Michael Killackey completed his Bachelor degree in 1997 with a double major in Business Economics and Sociology from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Mr. Killackey earned his Juris Doctor in 2000 from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles. After graduation, Loyola Law School invited Mr. Killackey to join its Board of Governors.
Mr. Killackey began his law career as a defense attorney with one of the most successful and respected medical malpractice law firms in California: Carroll, Kelly & Trotter. As a trial attorney, Mr. Killackey defended doctors and hospitals. Over the next five years, Mr. Killackey established a solid understanding of medicine. After working as a defense attorney, Mr. Killackey refocused his career and dedicated himself as a plaintiff’s attorney to help injured persons recover for their injuries.
In 2006, Mr. Killackey joined the law firm of Ernster Law Offices and focused his work on catastrophic train crash litigation and plaintiff personal injury litigation.
In 2007, Mr. Killackey joined one of the world’s most successful and prestigious law firms, Masry & Vititoe, often recognized for its depiction in the movie “Erin Brockovich.” As a partner with Masry & Vititoe, Mr. Killackey was Lead Trial Counsel of the Personal Injury Litigation Department. Mr. Killackey now specializes in wrongful death, catastrophic loss, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, truck and bus collisions, train crash, vehicle rollover, product liability and malpractice litigation.
In 2009, Mr. Killackey and his team secured a $10 million partial settlement for his clients, a group of tourists from Shanghai, China, who were victims of a tour bus rollover on January 30, 2009, which killed seven people and seriously injured 10 others.
In 2010, Mr. Killackey left Masry & Vititoe to found Killackey Law Offices, and he was also named a 2010 Finalist for Consumer Attorney of the Year by the Consumer Attorneys of California (CAOC) for his trial team’s work with the Consumer Product Safety Commission to protect small children from a dangerous children’s bed which strangled and killed his young client.
In 2011, Mr. Killackey was named the Top Attorney in “Traumatic Brain Injury/Personal Injury Litigation” by Pasadena Magazine. Mr. Killackey was also invited by the California Brain Injury Association to join the Speaking Faculty at the 12th Annual Neuroscience of Brain Injury Conference in Napa, California, where he spoke to physicians and attorneys on “How To Ethically Implement A Treatment Plan For Your Client.”
In 2012, Mr. Killackey was named a Rising Star Super Lawyer. This prestigious award is only given to the top 2.5 percent of attorneys in California who are under 40 or have practiced for 10 years or less.
Mr. Killackey has represented clients as plaintiff and defendant at trial, and has never lost a trial.
Mr. Killackey is a proud member of American Association for Justice, Consumer Attorneys of California, Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, Public Citizen, Public Justice, National Brain Injury Trial Lawyers Association, Los Angeles County Bar Association and Pasadena Bar Association.