Michael D. Young, a former employment, intellectual property and business litigator and mediator with the national firm Alston & Bird, has been mediating cases since 1989. Building off of his extensive litigation experience, and his training through the nationally acclaimed Straus Institute of Dispute Resolution at the Pepperdine Law School, Mr. Young assists parties to resolve contentious and complex civil disputes, often in creative and innovative ways that the parties themselves had not previously considered. Mr. Young has extensive experience both litigating and mediating all varieties of employment, intellectual property, and business disputes, including class actions and single-plaintiff matters.
On the employment side, these have included wrongful termination, harassment, discrimination, disability, public policy, wage and hour, and misclassification disputes, among others. On the IP side, Mr. Young had handled disputes over trade secrets, trademarks, copyrights, patents, and restrictive covenants. In addition, in his 25-plus year legal career, Mr. Young has mediated, litigated, and tried hundreds of disputes involving unfair competition, antitrust, and environmental issues (including CERCLA and RCRA cases), among other complex business disputes.
Attorney's have praised Mr. Young's creativity and doggedness. Said one attorney following a difficult employment mediation: "Your ideas were very creative, and your no-nonsense approach was exactly right for this case. I've been in over 200 mediations from all perspectives, but the job you did this week really stands out." Commented another: "Mike was very effective in building credibility with both plaintiffs and the defense in an emotionally charged case involving several plaintiffs. He was able to get to the heart of the issues and put the parties on a path to resolution while giving everyone an opportunity to be heard. His tireless follow up and accessibility was crucial to the resolution of the case." Said a third: "I have used mediators for over three decades, and Mike came up with approaches, ideas, and solutions that were new to me. That mediation was a success because Mike Young refused to let it fail."
"I definitely appreciated Mike Young’s style of candor and humility. "
- Attorney on an Employment Wage and Hour Class Action
"Just wanted to personally thank [him] again for all of [his] hard work and diligence. Without question this case could not have settled without [his] diligence and perseverance in emphasizing to the parties that life is too short to find yourself in the quagmire of what could very well have been never-ending litigation."
- Attorney on a Business Contractual Fraud Dispute
"Great demeanor, effective use of time, moved the negotiation along until the case resolved."
- Attorney on an Employment Wrongful Termination Matter
"He was very good and worked extremely hard. His candor was appreciated and was only given in appropriate circumstances. He sought creative ways to find a resolution. "
- Attorney on a Real Property case
"Mike Young is great. He's smart, sharply focused, and by comparison [to another mediator], has a relaxed demeanor. But don't be fooled. He understands exactly where the case is and what the parties need, as well as how to move the case toward resolution. Mike is very creative and perceptive and knows how to put frazzled nerves at ease. His knowledge of employment law is deep and his nose for settlement is second to none. I'd entrust my case and my clients to him and believe that, if a settlement is possible, he will facilitate making it happen."
- Employment Attorney in Los Angeles
"Mike got quickly up to speed on a year-long settlement process an hour after stepping in. He did a great job."
- Attorney, Santa Ana, California
"We have mediated with Mr. Young numerous times and will do so again in the future. He is a top-flight expert at dispute resolution and I would recommend him without hesitation in any case."
- Attorney on an Employment Discrimination - Retaliation case
"Recommending creative solution on an impossible case."
- Attorney on an IP Patent Dispute
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