Michael Bien

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Title: 
Partner
Rosen Bien Galvan & Grunfeld LLP
50 Fremont St. 19th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94105
Email: 
mbien@rbgg.com
Phone: 
415-433-6830
Personal Bio: 

Michael Bien concentrates his litigation practice on complex commercial litigation, class actions, constitutional and civil rights law, antitrust, intellectual property, disability rights, and attorneys' fees disputes. He was California Lawyer of the Year for 2010 and was named one of the Top 100 lawyers in California in both 2010 and 2013. He has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America for Commercial Litigation since 2013. Mr. Bien has successfully litigated numerous disability rights cases in federal trial and appellate courts on behalf of various clients, including on behalf of large classes of persons with various disabilities. These cases have resulted in significant prospective relief regarding unconstitutional conditions of confinement, denial of mental health care, unlawful discrimination against persons with disabilities, protection from sexual assault, and parole revocation reform. He is co-lead counsel in a successful three-judge court trial that imposed a population cap on the California prison system in August 2009, which was upheld by the United States Supreme Court I its historic prison overcrowding decision, Brown v. Plata, 131 S. Ct. 1910 (2011). He was lead counsel in three federal court class action trials in 2013 exposing mistreatment of prisoners with serious mentall illness: denial of psychiatric hospitalization, use of force including pepper spray, and overuse of solitary confinement. RBGG prevailed in all three trials and remedial efforts are underway.

State of Practice/ Organization: 
California
States admitted to practice: 
California
Areas of Practice: 
information and technology access
web accessibility
Hearing Loss
health care access
alternative formats
Disability Law
Employment Law
LGBT rights