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.

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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 defending a California class against an international mobility technology company and obtained a favorable mediated settlement.
  • 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.
  • Obtained multiple dismissals of wage claims filed with the DLSE.


  • LL.M., magna cum laude, Notre Dame Center for Civil and Human Rights, 1998
  • J.D., cum laude, Notre Dame Law School, 1997
  • B.S., Santa Clara University, 

Admittance to Practice

  • California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh and Ninth Circuits
  • All U.S. District Courts in California
  • U.S. Supreme Court


  • Ogletree Deakins Navigating California Employment Law Program - "Preparing to be an Effective Deposition Witness in California – An Interactive Experience" - Napa - March 2, 2019
  • Sacramento County Bar Association - "Dynamex and the ABC’s of Using Independent Contractors" - Sacramento - January 15, 2019
  • Ogletree Deakins Managing a Workforce Seminar - "Lessons from the Courthouse: Key California Wage and Hour Practices and Policies" - Sacramento - November 1, 2018
  • Ogletree Deakins Employment Law Briefing - "Surfin' Safari - Riding the Wave of California Wage and Hour Claims" - Sacramento - April 12, 2018
  • 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 9, 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 - "Ask An Attorney" - San Diego - March 2012
  • ERE Expo - "Social Media Minefields: Legal Problems in Recruiting Through Social Media" - 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
  • May 11, 2018 - SHRM Online - "8 Things Not to Forget When Filling Out I-9 Forms"
  • May 1, 2018 - SHRM Online - "Can California Employers Still Test for Marijuana?"
  • January 8, 2018 - SHRM Online - "5 Key California Handbook Updates for 2018"
  • January/February 2018 - Western Transportation News - "Beware of the BOFE Investigation"
  • Editor in Chief, Notre Dame Journal of Law, Ethics, and Public Policy
  • Recipient of numerous Volunteer in Public Service Awards by the Bar Association of San Francisco for excellent service to the non-profit community
  • “Volunteer of the Month” by the Bar Association of San Francisco’s Volunteer Legal Services Program


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