Michael Blum, Founder and CEO of Appeal Funding Partners, LLC, is a trial attorney with more than 40 years of professional experience. He earned his JD from the University of San Francisco in 1968, after earning a BS in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley in 1965.
During a successful career as a trial attorney, Michael Blum handled a broad array of legal matters exclusively on a contingency fee basis. He firmly believes that our civil justice system works best when financial pressures are removed from the litigation process, allowing lawsuits and appeals to be decided solely on their merits.
In 1994 Michael Blum founded a finance company that specialized in purchasing portions of money judgments on appeal and providing working capital and cost loans to law firms. His company invested more than $350 million with trial attorneys and plaintiffs. Mr. Blum has served on the Board of Directors of the Marin Trial Lawyers Association and the Consumer Attorneys of California and has been an active member of the American Association for Justice. He has also spoken and written on the financial aspects of running a contingency fee law firm.
Mr. Blum also founded a successful consumer electronics company that was sold to Matushita Electric Company of Japan. Subsequently, he operated a computer-related company and provided capital formation, business consulting and legal services to emerging growth companies.