Michael Velarde exclusively represents employees in employment litigation matters. Mr. Velarde was recently recognized by SuperLawyers magazine as a Rising Star, an honor bestowed upon only the top 2 ½ percent of attorneys under 40. Mr. Velarde is passionate about what he does, and is proud of California’s tradition as a world leader in protecting the rights of workers. Through his aggressive representation he sees to it that those rights are enforced.

Mr. Velarde has recovered hundreds of thousands of dollars for his clients, and has represented plaintiffs on both a class wide and individual basis. Moreover, Mr. Velarde has practiced with some of the leading plaintiff’s litigation attorneys in California, both regarding employment and consumer protection matters. Mr. Velarde received his legal training at USC Law School, the oldest law school in the southwestern United States, and one of the most prestigious in the nation.


California is a world leader in protecting the rights of workers. In fact, California law encourages employees to enforce their rights through the courts. For example, in many instances California law specifically provides for an employee’s attorneys’ fees to be paid by the employer if they prevail in their case. This is in addition to the the employee’s damages award.