Michael A.Wahlander


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Michael counsels and represents clients in all aspects of labor and employment litigation.

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Michael focuses his practice on all aspects of labor and employment litigation, including wage and hour, discrimination, retaliation, harassment, wrongful termination cases, and cases under the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act. He represents employers in single-plaintiff, multiplaintiff, and class action cases. Michael also provides advice and counseling to his clients on a number of issues, such as wage and hour compliance, EEO compliance, and appropriate use of background checks.

Michael has significant experience litigating cases in federal court, state court, and state administrative agencies. His experience encompasses all phases of litigation, including courtroom jury trial experience, first and second chair courtroom bench trial experience, arguing dispositive motions, taking depositions, defending depositions, and appeal. He has successfully obtained summary judgment and court-ordered dismissals for his clients. Michael has also been part of multiple successful trial teams and has first-chair experience in mediations, where he has negotiated favorable results for his clients.

Before joining Seyfarth, Michael served as a Deputy County Counsel for the County of Santa Clara. He defended the County, its agencies, and its officials in employment, business tort, tort, contract, constitutional civil rights, special education, and land use cases.

In law school, Michael was an intern for the Honorable Mary Jo Levinger in the Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara. He was also an Honors Intern for the California Attorney General’s Office where he worked in the litigation group. As an intern at the Katherine and George Alexander Community Law Center, he litigated wage and hour cases before the California Labor Commissioner as a certified law student. Michael served as the Managing Editor of the Santa Clara Law Review and was a member of his law school’s national honors moot court team in constitutional law.

Before law school, Michael was an insurance broker in the entertainment industry, where he provided insurance and risk management advice to high-profile clients and their business managers.

For a span of five years, Super Lawyers magazine named Michael a “Rising Star” for Northern California in Employment Defense Litigation (Thomson Reuters) (2013-2018).

Michael currently serves as the chair of the San Francisco office’s Pro Bono Committee.

  • JD, Santa Clara University School of Law

    Dean's List; Emery Merit Scholarship; Law Faculty Scholarship; Managing Editor, Santa Clara Law Review, Volume 48; Honors Moot Court; Appellate Advocacy Best Brief; Certificate of Excellence: Legal Research and Writing; CALI Award Civil Clinical Skills; CALI Award Intellectual Property; CALI Award Cyberspace Law

  • BA, University of California, Los Angeles
    Political Science, Public Policy minor

    Cum laude

  • California
  • US Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • US District Court, Central District of California
  • US District Court, Eastern District of California
  • US District Court, Northern District of California
  • US District Court, Southern District of California