Michael S. Armstrong

Orange County Office
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Favorite Quote: “Be more concerned about your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.” – John Wooden.

Favorite Team: Baltimore Ravens

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Michael Armstrong defends employers against a broad range of employment-related claims, including discrimination, misclassification, harassment, wrongful termination, retaliation, wage and hour, reasonable accommodation and disability cases. Armstrong also represents clients in the defense of business litigation matters, including allegations under the California Consumer Legal Remedies Act, unfair business practice claims under California Business & Professions Code Section 17200, along with fraud and breach of contract claims.  

He has experience both prosecuting and defending matters involving the California Uniform Trade Secrets Act, and has successfully represented clients in state and federal courts, administrative proceedings, mediations and arbitration hearings. 

Armstrong represents clients from a wide range of industries, including entertainment, retail, grocery, restaurant, tourism, pharmaceutical, medical device, consumer products, banking, manufacturing, environmental services, telecommunications, advertising, media and technology.

Leveraging his experience in corporate human resource management prior to his legal career, Armstrong provides employers with advice and counsel regarding labor and employee relations issues in both union and non-union work environments, including employment policy review and implementation, employee handbook drafting, wage and hour compliance audits, and workplace investigations.

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University of California, Irvine, School of Law, J.D., 2015

  • Honors: Dean's Merit Scholar, Pro Bono High Honors (over 200 hours of service)
  • Activities: UC Irvine Law Review, Lead Article Editor; UC Irvine Moot Court

Towson University, M.S., Human Resource Development, 2007

  • Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Management and Leadership

Towson University, B.S., Psychology, Clinical Concentration (Honors College), cum laude, 2005

Professional Affiliations/Leadership/Awards

American Bar Association, 2015 - present

Langston Bar Association, 2015 - present

Orange County Bar Association, 2015 - present

Pro Bono

Counsel to The Compton Initiative


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