Michael is an employment lawyer and commercial litigator with over 25 years of experience representing developers, banks, broker/dealers and others in the financial services industry. Michael’s employment practice is focused on wrongful termination and wage and hour counseling and litigation.
He also provides counseling and litigation expertise to employers and employees on non-competes and in trade secret disputes related to employee hirings/terminations. Michael’s commercial litigation practice is centered on the representation of real estate developers and commercial property owners.
He has represented clients pro hac vice in litigation matters in Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Idaho, Illinois, Oregon, Texas and Washington, and has extensive experience in FINRA, JAMS and AAA arbitration proceedings. Michael joined Kelly, Hockel & Klein in April 2007.
He was formerly a shareholder in the Litigation Group at Steefel, Levitt & Weiss. While at Steefel, he chaired the Litigation Group from 1999-2001, and was a member of the firm’s Management Committee from 2001-2003.
Mr. Early received his B.A. from Stanford University in 1980 and his J.D. (cum laude, Order of the Coif) from the University of California, Hastings College of Law in 1983. While at Hastings, he was a Writer and Articles Editor for the Hastings Law Journal.
Mr. Early is a member of the State Bar of California and is admitted to practice law in the United States District Courts for the Northern, Eastern, Southern and Central Districts of California, as well as the Seventh, Eighth and Ninth Circuit Courts of Appeals.
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