Michael A. Morguess

Michael A. Morguess: Attorney with Castillo Harper, APC
  • Senior Associate at Castillo Harper, APC (6 Attorneys)
  • 6848 Magnolia Avenue, Suite 100, Riverside, CA 92506
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Biography

Michael’s practice focuses on labor and employment law, specializing in appeals, writs of administrative mandamus, ordinary mandate, and injunctions.  He is certified by the State Bar of California as an Appellate Specialist. He is admitted to practice in: California; Oregon; United States Supreme Court; Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals; United States District Court, Northern, Eastern, Central, and Southern Districts. He has litigated over 100 appellate cases, and hundreds of superior court writ of mandate matters.

Prior to joining CASTILLO HARPER, APC, Michael ran a successful writs and appeals practice, and prior to that was a Senior Associate at Lackie Dammeier & McGill where he headed up their Writs and Appeals practice. Since then, he has continued to represent police officers and other public employees as well as their professional associations in labor, employment, and disciplinary matters. His work has resulted in a number of published appellate and Supreme Court opinions, as well as superior court wins resulting in the overturning of disciplinary decisions. He is a panel attorney for the Peace Officer Research Association of California Legal Defense Fund (PORAC LDF), California Correctional Supervisors Organization (CCSO), and a committee member of the Public Employment Section of the California Employment Lawyers Association.

Michael also worked for Colantuono & Levin, a premier municipal law firm where he served as an Assistant City Attorney for a number of cities and General Counsel for a joint powers authority, advising on and litigating personnel matters and other public employment issues, including employee discipline and investigations, wage and hour laws, leave time, employee discrimination claims, employment agreements, and labor relations and disciplinary issues under the Meyers-Milias-Brown Act, Public Safety Officers Procedural Bill of Rights Act, and Firefighters Procedural Bill of Rights Act.  He also provided advice on and litigated matters involving the Brown Act, Public Records Act, Political Reform Act, California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), Government Claims Act and municipal finance matters.

Michael also served as a Research Attorney for the Honorable David P. Yaffe of the Los Angeles Superior Court, Central District, who presided over one of only two Writs and Receivers departments in that court.  Michael researched and wrote detailed proposed rulings on literally hundreds of traditional and administrative mandate petitions involving public employee disciplinary and civil service matters, CEQA matters, Public Records Act disputes, corporate and public elections issues, and preliminary injunctions.

Michael grew up in New York and moved to California in 1990.  After a career in deaf services, he attended Western State University College of Law in Fullerton, California.  He received his Juris Doctor, cum laude, in 1997, graduating sixth in his class.  Michael served as a Law Review editor for five semesters and published an article in the Western State Law Review (Peterson v. Superior Court:  California Supreme Court Overturns Becker v. IRM, Abandoning Strict Liability for Landlords, Spring 1996).  He received the American Jurisprudence Award for Excellence in Civil Procedure, Contracts, Property, and Torts. You can reach him directly at [email protected]

Areas of Practice (4)

  • Appellate
  • Judicial Review
  • Labor/Employment
  • Public Law

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
844-500-1895  Phone
909-466-5600  Phone
909-466-5610  Fax
www.castilloharper.com
Law School Attended:
Western State University, J.D., 1997
Year of First Admission:
1997
Admission:
2016, Oregon; 2017, Washington; 1997, California; 1997, U.S. District Court, Cantral District of California
Memberships:
State Bar of California.
Languages:
English
Certifications:
( Appellate Specialist (Cal. State Bar) )
ISLN:
913942312

Peer Reviews

5.0/5.0 (7 reviews)
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  • 5.0/5.0 Rated by a Attorney on 05/14/18 in Labor and Employment

    Mr. Morguess was the opposing counsel on a case I was involved in. He was always fair, straightforward and congenial to me, while zealously representing his client.

    Mr. Morguess was the opposing counsel on a case I was involved in. He was always fair, straightforward and congenial to me, while zealously representing his client. Read less

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  • 5.0/5.0 Rated by a Principal on 05/14/18 in Labor and Employment

    Mr. Morguess is opposing counsel on a number of cases with my office. He is a worthy opponent and very capable. He does an excellent job for his clients.

    Mr. Morguess is opposing counsel on a number of cases with my office. He is a worthy opponent and very capable. He does an excellent job for his clients. Read less

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