Biography

MICHAEL S. KUN is a Member of the Firm in the Labor and Employment practice, in the firm's Los Angeles office. He is the national Chairperson of the firm's Wage and Hour practice group. Mr. Kun represents clients in such diverse industries as hospitality, health care, logistics, housing, and staffing services.

Mr. Kun's practice includes:

  • Litigating more than six dozen class actions and collective actions in California, New York, Georgia and Maryland involving a variety of employment issues, including discrimination and wage-hour claims, and successfully defeating motions for class certification on such claims. The sizes of the putative classes have ranged from 75 to approximately 15,000 employees.
  • Litigating a wide variety of employment-related claims, including discrimination, harassment, retaliation, breach of contract, misclassification, overtime, meal and rest breaks, restrictive covenants, whistleblower, and defamation cases. Mr. Kun has taken more than a dozen of these cases to trial.
  • Providing counseling and management training on employment issues. 
  • Drafting and review of employment agreements and restrictive covenants. 

Mr. Kun speaks before professional and business groups on a variety of employment-related topics.  He is the author of "An Empathetic Approach to Layoffs," "Disclosure of Identities in Employment Class Actions," and "Getting the Most Out of Voir Dire," all of which appeared in Employment Law360; "Dismissals That Didn't Stick," which appeared in The Human Resources Professional; and "What the Historic Dukes v. Wal-Mart Decision Means for Employers," which appeared in Metropolitan Corporate Counsel. He is the co-editor of, and a contributing writer to, the Hospitality Labor and Employment Law Blog and the Wage & Hour Defense Blog.

Mr. Kun is one of the creators of the Wage & Hour Guide for Employers app, which provides employers with easy access to federal and state wage and hour laws.

Mr. Kun is also a published novelist and sportswriter. His novel You Poor Monster was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. He is also the author of Everybody Says Hello, The Baseball Uncyclopedia, The Football Uncylcopedia, The Locklear Letters, My Wife and My Dead Wife, Corrections to My Memoirs, and A Thousand Benjamins.

Mr. Kun has been recognized by Chambers USA as a leading labor and employment lawyer. Additionally, he has been named to the Southern California Super Lawyers list (2006 to 2014) in the areas of Employment & Labor and Class Action/Mass Torts. In 2012 and 2013, Mr. Kun was "Recommended" in the Labor and Employment Litigation category by The Legal 500 United States.

Education

  • University of Virginia School of Law (J.D., 1988)
  • Johns Hopkins University (B.A., with honors, 1984)

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court, District of Maryland
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Georgia
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of California

Bar Admissions

  • California