Michael Sullivan has over 20
years of experience representing employers.
He regularly advises his clients on wage and hour
issues, leaves of absence, discipline and
discharges, layoffs, conducting internal
dealing with union activity, workplace safety
issues, drug and alcohol testing, and regulatory
compliance. His clients include Scripps
Health, Qualcomm Incorporated, AT&T, University of
San Diego, San Diego Blood
Bank, Red Lion Hotels, Inc., California Western
School of Law and SAIC.
Mr. Sullivan also has extensive
experience litigating employment cases. He has
handled over 300 employment cases, including claims
for wrongful termination, wage and hour violations,
trade secrets violations, discrimination,
whistleblowing, sexual harassment and defamation.
He has litigated class action lawsuits and claims
brought by governmental agencies. He has tried over
25 employment cases before juries, judges and
Mr. Sullivan also provides
management training to clients on the full spectrum
of employment issues. For example, he has
recently trained clients on conducting internal
investigations, managing employees, sexual
harassment, and proper classification of employees.
Mr. Sullivan served as an
adjunct professor at the University of San Diego
School of Law for 12 years, teaching Employment Law
and Employment Discrimination. He is also a
frequent lecturer on employment law issues for
industry and human resources groups.
Mr. Sullivan was named the
Best Lawyers® 2014 San Diego
Employment Law - Management "Lawyer of the Year.” Mr. Sullivan has been selected
annually by his peers since 2006 to be included in
The Best Lawyers in America®
and is the
Editor-in-Chief of Bender's California Labor &
Employment Bulletin. In 2005, The Daily
Transcript named Mr. Sullivan as one of San
Diego County's Top Attorneys in Labor and
Employment. In April 2006, Mr. Sullivan was listed
by The Recorder as one of the best employment
lawyers in California not working at a "mega-firm."
He has also been listed annually in Southern
California Super Lawyers listing since 2007.
Mr. Sullivan is admitted to
practice in all state and federal courts in
California. He has received an "AV" rating
from Martindale-Hubbell, which is the highest rating
provided, based on the confidential opinions of
members of the bar and judiciary.