Michael Weil represents employers in a wide range of employment disputes, with a focus on class and representative actions asserting multimillion dollars in damages and high stakes noncompete, employee mobility, and trade secrets matters arising from a variety of industries, including life sciences, technology, retail, and financial services, throughout the United States. He also regularly handles complex single- or multi-plaintiff matters involving independent contractor status, wrongful termination, discrimination, harassment, and retaliation. Michael has a deep background in trade secrets and noncompete cases involving a variety of intellectual property, including organic chemistry, genetic sequencing, chemistry lab processes, client lists, and shipping cost information, among many others.
Michael has represented employers for more than two decades on a wide variety of employment law and related business issues, with a particular focus on wage and hour class actions and representative actions under state and federal laws, trade secrets and employee mobility disputes, and matters involving independent contractor status, wrongful termination, discrimination, harassment, and retaliation.
He has achieved defense verdicts for clients, including a class action asserting Labor Code violations and an arbitration asserting breach of sale-of-business noncompete agreements; obtained injunctions (or defeated injunction requests) on multiple occasions against former executives and new employers for misappropriation of trade secrets; and defeated class certification in class actions asserting Labor Code violations.
Michael regularly advises employers on a variety of employment laws, including wage and hour, leave laws, disability laws, equal employment opportunity statutes, and many more. He frequently speaks at various employment and trade secrets conferences throughout the United States.
Trade Secrets and Employee Mobility
MVP, Labor and Employment, Law360 (2022)
Recognized, Leading US Corporate Employment Lawyer, Lawdragon 500 (2022)
Recommended, Labor and Employment, The Legal 500 US (2019, 2020)
Rising Star, Law360 (2014)
Member, American Intellectual Property Law Association, Trade Secrets Committee
Member, State Bar of California
Member, Association of Business Trial Lawyers