Lateral Attorney Cover Letter Example

Lateral Attorney Cover Letter Sample

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Michael Johnson

Mobile: +1 619-633-4658

2095 Pike Street, San Diego, CA 92121

September 2, 2019

Mr. Henry Wilcox

Human Research Director

Smith’s and Partners Law Firm

3991 Holden Street

San Diego, CA 92103

Dear Mr. Wilcox,

I have pleasure in applying for the advertised position of Lateral Attorney. I’m an experienced attorney with a demonstrated history in criminal, family, juvenile and appellate law. Skilled in trial practice, pleadings, legal research and writing, appeals, traffic and divorce/ custody. A longtime attorney with a Juris Doctorate from the Thomas Goode Jones School of Law.

During my work as an associate for The Gill Group firm, I obtained extensive experience conducting, overseeing and planning all phases of employment litigation on behalf of plaintiffs. I drafted complaints and other pleadings, took numerous depositions, propounded and responded to discovery requests. 

Shortly thereafter I was an attorney in private practice handling litigation and transactional work. I handled plaintiff personal injury and small business defense litigation. Additionally, I handle employment discrimination issues, wills, successions, trusts and small business matters.

I worked as a Senior Trial Attorney for Allstate Insurance Company in the next 5 years. I handled insurance defense litigation and Encompass Insurance, as well as their insureds, under homeowner’s, automobile liability and commercial liability policies. I was solely responsible for each case, performing all aspects of litigation, including all discovery and other pre-trial preparations, mediations, trials and post-trial matters. I tried 20 to 30 cases each year, and over 200 trials total. I also handled jury trials alone or as the lead attorney. I also handled some appeals.

Currently, I operate my own Plaintiff-side employment litigation practice wherein I represent clients in all types of employment law matters including but not limited to discrimination, harassment, fraud, breach of contract, retaliation, defamation, whistleblower, unpaid wages, failure to accommodate a disability, wrongful termination and misappropriation of intellectual property claims. I have successfully represented clients in San Diego, Orange, Los Angeles, Imperial, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Francisco, Santa Clara, San Mateo and Alameda Counties. I have on my own achieved success in trials, hearings and arbitrations against large defense firms in both Northern and Southern California. I have particular expertise in bringing wage & hour and other claims against car dealerships and handling sexual harassment and failure to accommodate disability cases. Recently I obtained a Judgment of over $127,000 against a San Diego car dealership based on various wage and hour violations including a claim under the California Labor Code Private Attorney General Act.

I ask you to consider my application and would appreciate the opportunity to meet with you to discuss how my qualifications will be an asset to your organization. I am very keen to join your team and am available for interview at your convenience.


Margaret Dou


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