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Michael A. Laurenson


(415) 875-3182
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Walnut Creek
100 Pringle Avenue
Suite 300
Walnut Creek, CA 94596


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

  • Moot Court Board

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


Member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)

Super Lawyers® distinction in Employment Litigation: Defense (2016-2023)

Top 75 Labor & Employment Attorneys in California, Daily Journal (2015, 2023)

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

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

McFetridge Award recipient for Outstanding Trial Advocacy

Michael A. ("Mike") Laurenson loves to go to trial. He is the leader of GRSM's Northern California Trial practice group and a member of the firm’s national Trial practice group. He has been elected into membership in the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA). Mike has twice been selected by the Daily Journal as one of the Top Labor & Employment Attorneys in California and has also had two of his unanimous defense verdicts selected by the Daily Journal as Top 10 Defense Verdicts in California for that year.
Mike is a member of the Employment practice group and works out of the Walnut Creek office. He has worked at GRSM for over 25 years. He represents public and private entities in employment matters in federal and state court, with a focus on wrongful termination, retaliation, and discrimination claims. He 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.


  • California


  • 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.
Publications & Presentations