Michael Harbour’s practice focuses on complex business litigation, including class action defense, securities litigation, shareholder derivative suits, false advertising, white collar defense and intellectual property disputes. Michael also represents clients in post-trial proceedings and appeals in state and federal courts.

Experience

  • Fowler Packing, Inc. v. Lanier, 16-cv-00106 (Ninth Cir.). Secured reversal on appeal for plaintiffs in which the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit held that a California law excluding two agricultural employers from raising an affirmative defense to wage and hour claims violated the Equal Protection Clause of the U.S. Constitution. The Daily Journal recognized this case as one of the “Top Appellate Reversals” of 2016.
  • Gerawan Farming v. Agricultural Labor Relations Board, No. F073720 (Cal. App. May 30, 2018). Secured a Fifth District Court of Appeal win on behalf of Gerawan Farming against the California Agricultural Relations Board in a 138-page published decision that dealt with many issues of first impression regarding unfair labor practices and decertification elections under California law. 
  • Secured class decertification in a federal class action against a homeopathic and dietary supplement company alleging false marketing of a dietary supplement. The claims included unfair competition, false advertising and violations of California’s Consumer Legal Remedies Act.
  • Represented a California employer in a large-scale criminal investigation involving allegations of insurance fraud.
  • Defense counsel for a technology company in various class actions alleging false advertising and securities fraud.
  • Defense counsel for an oil and gas company in a shareholder derivative and investor class action suit alleging breach of fiduciary.

Education

Harvard Law School (J.D., 2013), cum laude

Vanderbilt University (Ph.D., 2010)

Emory University (B.A., 2004), with Highest Honors; Phi Beta Kappa

Admissions

  • California, 2014

Clerkships

  • Hon. Mary M. Schroeder, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit , 2013-2014
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