Michael G. Balmages

Michael Garey Balmages has practiced law in Orange County for over 40 years. He has represented plaintiffs and defendants in all phases of business and  employment litigation and also spent over five years as in-house General Counsel for Ocean Pacific Sunwear, Ltd.

Mr. Balmages, a 1972 graduate of U. C. Berkeley Boalt Hall School of Law, started his practice with the Orange County office of Kindel & Anderson working  in K & A’s business department.

In 1977 Mr. Balmages left K & A to form his own firm in Tustin, which specialized in landlord-tenant and business litigation matters, with an emphasis in  employment law.

In 1984 Mr. Balmages merged his firm with the Irvine firm of Corbett, Steelman & Davidson to become Corbett, Steelman, Davidson & Balmages and  continued his emphasis on employment matters.

In 1988 Mr. Balmages went “in-house” to become General Counsel of Ocean Pacific, then the world’s largest seller of surf and beach  apparel. At “Op” Mr. Balmages was in charge of Op’s intellectual property, negotiating and drafting its license agreements and other contracts, managing its litigation and all other general counsel activities. When Op was sold in 1993, Mr. Balmages returned to private practice.

Mr. Balmages is a long time lecturer for CEB on employment matters and is a Certified Dispute Resolution Act Programs Mediator. Mr. Balmages is also a licensed California Real Estate Broker.

Mr. Balmages is a member of both the United States District Court for the Central District of California and the Orange County Superior Court civil mediation  panels.  He is an accomplished mediator and a principal of OC Mediation

Mr. Balmages grew up in Orange County and except for his stay in Berkeley during law school he has lived in Orange County continuously since 1958.

Mr. Balmages graduated from Anaheim High School and Cal State Fullerton before attending law school in Berkeley.

In addition to practicing law in OC, during the last 40 years Mr. Balmages has been Chair of the Orange County Democratic Party; Orange County Chair of Tom Bradley for Governor; Orange County Chair of Feinstein for Governor; a Democratic candidate for State Senator; a Bobby Sox softball coach; a Little League Coach; on the Board of Directors of the Newport Theater Arts Center; on the Board of Directors of the California Age Group Wrestling Association; President of the Canyon Freestyle Wrestling Club; President of the Foothill Wrestling Club; and President of the Foothill High School Wrestling Boosters. Mr. Balmages is the lead astronomer for the The Reserve At Rancho Mission Viejo.

Mr. Balmages and his wife, Mary, live in North Tustin.

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