Michael S. Bernick

Michael S. Bernick: Attorney with Duane Morris LLP
  • Special Counsel at Duane Morris LLP (801 Attorneys)
  • One Market Plaza, Suite 2200, San Francisco, CA 94105
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Michael S. Bernick practices in the area of employment and labor law . He advises employers on issues related to employer taxes, unemployment insurance and disability insurance. In recent years, he has worked with some of the nation’s major employers, staffing companies and industry associations.

Mr. Bernick previously served for nearly five years as director of the California Employment Development Department (EDD), the 10,000-person state department of labor. As EDD director, he oversaw the administration of the state’s employer tax collection system, unemployment insurance system and disability insurance system.

Mr. Bernick is a 1979 graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law. He also holds a B.Phil. from Balliol College of the University of Oxford and a B.A. from Harvard College.


•Duane Morris LLP

- Special Counsel, 2018-present

•Sedgwick LLP

- Counsel, 2004-2017

•California Employment Development Department (EDD)

- Director, 1999-2004

Civic and Charitable Activities

•Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART)
- Board of Directors, 1991-1999, Board President, 1995

Publications and Speaking Engagements

Selected Publications

•Author, Timely Insights on Poverty, Jobs and Race - From Four Decades Ago , Forbes, March 5, 2019

•Author, The Gig Economy Rapidly Evolves , Forbes, February 12, 2019

•Author, Effective Autism (Neurodiversity) Employment: A Legal Perspective , Forbes, January 15, 2019

•Author, The Autism Community Focuses on Jobs, Not Grievances, Wall Street Journal Opinion, January 6, 2019

•Quoted, Job Growth Surges By Over 300,000 in December , KVTU, January 4, 2019

•Quoted, California's Job Market Remains Hot, Despite Economic Uncertainty , Los Angeles Times, December 21, 2018

•Author, After Plant Closings: A Labor Day Story , Forbes, August 28, 2018

•Author, Udacity's Next Strategies For The Upskilling Market , Forbes, August 1, 2018

•Quoted, California Gains Just 800 Jobs in June; Unemployment Remains at Record Low , Los Angeles Times, July 20, 2018

•Author, America's Playwright', An Institutionalization, and Neurodiversity's Call Today , Forbes, June 12, 2018

•Author, How this Economic Boom May (Finally) Improve Low Wage Care Jobs , Forbes, May 22, 2018

•Quoted, California Gains More Than 39,000 Jobs; Unemployment Falls to Record Low , Los Angeles Times, May 18, 2018

•Quoted, California Loses Jobs in March , Los Angeles Times, April 20, 2018

•Author, A Look Inside an Autism-Friendly Workplace and Culture , Forbes, April 18, 2018

•Author, The Power Of The Wikimedia Movement Beyond Wikimedia , Forbes, March 28, 2018

•Quoted, California Gains 35,500 Jobs, and Unemployment Falls to Record-Low 4.4%, Los Angeles Times, March 7, 2018

•Author, Coursera's Bet on the Upskilling of American Workers , Forbes, February 21, 2018

•Quoted, U.S. Economy Creates 200,000 Jobs in January, Wages Take Off , Los Angeles Times, February 2, 2018

•Quoted, Bay Area Fuels Record State Jobless Rate , Santa Cruz Sentinel Business, January 19, 2018

•Author, Jerry Brown's Big Idea for Upskilling Workers , Forbes, January 23, 2018

•Quoted, Minimum Wage Increased In Several Bay Area Cities , CBS SF Bay Area, January 1, 2018

Selected Speaking Engagements

•Speaker, Establishing an Effective Neurodiversity Employment Program: Legal Issues, Webinar, August 22, 2018

International Institute of Surface Transportation Policy, San Jose State University. Research Fellow, Milken Institute, Santa Monica, California. Governor's Appointee, California Apprenticeship Council. Mayor's Appointee, San Francisco Mayor's Civil Service Reform Advisory Panel.

Areas of Practice (1)

  • Employment and Labor Law

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
415 957 3147  Phone
415 276 9369  Fax
University Attended:
Harvard College, B.A., 1974; University of Oxford, Balliol College, B.Phil., 1976
Law School Attended:
University of California, Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law, J.D., 1979
Year of First Admission:
1980, California

Professional Activities;

• Milken Institute
- Research Fellow, Employment Programs and Policy
• Growth Sector (STEM job training/employment agency)
- Board Chair
• Autism Aspergers Spectrum Coalition for Education Networking and Development (AASCEND)
- Board Member and Chair of the Autism Job Club
• Positive Resource Center (HIV/AIDS job training center)
- Advisory Board

Birth Information:
Los Angeles, California, October 1, 1952

Peer Reviews

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  • 5.0/5.0 Rated by a Member on 10/30/09 in Litigation

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