• California
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • U.S. District Court - Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court - Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court - Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court - Southern District of California
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit


  • Asia Society Southern California
  • Cornell Law Association
  • Hong Kong Association of Southern California
  • World Trade Center LA


  • Cornell Law School, JD
  • Hampshire College, BA
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Mike Margolis


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Mike Margolis has more than 30 years of experience representing clients in a variety of disputes, including: real estate; lender liability; trade secrets, unfair competition, and misappropriation of intellectual property; fraud; international joint ventures; sexual harassment and employment discrimination; and class actions and other complex commercial cases.

Mr. Margolis also counsels businesses and business owners on a wide range of international and domestic issues, using law and strategy to help achieve a client’s business plan while minimizing potential liabilities.

Mr. Margolis heads up Blank Rome’s team serving Chinese businesses and entrepreneurs operating in the U.S. For more than 13 years, a large part of Mr. Margolis’ work in the U.S. has focused on advising and representing companies and business owners from the Greater China area.

International and domestic media often turn to Mr. Margolis for insight into Chinese investment trends and the special challenges facing Chinese companies doing business in the U.S. Mr. Margolis’ opinions have recently been featured in, for example, the Wall Street Journal, London Financial Times’ FDI Magazine, the Los Angeles Times, China Daily, and the South China Morning Post (Hong Kong), as well as on National Public Radio.

Mr. Margolis often speaks at meetings and forums on industry topics, and served as a judge in several Chinese National Rounds of the Jessup International Moot Court Competition (Beijing, 2008; Shenzhen, 2007; Beijing, 2006). In law school, he was Note Editor of the Cornell Law Review, and he presently serves on the Executive Committee of the Cornell Law Association.

From a field of over 80,000 lawyers, Los Angeles Magazine named Mr. Margolis one of its “Top 100 Super Lawyers in Southern California” for 2014. He is repeatedly rated “10.0 Superb” by

  Draws acclaim for his broad litigation expertise.
—Chambers Global

Mr. Margolis is recognized in the 2015 edition of Chambers Global, one of the most selective lawyers’ ranking services in the world, which reports that Mr. Margolis “draws acclaim for his broad litigation expertise.”


  • A jury verdict against commercial real estate brokers for fraud and punitive damages.
  • A summary judgment in favor of an SME apparel company, defeating business interference and conspiracy claims.
  • A jury verdict defeating multiple employment law claims, finding the worker was an independent contractor.
  • A summary judgment in favor of a large air transportation company, defeating disability discrimination claims.
  • A jury verdict in favor of a large law firm, defeating massive malpractice claims and recovering 100 percent of the unpaid fees.


Mr. Margolis is a member of the Executive Committee of the Leadership Board of the Asia Society of Southern California; a member of the Board of Directors of the Hong Kong Association of Southern California; a member of the Executive Board of the Cornell Law Association; and a member of the Advisory Board of the World Trade Center LA.


  • 2006–2010, 2012–2017, “Los Angeles Super Lawyer” in International, listed in Super Lawyers

A description of the standard or methodology on which the accolades are based can be found here.