Michael S. Edmiston is an Associate with Jonathan W. Evans & Associates in Studio City, California. He has practiced with the firm since 2006. Prior to entering private practice, Michael served as a Senior Staff Attorney with NASD Dispute Resolution (now FINRA) in Los Angeles, California (1997-2001), and as a Business Manager with JAMS in Dallas, Texas and Orange, California (2001-2005).
His practice focuses on representing investors before FINRA, private commercial arbitration forums, and in state and federal court. His work continues to result in successful recoveries for clients by way direct negotiation, mediation, and contested arbitrations. Since 2006, Michael volunteers his time to the Legal Aid Society of Orange County working with senior citizens in a variety of civil and administrative matters.
In 2015, Michael became a Director of PIABA and currently serves as its Treasurer and Co-Chair of the Membership Committee. He previously served as the organization’s Secretary, and as chair of the Bylaws Committee. Michael has and continues to serve in various capacities with the PIABA Bar Journal from 2011 to 2018, including Editor (2011-2012), Managing Editor (2013), Editor in Chief (2014-2015), and Advisor (2016 to present). He also authored and co-authored articles and materials for the Bar Journal.
Michael is a 1994 graduate of Whittier College, with degrees in Business Administration and Economics. In 1997, he obtained his J.D. from Pepperdine University School of Law, and was admitted to the California Bar later that same year. He received his Master’s Degree in Dispute Resolution from Pepperdine in 2001.