Overview

Michael A. Gregg advises and represents public and private sector employers in a broad range of labor and employment law matters arising under state and federal law and in all aspects of litigation, including trial, arbitration and administrative hearings. He defends employers in state and federal courts and before governmental agencies. He has experience defending clients in complex class actions, including wage and hour class actions. His litigation experience also includes handling appellate matters. Examples of cases he has handled include:

  • Discrimination
  • Employment-related torts
  • Wage and hour claims
  • Employee benefits
  • Wrongful termination
  • Harassment
  • Retaliation
  • Leaves of absence
  • Accommodating disabilities
  • Trade secrets
  • Labor arbitrations

Michael also counsels and advises clients on employment practices and policies, including how to avoid litigation.

Michael represents unionized and public employers in labor relations matters, including arbitrations, Public Employment Relations Board (PERB) proceedings and other administrative hearings.

Selected Matters

  • Lead counsel in Gonzalez v. The Los Angeles Lakers, Inc. et al., (Los Angeles Superior Court, Case No. BC5467). Obtained a complete dismissal of all claims against the Lakers and its COO in a case alleging claims for race, national origin, and age discrimination; race, national origin, and age harassment; retaliation; failure to prevent discrimination, harassment, and retaliation; violation of the Tom Bane Civil Rights Act; declaratory relief; fraudulent inducement; and negligent misrepresentation. Drafted appellate brief and argued the case before the California Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District, Division 4, Case No. B265823, which resulted in the Court of Appeal affirming the judgment and award of over $125,000 in fees and costs in favor of the Lakers.
  • Hart et. al. v. Environmental Development Group (Orange County Superior Court, Case No. 30-2008-00080888). Represented company in a wage and hour class action alleging claims for failure to pay wages, unlawful deductions, failure to provide rest periods and meal periods, failure to provide accurate itemized wage statements and failure to compensate for travel time, among other claims. Michael’s work resulted in the trial court denying class certification. Michael also drafted the appellate brief, which resulted in the California Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District, Division 3, Case No. G046193, affirming the trial court’s denial of class certification.
  • Vaughn v. CNA Casualty of California, (United States District Court, Central District of California, Case No. SACV 06-859 JVS). Second chair in jury trial that resulted in a defense verdict on all but one claim in a case alleging disability discrimination, failure to prevent discrimination, retaliation, failure to engage in the interactive process and wrongful termination. New trial granted on one inconsistent jury verdict.

Professional & Community Affiliations

Board of Directors

Orange County Bar Association

Co-Founding Member and Board of Directors

Thurgood Marshall Bar Association

Member

International Association of Privacy Professionals

Accredited

Certified Information Privacy Professional/United States

Member

National Bar Association

News, Analysis & Press

California’s Consumer Privacy Act of 2018: Why Its Ambiguities May Leave Businesses in a Quandary

The Computer and Internet Lawyer

Volume 36, Number 2, February 2019

California’s Consumer Privacy Act of 2018: Why Its Ambiguities May Leave Businesses in a Quandary

Orange County Lawyer

Vol. 60, Number 10, October 2018

Is Affirmative Action Out of Date?

Orange County Lawyer

February 1, 2013

Opinion: Independent Contractors Under Fire

Transport Topics

September 3, 2012

"Pumped" about HGH Testing? Careful, It May Violate the ADA

Entertainment & Sports Lawyer

April 1, 2012

No Mandated Meals If Work Is On Wheels

Law360.com

December 23, 2011

Case Study: Wang V. Chinese Daily News

Law360.com

November 10, 2010

Individual Liability for Wage Violations Expands

Orange County Business Journal

March 16, 2009

Connect Proposition 209 Dots to Secure Government Funds

Los Angeles Daily Journal

July 8, 2005

Keep It Simple (at-will employment in California)

Los Angeles Daily Journal

August 30, 2004

Speaking Engagements

New Employment and Labor Laws for 2016 - Irvine

Irvine, CA

January 21, 2016

New Employment and Labor Laws for 2015

Irvine, CA

January 27, 2015

Getting it Right in the Golden State — Practical Thoughts for Complying with California's New Pregnancy Disability Leave and Disability Discrimination Regulations

Irvine, CA

June 6, 2013

HIPAA Overview

Lorman Education Services, Santa Ana, CA

April 17, 2013

Employment Law Update

Joint Winter Meeting - SoCal CUPA-HR and Southern California HERC, Costa Mesa, CA

February 1, 2013

Littler’s Labor & Employment Law Breakfast Series, Employment and Labor Laws Update

Los Angeles, CALos Angeles, CAIrvine, CASan Diego, CA

January 16, 2013

Labor and Employment Law Update

San Diego, CAIrvine, CALos Angeles, CALos Angeles, CA

January 15, 2013

Labor and Employment Law Update

Irvine, CASan Diego, CALos Angeles, CALos Angeles, CA

January 10, 2013

Employment Law Update

Irvine, CA

October 19, 2012

Leave Me Alone

Irvine, CA

September 28, 2012

Full Brake Ahead? Navigating the FSLA Motor Carrier Exemption

Winter Membership and Board Meeting - National Tank Truck Carriers (NTTC), Key Largo, FL

February 16, 2012

2012 Southern California Legal Update

Irvine, CA

January 19, 2012

Education

  • J.D., University of Southern California Gould School of Law, 1999
  • B.A., University of Southern California, 1995

Bar Admission

California