Overview

Michael Gregg delivers strategic advice and counsel to employers on a broad range of matters arising under state and federal laws such as employee discipline, termination, leaves and accommodation, wage and hour practices, trade secrets, privacy, reductions in force and employee classifications.

He also defends employers in state and federal courts and before governmental agencies. Examples of cases he has handled consist of:

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

He also represents unionized and public sector employers in labor relations matters, including arbitrations and administrative hearings.

Selected Matters

• Obtained a complete dismissal of all claims against a national sports team in a case alleging claims for race, national origin, and age discrimination; 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, which resulted in the Court of Appeal affirming the judgment and award of over $125,000 in attorneys’ fees and costs in favor of the client.

• Represented a commercial 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. He also drafted the appellate brief, which resulted in the California Court of Appeal, affirming the trial court’s denial of class certification.

• Served as second chair in a 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

Treasurer, Executive Committee, Board of Directors

Orange County Bar Association

Co-Founding Member , Former President

Thurgood Marshall Bar Association

Member

International Association of Privacy Professionals

Accredited

Certified Information Privacy Professional/United States

Member

National Bar Association

Board of Directors

Nu Tau Lambda Community Service Corporation

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, CA

January 16, 2013

Labor and Employment Law Update

San Diego, CA

January 15, 2013

Labor and Employment Law Update

Irvine, 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

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