Michael Blacher

Michael Blacher Partner

Michael represents clients in all aspects of labor, employment, and education law. He often advises boards on governance and other issues, including updates to bylaws. Michael works extensively on contractual matters such as employment and enrollment agreements as well as employee and student handbooks. He represents employers in discipline and due process hearings (for both employees and students), discrimination and harassment charges, wage and hour claims, and Family and Medical Leave Act issues. He also represents clients during labor negotiations and PERB proceedings, as well as during arbitrations, administrative hearings, and litigation.

A frequent presenter, Michael has provided workshops for a number of schools and associations. He is one of the firm's most popular trainers.

Prior to joining Liebert Cassidy Whitmore, Michael worked on documentary films, including the Academy Award® winner, The Long Way Home. He also worked at the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles.

Education

  • JD, Loyola School of Law, Los Angeles

  • MA, University of California, Los Angeles

  • BA, University of California, Riverside

Litigation

  • Discrimination Claim (2011) - A private school terminated employee for misconduct. He then filed a claim with the EEOC and threatened litigation based on a claim of discriminations. The School put forth legitimate, non-discriminatory basis for terminating the employee who then formally dropped the suit.

  • Religious Discrimination (2011) - A religious school restricted applicants to those whose religious beliefs were consistent with those of the school. Within the School rejected an applicant based on religion, he filled a claim with the EEOC. The School responded that it appropriately followed state and federal law. Both the EEOC and applicant dropped the complaint.

  • Defense Verdict For School District On Student Discipline (2010) - School district disciplined a student for cheating. Parents appealed using internal district procedure and lost at each level. Then parents sought a writ, which the court denied.

  • Breach of Contract Claim (2010) - A private school laid off a secretary who brought suit in breach of contract. The secretary sought attorneys' fees, damages, and penalties under the Labor Code. The School demurred and the court granted the motion without leave to amend.

Education

  • JD, Loyola School of Law, Los Angeles

  • MA, University of California, Los Angeles

  • BA, University of California, Riverside

Jun 1, 2016

Governor Brown Signs New Vaccination Bill, SB 277, Into Law - What Private Schools Need to Know

On Tuesday, June 30, 2015, Governor Brown signed into law a bill designed to ...

May 19, 2016

The New FLSA Salary Basis Test Regulations Are Here! – Everything California Private Schools Need To Know!

On May 18, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor ("DOL") issued new regulations ...

Apr 15, 2015

First Amendment and Ten Commandments: The Ministerial Exception's Application to Religious Colleges and Universities

INTRODUCTION: The ministerial exception is a doctrine of constitutional law t...
Nov 7, 2014

2014: the Legal Year in Review

2014 has been a busy year for independent schools. New laws, cases and guidan...

May 20, 2014

The Shifting Landscape of Sexual Orientation Discrimination Claims

Discrimination claims based on sexual orientation are on the rise. Yet determ...

Education

  • JD, Loyola School of Law, Los Angeles

  • MA, University of California, Los Angeles

  • BA, University of California, Riverside

22 March 2017
Consortium Trainings

Emerging Legal Issues for Private Schools

Builders of Jewish Education Los Angeles
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16 March 2017
Consortium Trainings

The Art of the Performance Evaluations: Speaking Up without Talking Down

CAIS Consortium San Francisco
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16 March 2017
16 March 2017
1 March 2017
Speaking Engagements

Goldmine: Responding to Claims of Sexual Misconduct

National Business Officers Association (NBOA) Annual Conference Washington DC
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27 February 2017
Speaking Engagements

What 1980’s Music Taught Me About Representing Independent Schools

National Business Officers Association (NBOA) Annual Conference Washington DC
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Education

  • JD, Loyola School of Law, Los Angeles

  • MA, University of California, Los Angeles

  • BA, University of California, Riverside

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