Lanza & Smith, PLC

Lanza & Smith
A Professional Law Corporation

3 Park Plaza, Suite 1650
Irvine, CA 92614
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Michael Henshaw

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Irvine, California

Mr. Henshaw is an associate with Lanza & Smith and is experienced in all phases of business and real estate litigation, including civil litigation.

Prior to joining Lanza & Smith, Mr. Henshaw ran his own small law firm handling a wide variety of cases ranging from landlord/tenant disputes to complicated business disagreements including topics such as securities fraud, breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duty. Mr. Henshaw has been general counsel to a condominium homeowners association, and has served as a court appointed commissioner in judicial foreclosures.

Mr. Henshaw graduated from the University of California, San Diego in 1993 with a B.S. in Ecology and received his Juris Doctorate from University of California, Los Angles School of Law in 2002. While at UCLA, Mr. Henshaw served as an Editor of the UCLA Law Review. Mr. Henshaw completed his first year of law school at Vermont School of Law where he received the American Jurisprudence Award in Contract Law and served as Judicial Intern to the Honorable Denise Johnson, Associate Justice of the Vermont Supreme Court. His class rank was 2 of 168. He is admitted to practice before all California state courts and the United States District Court for the Southern District of California, as well as all Hawaii State Courts.

Mr. Henshaw was initially trained as a litigator at Best, Best & Krieger in San Diego, a 200 lawyer full service law firm -- beginning in 2002. He has successfully handled sophisticated litigation matters through resolution, including actions involving real estate, partnerships, contracts, foreclosures, intellectual property, commercial disputes, breach of fiduciary duty, fraud, insurance, unlawful detainer, general business matters, and more. He has experience in state and federal courts, including appellate matters.

Judicial Externships

Vermont Supreme Court, Montpelier, VT, 2000

Areas of Practice

  • Business & Commercial Litigation
  • Real Estate
  • Corporate & Business
  • Civil Litigation
  • Contracts

Bar Admissions

  • California, 2002
  • Hawaii, 2009
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California


  • University of California at Los Angeles School of Law, Los Angeles, California
    • J.D. - May, 2002
    • Law Review: UCLA School Law Review, Editor
  • University of California, San Diego, California
    • B.S. - 1993
    • Major: Ecology, Behavior, and Evolution

Past Employment Positions

  • Best, Best & Kreiger
  • Hualalai Legal Group

Lanza & Smith, a Professional Law Corporation, is based in Irvine, California, and represents clients across Southern California, including Irvine, Newport, Newport Coast, Newport Beach, Costa Mesa, Santa Ana, Los Angeles, Long Beach, Orange, Tustin, Anaheim, Corona Del Mar, Laguna, Aliso Viejo, Huntington Beach, Fountain Valley, Fullerton, Garden Grove, Westminster, Riverside, Dana Point, San Juan Capistrano and Mission Viejo; and Orange County, Los Angeles County, Riverside County and San Bernardino County.