Michael Warren

Michael Warren

Partner

Michael is a trusted advocate and advisor.  He leads the firm’s labor and employment litigation and compliance practice with resolve and integrity.

Employers come to him for help with a variety of issues, including discrimination, wage and hour, harassment, leaves of absence, disability accommodation, workplace investigations, employment policies, and class actions.  Michael is also regularly called upon to represent and defend high-level executives in employment contract negotiations and disputes.

Michael is an experienced trial lawyer. From Fortune 500 companies to small businesses, he has successfully defended many types of employers in court trials and binding arbitrations, as well as before administrative agencies and tribunals, including the California Labor Commissioner, the United States Department of Labor, the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing. 

Michael’s broad experience encompasses clients in a variety of industries, including technology, pharmaceutical, healthcare, transportation, hospitality, customer services, manufacturing, education, and construction. This diversified background, coupled with business acumen, enables Michael to work collaboratively with employers.  Clients appreciate his proficiency and his ability to craft pragmatic solutions to human resources issues of the modern workplace.

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  • Credentials

    Admissions

    • California State Bar
    • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
    • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California
    • U.S. District Court, Central District of California
    • U.S. District Court, Southern District of California

    Education

    • B.A., University of California, Irvine, 1998
    • J.D., Santa Clara University School of Law, 2002
  • Experience
    • Successfully obtained a unanimous defense jury verdict on behalf of a global agribusiness company in an alleged overtime misclassification case.
    • Achieved a unanimous defense verdict on behalf of a national healthcare service provider in an alleged discrimination and retaliation case.
    • Obtained a $5.3 million arbitration award on behalf of an accomplished wealth advisor in a breach of contract case against a former business associate. 
    • Successfully appealed a California Labor Commissioner decision in state court on behalf of a Silicon Valley hospital, helping to establish a statewide precedent regarding an employer’s ability to suspend an employee pending a workplace investigation.
    • Obtained summary judgement for a prominent Silicon Valley computer device company in an alleged disability discrimination and reasonable accommodation case.
    • Obtained a favorable arbitration decision for a financial services company in an alleged failure to accommodate disability case.
    • Defended a national investment management firm in a sensitive sexual harassment and gender discrimination case, resulting in a favorable confidential settlement.
    • Successfully defended a local hardware company in an alleged overtime and missed meal break case before the California Labor Commissioner.
    • Successfully represented a health services company through a Department of Labor wage and hour investigation.
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  • Professional & Community Contributions

    Michael is a member of the Labor and Employment Sections of the American Bar Association and State Bar of California, and serves on the board of directors of the Santa Clara County Bench and Bar Historical Society. He is also a member of the Santa Clara County Bar Association and a member of the American Inns of Court, the Honorable William A. Ingram Inn. Michael serves on the board of directors of Family Supportive Housing, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing shelter and supportive services to homeless families in Santa Clara County.