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I have represented hundreds of employees in disputes with their employers, throughout my career, in court, arbitration, before administrative hearings and in contract negotiations. I maintain a solo practice in Irvine, California and handle a select number of cases, to enable me to devote my full attention to each case and client. I believe I have earned the respect of my colleagues and opposing counsel through ethical but zealous advocacy for my clients, as is reflected in my AV rating given by Matindale and Hubbell, which is the highest rating for lawyers, based on feedback by lawyers in the community.


Practice areas


  1. Employment: 50%
    38 years
  2. Wrongful Termination: 25%
    38 years
  3. Discrimination: 15%
    38 years
  4. Sexual Harassment: 10%
    38 years



Contingent (33-40%), Fixed (sometimes), Free consultation (30 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check

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Contact info

The Law Office of Michael R. Kirschbaum

2 Park Plz
Suite 650
Irvine, CA, 92614


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Once again selected by Super Lawyers for employment litigation.Super Lawyers2016
Selected as Super Lawyer for Plaintiffs in Emloyment LitigationSuperLawyers2015
Named as a Top Attorney in employment and labor law for 2015Coast Magazine2015
Selected as Super Lawyer in Employment Litigation.SuperLawyers2014
Named as one of Orange County's top employment lawyersOC Metro Magazine2014
Named one of OC's top employment lawyers.Orange County Metro Magazine2013
Named as one of Orange County's top employment lawyers.Orange County Metro Magazine2012
Rated as "AV Preeminent" by peers from 1990 to present.Martindale-Hubbell1990
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Sole PractitionerLaw Office of Michael R. Kirschbaum1979 - Present
Legal DirectorWomen's Law Center of Southern California1978 - 1979
Association namePosition nameDuration
Orange County Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law SectionFormer Chair, active member1990 - Present
California Employment Lawyers AssociationActive Member1988 - Present
National Employment Lawyers AssociationActive MemberN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Smith vs. Orange County Sanitation DistrictRuling in favor of employee.
Glass vs. Hope By The SeaJustice Armand Arabian awarded Dr. Glass $115,000.00 in lost wages and ordered Hope By The Sea to reimburse Dr. Glass $8,500.00 in arbitration costs. We defeated Callahan & Blaine, self-described as one of the best law firms in America.
Glass vs. Hope By The SeaJudge Horn found in favor of client/employee, confirming the award and entered judgment against employer, along with costs of suit.
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Western State University College of LawN/AJD - Juris Doctor1976
Long Island UniversityPolitical ScienceOther - Bachelors1972
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Life Cycle of An Employment CaseResolving the Employment Case at Mediation2011
California Employment Lawyers Association monthly meetingWinning Administrative Hearings2010
Labor/Employment Law SectionCase law update2009