rwgMichael Yoshiba
Michael F.  YoshibaShareholderLos Angeles







Michael F. Yoshiba is a shareholder in the Eminent Domain and Litigation Departments at Richards, Watson & Gershon. Mr. Yoshiba specializes in the area of eminent domain, representing public entities and property owners in both litigation and advisory capacities through all phases of the pre-condemnation and condemnation process.

Before joining the Firm, Mr. Yoshiba represented the State of California, Department of Transportation, in their Legal Division, for over six years as a Deputy State Attorney and before that, as a right-of-way agent for over ten years. Mr. Yoshiba's experiences include membership on the State Relocation Appeals Board and numerous court and jury eminent domain trials including:

  • Defense of Ventura County in a wrongful death and inverse condemnation case involving a landslide (six-week trial in VCSC - no liability to County);

  • Inverse condemnation case involving claim for loss of business goodwill (five-day jury trial in LASC);

  • Inverse condemnation case involving an owner's claim of precondemnation delay damages (ten-day jury trial in LASC - defense verdict);

  • Eminent domain action involving a sports bar's claim of loss of goodwill (seven-day jury trial in OCSC - verdict no loss of goodwill);

  • Two eminent domain actions involving claims of reasonable probability of zone change and valuation (eight-day jury trial in SBSC - verdicts below statutory offer); and

  • Eminent domain case involving a gas station's claim of loss of business goodwill (five-day bench trial in OCSC - judgment at statutory offer).

Mr. Yoshiba has made presentations on a variety of condemnation, appraisal, acquisition and relocation assistance topics to professional associations. He is a member of the Japanese American Bar Association, the International Right of Way Association and the Los Angeles County Bar Association. He is also an active Board member of the non-profit Asian American Drug Abuse Program, Inc.


B.S., California State University, Long Beach, 1984
J.D., University of West Los Angeles, 1994

Practice Areas

Eminent Domain
Inverse Condemnation
Public Agency and Municipal Law Litigation