Towle Denison Smith & Maniscalco LLP

Towle Denison Smith & Maniscalco LLP

Prestigious Los Angeles Firm of Towle Denison Smith & Maniscalco LLP Offers the Highest Quality Legal Work at Very Reasonable Rates

Firm Overview

Quality - Integrity - Personal Attention
Towle Denison Smith & Maniscalco LLP ("TDSM") is a Los Angeles law firm located in Westwood. TDSM emphasizes civil litigation and adheres to a philosophy of providing quality legal work at reasonable rates. It is the firm's goal to provide its clients in Los Angeles, California and throughout the United States with legal representation grounded upon excellence, ethics and responsiveness.

The firm was founded in October 2000 by Edmund J. Towle, III, Michael C. Denison and Charles G. Smith. James P. Maniscalco joined the firm as a partner in October 2009, giving the firm its current name. Our primary objective is to maintain the highest standards of professionalism while providing clients including corporations, individuals, insurers and insurance brokers with the personal attention and service that often are not possible with large law firms.

Why should you choose Towle Denison Smith & Maniscalco LLP?
The well-qualified attorneys at Towle Denison Smith & Maniscalco LLP have more than two centuries of combined legal experience that we put to work for our clients. The benefit of the experience and ability of all of the members at Towle Denison Smith & Maniscalco LLP is available to everyone at the firm and to all our clients.
-Attorneys at our firm are AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest recognition possible in the legal industry, for their professionalism and ethics.
-Towle Denison Smith & Maniscalco LLP is included in the Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers.
-The firm is listed in Best's Directory of Recommended Insurance Attorneys.
-Members of the firm have been elected Southern California Super Lawyers in Business Litigation and Civil Litigation Defense.

A dynamic law practice
We take pride in our ability to perform under pressure and deliver for our clients. Your goals are our goals, and we are determined to optimize your chances for success. TDSM's practice covers a broad spectrum of employment law and business and civil litigation, including:
-Complex contract and tort litigation
-Commercial and real estate litigation
-Eminent domain actions
-Labor and employment
-Professional liability
-Malicious prosecution
-Civil RICO defense

Make an appointment for your free consultation
Take the first step towards resolving your legal issue by calling us at 310-446-5445 or contacting us online. Here, at our conveniently located office in Los Angeles, California, we will look at your case and perform a preliminary analysis. Based on our initial findings, we will then make a recommendation as to the best way to proceed. We take a 360 look at all the issues, seeing them from both your point of view and the opposition's, so that we can prepare a comprehensive case, include arguments to answer anything opposing counsel may bring up. You deserve every chance at a positive outcome. Call us today.

Main Office

Main Office
10866 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 600
Los Angeles CA 90024




California law firm litigates on behalf of your business

If you engage in commerce, sooner or later you are almost certain to encounter a dispute with a client or contractor that you'll need outside help to resolve. At Towle Denison Smith & Maniscalco LLP, we have been assisting businesses for 13 years through alternative dispute resolution and civil court trials in state and federal courts.

We have the knowledge and experience to help your business in cases related to:
-Antitrust, unfair practices and trade regulation violations
-Banking and creditor issues, including lender liability
-Breach of contract
-Breach of warranty
-Business torts
-Construction law
-Environmental law
-Products liability
-Professional liability
-Real estate
-Toxic tort
-Intellectual property, including copyright and trademark infringement
-Partnership and shareholder disputes

Recovery from breach of contract
When a party to a contract fails to perform, he damages the other business. This damage often goes beyond the immediate inconvenience of getting less than promised by the contract. The breach can also cost you future profits if you are unable to serve your clients as a result. The skilled attorneys at Towle Denison Smith & Maniscalco LLP can help you achieve the best legal remedy for a breach of contract, such as:

-Compensatory damages - Reimbursement for immediate monetary loss
Consequential and incidental damages - Compensation for additional foreseeable losses caused by the breach
-Attorney fees and costs - Amounts available only if the contract expressly states they are recoverable
-Liquidated damages - Amounts specified in the contract that are payable for particular breaches, such as late or substandard performance
-Specific performance - Court order requiring the breaching party to fulfill the terms of the contract
-Punitive damages - Penalty for a party's objectionable behavior, meant to punish the breaching party and discourage other parties from acting in a similar manner
-Rescission - Cancellation of the contract, with both sides excused from further performance and payments made under the contract returned
-Reformation - Change in the terms of the contract when the court believes there was an honest misunderstanding by the parties about what was to be performed

Affordable alternatives to a civil suit
The cost of traditional litigation can easily exceed the amount of the contract. Fortunately there are various means of alternative dispute resolution (ADR), including mediation and arbitration, which are less costly and quicker than civil lawsuits, but can deliver the same remedies. Our skilled negotiators have successfully represented clients in arbitration and mediation hearings and have settled lawsuits prior to trial, saving our clients expenses and getting their businesses back on track.

