McKasson Klein Attorneys

Michaël Fischer

Michaël (pronounced “Mickell”), a partner at the firm, was raised in Europe, graduated summa cum laude from undergraduate school and earned his law degree from the University of Southern California.

Before joining McKasson & Klein in 2004, Michaël worked at the global law firm of K&L Gates LLP.

Michaël’s practice has two main components. First, he represents private educational institutions from pre-k to universities in most all contractual and litigation matters that challenge today’s schools. Representative issues include employment policies and disputes, student and parent management, vendor and contractor matters, general policy-making, and charitable giving.

Second, Michaël is general counsel to small and medium companies transacting business locally and nationally. As such, he manages clients’ day-to-day legal affairs including those related to contract negotiation and formation, labor and employment, corporate governance, liability prevention, real estate, and litigation.

Michaël’s approach is to quickly and efficiently solve legal problems as they arise and implement proactive policies and contractual measures to reduce their occurrence. When litigation arises, he handles every step from pleadings and discovery through to resolution via settlement, arbitration, or trial.

In 2017, Michaël secured an 8.7 million dollar judgment, awarded by a unanimous jury, in an employment law case in which he was lead trial counsel.

Michaël has been admitted to practice before all California state trial courts as well as the Federal Northern, Central, Eastern, and Southern Districts of California, and also before U.S. Bankruptcy Courts and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Since 2004, Michaël has been teaching courses at the University of California, Irvine, focusing on Employment Law, Contracts and Civil Litigation. In 2012, he was awarded the University’s Distinguished Instructor Award. He is on the University’s advisory board for the Paralegal Program.

Further, he has authored a number of published works and serves as a frequent speaker on various issues of education and employment law. Michaël’s charitable efforts have been recognized with commendations by the State of California as well as the City of Los Angeles. He also volunteers as a high school mock trial coach.

Michaël has lived in Orange County with his family since 2003. His wife is a middle-school counselor and his children both attend local private schools.

Reported Decisions:

Lopez v. ABC Educational Center | September 2014
Defended a company in lawsuit alleging discrimination based on race and medical condition. Settled for nuisance value before arbitration.
Ruis v. Nexcycle | September 2014
Defended company against sexual harassment and discrimination claims. Settled for very low figure well before trial.
California Air Resources Board v. Akrapovic | April 2013
Represented multinational manufacturer of automotive and motorcycle exhaust systems in California agency action. Reached favorable compromise without formal court process.
Glenwood Systems v. Augment Technology Solutions | August 2012
Defended international medical billing company and its officers against accusations of unfair competition and appropriation of trade secrets. Settled before trial for significantly less than Plaintiff sought.
Caveness v. Mt. San Antonio College | November 2011
Wrongful discrimination lawsuit against community college. Favorable settlement for client.
Lebioda v. EMTC, Inc. | April 2011
Defended against terminated employee’s age discrimination and retaliation claims. Settled at mediation for nuisance value.
Olsen v. Lopez | April 2009
Prosecuted fraud action against commercial realtors and brokers. Secured six digit recovery for client.
Creighton v. Mobile Petrovac | February 2008
Business litigation case that resulted in a six-figure judgment in favor of the plaintiff, who was an injured party as a result of misrepresentations made by an oil investment company.
Chavez v. D’Errico | July 2007
Breach of contract settled in favor of client who was party to a joint venture, and who received a six-figure settlement amount.
Michaël Fischer

Practice Areas:

Business Law
Educational Law
Employment and Labor Law


University of Southern California Law School: Law (JD – Juris Doctor 1997)
California State University at Northridge: Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology (Summa Cum Laude)




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Michaël Fischer

Michaël Fischer