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Michael Rubin

Michael Rubin

mrubin@altber.com

Michael Rubin is a partner at Altshuler Berzon LLP. He is a graduate of Brandeis University and the Georgetown University Law Center, where he was an editor of the Georgetown Law Journal. He served as a law clerk to Justice William J. Brennan, Jr. of the United States Supreme Court during the 1980 Supreme Court Term, and previously clerked for Chief Judge James R. Browning of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and Judge Charles B. Renfrew of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. Michael is a fellow of The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and is a former member of the Board of Directors of the AFL-CIO’s Lawyers’ Coordinating Committee.

Michael has won an unprecedented five “California Lawyer of the Year” (CLAY) awards from California Lawyer Magazine/Daily Journal, winning three times in the Employment Law Category (in 2016 for his trial and appellate work in the Walmart warehouse workers joint-employer class action litigation; in 2013 for his appellate work on Brinker v. Superior Court in the California Supreme Court; and in 2002 for his trial work on the Saipan sweatshop litigation), once for False Claims Act Litigation (in 2010 for his work that resulted in a $78 million settlement of government fraud claims against the for-profit University of Phoenix), and once for Criminal Law (also in 2010, for more than a quarter century of work in the state and federal trial and appellate courts on behalf of a death penalty inmate that resulted in his client’s unconditional release from prison in 2010 – a case that also resulted in Michael receiving the “Johnnie Cochran” award from the Criminal Courts Bar Association). Michael was also named one of the “Top 100 Lawyers in California” in 2016 by the Daily Journal, which has also regularly named him as one of California’s Top 75 Labor and Employment Lawyers, was a 2003 recipient of a “Trial Lawyer of the Year” Award from the Trial Lawyers for Public Justice for his work on the Saipan litigation, and was American Lawyer Magazine’s “Litigator of the Week” in May 2013 for his work on behalf of five professional sports unions in the Hart v. Electronic Arts right-of-publicity case in the Third Circuit.

Michael specializes in impact litigation, class actions, and appellate litigation, and has argued in the U.S. Supreme Court and in many federal circuit courts of appeal and state supreme courts. For the past several years, he has been listed in “The Best Lawyers in America” in the categories of appellate law and labor and employment law, and in the Northern California “Super Lawyers” listings in the areas of appellate practice, labor and employment, and class actions. He regularly lectures on developments in California and federal employment law and other topics.