Mike Danko


Danko Meredith

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(650) 453-3600


333 Twin Dolphin Dr, Suite 145


Redwood Shores






A lawsuit can result in compensation for victims of wrongdoing.  Mike Danko believes it can result in even more.  By holding wrongdoers accountable, a lawsuit can take the profit out of harming others,  It can deter wrongdoing in the future and change for the better the way corporations do business.  As a result, what happened to the client need not happen again to someone else.

Representative results

$14.9 million jury verdict against an aircraft engine manufacturer for injuries a passenger sustained in the crash landing of a single-engine aircraft
$2.6 million settlement for a policy holder whose insurance company wrongfully refused to pay $225,000 in medical bills
$10 million court judgment against a large developer for the breach of a promise to deposit $400,000 into purchase escrow
$20 million settlement for a pedestrian injured by a utility explosion
$9.8 million jury verdict against a snow resort for a woman injured in a snowboarding accident
$11 million settlement for passenger injured in the crash of a private jet.
$2.9 million jury verdict against an overhaul facility for a pilot injured in helicopter crash
$9.5 million jury verdict against the State of California for the family of bicyclist killed in crosswalk
$2.2 million court judgment against a state for a bicyclist who fell after hitting an obstruction in the road
$10 million jury verdict for the widow of a pilot killed in a helicopter crash
$1.55 million settlement for woman injured in a plane crash at Lake Tahoe
$50 million court judgment against a candy manufacturer for the wrongful death of child
$9.75 million settlement for a family injured in a Hawaiian tour helicopter crash on the island of Kauai
Confidential settlements for 59 victims of the PG&E gas explosion in San Bruno, California.
$13.3 million jury verdict for family of 67 year old pilot killed in crash of single-engine Cessna.


Mike Danko graduated from Dartmouth College, magna cum laude, and then earned his law degree at the University of Virginia School of Law.  He began his legal career working for an internationally known Wall Street law firm, representing the nation’s leading financial institutions in high-stakes business litigation.

Finding this aspect of the law to be more lucrative than it was fulfilling, Mike turned to representing people who have suffered catastrophic injuries, and the families of those who have been killed, due to the negligence or wrongdoing of another party.  Over the past 15 years, he has earned millions of dollars in settlements, and in judge and jury awards for his clients that have helped pay for ongoing medical treatment and care for injured victims, and compensated families for the loss of a loved one.

Mike has been honored with a Trial Lawyer of the Year nomination from his state’s trial lawyers association, the Consumer Attorneys of California. Mike has been named a Northern California Super Lawyer each year since the award’s inception in 2004, an honor accorded to less than 5 percent of the state’s lawyers.  Thomson Reuters named him one of the “Top 100” Super Lawyers in Northern California in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2016. He has been named to Best Lawyers in America. He is a member of the American Association for Justice, the Lawyer Pilots Bar Association and the Consumer Attorneys of California.

As a spokesman for his clients and to prevent other injuries and deaths–from such causes as candy that chokes children, or old tires subject to sudden detreading–Mike has appeared on numerous local and national radio and television shows, and has been interviewed by USA Today, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Bloomberg News, and many other national and local media venues.

Mike Danko is also an experienced pilot who has logged more than 3500 hours in flight over a period of 30 years.  He is a rated jet pilot and owns and operates a number of different aircraft including a helicopter. Mike therefore has a unique, in-depth, personal knowledge of aviation from the pilot’s point of view.