Michael J. Nader

Shareholder Sacramento

Michael Nader is a shareholder in the firm’s Sacramento office.  A highly skilled litigator, advisor, counselor, and trainer, Mr. Nader represents employers in employment-related litigation in federal and state courts, and before administrative agencies.  He focuses his practice on wage and hour class action litigation, and on defending wrongful termination, discrimination, harassment, and retaliation claims. 

Mr. Nader regularly provides practical legal advice for employers on how to best achieve their business goals while managing risk under California’s employment laws.  His counsel covers the full range of workplace issues, including wage and hour compliance, harassment prevention, performance management, disability accommodations and the interactive process, managing leaves of absence, adopting compliant policies and practices, and protecting trade secrets.      

Mr. Nader is also an engaging speaker who has trained thousands of managers, supervisors, and employees on how to maintain a respectful workplace that is free of harassment, discrimination, retaliation, abusive conduct and bullying. 

For several years, Mr. Nader served as in-house employment counsel for an industry leading CPG company in California where he provided strategic advice that enabled the company to meet its business objectives, manage risk, and maintain a respectful culture.  He managed the company’s performance discipline and termination decisions, advised on the full range of employment law issues, trained the workforce on harassment prevention, and obtained several “no cause” findings on EEOC and DFEH charges.  Mr. Nader understands that clients appreciate clear, practical guidance on what steps to take to ensure legal compliance and achieve business goals. 

Mr. Nader also served as a federal judicial clerk for the Hon. Rudolph T. Randa of the Eastern District of Wisconsin, and for the Hon. Daniel A. Manion of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.  Mr. Nader assisted in the drafting of numerous decisions involving Labor and Employment Law issues, and gained valuable insights into what courts most appreciate when reviewing a case.        

Through his extensive experience as a litigator, advisor, trainer, in-house counselor, and judicial clerk, Mr. Nader understands the practical and legal challenges facing California employers, and he works closely with clients to develop strategies for success.


Experience

Mr. Nader has produced favorable results for numerous clients in state and federal courts and before administrative agencies, including the following:

  • Led the litigation team that obtained the dismissal of a wage and hour class action in federal district court for a national transportation company.
  • Obtained a win in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals for a national transportation company on a wage and hour class action case. 
  • Obtained the dismissal of a discrimination case for a high technology company, and the affirmation of the dismissal from California’s Second Appellate District.
  • Obtained the stay of a duplicate wage and hour class action from the U.S. Judicial Panel for Multidistrict Litigation for an industry leading, national transportation client.
  • Obtained the dismissal of wage and hour claims at a DLSE hearing for a multinational consumer products and engineering company.
  • Led the litigation team that obtained a trade secret misappropriation judgment against a former executive of a high technology company, and obtained affirmation of the judgment from California’s Fourth Appellate District.
  • Served as second chair, defense counsel, in a case involving a multi-million dollar stock claim brought by a former executive against a leading high technology company.  Obtained defense verdict on all claims.
  • Obtained numerous “no cause” findings from the EEOC and the DFEH.

Professional Activities and Speeches

Speeches:

  • Ogletree Deakins Managing A Workforce Seminar - ''From Watercoolers to Snapchat: Preventing and Investigating Sexual Harassment in a Modern Workplace'' - Sacramento - October 19, 2017
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - ''Handbooks - Integrating Your California Employees Into a National Workforce'' - Napa - March 22, 2013
  • National Federation of Independent Business Webinar - ''Identifying Independent Contractor Risks'' - January 09, 2013
  • Progressive Business Audio Conferences - ''Where to Draw the Line Between Independent Contractors and Employees'' - November 15, 2012
  • Bar Association of San Francisco - ''Preventing Sexual Harassment and Discrimination: Maintaining a Respectful Workplace'' - San Francisco - October 29, 2012
  • Lorman Seminar - ''Recruitment and Hiring'' - Oakland - July 2012
  • Lorman Seminar - ''Termination and Discipline'' - Oakland - July 2012
  • ERE Expo - ''Social Media Minefields: Legal Problems in Recruiting Through Social Media'' - San Diego - March 2012
  • ERE Expo - ''Ask An Attorney'' - San Diego - March 2012
  • Lorman Seminar - ''California Meal and Rest Period Lawsuits'' - San Jose - March 2012
  • Lorman Seminar - ''California Overtime Pay Lawsuits'' - San Jose - March 2012
  • Lorman Seminar - ''Classifying Exempt and Non-Exempt Employees'' - San Jose - March 2012
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