Professional Details

Michael E. Bareket

Senior Attorney

Michael Bareket is a Senior Attorney in the Orange County and Los Angeles offices of Theodora Oringher.

Mr. Bareket represents his clients in federal and state court in all areas of complex commercial litigation and has significant experience in litigating product liability cases, contract disputes, and class-action defense. He also represents clients in matters involving labor and employment disputes, including wrongful termination, discrimination, misclassification and wage and hour claims.

Prior to joining Theodora Oringher, Mr. Bareket was an associate at Hughes, Hubbard & Reed LLP in Los Angeles.

Representative Matters

  • Represent international financial institution in dispute over breach of contract and intentional interference with economic advantage by construction loan borrower for low-income housing tax credit development.
  • Defend foreign rocket and space company in $300+ million breach of contract suit brought against them in United States federal court by a domestic aerospace company.
  • Represent consumer electronics manufacturer in binding arbitration regarding collection of outstanding invoices and defend against set-off counterclaims for breach of warranty and breach of contract, resulting in judgment for client on all claims and an award of over $800,000.
  • Represent real estate firm in dispute over the exclusivity of an easement over real property owned by the client in California, taking case through trial and the issuance of an award in client’s favor, including attorneys’ fees.
  • Represent former employee of auction house in the California Court of Appeal following successful dismissal of claims brought by former client alleging theft of art and property.
  • Coordinated defense of personal injury and wrongful death actions against pharmaceutical company in California Judicial Council Coordinated Proceedings (JCCP).
  • Represent health care provider in defense of wage and hour and rounding class action claims against employee time-keeping practices.
  • Represent nationwide retailer in defense of wage and hour class action and representative Personal Attorney General Act (PAGA) claims alleging unfair employment practices.
  • Defend international aerospace technology firm against claims for wrongful termination in retaliation for whistleblowing regarding alleged violations of national security law.
  • Coordinate the removal of and remove multiple state court actions to federal court in wrongful death and personal injury actions related to the prescription of certain medications.
  • Represent photographer in enforcement of copyright protections and breach of contract by winery for misuse of protected iconic photographs.
  • Represent on-line entertainment magazine in defense against copyright infringement claims by photographer.