Jeff Michalowski represents employers in all aspects of employment law, with an emphasis on wage and hour class actions, equal employment opportunity litigation, and appellate advocacy. He has defended against class actions ranging from 150 to 30,000 employees, and has successfully defended clients in individual actions through trial. Most recently, he defended a law school against allegations that it had fraudulently mis-represented its graduates’ employment prospects — after a landmark three-week trial, the first of its kind nationally, the jury returned a complete defense verdict. Previously, he co-tried a disability discrimination action to complete defense verdict following a two-week federal jury trial, and served as lead counsel in obtaining summary judgment in a EEO retaliation case in state court. Jeff is also an experienced appellate advocate, and has authored numerous appellate and amicus briefs in the Federal Circuit Courts and for the California Supreme Court.
Jeff authored three chapters of the leading treatise on California wage and hour law (addressing independent contractor status, exempt status classification, and calculation of pay), and has published numerous articles addressing wage and hour law and Equal Employment Opportunity laws. Jeff also teaches workplace law at California State University, San Marcos.
Jeff also maintains an active pro bono practice. Most recently, he brought a petition for writ of mandate on behalf of two public benefits recipients, and obtained a settlement resulting in payment of back benefits to over a thousand of California’s neediest citizens. Previously, he obtained relief from the Ninth Circuit for a political refugee seeking asylum in the United States.
Prior to joining Paul Plevin, Mr. Michalowski worked as an associate in the employment law department at Paul Hastings LLP for seven years.
- Harvard Law School, J.D. cum laude, 2006
- University of Virginia, B.A. with High Distinction, 2001
- Paul, Plevin, Sullivan & Connaughton LLP, Partner, January 2017 – present; Associate, June 2013 – December 2016
- Paul Hastings LLP, Associate, 2006 – 2013
- All California state courts
- United States District Courts of California, Northern, Eastern, Central and Southern Districts
- United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and the Fifth Circuit