Michael D. Ranahan, Esq.

T: 925-938-5060
F: 925-938-6732

Michael D. Ranahan, Esq. has over twenty years of experience in a variety of case types, specializing in personal injury and business commercial cases and has handled over a thousand cases to conclusion.


Mr. Ranahan is favored for his ability to build rapport with clients in mediation, earning their confidence, while working with attorneys to address the pivotal issues on both sides of the matter. Mr. Ranahan is also noted for his commitment to matters. When a case is not ready to settle, he stays with it through follow-up until resolution is attained. In arbitration proceedings, he is prepared and pursues additional research when necessary, enabling him to quickly absorb the legal issues and make informed decisions.

ADR Experience and Qualifications

  • Experience with personal injury cases in the following areas:
    • Construction site incidents
    • Premises liability
    • Product liability
    • Professional negligence, including legal and medical malpractice
    • Uninsured and underinsured motorists
    • Vehicular related matters
    • Other tort claims
  • Participated in hundreds of mediations or arbitrations involving personal injury claims
  • Mediated hundreds of business/commercial matters
  • Mediated landlord-tenant disputes
  • Handled Unlawful Detainer settlement conferences as a Temporary Commissioner in Contra Costa County
  • Mediated cases through Contra Costa County EASE Program


Representative Matters

  • Arbitration
    • Attorney fee applications post settlement of lemon law cases
    • Partnership dispute relating to restaurant construction, operations, and ultimate dissolution
    • Partnership dispute involving division of real estate firm commissions and assets, allocation of debts and final dissolution
    • Construction defect claim arising out of installation of extensive solar system
    • Personal Injury claim involving five-vehicle accident with issues of liability, causation, apportionment of fault, and damages in dispute
  • Automotive Disputes
    • Mediated hundreds of consumer disputes involving nearly every major automobile and RV manufacturer; these disputes involved the following issues:
      • Song-Beverly (lemon law)
      • Magnuson-Moss
      • Breach of implied warranty
      • Consumer Legal Remedies Act (CLRA)
      • Civil penalty claims
    • Successfully mediated Automobile Sales Finance Act (ASFA) matters involving consumers
      and dealerships
  • Business/Commercial
    • Successfully mediated dispute between public utility, water district, and contractor following a catastrophic rupture of water main resulting in substantial property damage, lost profit claims, and business interruption
    • Mediated numerous claims involving commercial transactions between consumers and vehicle manufacturers or dealerships
  • Personal Injury
    • Successfully mediated personal injury claim against the State of California arising out of a motor vehicle accident with plaintiff claiming significant personal injuries
    • Mediated uninsured motorist claim where claimant suffered major injuries requiring back fusion surgery resulting in a substantial settlement
    • Successfully mediated truck/bicycle accident wherein elderly plaintiff suffered a traumatic brain injury; causation, damage, and extent of injury were vigorously contested
    • Successfully mediated multiple cases while participating in “Settlement Days” with major insurance carrier
  • Real Estate/Landlord-Tenant
    • Mediated hostile boundary dispute between adjacent property owners involving yacht
    • Successfully mediated landlord-tenant dispute involving following claims:
      • Breach of warranty of habitability
      • Wrongful eviction/Retaliatory eviction
      • Breach of contract
      • Breach of covenant of quiet enjoyment
      • Rent ordinance violations

Honors, Memberships, and Professional Activities

  • Member, California State Bar Association, 1985-present
  • Board of Directors, Bay Oaks Soccer Club, Oakland, CA, 2004-2007
  • Board of Directors, Park Day School, Oakland, CA, 1999-2002
  • "Making Lemonade," ADR Profile, Daily Journal, July 20, 2012

Background and Education

  • Principal, Ranahan Law Corporation, specializing in personal injury cases, 1985-2004
  • Judge Pro Tem, Contra Costa County, Martinez, CA, 1998-present
  • J.D., John F. Kennedy University, Pleasant Hill, CA, 1985
  • MBA, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL, 1981
  • B.A., University of California, Berkeley, CA, 1977


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November 3, 2015