Michael Baum specializes in employment and commercial litigation. He represents parties in employment related matters in both state and federal court based on: wrongful termination and discrimination in the workplace (age, race, gender, pregnancy, national origin, religion and disability); claims of unpaid overtime under the Fair Labor Standards Act; and cases involving alleged violations of the Family Medical Leave Act.
Michael frequently handles disputes arising out of non-competition agreements and employment contracts. He also counsels corporations on employment policies; employee discipline; employment investigations; and strategic employment decisions.
In addition, Michael handles complex business litigation, including claims of breach of contract, tortious interference, theft of trade secrets, partnership disputes, fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, and business disparagement.
Michael has extensive jury trial experience and has successfully arbitrated numerous employment related cases. Some of Michael’s noteworthy cases include:
- Successfully obtained summary judgment for American Airlines, Inc. in an alleged wrongful termination case involving claims of age discrimination and retaliation. Detra Barrett v. American Airlines, Inc.
- Successfully defended Nordstrom in a case involving claims of ADA discrimination and FMLA retaliation. Following a four day arbitration, obtained an award of zero damages.
- Following a four day arbitration, obtained a take nothing judgment for Omni Hotels in a suit alleging wrongful termination of an employee on the basis of race.
- Successfully defended Montronics in a case involving claims of sexual harassment and retaliation. Following a three day arbitration, the arbitrator awarded zero damages.
- The successful representation of a travel club in the Western District of Missouri in a class and collective action suit involving claims of unpaid overtime under the Fair Labor Standards Act and Missouri state wage laws.
- Successfully defended, in a case tried to a jury verdict, CSM Global in a Sabine Pilot action.
- In a case tried to jury verdict, successfully defended an aluminum extrusion company accused of wrongfully terminating an employee under Sabine Pilot.
- On behalf of Twelve Oaks Management, Inc., obtained summary judgment in a case involving claims of pregnancy discrimination.
- Texas Super Lawyers Rising Star, Texas Monthly and Law & Politics Magazine (2005, 2008-2009)
- Best Lawyer Under 40, D Magazine (2006)