Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP
Michael represents employers in all aspects of labor and employment litigation. He has successfully litigated and obtained complete defense awards in arbitration, obtained summary judgment in state and federal court, as well as favorably resolved cases involving allegations of harassment, discrimination, retaliation, and wrongful termination. He is also experienced in representing employers in class, collective, and representative actions and single-plaintiff wage-and-hour matters involving claims relating to overtime, meal periods and rest breaks, misclassification, inaccurate wage statements, and other derivative claims. In the entertainment industry, Michael also represents producers and distributors of feature films, television shows, commercials, and new media, principally in their dealings with unions and guilds. He has experience with advice work, arbitration and dispute resolution with SAG/AFTRA, DGA, WGA, IATSE, and their respective benefit plans and trusts, concerning issues including creative disputes, "runaway" productions, and residuals. Michael represents employers in a variety of industries including entertainment, financial services, healthcare, education, hospitality, retail, manufacturing, and public employers.