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Michael D. Schlemmer

Michael D. Schlemmer

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Palo Alto, CA, USA


Michael D. Schlemmer is an associate in Morgan Lewis's Labor and Employment Practice. Mr. Schlemmer focuses his practice on employment litigation in federal and state courts, in arbitration, and before various state and federal administrative agencies. He represents employers in a broad range of employment matters, including wage-and-hour class and collective actions; discrimination, harassment, retaliation, failure to provide reasonable accommodation, and other employment-related claims; and non-competition, employee raiding, and trade secret issues. Mr. Schlemmer also regularly advises clients regarding employment law concerns, including matters involving termination, discrimination, harassment, wage and hour laws, trade secrets, and non-compete covenants. In addition, he provides employment-related guidance in mergers and acquisitions, and provides trainings on employment-law compliance.

Prior to joining Morgan Lewis, Mr. Schlemmer was an associate in the labor and employment practice of an international law firm, where he provided extensive litigation, counseling, transactional, and training services to high-technology and life sciences companies.

Mr. Schlemmer earned his J.D., with a certificate in law and technology, from the University of California, Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law in 2006. While in law school, he received the Prosser Prize in both "Legal Professions—Private Practice" and "Representing Low-Wage Workers." Mr. Schlemmer also participated on the Berkeley Technology Law Journal and externed with the Law and Motions Department of the San Francisco Superior Court. Prior to attending law school, he spent five years as a social worker, focusing on foster youth emancipation concerns. Mr. Schlemmer earned a B.A. in molecular, cellular, and developmental biology and a B.A. in psychology from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 1998.

Mr. Schlemmer is admitted to practice in California and before the U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Eastern Districts of California.


University of California, Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law, 2006, J.D.

University of California, Santa Cruz, 1998, B.A. (Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology)

University of California, Santa Cruz, 1998, B.A. (Psychology)

practice accolades (labor & employment)

Named Employment Practice Group of the Year by Law360 (2014)

Listed in the highest tier for National Labor and Employment Practice in Chambers USA 2014

Named a top 5 firm for employment in BTI's Litigation Outlook 2014 report

Ranked in the top tier by The Legal 500 for Labor and Employment Litigation, ERISA Litigation, Labor-Management Relations, and Workplace and Employment Counseling (2014)

The American Lawyer Magazine's Litigation Department of the Year — Labor and Employment Law Finalist 2004, Winner 2006, Finalist 2008, Finalist 2010, and Finalist 2012

Ranked, National Tier 1: Employment Law — Management, Labor Law — Management, and Litigation — Labor & Employment by U.S. News and Best Lawyers (2011-2012)

Finalist, The Recorder's Litigation Department of the Year — Labor and Employment (2013)

Ranked #1 for "Most Prestigious" Labor and Employment Practice, Vault 2012 Associate Survey

practice areas
Labor & Employment

bar admissions

court admissions
U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Eastern Districts of California


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