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Michael A. Laurenson


(415) 875-3182
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1111 Broadway
Suite 1700
Oakland, CA 94607


J.D., University of San Francisco School of Law, 1997

  • Moot Court Board

B.A., English Literature, University of Virginia, 1989


American Board of Trial Advocates

Super Lawyers® distinction in Employment Litigation: Defense (2016 - 2019)

Top 75 Labor & Employment Attorneys in California (Daily Journal, 2015)

Top Defense Result in California (Daily Journal, 2014 and 2015)

Top Employment Defense Practices in Northern California (The Recorder, 2012)

McFetridge Award recipient for Outstanding Trial Advocacy

Michael A. ("Mike") Laurenson is a member of the Employment Practice Group and works out of the Oakland office. Mike is also the Leader of Gordon & Rees' Northern California Trial Practice Group and a member of the National Trial Practice Group.  Mike has worked at Gordon & Rees for over 20 years. Mike is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA). Mike was selected by the Daily Journal as one of the Top 75 Labor & Employment attorneys in California.  The Daily Journal also selected unanimous defense verdicts that Mike received in 2014 and 2015 as Top 10 Defense Verdicts in California for those years.
Mike represents public and private entities in employment matters in federal and state court, with a focus on wrongful termination, retaliation and discrimination claims. Mike also advises employers on compliance with state and federal employment laws. 
Prior to attending law school, Mike served for five years in the United States Navy. He was Weapons Officer for two deployments in support of the Persian Gulf War, and also served as ship's Legal Officer, providing counsel to captain and crew on both military and civilian matters.




American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)
Past Member, University of San Francisco School of Law, Board of Governors
Past Member, American Inns of Court

Community Involvement

Mike is an active alumnus of his law school and coaches students and attorneys on trial practice.