Michael L. Ludwig is a partner in the Firm’s Labor and Employment practice group. Michael regularly counsels employers on a wide range of labor and employment law issues, including wage and hour compliance (including PAGA representative actions), employee separations and terminations, personnel policies and procedures, employee leaves of absence, and employee discipline. He has significant experience drafting employment agreements, separation and severance agreements, and workplace policies.
Michael represents a wide variety of clients, ranging from large public corporations to small family-owned local businesses, in all facets of the litigation process in labor and employment matters.
He has defended numerous wage and hour class action lawsuits in federal and state courts involving claims of misclassification of independent contractors, meal and rest period violations, overtime pay, minimum wage violations, failure to reimburse business expenses, and improper handling of employee tips. Michael also routinely defends companies facing claims of wrongful termination, sexual harassment, defamation, trade secret misappropriation, unfair competition, retaliation, and breach of contract. He has handled cases involving allegations of discrimination based on race, sex, disability, pregnancy, age, religion, medical condition and sexual orientation.
In addition, Michael is experienced in alternative dispute resolution, having assisted clients in obtaining favorable resolutions to disputes through mediation and direct negotiation.