ORANGE COUNTY, CA (August 5, 2013) - Jackson Lewis LLP, one of the country’s largest and fastest-growing workplace law firms, is pleased to announce Michael A. Hood has joined the firm’s Orange County office as Partner.  Mr. Hood, previously a partner at Paul Hastings, brings with him extensive class action litigation and trial experience.  

“We are thrilled to welcome Mike to our growing Orange County team,” said Samantha Hoffman, Managing Partner of Jackson Lewis’ Orange County office.  “His reputation as one of the preeminent employment lawyers in Southern California precedes him, and I am confident Mike will add enormous value for our clients at the local, regional and national level.”

“I am excited to be joining forces with Jackson Lewis,” added Hood.  “I look forward to working with the firm’s impressive roster of employment law litigators and counselors to continue serving my clients at the highest level.” 

Mr. Hood routinely counsels and represents employers in a variety of matters, including wage and hour class actions, wrongful termination cases, employment discrimination charges and lawsuits, labor relations, employee benefits counseling and litigation, trade secret disputes and sexual harassment litigation.  He has first-chaired numerous jury and bench trials, including class actions.  

Mr. Hood speaks regularly on employment law issues for human resources professional groups and bar associations and contributes articles on employment law topics to local business publications.  For the last 15 years, Mr. Hood has been recognized as one of the best employment lawyers in Best Lawyers in America.  He is also a member of the Legion Lex Society of the Inns of Court. 

Mr. Hood is admitted to practice in all state and federal courts in California.  He received his A.B. from the University of Southern California and his J.D. from the University of California at Los Angeles. 

Mr. Hood’s move to Jackson Lewis follows a number of recent high-profile lateral additions across the U.S, including a large group of prominent workplace safety and health attorneys in Denver and the Washington, D.C. Region.  

The Orange County office can be reached by calling (949) 885-1360.

About Jackson Lewis

Founded in 1958, Jackson Lewis, dedicated to representing management exclusively in workplace law, is one of the fastest growing workplace law firms in the U.S., with 750 attorneys practicing in 54 locations nationwide. We have a wide-range of specialized practice areas, including: Affirmative Action and OFCCP Planning and Counseling; Disability, Leave and Health Management; Employee Benefits Counseling and Litigation; Immigration; Labor and Preventive Practices; General Employment Litigation, including Class Actions, Complex Litigation and e-Discovery; Non-Competes and Protection Against Unfair Competition; Wage and Hour Compliance; Workplace Safety and Health and Corporate Diversity Counseling. In addition, Jackson Lewis provides advice nationally in other workplace law areas, including: Reductions in Force, WARN Act; Corporate Governance and Internal Investigations; Drug Testing and Substance Abuse Management; International Employment Issues; Management Education; Alternative Dispute Resolution; Public Sector Representation; Government Relations; Collegiate and Professional Sports; and Privacy, Social Media and Information Management.

For the 11th consecutive year, Jackson Lewis has been recognized for delivering client service excellence to the world’s largest corporations, once again earning a spot on the BTI Client Service A-Team. Jackson Lewis has also been recognized by in-house counsel in a comprehensive survey by BTI Consulting Group as both a “Powerhouse” and “Standout” in employment litigation. In addition, Jackson Lewis is ranked in the First Tier nationally in the category of Labor and Employment Litigation, as well as in both Employment Law and Labor Law on behalf of Management in the U.S. News – Best Lawyers ® “Best Law Firms,” and is recognized by Chambers and Legal 500. As an “AmLaw 100” firm, Jackson Lewis has one of the most active employment litigation practices in the United States, with a current caseload of over 6,500 litigations and approximately 415 class actions. And finally, Jackson Lewis is a charter member of L & E Global Employers’ Counsel Worldwide, an alliance currently of 15 workplace law firms in 15 countries.

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