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I am a partner at the Irvine-based law firm of McKasson & Klein LLP. I act as outside general counsel to companies conducting business domestically or globally with employees numbering between 5 and 1500. As such, I manage clients’ day-to-day legal affairs including those related to employment issues, contract negotiation and formation, corporate structure, stock/asset purchases and acquisitions, liability prevention, and real estate. Also, I aid as required in policy-setting, future growth-planning, and risk minimization.


My practice focuses on quickly and efficiently solving legal problems as they arise and implementing proactive policies and contractual measures to reduce their occurrence. When litigation arises, I handle every step from pleadings and discovery through to resolution through settlement, arbitration, or trial. 


Sample industries I represent include manufacturing, distribution, wholesale, retail, shipping, freight-forwarding, education, maritime, restaurants, automotive, medical billing, software design/development, machining, textile, irrigation, recycling, and staffing.


I have been admitted to practice before the California State Bar as well as the Federal Northern, Central, Eastern, and Southern Districts of California, and also before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. 


Finally, on a more personal level, I am a devoted husband and father of two very active boys. The spare time I have is spent teaching at the University of California, Irvine's paralegal program, volunteering as a high school mock trial coach, and leading a Boy Scout den.


Languages spoken: French, English

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Practice areas


  1. Employment: 50%
    19 years
  2. Business: 25%
    19 years
  3. Litigation: 15%
    19 years
  4. Education: 10%
    19 years



Hourly ($325-400/hour), Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (always), Free consultation (30 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check

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    Michael Fischer is a dedicated attorney who works tirelessly for his clients to achieve a good result. He is knowledgeable in the area of law and puts that knowledge to effective use. Unlike other litigators who have a tendency to over litigate, Mr. Fischer uses discovery to highlight the strengths of his case and the weakness of his opponents. This often leads to settlements and, of course, cost savings for his clients. My first encounter with Mr. Fischer was on opposite sides of a case, and I must say that it was a pleasure working with him. He possesses that rare combination of skill and personal integrity that is sorely needed in today's judicial system. I have no reservations in recommending him to prospective clients, as I know that their matter will be carefully and respectfully handled.


    Donald Davidson Litigation Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

  • Neil Bruce Klein

    Michael represents private schools for all of their employment issues, as well as their corporate and contract matters. He is a fierce advocate for his clients and cares about their success, and they love him.


    Neil Klein International law Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

Contact info

McKasson & Klein LLP

2211 Michelson Drive, Suite 320
Irvine, CA, 92612

2211 Michelson Dr Ste 320
Irvine, CA, 92612-1388



We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Education Attorney of the Year--CaliforniaCorporate INTL2015
Education Attorney of the Year--CaliforniaCorporate INTL2014
Distinguished Instructor AwardUniversity of California Irvine2012
CommendationCalifornia State Senate1996
Summa Cum LaudeCalifornia State University, Northridge1993
CommendationLos Angeles County1989
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerMcKasson & Klein LLP2008 - Present
ProfessorUniversity of California, Irvine, Extension2004 - Present
AssociateMcKasson & Klein LLP2003 - 2008
AssociateHancock, Rothert & Bunshoft1999 - 2003
AssociateKirkpatrick & Lockhart1997 - 1999
Association namePosition nameDuration
UC Irvine Paralegal ProgramAdvisory Committee2013 - Present
Constitutional Rights FoundationMock Trial Coach2009 - Present
Maritime Law Association of the United StatesMember2006 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaMember1999 - Present
National Homeschool Mock Trial AssociationPresiding Judge in National Tournament2014 - 2014
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Chavez v. D'ErricoSix figure settlement for client.
Creighton v. Mobile PetrovacSix figure court judgment in favor of client.
Glenwood Systems v. Augment Technology SolutionsSettled before trial for significantly less than Plaintiff sought.
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Publication nameTitleDate
International Bar AssociationObtaining Evidence in the U.S. for Foreign Proceedings2013
McKasson Klein Education Law AlertAn Affirmation of Faith: the Supreme Court Upholds and Expands the Ministerial Exception2012
McKasson Klein Employment Law AlertUnintended Impact of the New Wage Theft Prevention Act?2012
McKasson Klein Employment Law AlertPregnancy Discrimination for Unwed Artificial Insemination: Dias v. Archdiocese of Cincinnati2012
McKasson klein Employment Law AlertDo You Have a Right to Your Employees’ Social Media Login Information?2012
McKasson Klein Employment Law AlertDollar-for-Dollar Tax Credits Alive and Well, For Now2011
McKasson Klein International Business Law AlertTrademarks and Copyrights Implications for You2011
McKasson Klein Employment Law AlertEmployers' Rights to Access Employees' Electronic Communications: the Quon Decision2010
McKasson Klein International Business Law AlertForum Non Convenience--Don't Litigate a World Away2010
McKasson Klein Employment Law AlertBeware the Administrative Exemption Trap2010
McKasson Klein Education Law AlertThe Ministerial Exemption's Application to Teachers at Faith-Based Schools: the Hosanna-Tabor Decision2010
McKasson Klein International Business Law AlertForum Selection Clauses in International Agreements2009
McKasson Klein International Business Law AlertEnjoining Foreign Cases2008
University of California, Irvine ExtensionFundamentals of Legal Writing2006
McKasson Klein International Business Law AlertUse of U.S. Pre-Trial Discovery in Foreign Litigation2005
Libel Defense Resouce Center (LDRC) publicationBusiness Libel and Slander: 19991999
USC Law Interdisciplinary Law JournalThe Human Rights Implications of a Cultural Defense1998
Libel Defense Resouce Center (LDRC) publicationBusiness Libel and Slander: 19981998
Produkt und Umwelthaftpflicht InternationalA New Strategy for the Environmental Justice Movement1998
Libel Defense Resouce Center (LDRC) publicationBusiness Libel and Slander: 19971997
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Southern California Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1997
California State University, NorthridgeAnthropologyBA - Bachelor of Arts1993
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Mater Dei Ring of HonorInduction Speech for Hon. Helios J. Hernandez2013
High School Staff and Faculty Speaking SeriesPrivacy & Discipline in Private Schools2013
Association Internationale des Jeunes AvocatsStrategies and Procedures for Removing International Litigation from U.S. Courts2011
Whittier Law School International and Comparative Law ColloquiaDevelopments in Maritime Law2010
Orange County Paralegal AssociationSink or Swim: What Everyone Must Know About Maritime Law2010
High School Staff and Faculty Speaking SeriesThe New Professionalism in the School Setting2010
Orange County Paralegal AssociationLegal Writing2008
Lorman Business Conference SeminarBusiness Lien law1998