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Michael L. Amaro


Michael L. Amaro is a founding partner of Amaro Baldwin LLP, and is renowned as an exceptional defense attorney throughout the legal community.

He is also one of the founding members, and currently on the board of directors of the National Restaurant and Retail Defense Association (NRRDA), serving the interests of the restaurant and and retail industries. He represents a number of restaurants and retailers throughout California, involving premises liability/general liability, negligent security, and safe food handling.

He also represents clients in the amusement, sports, recreation, and leisure industries.  Such clients include amusement parks, carnivals, water parks, family fun centers, race and go-kart tracks, bowling centers, miniature golf facilities, circuses, white water rafting companies, ice and roller skating facilities, health and fitness clubs, equestrian facilities, trampoline parks, outfitters and guides, and concert venues.

He has also defended a number of products liability cases involving jet skis, boats, sports and exercise equipment and pyrotechnic devices. Through Mr. Amaro, the firm is a member of the Roller Skating Association, the International Association of Amusement Parks & Attractions, and the World Waterpark Association. Mr. Amaro is a founding member of the International Amusement and Leisure Defense Association (IALDA), a group of nationwide attorneys that are extensively involved in the representation of recreation and amusement industries.

Mr. Amaro also has a significant products liability and general casualty defense practice. He has represented an impressive list of companies including PetSmart, McDonald's, Six Flags Corporation, Raging Waters, Palace Entertainment, Stein Mart, Wash Depot Holdings, Fallas Paredes Discount Stores, Electrolux Home Products, Frigidaire, Dometic, Harbor Distributing, LLC, Reyes Holdings, Martin Brower, Danaher, Wellcraft Marine Corporation, City of Long Beach, California State University system, and County of Los Angeles, Farrell's Ice Cream Parlors, just to name a few.

Prior to opening Amaro Baldwin LLP in 2015, Mr. Amaro founded Prindle, Decker & Amaro LLP in 1990 (the firm was subsequently renamed Prindle, Amaro, Goetz, Hillyard, Barnes and Reinholtz LLP).

Mr. Amaro graduated seventh in his class from Southwestern University School of Law in 1983.  During law school, he spent two years on the Law Review Staff, authoring and editing articles for the school's Law Review Journal.  After graduating from law school, he spent six years at a mid-sized insurance defense firm in Los Angeles.  In his career, Mr. Amaro has obtained over 50 favorable verdicts for his clients in jury trials, and is a member of the American Board of Trial Attorneys (ABOTA).

He represents a number of restaurants and retailers throughout California, involving premises liability/general liability, negligent security, employment and safe food handling.

In addition to building and refining his practice of law, Mr. Amaro is an award winning wine maker.  Amaro Vineyard, located in the Moon Mountain District of the Sonoma Valley Appellation, has produced wines that have received rave reviews, including a gold medal from the San Francisco Chronicle for his 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve, and a 90 point rating from Wine Enthusiast Magazine.



  • Restivo v Malibu Grand Prix
  • Barazza v Raging Water
  • Kagan v Wild Rivers
  • Strauss v Malibu Grand Prix
  • Mendez v Paramount Pictures
  • Mallard v Raging Waters
  • Cabrera v Raging Waters
  • Lewin v Family Fitness
  • Antman v Malibu Grand Prix
  • Summers v Wild Rivers
  • Gonzalez v Riach
  • Rosales v Raging Waters
  • Nguyen v Raging Waters
  • Slater v Wild Rivers
  • Theiss v Family Fitness
  • Foremost v Monaco
  • Zahler v Wild Rivers
  • Bryan v Raging Waters
  • Wrice v Bally Total Fitness
  • Leffler v Raging Waters
  • Milov v Six Flags
  • Roberson v Six Flags
  • Hernandez v Bally
  • Tran v Bally
  • Jacob v Six Flags
  • Chavarria v Wild Rivers
  • Nitzani v Bally
  • Lynch v Wild Rivers
  • Grange v Electrolux
  • Steele v Wave House
  • Cory Arias v. Wild Rivers
  • Cal. Capital Ins. v. Electrolux and Sears
  • Slater v Wild Rivers
  • Everett v Magic Mountain
  • Summers v Wild Rivers
  • Barazza v Raging Water
  • State Farm v. Electrolux and Sears
  • Travelers v. Electrolux
  • Anapac v. Electrolux and Sears
  • Ingram v. Six Flags
  • Magic Mountain v. TruGreen
  • Fernando Ramirez & Stacy Roberts v. Magic Mountain
  • Wise v. Magic Mountain
  • Knight v. Moonlight Rollerway


  • LASC-Van Nuys, Case No. NWC27018
  • Pomona Municipal, Case No. 93C01675
  • Orange County Sup. Court, Case No. 667851
  • LASC-Van Nuys, Case No. NWC50852D
  • LASC-Central, Case No. BC014587
  • Pomona Municipal, Case. No. 94C03012
  • LASC-Pomona, Case No. KC014409
  • Harbor Municipal, Case No. 95C2415
  • LASC-Van Nuys, Case No. LC022199
  • Orange County Sup. Court, Case No. 693621
  • LASC-Central, Case No. BC024119
  • Pomona Municipal, Case No. 95C04956
  • LASC-Pomona, Case No. KC020526
  • Orange County Sup. Court, Case No. 761834
  • LASC-Van Nuys, Case No. LC021493
  • LASC-San Fernando, Case No PC16036
  • Orange County Sup. Court, Case No. 793301
  • Pomona Municipal, Case No. POM99C01540
  • LASC-Redondo, Case No. YC037378
  • Pomona Municipal, Case No. 00C01175
  • LASC-San Fernando, Case No. PC023790
  • LASC-San Fernando, Case No. PC024897
  • LASC-Central, Case No. BC234998
  • Orange County Sup. Court, Case No. 1CC04693
  • LASC-San Fernando, Case No. PC026028
  • Orange County Superior Court
  • Los Angeles Superior Court
  • Orange County Superior Court
  • Contra Costa Superior Court
  • San Diego Superior Court
  • OCSC/Case No. 04CC09463
  • San Bernadino Superior Court, Case No. CIVVS 900984
  • Orange County Sup. Court, Case No. 761834
  • Los Angeles Superior Court
  • Orange County Sup. Court, Case No. 693621
  • Pomona Municipal, Case No. 93C01675
  • LASC-Burbank
  • USDC-Central
  • USDC-San Diego
  • LASC-Central
  • LASC-Chatsworth ($500,000 Verdict for Magic Mountain)
  • LASC-Santa Monica
  • LASC-Spring Street
  • LASC–Central