Mike focuses the majority of his practice on employment class, collective, and representative action litigation, especially involving wage and hour claims. He currently serves, or has recently served, as lead defense counsel on a number of significant California wage and hour class actions, and has obtained favorable results for clients in both federal and state trial and appellate courts and administrative agencies.
As a recognized expert, Mike’s articles and commentaries on employment law developments have been published widely, including in Law360, the Daily Journal, Corporate Counsel, the Sacramento Business Journal, SHRM Online, Bloomberg BNA, Business Management Daily, and in various trade association publications. He has also recorded two podcasts with the California Chamber of Commerce on California’s meal and rest break laws and on the Private Attorneys General Act.
Mike 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, and adopting compliant policies and practices.
In his career, Mike served as a federal judicial clerk for Judge Rudolph T. Randa of the Eastern District of Wisconsin, and for Judge Daniel A. Manion of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in Chicago, where he gained valuable insights on what courts most appreciate when reviewing a case. He also worked as in-house counsel for an industry leading CPG company in California for several years, and thus he understands that clients appreciate clear, practical guidance on how to adopt practices that ensure legal compliance and achieve business goals.