McKasson & Klein Attorneys

Michaël Fischer

Michaël (pronounced “Mickell”), a partner at the firm, was raised in Europe and holds U.S., Swiss and French citizenships. He 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 has broad experience representing domestic and international companies, maritime interests, educational institutions, and non-profit organizations in a wide variety of transactional and litigation settings. His practice areas include maritime law, educational law, employment law, and general commercial litigation.

First, in Michaël’s maritime practice, he represents such clients as vessel and cargo interests, freight-forwarders, charter parties and protection & indemnity clubs. Representative matters include negotiation and preparation of shipping agreements, vessel arrests and attachments, vessel reflaggings, maritime liens, marina disputes, cargo litigation, and freight-forwarding matters.

Second, Michaël acts as outside general counsel to private and public educational institutions in most all transactional and litigation matters. Representative issues include employment policies and disputes, student management, vendor and contractor matters, Constitutional questions, school financing, and governmental compliance issues. In 2014, Michaël was recognized by Corporate INTL as Education Attorney of the Year for California.

Third, Michaël represents businesses (both on the service and manufacturing sides) in all of their employment law needs–defense against employee claims of discrimination, harassment, ADA, wrongful termination, retaliation, overtime, and FMLA violations; preparation of employee handbooks, forms, and other employment documentation; compliance with governmental regulations. Through the implementation of proactive policies, he counsels companies away from costly employment claims and litigation. When litigation is unavoidable, however, he takes an aggressive approach utilizing years of experience in mediation, arbitration and trial.

Fourth, Michaël represents domestic and international businesses and organizations in general litigation matters. He has been admitted to practice before the California State Bar as well as the Federal Northern, Central, Eastern, and Southern Districts of California, and also before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. While the litigation matters he handles for these businesses is often rooted in breach of contract, there are also often accompanying torts such as fraud, negligence, and unfair business practices.

Michaël also teaches courses at the University of California, Irvine, focusing on Tort Law, Contracts, and Civil Litigation. In 2012, he was awarded the University’s Distinguished Instructor Award.

Further, he has authored a number of published works and serves as a frequent speaker on issues of education, business, 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.

Reported Decisions:

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.
Lebioda v. EMTC, Inc. | April 2011
Defended against terminated employee’s age discrimination and retaliation claims. Settled at mediation for nuisance value.
GE SeaCo Services v. Empresa de Navegacion Maritima Maruba et al (PDF) | January 2010
Dismissal of action without prejudice obtained on behalf of plaintiff along with senior partner Neil B Klein in an admiralty case that saw an amicable settlement.
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.
Caveness v. Mt. San Antonio College
Wrongful discrimination lawsuit against community college, favorable settlement for client.
Michaël Fischer

Practice Areas:

Admiralty / Maritime Law
Educational Law
Employment and Labor Law
Business 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