Michael Zitani is an Associate in Selman Breitman’s San Francisco office and is a member of the firm’s Public Entities practice group. He represents public entities and their employees in both federal and state court, including cases arising out of alleged police officer malfeasance, civil rights violations, and dangerous condition of public property. Michael’s clients include cities, counties, public agencies, and their employees.
Prior to working with Selman Breitman, Michael gained extensive civil litigation experience representing tenants in eviction matters with the Tenderloin Housing Clinic. This experience provides him a unique ability to quickly evaluate a case for potential liability, conduct thorough factual investigation with particular attention towards dispositive motions and prepare cases for trial.
Michael represented public entities and their employees as a fellow at the City of Berkeley City Attorney’s Office. He focused his practice on a variety of legal issues unique to public entities, including environmental nuisance abatement, dangerous condition of public property, and application of government immunities to government tort claims and lawsuits.
During law school, Michael worked in the Individual Representation Clinic, where he represented applicants for Social Security and In-Home Supportive Services appealing unfavorable disability determinations. He also served as an editor of the UC Hastings Business Law Journal.
Originally from Sarasota, Florida, Michael presently resides in San Francisco. When not helping clients with their legal needs he spends his time cooking, hiking, playing video games, and playing Dungeons & Dragons.
Hastings College of the Law CALI Excellence for the Future Award -- Individual Representation Clinic