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Michael A. Strauss

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Michael Strauss was born and raised in California, California. He attended Ventura High School, then received an undergraduate degree in history from UC Berkeley. Michael went to law school at Wake Forest University.

Michael has focused his practice on plaintiffs’ employment law. He regularly handles wage and hour cases, such as cases for unpaid overtime. Michael appears regularly in Labor Commissioner conferences and hearings. He has extensive knowledge of the intricacies of the California Labor Code.

Michael also represents plaintiffs in class actions. In a 2012 order granting class certification, he was named lead counsel in an overtime misclassification case pending in federal court against a nationwide public pest-control company.

In the past few years, Michael has been counsel of record in cases recovering well over $65 million in employment cases.

Michael runs the day-to-day operations of Strauss & Strauss, APC. Additionally, he is often the person you will talk to when you call Strauss & Strauss, APC for a free case evaluation.

Michael sat on the Board of Directors for the California County Bar Association from 2011 through 2015. Michael also served as president of the Barristers of the California County Bar Association in 2009. He currently sits on the steering committee of the California County Bar Association’s Lawyer Referral and Information Service.

Michael has been named a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers Magazine every year since 2011 in the area of plaintiff’s employment litigation.

Michael is a member of the California Employment Lawyers Association (CELA).

Prior to becoming a lawyer, Michael taught physical education at an elementary school in California. He spends every spare minute with his family and dogs. He enjoys surfing, playing soccer, and building websites, like this one.

Representative Cases

  • Newton v. Parker Drilling – Attorney for plaintiff in Ninth Circuit decision establishing in a case of first impression that California wage-and-hour laws apply on oil platforms off the California coast.
  • Sarantopoulos v. Shepherd Home Health Care, Inc. – Successfully appealed judgment for employer on claims for unpaid overtime, rest period premiums, and related penalties. After Court of Appeal reversed the trial court, obtained judgment in favor of employee of over $200,000, exclusive of all attorney’s fees.
  • Ladore v. Ecolab – Class certification granted by United States District Court for Central District of California. Court appointed Michael as Class Counsel. Case involves misclassification of hundreds of pest-control workers in California.
  • Walker v. Deer Lodge – Verdict obtained in favor of client in case of wrongful termination in violation of public policy. Court determined that the motivating cause of the termination was client’s decision to complain about meal periods to the Labor Commissioner. Court awarded backpay, general damages, and treble damages for the failure by the defendant to pay a Labor Commissioner award.
  • Feinstein v. McGrath – Summary judgment granted in favor of client in a case before the United States District Court for the Central District of California.


  • California
  • United States District Court for the Central District of California
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of California
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of California
  • Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • United States Supreme Court

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Our Notable Class Action Cases

  • Gonzalez v. Key Energy
  • Gutierrez v. Halliburton
  • Henson v. Seares Valley Mineral Operations, Inc.
  • Hiriarte v. Weatherford
  • Ayala v. Terminix International, Inc.
  • Bautista v. Alliance Environmental Group
  • Bognuda v. Great White Dental
  • Candete v. Cummins Transportation
  • Derousseau v. Schlumberger Technology Corporation
  • Dietz v. Ecolab Inc.