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Michael J. Godwin

Associate

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+1.858.314.1512

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Michael’s practice focuses on complex commercial litigation across a variety of areas including real estate, employment, and unfair competition.  He also has experience with cross-border investigations and enforcement. 

Prior to joining Mintz, Michael clerked for the Honorable Andrew G. Schopler of the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. During law school, he was an editor of the San Diego Law Review and a CALI award recipient.

Education

  • University of San Diego School of Law (JD)
  • University of San Diego (BBA, Finance)

Experience

  • Secured a comprehensive trial victory on behalf of a real estate client involving its one-of-a-kind residence in one of the most exclusive locations in San Diego. In a two-week bench trial, our team successfully defended the client’s property rights against defendants' violations of a restrictive covenant. Ultimately, the court agreed that the defendants' actions violated the covenant, ordered them to remove completed improvements constructed, and enjoined defendants from attempting to construct any other improvements in violation of the covenant, in addition to ordering recovery of attorney’s fees.
  • In a suit by a former employer against its former executive and the executive’s new technology start-up, Michael and the Mintz defense team obtained dismissal of trade secret theft claims and successfully defeated related discovery motions.

Viewpoints

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COVID-19 has flipped the landlord-tenant relationship on its head. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the relationship between landlords and tenants—and the payment of rent—was governed by the terms of the lease.
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Real Estate, Construction & Infrastructure Viewpoints Thumbnail
COVID-19 has flipped the landlord-tenant relationship on its head. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the relationship between landlords and tenants—and the payment of rent—was governed by the terms of the lease.
Read more