Born and raised in Orange County, California, Michael attended the University of California at Berkeley, earning a Bachelor of the Arts in History. A lifelong devoted fan of Cal Athletics, he is still a season ticket holder, attending football and basketball games all over the country when his wife, Alice, lets him.
Upon graduating from Cal, Michael attended the King Hall School of Law at the University of California at Davis, graduating with a Juris Doctorate and also completing the Public Service Law Program.
While in law school, Michael first clerked for the Santa Clara District’s Attorney’s office before joining Adelson, Testan, Brundo, Novell & Jimenez, beginning a 15 year career which started as a law clerk, before returning to Orange County as an associate attorney, then as the youngest partner of the firm, and finally, as the managing partner of the nationwide Sports Law Practice Group.
Michael was certified in 2013 by the California State Bar Association as a legal specialist in the field of workers’ compensation and defends all aspects of workers’ compensation, with experience in assisting a wide variety of employers, from small mom and pop stores to large international corporations.
In addition to the claims filed by former athletes, Michael also defends death claims, high value catastrophic claims, Labor Code Section 132(a) discrimination claims, and Serious & Willful actions, and has filed multiple appeals with the WCAB and the California Appellate Courts. Michael has volunteered as a pro tem judge for the California Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board.
Along with college football and basketball, Michael probably spends too much time “researching” professional football, basketball, and baseball, while learning to enjoy soccer and hockey.
Michael is one of the six founding partners of Adelson McLean.
University of California, King Hall School of Law, Davis, CA
Juris Doctor, 2004
University of California, Berkeley, CA
Bachelor of Arts, History, 2001
Sports Business Journal, May 27-June 2, 2013 Issue, Page 15
“Judicial, Legislative Actions Could Alter Impact of Workers’ Comp”
Law in Sport, August 5, 2013 online article
“Professional Sports Challenge to California’s Liberal Workers’ Compensation System Nearing Resolution”