Michael Hemming & Associates

Consumer and Business Bankruptcy for over 30 years

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Firm Overview

Our focus is to advise and assist our clients in their various legal problems. We help them recover and be compensated for their losses. Further, we provide legal assistance for clients going through separation and breaking up of their marriages, including child custody, child support, spousal support, and division of family assets and liabilities. We also assist clients facing financial difficulties by representing them in Chapter 7 and 13 bankruptcy matters.

Probate and estate planning counseling and representation is another area of focus for us.

Our firm was established in 1977. For approximately 20 years we were located in Diamond Bar California. After acquiring a commercial building, we are now located across from the Pomona Superior Court complex in Pomona California.

Example cases

1. Litigation of a complex real estate fraud case: recovery of a six-figure amount.
2. Litigation of a medical malpractice and wrongful death case: total recovery $850,000.
3. Litigation of a defective road and serious injury case: total recovery $650,000.
4. Defense of a complex partnership dissolution matter involving nine commercial properties and real state securities with estimated value of $10 million: successful outcome by minimizing the amount paid by client and the savings estimated at $2 million.
5. Litigation and resolution of wrongful termination, including sexual harassment, age discrimination, gender discrimination, with successful results.
6. Acted as a litigation consultant for out-of-state attorneys representing a well-known corporation which focuses on fast foods with successful results.
7. Represented debtor in bankruptcy fraud action and obtained a defense judgment where creditor was claiming 3.75 million dollars in damages.
8. Prosecuted or defended in excess of 200 jury, non-jury, and administrative law trials.
9. Prosecuted a partnership fraud action and through trial and appeal, prevailed. The final judgment with interest was in excess of 1.2 million dollars.

Main Office

Main
333 W. Mission Blvd.
Pomona  CA  91766

Phone
  • (909) 861-2787
Fax
  • (909) 397-9907

Fees

Free Initial Consultation?

I typically offer free consultations by telephone for contingency fee legal matters. All other matters I do charge for office visits, but I give the client credit towards a retainer if I'm retained.

Services Offered For Fixed Fees?

I typically either charge on an hourly basis or on a contingency fee basis. I will quote a flat rate or fee once I know what the depth of my involvement will be.

Areas where I quote a flat fee are: bankruptcy petition filings and representation, small claims court consultation, drafting of legal documents, and Internal Revenue Service audit representation.

Hourly Rates

My hourly rates vary. For paralegals they start at $125 per hour and for attorneys up to $300 per hour.

Office Information

Office Hours

Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Office Manager

Marilyn Schwab.

Emergency After Hours

No

Languages Spoken

Vivian Ramirez Hemming and Wendy Encinas speak Spanish.

How did your firm decide on the primary area of practice(s)?

I tend to like variety when I practice law, which is why I practice in several areas. Also, practicing in several areas of law is very helpful in terms of skill building and gives me an advantage over other lawyers that only have specific knowledge of limited areas of law.

What is your firm's point of view regarding clients educating themselves on legal issues?

I believe it is a good idea for clients to educate themselves and I am typically able to augment their education and explain legal terms and concepts that they did not understand.

Is your firm willing to review documents prepared by clients?

I have reviewed documents prepared by clients before, and have had to rework and revise documents. Sometimes, extensive revisions are required and other times simple revisions are needed.

Is your firm willing to coach clients who want to represent themselves?

I have extensive experience regarding California's small claims courts. I have helped prepare many of my clients to prosecute or defend themselves in small claims court matters.

Michael J. Hemming

I have been an attorney for 31+ years and focus on civil litigation, including business and personal injury litigation. I have prosecuted and defended a variety of cases over the years. I have represented clients in family law and probate matters, as well as drafted will, trusts, and prepared estate plans. I have also represented clients in bankruptcy filings and litigation. I have an extensive business and accounting background, and I've represented clients before the Internal Revenue Service and other administrative agencies.

Believing in yourself and being optimistic about people are two very important outlooks I have. Some lawyers look at the practice of law as a minefield. I look at the practice of law as an opportunity field where I can help people and at the same time earn a reasonable living. This attitude has been a great strength to draw from.

Having a strong work ethic is important too. Being honest and straightforward with people is very important. I avoid talking down to clients, and I focus on helping them get out of serious life problems, including financial distress and serious injuries. These personality traits have truly helped me to become the best lawyer I can be for my clients.

I tend to work well with other attorneys to find solutions for clients' legal problems. I have a distaste for attorneys who like to run up the bill and waste clients' resources. I see this happen quite often in family law matters where some attorneys are representing emotional clients who want revenge and end up paying a heavier price at the same time.

I understand that love and hate sometimes can be next-door neighbors. I have informed many clients that I'm not interested in playing revenge games. I am interested in maximizing their recovery, depending upon the facts, and getting them through the agony involved with the dissolution of marriage.

Personal interests:

Besides spending as much time as I can with my wife of 42 years, I enjoy walking my three dogs for least an hour a day, and taking care of their needs. Also I've been a golfer for approximately 30 years. I avoid riding in golf carts, which typically means that I would get very little or no exercise and would rush through the game. I find that walking to be very enjoyable. I also like to play chess and I enjoy watching baseball and basketball.

License
  • Bar Number: 74538
    California , 1977
Education
  • Western States University College of Law
    Juris Doctor , 1976
    Fullerton, CA
    Trial Practice (Federal and State Courts).
  • California State University at Los Angeles
    Bachelor of Arts , 1971
    Los Angeles, CA
    Economics, Mathematics, and Statistics.
  • East Los Angeles College
    Associate of Arts , 1969
    Los Angeles, CA
    Public Speaking, English, and Accounting & Finance.

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