Michael C. Denison

Towle Denison Smith & Maniscalco LLP

Practice Areas:
-Civil Litigation
-Commercial Litigation
-Professional Liability
-Malicious Prosecution
-Civil RICO
-Eminent Domain

-1974, California and U.S. District Court, Central District of California
-1976, U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
-1988, United States District Court, Eastern District of California
-2008, U.S. Supreme Court

Law School:
-Loyola Law School, J.D.
-College:University of California at Los Angeles, A.B. History

-Los Angeles County Bar Association
-State Bar of California
-Defense Research Institute
-Association of Southern California Defense Counsel

-Chief Note Editor, Loyola Law Review, 1973-1974
-St. Thomas More Law Honor Society
-Law Clerk to The Honorable Manuel L. Real, U.S. District Court, Central District of California, 1974-1975
-Assistant United States Attorney, Criminal Division, Central District of California, 1976-1979

-Making and Opposing Special Motions to Strike Under the California Anti-SLAPP Statute Action Guide, February 2013 (originally published Spring 2004)

-California Civil Procedure Before Trial (4th Edition, CEB) June 2012 Chapter
-24A, Anti-SLAPP Motions
-California Summary Judgment 2012 (CEB; originally published 2010)
-Chapter 4, Evidentiary Burdens and Presumptions;
-SLAPP Happy, Los Angeles Lawyer, June 2011

Burbank, California

Military Service:
United States Army, 1969-1971

Michael Denison is A.V. rated in Martindale-Hubbell and has been elected to the Southern California Super Lawyers in Civil Litigation Defense each year from 2004 to 2012. He began his legal career as a law clerk for the Honorable Manuel L. Real, United States District Judge, Central District of California, and then served as a federal prosecutor for three years as an Assistant United States Attorney. He has spent the last thirty plus years in civil practice, handling civil litigation, trials and appeals in both state and federal court.

During his years in private practice, Mr. Denison has represented large and small corporations, non-profit corporations, small businesses, insurance companies, hospitals, government sub-contractors and cities. He also has defended individuals, including officers and directors, lawyers, and small business owners. He has defended cases against pro per litigants, including obtaining vexatious litigant orders in both state and federal courts.

Currently Mr. Denison's practice emphasizes defending clients in malicious prosecution, legal malpractice, civil RICO and business cases; however, over the years he has defended a variety of lawsuits. A few examples of the diverse cases defended include breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, fraud, wrongful termination, insurance coverage, insurance bad faith, construction defects, products liability, personal injury, air crash, and securities broker liability. Mr. Denison also has provided insurance companies with opinions on insurance coverage in areas of personal, commercial, and directors and officers liability. Although his practice has been primarily devoted to civil litigation defense, he also has represented a number of plaintiffs in business disputes, including condemnation actions.

Mr. Denison has been a speaker at MCLE seminars and has authored a number of legal writings. He was the author of the Action Guide, Making and Opposing Special Motions to Strike Under the California Anti-SLAPP Statute (CEB 2013), and recently co-authored the book California Summary Judgment 2012 (CEB). In addition, he has authored articles for the California Lawyer Magazine on such topics as vexatious litigants, anti-SLAPP motions, malicious prosecution, and costs and attorney fees. He also has served as a Judge Pro Tem, Small Claims Court; on the Board of Governors of the Loyola Law School Alumni Association; and on the Steering Committee, Southern California Chapter, of the Professional Liability Underwriting Society. He is an active volunteer at his children's school and activities, including having served on the Executive Board of the Edison Language Academy PTA and as an assistant coach and/or team manager for the American Youth Soccer Organization.


Loyola Law School
Juris Doctorate,