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Michael R. Feinberg

Michael Feinberg is an expert in education law whose professional life has been dedicated to defending and extending the rights of working people and the labor organizations that represent them.

Michael R. Feinberg is a graduate of Loyola Law School of Los Angeles.  He has a Masters degree in Labor History from the University of California, Los Angeles.  His professional life has been dedicated to defending and extending the rights of working people and the labor organizations that represent them.  In addition to appearing in numerous arbitrations and administrative hearings, Mr. Feinberg has broad experience in representing labor unions and employees (public and private sector), both as plaintiffs and as defendants, in federal and state trial courts, and has handled numerous federal and state court appeals.  He has fought against union busters and for the right of workers to organize.  On behalf of his Union clients, Mr. Feinberg has opposed the encroachment of subcontracting on the hard-won job security of employees in unionized shops.  He has worked to enforce anti-discrimination laws and to bring dignity and fairness to the workplace.

For many years, a major portion of his practice has been devoted to protecting teachers’ rights under the California Education Code so that they can provide the kind of first-rate education our children deserve.  He has represented these teachers in a variety of matters relating to discipline, performance, layoff, salary, discrimination, accommodation, privacy, and other contractual or statutory rights.  He has also trained and mentored several generations of attorneys who have come through SSDS to effectively advocate on behalf of teachers.  More recently, a key focus of Mr. Feinberg’s practice has been the representation of film and television industry Guilds and their members, including directors, film editors and animators.

Mr. Feinberg has extensively litigated actions in such areas as Education law, wage and hour liability, the duty of fair representation, breach of contract, defamation, and employee rights under both the NLRA and the LMRDA, as well as State labor laws.  Some of his many reported appellate cases are listed in the History section of this website.  Other victories include obtaining six-figure settlement agreements for labor unions and class members.  He also specializes in conducting workplace investigations relating to employee misconduct, including embezzlement and misappropriations.  Mr. Feinberg is a member of the Labor and Employment Law Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, the National Lawyers Guild and the American Bar Association, and frequently lectures on Labor Law and Education Law topics.