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Michelle Schill


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As a founder of Martinez & Schill LLP, Michelle D. Schill focuses her practice on Plaintiff’s personal injury.  Michelle has extensive experience in litigating personal injury case, specifically cases involving brain injury, car accidents, premise liability and injury to children.   However, Ms. Schill is well versed in handling most personal injury claims including trip or slip and fall claims against both governmental entities and private property owners and dog bite cases. Ms. Schill offers legal services to clients in San Diego, California and throughout Southern California.  Michelle has proven trial experience and has secured multi-million dollar settlements for her injured clients and their families.

Michelle is a wife, mother, and trial lawyer.  Often times Michelle is advocating for her clients beyond the needs of their case, stepping into a greater role to help her clients in every day life.  Michelle understands how important it is to support her personal injury clients as she has witnessed first hand a serious life altering injury to one of her family members.   “When you lose a loved one or they are seriously injured it is a rippling wave that effects an entire family, they all need support.”

Prior to founding Martinez & Schill LLP, Michelle spent much of her career working for insurance companies defending corporate entities in personal injury cases and evaluating insurance bad faith claims.  An experienced litigator, Ms. Schill draws on the valuable insight that she gained working with insurance companies as defense counsel. Prior to her current practice, she had the unique experience of representing corporate entities and contractors in defending against personal injury matters, which provides her a unique perspective in to what insurance companies require in resolving claims.  Michelle’s past experience in working with insurance companies has provided her keen insight on how to negotiate the best settlement results for her personal injury clients.  “Defending against injury claims wasn’t right for me, I created this firm to use my knowledge from the defense to help victims of serious injuries.”

As a San Diego native, Michelle draws on her wide network of colleagues and friends in the local community to create the best results custom tailored for her clients. Michelle’s approach to litigation is well-balanced which allows her to build professional relationships and work productively with attorneys on both sides of the fence, but aggressively pursue litigation when necessary.

Michelle has also provided legal guidance to the San Diego restaurant and hospitality industry for many years including business formation, contract review, and obtaining liquor licenses and conditional use permits.

Michelle is devoted to bringing the best case forward for her clients, finding and securing the facts to win the case. “I am diligent, maybe over the top, in seeking information that will help my  clients prevail.”

Michelle spends her free time with her husband and two young sons.

Recent Results:

  • $2,650,000.00 – Settlement with Governmental Entity – Client sustained serious injuries after falling from a bridge
  • $1,650,000.00 – Settlement involving disputed liability wrongful death drowning
  • $1,650,000.00 – Settlement involving mild traumatic brain injury of a child
  • $1,300,000.00 – Settlement involving client injured in bike accident
  • $600,000.00 – Settlement involving knee injury
  • $250,000.00 Policy Limits – Settlement with Underinsured Motorist Insurer after finding of fault against Client and Insurer had paid policy limits to At-Fault Driver

Honors and Awards:

Michelle has been honored with may professional accolades.  She is amount the top rated attorneys named by Super Lawyers (2020), and named a Rising Star by Super Lawyers (2015-2018).  She has been named a San Diego County Top Attorney 2014  and 2015 by the San Diego Daily Transcript, Best of the Bar by San Diego Business Journal and a Top Lawyer by San Diego Magazine.  She is also Martindale Hubbell AV Rated by her colleagues in the legal community.

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Educational Background:

  • California Western School of Law, San Diego, CA (2008), J.D.
  • San Diego State University, San Diego, CA (2004), Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts and Sciences: Political Science and Psychology

Bar Admissions:

  • California

Professional Associations and Memberships


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