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."
"Mike was fair and understood copyright law better than many other mediators."
- Attorney, Nevada
"Mike was very effective in building credibility with both all sides in an emotionally charged case involving many parties. He quickly zeroed in on the heart of the issue while giving everyone a chance to be heard. He then set the stage for the path that ultimately led to resolution. I would not hesitate to recommend Mike and will certainly use him in the future."
- Attorney, Orange County, California
"Mike was able to overcome strong emotions and animosities that had prevented the resolution of this dispute. Throughout the process he was calm and professional; and he was able to keep the parties focused on making progress in the negotiations. I would gladly use Mike Young as a mediator again."
- Attorney, Irvine, California
"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 read both the opposing client and attorney quickly and accurately, and achieved a settlement only possible with this insight. "
- Attorney on an Employment Wage & Hour Dispute
"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
"Mike astutely and skillfully brought our two sides to a settlement in a case that I didn’t think would settle given how far apart the parties had been to that point. He very quickly zeroed in on the relevant facts and issues, and seemed to know all the right buttons to push to get us to move off our opposite ends and towards an acceptable middle. At the same time, Mike was cordial, respectful, and empathetic—traits that made him all the more effective as a communicator, and earned him a great deal of credibility with my client. I’m thankful for Mike’s help on this matter and look forward to using him again in the future."
- Attorney on an Employment Breach of Contract Dispute
"Mike handled a large group of attorneys with very different positions very well."
- Attorney, Los Angeles, California
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