Michael J. Le

Michael J. Le Associate

Michael J. Le provides legal representation and counsel to Liebert Cassidy Whitmore clients in matters pertaining to employment and labor law.  Michael primarily works as a litigator, representing public safety agencies, cities, and counties at all levels of the litigation process, including administrative hearings and grievance arbitrations, trial, and appeal. 

Michael has successfully represented clients in employment litigation matters in both State and Federal court from inception through discovery, trial preparation, and settlement. He has litigated allegations of wrongful termination, discrimination, retaliation, and wage and hour violations.  Michael has served as lead counsel for both jury and bench trials.

Michael began his legal career working as a Los Angeles Deputy City Attorney in the Criminal and Special Litigation Branch of the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office.  He served as the sole prosecutor in eight jury trials with cases involving charges of battery, domestic violence, and driving under the influence.

While pursuing his law degree, Michael was a member of Southwestern Law School’s International Law Journal, Moot Court Honors Program, and Trial Advocacy Honors Program.  He received the Best Oralist Award in the 2012 National Telecommunications Moot Court Competition in Washington, D.C.  Additionally, he served as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Norman P. Tarle at the Los Angeles Superior Court.

After graduating from law school, Michael was awarded a fellowship through the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) and has attended the Los Angeles Chapter's trial school.

Education

  • BA, University of California, Santa Barbara

  • JD, Southwestern Law School, Los Angeles

May 9, 2018

California Supreme Court Adopts New “ABC Test” for Classification of Independent Contractors: Potential Risk and Impact on Public Agencies

On April 30, 2018, the California Supreme Court issued a decision in the case of Dynamex Operations West, Inc. v. Superior Court (S222732), in which it established a new and more streamlined legal test to determine whether a worker should be classified as an independent contractor or employee.  This test applies to California’s Industrial Welfare Commission (IWC) Wage Orders which regulates wages, hours, and working conditions.

Education

  • BA, University of California, Santa Barbara

  • JD, Southwestern Law School, Los Angeles

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