Michael S. Chamberlin

Partner

Los Angeles
T +1.310.442.8845
F +1.310.820.8859

Overview

Michael Chamberlin focuses his employment practice on defense against claims such as unfair labor practice and labor contract violations, sexual harassment, various types of discrimination, whistleblower, and confidential trade secret matters. He has experience representing employers in both individual and class-action litigation alleging violations of California and federal wage and hour laws, and has defended numerous arbitrations involving employee grievances and matters of collective bargaining agreement interpretation.

In addition to his disputes work, Michael regularly counsels clients on employee and union relations matters, including contract administration, union organizing campaigns, contract negotiations, and operating during labor disputes. He also regularly conducts in-house training seminars for his clients, including training on sexual harassment prevention, and routinely develops, reviews, edits, and implements personnel policies and employee handbooks for national and international clients.

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  • Negotiated collective bargaining agreement on behalf of employer facing employee strike, successfully addressing union demands and unfair labor charge practices.
  • Successfully arbitrated numerous discipline, termination, and contract interpretation grievances for clients in the oil and gas and transportation industries.
  • Obtained a complete defense jury verdict of a former employee’s claims of disability discrimination and wrongful discharge.
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Experience

  • Negotiated collective bargaining agreement on behalf of employer facing employee strike, successfully addressing union demands and unfair labor charge practices.
  • Successfully arbitrated numerous discipline, termination, and contract interpretation grievances for clients in the oil and gas and transportation industries.
  • Obtained a complete defense jury verdict of a former employee’s claims of disability discrimination and wrongful discharge.
  • Representing energy industry clients in numerous successful grievance arbitrations alleging unjust discipline and contract interpretation matters.
  • Defending a client's win on a motion for summary judgment before the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Recognitions and Memberships

Memberships

  • State Bar of California, Labor and Employment Law Section

Pro Bono

  • Represented victim of domestic violence in proceedings related to her efforts to obtain a U-Visa.
  • Represented African-American sheriffs deputy in discrimination lawsuit.
  • Serving as counsel to military veteran seeking to upgrade discharge status.
  • Advise number of nonprofit organizations, including Soulfood For Your Baby and Shoes That Fit
  • Provided employment law advice to mental health service provider through the Community Clinic Association of LA County (CCALA)

Prior Positions

  • California Employers' Guide to Employee Handbooks and Personnel Policy Manuels, Chief Editor
  • Department of Defense, Office of Assistant General Counsel for International Affairs and Intelligence: Intern

Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of California
  • California

Education

  • J.D., University of California, Los Angeles School of Law, 1994
  • B.A., University of California, Los Angeles, 1989, cum laude