Areas of Practice
Michael provides legal advice to school and community college districts regarding litigation, personnel matters, student issues, investigations, and employee training.
Michael represents public entities in litigation matters, labor arbitration, administrative hearings, and workplace violence restraining order trials. He has successfully obtained judgments in favor of public entity clients in cases involving the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (“FEHA”) and the California Public Records Act (“CPRA”), including attorney fee awards.
Michael is a frequent presenter and trainer for public schools, community colleges, and universities regarding harassment prevention, workplace violence, sexual harassment, Title IX, and EEO issues. He offers interactive and dynamic sessions which engage participants far beyond computerized “point and click” training.
He is recognized as one of California’s top attorneys in school and education law, having been selected for the “Rising Stars” list of exceptional attorneys in “Super Lawyers” magazine for 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016. Listed below is his legal employment history:
- Partner, Parker & Covert LLP, 2014
- Associate, Parker & Covert LLP, 2007
Presentations and Publications
Moderator/Presenter: University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) Faculty Training Series – Best Practices in EEO Hiring, November 9, 2016. Presentation accessible here.
Panelist: Preparing for and Dealing with Violence Issues in the Workplace, 34th Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference, Presented by the National Labor Relations Board and Orange County Labor and Employment Relations Association (OC LERA), July 27, 2016, accessible here.
Author: “Orange Unified victory benefits public,” Sacramento Bee, originally published Sunday, April 12, 2009, accessible here.
Californians Aware et al. v. Orange Unified School District et al. (2008) 4th District Court of Appeal, Division 3, No. G038499 [2008 Cal.App.Unpub.LEXIS 7487] Appeal upholding Board of Education’s right to participate in public debate and awarding attorney fees under California anti-SLAPP statute (Code of Civil Procedure Section 425.16).
- State Bar of California
- U.S. District Court, Central District of California
- American Bar Association
- Orange County Labor and Employment Relations Association (OC LERA)
- Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity
- J.D., Chapman University School of Law, 2006
- Recipient of Dean’s Academic Scholarship
- Mock Trial Board
- B.A., Pepperdine University, Journalism, 2003
- Editor in Chief of The Graphic, student publications newspaper
- National Dean’s List