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Michael T. Travis

Partner

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PRACTICE AREAS

Michael T. Travis provides legal advice to school and community college districts regarding administrative matters, litigation, personnel, labor relations, and investigations.

LEGAL EXPERIENCE

In addition to general legal advice and support, Mr. Travis also represents clients in legal disputes and litigation. He has prevailed on behalf of public entities in all manner of proceedings before administrative agencies, hearing officers, and courts of law. He is frequently able to resolve matters short of hearing or trial, saving clients valuable time and resources.

Mr. Travis was also selected for the “Rising Stars” list of exceptional attorneys in the Thomson Reuters “Super Lawyers” magazine each year from 2013 through 2020.

REPRESENTATIVE MATTERS

Litigation

Pellenbarg v. Desert Community College District (2020) Obtained dismissal of litigation filed by former adjunct instructor alleging discrimination and failure to assign classes for nuisance value following a successful demurrer and limited discovery.

Somin v. Porter (2018) Successfully obtained a three-year civil harassment restraining order in favor of community college instructor against a former student who threatened to kill her in a series of messages sent on the social media site Facebook.  The decision was unanimously upheld by the Court of Appeal.  Read the full Court of Appeal opinion here.

G.J. v. Torrance Unified School District (2016) Litigation pertaining to alleged injuries sustained in a trip-and-fall incident at a middle school. Settled on the first day of trial.

El Camino Community College District v. P.E. (2011) Successfully obtained workplace violence restraining order pursuant to Code of Civil Procedure section 527.8 against former student who sent hundreds of e-mail messages, made numerous telephone calls, and engaged in threatening conduct toward college employees.

Californians Aware et al. v. Orange Unified School District et al. (2008) 4th District Court of Appeal, Division 3, No. G038499 [2008 Cal.App.Unpub.LEXIS 7487]  Appeal upholding Board of Education's right to participate in public debate and awarding attorney fees under California anti-SLAPP statute (Code of Civil Procedure Section 425.16).

Administrative Hearings

In re AF (2021) Permanent Classified Dismissal. Successfully obtained arbitration award sustaining the termination of a permanent classified employee for theft, dishonesty, and failure to cooperate with an investigation. The case was based entirely on circumstantial evidence.

In re EH (2020) Permanent Classified Suspension. Prevailed in a contested hearing on behalf of a community college which suspended a classified employee without pay for repeated instances of harassing and threatening conduct. 

In re DC (2020) Permanent Certificated Dismissal.  School district filed charges seeking to dismiss long-time classroom teacher following erratic and threatening behavior toward colleagues. The teacher resigned following receipt of the written charges for a nominal settlement amount.

In re DB (2019) Student Expulsion Appeal. Successfully defended a school district's expulsion of a student for terroristic threats before the Los Angeles County Board of Education, despite a LACOE staff recommendation that the expulsion be overturned.

In re TM (2017) Tenured Faculty Dismissal.  Community college District sought to dismiss a long-time tenured faculty member due to dishonesty and mismanagement resulting in more than $40,000 of fraudulent requisitions. The faculty member agreed to resign before a seven-day hearing commenced.

In re PG (2017) Permanent Certificated Dismissal.  School district terminated a certificated employee of 20+ years due to falsification of District records, dishonesty, and unsatisfactory performance. Employee settled for less than nuisance value at the mandatory settlement conference before the Office of Administrative Hearings.

In re KU (2016) Student Expulsion Hearing.  School district expelled high school student for repeated incidents of bullying and threatening another student with a gun.  Student agreed to proposed settlement following presentation of District's evidence before administrative hearing panel.

AFSCME Local 3112 v. Anaheim Union High School District (2015) Unfair labor practice charge filed with the Public Employment Relations Board (PERB) alleging bad faith bargaining and impasse conduct by the District on multiple grounds. The administrative law judge ruled in the District's favor on every issue and dismissed the unfair practice charge.  The decision was upheld on review by PERB. (41 PERC 80.)

In re WD (2014) Permanent Classified Employee Termination. Community college district terminated permanent classified employee for sleeping on the job and poor performance. The hearing officer rejected all of the affirmative defenses offered by the employee in upholding the District's decision to terminate.

D.R. v. Bonita Unified School District (2013) Employee filed an unfair labor practice charge with the Public Employment Relations Board (PERB) alleging discrimination and retaliation for engaging in protected activity. The administrative law judge dismissed the unfair practice charge following a contested hearing.

In re RT (2012) Permanent Classified Employee Termination.  School district terminated a classified employee with more than 15 years of service for poor performance and insubordination. The District prevailed in a three-day arbitration hearing, receiving a favorable advisory arbitration award.

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS AND ACTIVITIES

  • American Bar Association
  • Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity

PUBLICATIONS AND SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

  • Trainer/Presenter: Discrimination and Harassment Awareness Training – El Camino College, February 9, 2017, accessible here.
  • Moderator/Presenter: University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) Faculty Training Series – Best Practices in EEO Hiring, November 9, 2016, accessible here.
  • Panelist: Preparing for and Dealing with Violence Issues in the Workplace, 34th Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference, Presented by the National Labor Relations Board and Orange County Labor and Employment Relations Association (OC LERA), July 27, 2016, accessible here.
  • Trainer/Presenter: Harassment Prevention and Awareness Training, El Camino Community College, January 15, 2016, accessible here.
  • Trainer/Presenter: Sexual Harassment Prevention and Awareness Training, Cerritos Community College, February 24, 2014, accessible here.
  • Author: “Orange Unified victory benefits public,” Sacramento Bee, originally published Sunday, April 12, 2009, accessible here.

BAR ADMISSIONS

  • State Bar of California
  • United States District Court, Central District of California

EDUCATION

  • Juris Doctor, Chapman University School of Law, 2006
    • Recipient of Dean's Academic Scholarship
    • Mock Trial Board
  • Bachelor of Arts, Journalism, Pepperdine University, 2003
    • Editor in Chief, The Graphic, student publications newspaper
    • National Dean's List
  • Michael is a proud alumni of the Corona-Norco Unified School District.

Full Service. Statewide.

Parker and Covert LLP, through its Northern and Southern California offices, provides comprehensive legal representation to school districts, community colleges, and other educational clients in communities throughout the state of California.

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