Michelle’s practice involves representing employers in all aspects of labor and employment litigation, including wrongful termination, retaliation, harassment, discrimination, family/medical leave violation, breach of contract, and wage and hour violations in individual plaintiff matters as well as in class and representative actions typically involving the California Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA). Michelle has advised employers on all aspects of employment law, including hiring, discipline, termination, classification of employees as exempt or non-exempt, independent contractor status, rest and meal breaks, employee privacy, drug testing, reductions in force, disability and religious accommodations, and leaves of absence. She has reviewed and prepared employee handbooks, severance agreements, executive contracts, and independent contractor agreements. She has conducted employment due diligence in mergers and acquisitions. Michelle has represented a wide range of employers including family-owned businesses, colleges, national retailers, and international businesses. She has obtained defense verdicts in jury trials in her areas of practice and has mediated in excess of 100 cases.
While attending law school, Michelle was the recipient of the American Jurisprudence Award in Trial Practice and the Academic Achievement Award. She was also the recipient of the Dean’s Merit Scholarship, which paid for her tuition. Throughout law school, she volunteered with the San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program to provide assistance to the indigent.
Matthew Murphey is a trial attorney. From the start of his legal career as a courts martial clerk in the United States Army in 1985, Matt has worked in courtrooms. As counsel, Matt has tried cases to juries in three different states and five different federal districts. Matt’s background in science coupled with his trial experience with prosecution agencies allowed him to transfer his trial skills to private practice fifteen years ago to complex patent and other intellectual property, financial institutions, and commercial litigation cases.
Matt has argued cases before the Federal Circuit and Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, state trial and appellate courts throughout California, Washington, Arizona, and Texas, as well as federal district courts in California, Washington, Arizona, Oregon, Texas, New York, Wisconsin, and Florida.
Matt is qualified as an expert witness in standard of care for patent litigation, patent law trials, trials in federal courts, the Rules of Professional Conduct as it relates to litigation generally and for reasonableness of attorneys’ fees incurred in litigation. He has testified as an expert witness before a jury, and has given expert opinions in this capacity for both plaintiff and defendant litigants.
Matt provides pro bono representation for indigent veterans of the United States Armed Forces in civil litigation and Veterans Administration and Department of Defense matters.
Matt has represented financial institutions and major corporations in jury and bench trials involving guaranty, surety, and all types of litigation matters, including workouts, foreclosures, bankruptcy and purchase and sale disputes. He regularly defends financial institutions against claims of lender liability.
Matt's intellectual property litigation practice focuses on a particular expertise in patent cases involving a range of technologies. These include chemical and molecular biology disciplines related to the biotechnology industry, including polymerase chain reaction ("PCR") DNA/RNA isolation assays, gas and liquid chromatography, mass spectroscopy, and in vitro diagnostics ("IVD"). He has also litigated mechanical and electrical/electronic engineering patents related to the diving, sporting goods, food service, computer and mass media technology industries. Matt is an elected member of the Jurisprudence Section of the American Academy of Forensic Science.
Matt also maintains an active trademark, trade dress and copyright litigation practice related to the retail apparel, food service and manufacturing industries. These include matters pending before district courts, the United States Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, and numerous alternative dispute resolution ("ADR") tribunals.
Kristin has represented Fortune 500 companies and public utilities, and has achieved favorable results for her clients in jury trials, arbitrations and mediations. Kristin earned her J.D. from UC Davis where she served as Editor-In-Chief of the Business Law Journal.
Gail Kavanagh’s commercial litigation practice includes real estate title and contract disputes; eminent domain; commercial landlord-tenant matters; commercial tort actions; employment contract, discrimination and harassment actions; and trademark, copyright and trade secrets protection.
Joseph Buchman maintains a diverse litigation and transactional practice, acts as general counsel to Montebello Land & Water Co., a mutual benefit non-profit water company, and as counsel to the Los Angeles Unified School District School Construction Bond Citizens' Oversight Committee.
Joseph has extensive background in public, corporate, business, and real estate matters, acquired from years of experience representing and advising clients in bankruptcy matters, eminent domain, real estate and title litigation, purchase and sale transactions, financing transactions, probate and estate planning, tort litigation, collection actions, contract disputes, and election litigation.