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Michael David Early

About Me

I am an employment and commercial litigation attorney. My employment practice is focused on wrongful termination, sexual harassment and wage and hour counseling and litigation. I also provide counseling and litigation expertise to employers and employees on non-competes and in trade secret disputes related to employee hirings and terminations. My commercial litigation practice is centered on the representation of real estate developers and commercial property owners in purchase and sale disputes, land use litigation, and unlawful detainer proceedings.


Languages Spoken: French, Spanish

Practice Areas


  1. Wrongful Termination: 30%
    19 years
  2. Litigation: 25%
    32 years
  3. Employment & Labor: 25%
    19 years
  4. Financial Markets and Services: 10%
    32 years
  5. Landlord & Tenant: 10%
    24 years



Contingent (25-40%)

Payment Types:

Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

5 total 

  • Aryeh Leichter

    I endorse this lawyer.


    Aryeh Leichter Wrongful Termination Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Steven Joseph Alves

    I endorse this lawyer. His answers and other contributions to the Avvo community show his superior knowledge and expertise in employment law. Mr. Early is very well respected in the industry and his good reputation is well-earned.


    Steven Alves Workers Compensation Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Kelly, Hockel & Klein, PC

One Sansome Street
Suite 1800
San Francisco, CA, 94104



Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
"Go to" law firmAmerican Lawyer2011
Northern California Super LawyerSan Francisco Magazine2006
Northern California Super LawyerSan Francisco Magazine2005
cum laudeUC Hastings1983
Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Of CounselKelly, Hockel & Klein, PC2007 - Present
ShareholderSteefel, Levitt & Weiss1986 - 2007
AssociateSedgwick Detert Moran & Arnold1983 - 1986
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Bar Association of San FranciscoN/A1983 - Present
Hastings Law JournalArticles Editor1982 - 1983
Stanford Alumni AssociationN/A1980 - Present
Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Credit Suisse v. Grunwald, 400 F.3d 1119 (9th Cir. 2005)Case ordered to NASD (FINRA) arbitration and settled
Citizens to Enforce CEQA v. Rohnert Park, 131 Cal.App.4th 1594 (2005)Plaintiff's suit to enjoin project dismissed
Acequia, Inc. v. Prudential Insurance Co., 226 F.3d 798 (7th Cir. 2000) and 74 F.Supp.2d 792 (N.D. Ill. 1999)Summary judgment granted; affirmed on appeal
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School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of California, Hastings College of the LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1983
Stanford UnivHistoryBA - Bachelor of Arts1980
Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Glasser Annual Conference on Complex Litigation and Class ActionsClass Action Arbitration2007
Covenants not to competeCovenants not to compete in California2006
Covenants not to competeCovenants not to compete in California2005