by several limited partners.

• Los Angeles Bar Assocation, Litigation Section
• Orange County Bar Association, Litigation Section
• Association of Trial Lawyers of America
• Association of Business Trial Lawyers
• Board of Director for Public Law Center, Board Member
• Board of Director for Orange County pro bono legal services organization
• Board of Director for United Cerebral Palsy - Orange County

• Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, J.D., 1977
• Loyola University, Los Angeles, B.B.A., Finance, 1973

• California
• U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
• U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
• U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California
• U.S. District Court for the Ninth Circuit
• U.S. District Court of Federal Claims

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  • F: 949.854.7099
  • E: michael.tenerelli@ndlf.com
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