Michael Wertheim

Michael Wertheim


Michael Wertheim represents employers in workplace matters, including employment litigation, wage and hour class actions, California Labor Code actions, Private Attorneys General Act actions, and traditional labor law. He also represents companies in a wide range of employment disputes in both state and federal court, including cases alleging discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination, and retaliation. In addition, Michael handles labor arbitrations, unfair labor practice charges, and other labor proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board and Public Employment Relations Board.



  • Disqualified high-profile opposing counsel in a hotly contested whistleblower case for a media company and defeated plaintiff’s subsequent anti-SLAPP motion.°
  • Obtained summary judgment in a breach of contract case alleging over $700,000 in damages.°
  • Second chaired defense of a sexual harassment lawsuit that settled at the eve of trial due to motions in limine to exclude inflammatory evidence proposed by plaintiff.°
  • Secured complete dismissal of a lawsuit against a health care client after drafting a motion for sanctions on the basis that plaintiff’s claims were frivolous as a matter of law.°
  • Opposed a union certification petition before the Public Employment Relations Board seeking to certify a single bargaining unit across a network of eleven charter schools.°
  • Second chaired several unfair labor practice cases at the Public Employment Relations Board.°
  • Argued and obtained a writ of mandate in superior court to compel a non-profit’s board of directors to hold an election and an annual meeting.°

°The above representations were handled by Mr. Wertheim prior to his joining Greenberg Traurig, LLP.

Recognition & Leadership

  • Pro Bono Attorney, Inner City Law Center, 2016


  • J.D., Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University, 2012
    • Member, Cardozo Public Law, Policy and Ethics Journal
  • B.A., with honors, University of California at Santa Barbara, 2009
  • California
  • New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
  • Spanish, Conversational